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Ohio police say passenger killed in cart crash

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 04:26 PM

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — A 49-year-old northern Ohio man has been killed in an early morning golf cart accident.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 42-year-old Craig Franks of Wooster was driving the cart with two passengers at about 1:15 a.m. EDT Saturday. Troopers say they were in a personal golf cart headed westbound down a road when Franks drove it left of center and off the road. Investigators say it rolled over an embankment and overturned, ejecting all three people.


Ohio police say 2-year-old's death a homicide

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 02:32 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police have a murder arrest warrant out for a 27-year-old man after the death of a 2-year-old boy was ruled a homicide.

Court documents show that the Cincinnati Police homicide unit says Amond Rainey caused the boy's death by use of blunt force. Little Josiya Eves was taken to a hospital emergency room on Monday after reportedly falling in Rainey's home. He died Wednesday from his injuries.

The Hamilton County Coroner's office ruled his death a homicide on Friday after an autopsy.


Ohio official warns of driveway paving scams

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 01:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general says residents should be on the lookout for driveway paving and contractor scams.

Attorney General Mike DeWine's office reports it has received more than 60 complaints involving asphalt, concrete or paving since June. In half of the complaints, consumers reported the transactions began with a door-to-door visit.

Consumers listed cracked concrete, faulty drainage, ineffective sealing and uneven driveways in their complaints. The disputed amount in the complaints averages more than $3,000.


Higher salt prices pinch some Ohio local budgets

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:46 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Higher salt prices are expected to put a strain on the budgets of some local governments in Ohio as they try to replenish salt supplies for the coming winter.

State officials say salt prices for the Ohio Department of Transportation's summer stock-up are nearly double what the state paid in some counties last year and are climbing higher for winter refills.


Ohio community colleges to get workforce funding

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 11:12 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A total $16 million will be allocated among six community colleges in Ohio to help strengthen workforce development education and training.

The grants announced recently by the Ohio Board of Regents are to be used to build and renovate facilities and purchase equipment to help students gain the education and skills needed for careers in regional industries.

The money was allocated through the state's capital construction budget.


Ohio Army Guard postpones drills to save money

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 10:54 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Ohio Army National Guard is postponing most of its planned training in early September because of federal budget issues.

Ohio Guard leader Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst made the announcement Friday evening in videos posted on the Guard's website and on social media. She says drills are being rescheduled to the end of the month for now in hopes of congressional action on funding.


Ohio farmers get more money to combat lake's algae

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 10:06 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The federal government is coming up with more money to help farmers cut down on the fertilizers that are feeding algae in Lake Erie.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio announced Friday that an additional $1 million will go into a program that will give grants to farmers who plant winter crops.

Researchers say winter crops help to stop fertilizers from washing into streams and rivers that flow into Lake Erie.


People rally at Ohio Wal-Mart where man shot

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 03:02 AM

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — As many as 200 people held signs and chanted outside an Ohio Wal-Mart store where a young man was fatally shot by police.

The rally Saturday was the latest effort by people wanting to shed more light on the Aug. 5 shooting of John Crawford III inside the store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. Police responded after a caller said a man was waving a gun; they say Crawford refused orders to put down an air rifle.


Kasich detractors' options dwindle headed into fall

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:06 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) Libertarian and tea party foes are sidelined. Now his Democratic rival's campaign has disintegrated.

That's raising questions about what non-Kasich supporters will do on Election Day. They could skip over his race against embattled Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald, throw their support behind the longshot third-party ticket — or just stay home.


5 groups to watch as Election Day nears

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:01 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The final two months of campaigning in Ohio will determine if Republicans continue their four-year control of statewide offices topped by governor, and of both chambers of the state Legislature. Here are five political groups that are seeking to wield their influence:

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