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July 22, 2014 - 12:19pm
4 days 7 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — His Democratic rival wants federal authorities to investigate Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's handling of lucrative collections contracts in the wake of a newspaper investigation.

DeWine's office challenges the factual basis for requesting any probe.

Attorney General candidate David Pepper's call came Tuesday. It followed a Dayton Daily News report ( that found state bid documents were changed to favor...

July 22, 2014 - 12:10pm
4 days 8 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court says judges can hold hearings to determine the offender status of juveniles convicted of sex crimes at the time they are found guilty or when they're released from detention.

The court's unanimous decision Tuesday came in a 2011 Clark County case involving a juvenile found delinquent for a rape committed when he was 14 years old.

Lawyers for the boy, who was sentenced to at least one year in detention,...

July 22, 2014 - 12:00pm
4 days 8 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Gaming Association says Ohio's commercial casinos and racinos employed more than 7,000 workers who received a total of $225 million in wages benefits and tips last year.

The Washington-based trade association says the four casinos and four racinos operating in Ohio in 2013 generated $351 million in tax revenue. That's according to numbers released Tuesday.

Ohio has casinos in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo and Cincinnati....

July 22, 2014 - 10:34am
4 days 8 hours ago

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says he has received the results of a sheriff's office investigation into the death of a central Ohio child rape suspect who died several days after being hospitalized following a jail assault.

A report by the Champaign County Sheriff's Office says inmate David Piersol was the victim of an assault on April 5 at Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg.

Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi (tah-LEE'-bee) says he's...

July 22, 2014 - 8:05am
4 days 8 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 19-year-old central Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting that he fired a shotgun into a man's face during a robbery at a marijuana-growing operation last fall.

A judge in Columbus sentenced Marsean Sowards to life in prison Monday with a chance for parole after 23 years following Sowards' guilty plea to aggravated murder.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that Sowards and three...

July 22, 2014 - 7:51am
4 days 8 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Civilian employees at Ohio's largest military base will have until Aug. 1 to notify officials if they plan to retire or leave with incentives ahead of hundreds of layoffs this fall.

The incentives are meant to encourage employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton to leave voluntarily before the base eliminates 372 workers by Oct. 1.

The Air Force says it will save $1.6 billion by eliminating more than 3,400 jobs...

July 22, 2014 - 7:23am
4 days 8 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University says it took in a near-record $404 million in donations in the past 12 months.

The donations reported in the fiscal year ending June 30 were just shy of the record $407 million in 2011-12. Donations during that year included a $100 million pledge from L Brands chairman and CEO Leslie Wexner and the company's foundation.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that the new numbers marked an 8-...

July 22, 2014 - 6:42am
4 days 8 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two Cleveland police officers shot a man they say pointed a gun at them.

A police spokesman tells WEWS-TV ( ) that it happened just before midnight Monday on the near west side of the city.

Police said the two gang unit officers were investigating two separate shootings that occurred late Monday. Officers began chasing a suspect they knew had a warrant. When the suspect pointed a gun at the officers, they shot...

July 22, 2014 - 6:28am
4 days 8 hours ago

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A judge has increased the bond from $750,000 to $5 million for a woman who testified that her foster father convinced her to kill his wife in November 2012.

Nineteen-year-old Sabrina Zunich was indicted on a charge of aggravated murder last week in the stabbing death of 41-year-old Lisa Knoefel (ku-NOF'-ul).

The (Willoughby) News-Herald ( ) reports she is scheduled for trial Sept. 3, but a plea agreement...

July 22, 2014 - 6:04am
4 days 11 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The man who built the engine for Orville and Wilbur Wright's first powered aircraft has finally gotten his due.

It was Charles Taylor — a mechanic in the brothers' Dayton bicycle shop — who built the engine for the airplane that first took flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Dec. 17, 1903.

On Monday, a bronze bust of Taylor was unveiled at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base...

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