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Artists compete to design Ohio's US Capitol statue

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 10:10 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A commission choosing an artist to design Ohio's Thomas Edison statue for the U.S. Capitol has narrowed the search down to six semi-finalists.

The Ohio Statuary Hall Commission says the semi-finalists were chosen from 30 applicants. The commission will now choose the finalists who will submit models of their proposed design.

Each state gets to place two statues of notable historic figures in the Capitol. Edison's statute will join one of former U.S. President James Garfield.

Ohio air show returns year after fatal crash

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 09:33 AM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A resurgence in attendance is expected for this weekend's annual Dayton air show, a year after a fiery crash claimed two performers in a show that was missing military participation.

The Navy's Blue Angels headline this year's Vectren Air Show. Federal budget cutbacks forced military acts to cancel last year.

The show has additional fire crews and equipment this year, after a pilot and wing-walker died in a crash in front of thousands of stunned spectators.

Ohio adds patrols to stop boating under influence

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 09:31 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio authorities are increasing patrols of the state's waterways to reduce accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the increased patrols began Friday and will continue through the weekend.

Authorities say alcohol use while boating is the leading factor in boater deaths nationwide.

Census shows Hispanic population growing in Ohio

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 09:29 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New census estimates show Ohio has added more than 32,000 Hispanic residents from 2010 to 2013.

The number of Hispanics in the state has grown from about 3.1 percent of the state total population to 3.4 percent.

The Columbus Dispatch reports two-thirds of Ohio's counties have seen increases in their Hispanic populations since 2010 and declines in the number of non-Hispanic residents.

Ohio has become more diverse like the rest of the nation.

Former Ohio college chief gets $1.3M over 3 years

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 09:24 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The University of Toledo's president is set to receive $1.3 million in salary and bonuses over the next three years after he steps down at the end of this month.

The school's board of trustees agreed to pay Lloyd Jacobs while he is on a yearlong leave and allow him to return as a professor in the university's department of surgery.

Ohio appeals ruling finding employers overcharged

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 05:31 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is appealing a court ruling that says Ohio's state insurance fund for injured workers set up an illegal rating system that resulted in employers being overcharged nearly $860 million over several years.

The unanimous decision by the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals in May affects about 270,000 mostly small-business owners who were allegedly charged unfair premiums from July 2001 to June 2009.

Probation for lawyer who admitted tax evasion

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 04:31 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has sentenced an Ohio lawyer who admitted tax evasion to five years of probation and six months house arrest.

Steven Hillman pleaded guilty earlier this year to failing to file tax returns costing the government $115,000, settling a case that once involved more serious charges related to allegations of Ohio pill mills.

Federal judge Michael Barrett sentenced the 69-year-old Hillman Thursday.

Ohio trustees approve 1.5 percent tuition increase

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, June 27, 2014 - 06:26 PM

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio University trustees have approved a 1.5 percent tuition increase for undergraduate students for the upcoming school year, costing students $156 more a year.

Trustees also approved a 3.5 percent increase in campus housing costs and a 1 percent increase in student meal plans.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1pY8dC2 ) that Friday's board vote at the school's Eastern Campus in St. Clairsville brings yearly tuition to $10,536.

Ohio bus driver who said book blocked bullet fired

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, June 27, 2014 - 03:17 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A white bus driver who told authorities that a religious book in his shirt pocket blocked bullets as he was attacked by three black men has been fired from his job in southwestern Ohio.

Dayton police have said 49-year-old driver Rickey Wagoner's account of being attacked outside his bus in February wasn't supported by evidence and testing. The FBI also says its investigation of the case as a potential hate crime found no evidence.

Ohio man sues over 2007 rape in youth prison

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, June 27, 2014 - 11:19 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man who was 12 when he says he was repeatedly raped by an older inmate in a now-shuttered juvenile prison is suing seven corrections workers, alleging they failed to protect him and ignored his complaints about the abuse.

The now 20-year-old man says officers and administrators at Marion Juvenile Correctional Facility should not have housed him in the same unit as an 18-year-old inmate known to sexually target young boys.

The man says he complained about the older inmate, and staff failed to act.

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