State & Regional News

August 23, 2014 - 3:20pm
2 min 13 sec ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Early retirement and buyout offers at Ohio's largest military base will be available to only a few dozen of the more than 500 base employees who applied for them.

The incentives at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton allow employees to retire early or quit their jobs with severance pay.

But base spokesman Daryl Mayer says only employees who have someone facing a job loss at the base lined up to replace them are allowed to...

August 23, 2014 - 9:59am
2 min 13 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's elections chief will soon mail absentee ballot applications to all registered voters with up-to-date addresses ahead of the fall election.

Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) says residents should begin getting the applications around Labor Day.

Ohioans can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person without giving any reason.

The applications were sent statewide ahead of the last presidential...

August 23, 2014 - 9:52am
2 min 13 sec ago

ST. MARYS, Ohio (AP) — A city official says mistakenly dumped dye was to blame when part of a western Ohio river turned red earlier this week.

St. Marys Safety-Service Director Greg Foxhoven tells The Lima News (http://bit.ly/1q5yYUJ ) about 55 gallons of food-grade red dye were dumped into the city's wastewater system because of an equipment failure. The water was then discharged into the St. Marys River, turning part of it red on Thursday.

Foxhoven...

August 23, 2014 - 9:47am
2 min 13 sec ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toledo will soon have to say goodbye to its twin polar bears, now nearly 2 years old.

The Toledo Zoo says that brother and sister Sakari (suh-CAR'-ee) and Suka (SOO'-kah), will leave sometime in the fall and move to the Como Park Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Blade of Toledo reports (http://bit.ly/1p1L9xR) that the twins' parents, Crystal and Marty, will stay behind, along with another female polar bear.

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August 23, 2014 - 6:11am
2 min 13 sec ago

OREGON, Ohio (AP) — A fire that destroyed one-and-a-half tons of potato salad isn't stopping the Toledo area's German American Festival from serving up the homemade side dish this weekend.

The fire in a refrigeration truck early Friday ruined the prepared potato salad, hundreds of gallons of sauerkraut and other food on opening day. Within hours, volunteer peelers brandishing paring knives were skinning spuds to replace what was scorched. The Blade newspaper reports the...

August 23, 2014 - 3:02am
2 min 13 sec ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has christened its new airship, launching the next generation of its well-known blimps.

The company says "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts christened "Wingfoot One" Saturday at its hangar just southeast of Akron.

Roberts also took a spin on the ceremonial first flight. She has ties to both Goodyear and Akron. She says the company recruited her great-grandfather to work for the...

August 22, 2014 - 7:28pm
2 min 13 sec ago

EVENDALE, Ohio (AP) — Fire at a grain elevator in suburban Cincinnati has caused heavy damage. No injuries were reported.

A Hamilton County dispatcher says the fire at the Bunge (BUNG'-ee) North America facility in the village of Evendale was reported around 11:30 a.m. Friday. A firefighter answering the department's phone in the Cincinnati suburb said he had no information on the cause of the fire or when it was brought under control.

A spokeswoman...

August 22, 2014 - 4:55pm
2 min 13 sec ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland authorities say a Maryland traveler who refused to turn off his cellphone and fought with flight attendants as a plane taxied for takeoff has been jailed and charged with aggravated disorderly conduct.

Federal regulations allow passengers to use cellphones in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled but not for voice communications.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1qxiaTS ) reports 29-year-old Jay Peck...

August 22, 2014 - 4:43pm
2 min 13 sec ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for a former Ohio policeman imprisoned and then exonerated in his ex-wife's slaying argue he should automatically get a new trial.

A state appeals court recently ruled a Summit County judge should decide whether 68-year-old Douglas Prade gets a new trial in the 1997 shooting death of Dr. Margo Prade. But the judge has delayed a Monday hearing on the matter as Prade's attorneys argue a previous ruling by another judge automatically granted...

August 22, 2014 - 2:17pm
2 min 13 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With hopes of winning the governorship damaged, Ohio Democrats are shifting resources away from the top of the ticket into a coordinated victory campaign focused on getting out the vote.

Embattled gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald's campaign said Friday shifting strategy and campaign cash to the party's field and voter turnout program is aimed at turning out sporadic Democratic voters "who have made the difference in past elections."...

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