State & Regional News

April 8, 2014 - 3:03am
1 week 2 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Leaders in Ohio's largest county have voted to assert home-rule powers and mail unsolicited, absentee-ballot applications to registered voters there if the state doesn't do so.

The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Council approved the proposal Tuesday in response to a state law barring county elections boards and public officials from mailing such forms.

The proposal came from county Executive Ed FitzGerald, a Democrat running...

April 8, 2014 - 3:02am
1 week 3 days ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A trial has been set for September for an Ohio juvenile court judge accused of misusing county credit cards and backdating court documents.

The trial for Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter was set Tuesday for Sept. 8

Hunter was not at the hearing, and attorneys on both sides of the case declined to comment afterward.

Hunter has pleaded not guilty to nine felony charges of tampering with evidence...

April 7, 2014 - 4:58pm
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for a condemned Ohio killer scheduled to die next month say multiple health problems put him at risk for harm during lethal injection.

The attorneys say Arthur Tyler has a history of heart problems and diabetes and risk factors including hypertension, breathing difficulties and being overweight.

A federal court filing Monday in Columbus said Tyler also could suffer adverse reactions from medication he has taken,...

April 7, 2014 - 4:51pm
1 week 3 days ago

KENT, Ohio (AP) — A Kent State University student suspected of prompting a campus lockdown after shooting himself in the hand has pleaded not guilty to carrying a concealed weapon.

A judge on Monday set bond at $40,000 and told 24-year-old Quavaugntay Tyler of Cleveland to stay away from the northeast Ohio campus.

It's not clear if he has an attorney.

Kent State police say the freshman fired only once last Wednesday night while...

April 7, 2014 - 4:39pm
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials tracking a mumps outbreak in central Ohio say 100 of the 153 confirmed cases have been linked to Ohio State University.

Local health agencies in the area say that those infected by the viral illness range in age from 9 months to 69 years. They include 78 Ohio State students and nine staff members.

The cases span from early January through late last week.

State and local health officials are...

April 7, 2014 - 3:46pm
1 week 4 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio legislative panel has changed a budget bill to make clear that college athletes are not employees under state law.

The move comes after a decision last month by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board involving the Northwestern football team. The ruling said that full scholarship players can be considered employees and thus have the right to form a union.

The Ohio House Finance and Appropriations...

April 7, 2014 - 3:39pm
1 week 4 days ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Revenue figures show March was a good month for Ohio's four casinos.

The numbers released Monday show each casino had a significant increase from February. The bump mirrors a similar boost in casino revenues last March following winter slumps.

This year, the Cincinnati and Cleveland casinos saw the largest jumps. Cincinnati's revenues rose more than 22 percent, from $16.5 million in February to $20.2 million in March. Cleveland's...

April 7, 2014 - 2:13pm
1 week 4 days ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A state lawmaker has reiterated his call for the impeachment of a federal judge who plans to order Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages.

Republican Rep. John Becker of Union Township first called for Cincinnati-based Judge Timothy Black's removal in September, after Black issued an order in a separate lawsuit involving gay marriage.

On Friday, Black said he plans to issue a ruling April 14 forcing the state to recognize the...

April 7, 2014 - 12:29pm
1 week 4 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Primary candidates vying to be in the Ohio Legislature include former and current legislators, and spouses and daughters of state representatives.

Democrats have 13 primary races on May 6 ballots for seats in the House, while majority Republicans have almost twice as many.

State Rep. Peter Beck, who faces felony charges, is among 15 GOP incumbent representatives defending their seats. He is accused of misleading investors about...

April 7, 2014 - 12:10pm
1 week 4 days ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Bell says it has agreed to sell its wireless service to Verizon Wireless in a deal worth about $210 million.

The company and New York-based Verizon said Monday that Cincinnati Bell will continue wireless service for the next eight months to a year while the deal closes. The sale is subject to regulatory approval by the Federal Communications Commission.

Cincinnati Bell says it will notify customers with more details...

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