State & Regional News

November 29, 2015 - 1:51pm
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has been targeted by one of the nation's heaviest early barrages of outside spending as he seeks to unseat U.S. Sen. Rob Portman next year, and groups that support Strickland's victory are also taking aim at Portman in some big-money ad buys.

An analysis of Federal Election Commission data by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics found that independent groups had spent about $2.3 million either against...

November 29, 2015 - 12:21pm
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Statehouse kicks off its calendar of seasonal holiday activities on Tuesday with a festival and the lighting of its historically-decorated tree.

A short program welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus will be followed by refreshments, arts and crafts, games and special performances. These include appearances by local choirs, Lou Seal and Crash from the Columbus Clippers, a magician, story-telling and a free photo stations.


November 29, 2015 - 11:36am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-sik's) student mentoring program that hopes to give students access to role models has given about six times as much money this year to grant applicants connected to religious organizations than to those with no religious or spiritual basis.

The Community Connectors program provides grants to help companies and organizations partner with area schools. It requires schools to partner with a faith-based group to qualify for...

November 29, 2015 - 11:15am
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CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland native and former frontman for a 1970s rock band has filed a complaint accusing his brother of mismanaging the singer's money. reports ( ) Eric Carmen, lead singer of the Raspberries, filed a complaint in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Probate Court. Carmen is requesting that a magistrate order Fred Carmen, an attorney and former mayor of a village in the county, to pay more than $25,000. The complaint...

November 29, 2015 - 11:11am
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KIRTLAND, Ohio (AP) — Did you ever want to walk through the rainbow trail in the Candy Land board game?

A nature center in northeast Ohio has created a life-sized version of the classic children's game for the holidays.

It's now open at Penitentiary Glen Nature Center in Kirtland, east of Cleveland, and will stay through Jan. 3.

Organizers tell WJW-TV in Cleveland that visitors can play the game that has a nature-themed twist...

November 28, 2015 - 12:25pm
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A southeast Ohio water district has settled its federal lawsuit against DuPont over allegations that the company contaminated the district's well fields with the chemical used to produce Teflon.

The Dispatch reports ( ) that the Little Hocking Water Association signed a settlement agreement with DuPont earlier this week. Settlement terms weren't disclosed. Attorneys for both sides declined to comment about monetary damages....

November 28, 2015 - 11:44am
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CINCINNATI (AP) — A downtown Cincinnati museum is planning to add a Southern-style restaurant and a second charter high school.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports ( ) that the initiatives at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are intended to help the museum boost revenue and form community partnerships.

Officials with Cincinnati Public Schools are talking with the center to sponsor a second Carpe Diem Learning Systems...

November 28, 2015 - 11:18am
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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Drinking water plant operators around Ohio say the state's plan to require weekly tests for toxic algae isn't needed year round and will be too costly.

Ohio's Environmental Protection Agency is proposing several changes for the 130 public water systems that get their drinking water from lakes, rivers and reservoirs. The proposal would add new requirements for testing and treating drinking water and tracking toxic algae.

The state...

November 28, 2015 - 11:03am
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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The head of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo says the organization faces "serious financial challenges" that will require the sale of assets and other measures.

The Blade newspaper reports ( ) that Bishop Daniel Thomas told parishioners in a recent letter that the changes will start in the diocese's administrative offices. Thomas says the diocese isn't going bankrupt and the problem isn't at the parish level.


November 28, 2015 - 10:44am
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CLEVELAND (AP) — A survey finds that Cleveland has more than 6,000 blighted homes that could cost $60 million to raze after years of extensive demolitions throughout the city.

Officials at the Thriving Communities Institute, an arm of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, believe their findings support the need for continued, aggressive efforts to combat blight.

A top aide to Mayor Frank Jackson tells the Plain Dealer ( ) that...

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