State & Regional News

March 31, 2015 - 7:07pm
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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A nurse serving a 10-year prison sentence in the malnutrition death of an Ohio teenager with cerebral palsy has been charged with health care fraud in federal court.

Federal authorities say 45-year-old Mollie Parsons was recently indicted on four counts of health care fraud.

A message seeking comment was left Tuesday for Parsons' attorney.

Parsons pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other counts in...

March 31, 2015 - 5:47pm
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a state ban of face-to-face media interviews by inmates convicted for their roles in Ohio's deadly 1993 prison riot.

The state argued that such interviews could give the inmates too much "notoriety and influence" among fellow prisoners and cause problems throughout the correctional system. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction also called the lawsuit frivolous and wanted a...

March 31, 2015 - 4:04pm
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group wants a federal judge to block Ohio officials from terminating the Medicaid health coverage of thousands of low-income residents.

The request comes as the state's Medicaid agency works to "re-determine" eligibility for recipients of the federal-state program, as required by the federal government.

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of three recipients claiming their benefits were put at...

March 31, 2015 - 3:48pm
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says a northeast Ohio-based health system has agreed to pay $10 million to settle allegations that it engaged in improper financial relationships with doctors who referred patients to them.

Robinson Health System operates several health centers in Portage County, including Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.

The government said Tuesday that Robinson Health System allegedly violated laws limiting...

March 31, 2015 - 3:13pm
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PARMA, Ohio (AP) — Police in suburban Cleveland say they're pursuing charges against five customers of a Chuck E. Cheese's after employees were attacked when a manager didn't respond quickly enough to a complaint about a malfunctioning photo booth.

Parma police say six employees of the child-friendly restaurant and arcade were injured March 8.

Police say they've arrested a 35-year-old Cleveland man and a 41-year-old Lorain man who face assault and...

March 31, 2015 - 11:35am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio prisons agency has slashed the cost of inmate phone services and plans to install hundreds more phones.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says the current contract with Virginia-based Global Tel-Link was renegotiated to bring the cost of calls down to 5 cents per minute plus applicable taxes.

The agency also said Tuesday that Global Tel-Link will replace the agency's 2,000 phones and add another 500 as...

March 31, 2015 - 11:18am
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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Autopsies are scheduled for the three people who died in a house fire early Monday morning, including the girl who prosecutors say was a victim connected to a rape trial scheduled for the same day.

Youngstown fire officials haven't released the names of the three people killed in the blaze on the city's south side, but Chief Fire Investigator Alvin Ware says the Mahoning County Coroner's office would be performing autopsies Tuesday....

March 31, 2015 - 10:58am
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors say they intend to question uncooperative Cleveland police officers as hostile witnesses at the trial of an officer accused of firing the final rounds of a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed suspects in November 2012.

Officer Michael Brelo's trial on two counts of voluntary manslaughter is scheduled to start April 6. Prosecutors say Brelo was charged because he fired his last 15 rounds into a car after it had stopped moving and the...

March 31, 2015 - 10:26am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is endorsing former Ohio governor Ted Strickland's U.S. Senate bid.

Strickland has long ties with the Clintons and was a leading backer of Hillary Rodham Clinton's successful 2008 Ohio presidential primary effort. But the early endorsement comes with 30-year-old Cincinnati councilman P.G. Sittenfeld also seeking the Democratic nomination in a primary more than a year away.

Incumbent Republican U.S....

March 31, 2015 - 8:52am
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CINCINNATI (AP) — A jury has acquitted a University of Cincinnati backup quarterback of an assault charge, after he testified in court that a group of young men taunted him with racist remarks shortly before he punched one.

The Hamilton County jury found Jarred Evans not guilty of assault Monday, and Judge Robert Taylor declared a mistrial on a disorderly conduct count. Evans, 22, is black and claimed he was acting in self-defense after four young men directed racist...

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