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July 16, 2014 - 7:31am
5 days 14 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers are pushing U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to speed up the timetable for determining whether to restore the full pensions of about 20,000 Delphi salaried retirees.

In a letter to Perez on Tuesday, a contingent of Democrats led by Sen. Sherrod Brown called on the secretary to help accelerate the process of making a final determination for the Delphi retirees, including about 5,000 Ohioans.

Salaried...

July 16, 2014 - 7:06am
5 days 14 hours ago

BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say harmful bacteria levels have reached record levels at a popular central Ohio lake.

Swimming advisories were issued for two beaches at Buckeye Lake east of Columbus after E. coli levels reached record highs this month. It's one of the state's largest inland lakes and a popular summer destination.

Both of the beaches remain open despite tests in early July showing E. coli levels more than 40 times higher than...

July 16, 2014 - 6:48am
5 days 14 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans collected a record amount of previously unclaimed money from the state during the past 12 months.

The Ohio Department of Commerce's Division of Unclaimed Funds said Tuesday that nearly $74.5 million was paid to Ohio residents for the fiscal year that ended on June 30. That was an increase of 7.6 percent from the amount paid out the year before.

The money includes the balances of forgotten dormant or forgotten bank...

July 16, 2014 - 6:31am
5 days 15 hours ago

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Contentious teacher contract talks in one Columbus suburb are attracting attention beyond the district.

About 500 people attended a Reynoldsburg school board meeting Tuesday night to protest the latest contract proposal that ties raises to teachers' ratings in the state's new evaluation system. The crowd included teachers' union members from around central Ohio and as far away as Dayton.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/...

July 16, 2014 - 6:10am
5 days 15 hours ago

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James's return to Cleveland is a hot topic just about everywhere.

Authorities say a northern man convicted of killing a 3-year-old boy ended up with a broken nose in a jailhouse fight that started with an argument over the NBA star's return to Cleveland.

The Sandusky Register (http://bit.ly/1tQvhXB ) reports that 25-year-old Michael Milner was treated for injuries following the fight in the Erie County jail on Friday. The...

July 16, 2014 - 5:51am
5 days 15 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor says the fatal shooting of a rifle-toting suspect by county sheriff's deputies in March was justified.

In a letter to the county sheriff Tuesday, prosecutor Tim McGinty said it was the "duty and responsibility" of deputies to fire on Israel Rondon when he disobeyed orders to drop his rifle and then aimed it at the lawmen.

The deputies went to Rondon's Middleburg Heights home on March 25...

July 16, 2014 - 3:02am
5 days 17 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio transportation authorities are urging motorists to plan for detours if they expect to drive overnight later this week through Cincinnati on northbound lanes of Interstate 75.

The state's Department of Transportation says northbound I-75 lanes will be shut down to remove a railroad bridge from over the interstate just south of state Route 562. Work will start at 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights. The highway should open again at 5 a.m. Friday...

July 16, 2014 - 12:19am
5 days 6 hours ago

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has unveiled a large solar project at a prison aimed at saving $245,000 in annual energy costs while training inmates to install and maintain the panels as a route to future jobs.

The 400 panels at Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH'-ee) will be the primary source for hot water and space heating in eight cell blocks.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction gave tours Wednesday at the...

July 15, 2014 - 7:44pm
6 days 53 min ago

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A grand jury in northern Ohio has found no probable cause to issue indictments in the 2007 death of an Ohio inmate.

A Sandusky County grand jury issued its findings Tuesday in the death of 37-year-old Craig Burdine of Oak Harbor. Fremont officers arrested Burdine after a report of a fight on Aug. 11, 2007.

Court documents say Burdine resisted and fought with deputies at the Sandusky County jail before they shocked him with a...

July 15, 2014 - 6:03pm
6 days 2 hours ago

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Campus police have found no evidence of a shooting at Ohio University after a report of a possible threat.

The university's president says police dispatch received a call Tuesday afternoon about a shooting at Gamertsfelder Hall, which houses summer session students. Authorities later expanded their search throughout the school's East Green. Both were later given the "all clear."

School President Roderick McDavis said in a...

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