State & Regional News

May 24, 2015 - 9:13am
11 min 32 sec ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio transportation officials are laying out plans to replace a busy bridge on Interstate 75 that leads into downtown Toledo.

The state says work on the bridge is scheduled to start in 2019 and will take four years to complete.

The bridge sits just south of downtown Toledo near the city's casino and crosses the Maumee (maw-MEE') River.

Ohio officials say the project is estimated to cost $225 million....

May 24, 2015 - 7:46am
11 min 32 sec ago

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio (AP) — Lake Erie's South Bass Island is set to mark the 200th anniversary of the end of the War of 1812 over the Memorial Day weekend.

The Ohio island will also honor to those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie.

Events on the island will include a wreath-laying ceremony at the Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial where U.S. and British sailors who died in the Battle of Lake Erie are buried.

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May 24, 2015 - 6:31am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A weeklong forestry and wildlife conservation camp for teens will be held in eastern Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the camp will be June 7 through June 12 at FFA Camp Muskingum on Leesville Lake in Carroll County. The department's forestry and wildlife divisions support the camp sponsored by the nonprofit Ohio Forestry Association Foundation.

Camp programs will include tree identification, ecology, invasive...

May 24, 2015 - 5:16am
11 min 32 sec ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — As the summer boating season gets underway, the U.S. Coast Guard is reminding Lake Erie boaters that they are subject to involuntary boarding by personnel to check for proper safety equipment.

The Coast Guard says that applies to any vessel, including kayaks, canoes, and personal watercraft.

Boardings typically take less than 30 minutes, with Coast Guard personnel checking for such equipment as life jackets, flares and fire...

May 24, 2015 - 4:02am
11 min 32 sec ago

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — Community members plan to hold a concert to raise money for those sickened in a botulism outbreak at an Ohio church potluck.

Health officials say home-canned potatoes used in a potato salad were the likely source of the outbreak that killed a 55-year-old woman and sickened at least 20 others. The salad was served at an April 19 potluck at Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, which is southeast of Columbus.

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May 23, 2015 - 5:12pm
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MARION, Ohio (AP) — A potent batch of heroin or one mixed with other drugs could be responsible for at least 11 overdoses, including two fatalities, within 24 hours in central Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1F2z6IR ) medics had responded to 11 overdoses on Thursday and Friday in Union and Marion counties, including the death of a 19-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man.

Medical officials are linking the deaths to a potentially...

May 23, 2015 - 3:53pm
11 min 32 sec ago

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio (AP) — Police in northeast Ohio say a 4-year-old boy struck when his father pulled into the driveway has died from his injuries.

Police say the boy was struck around 9:45 Saturday morning. The boy's 40-year-old father was pulling his Hummer into the driveway of their Willoughby home when the boy rode his toy front-end loader in front of the vehicle. The Hummer struck the boy, who was transported to a nearby hospital and later died from his injuries....

May 23, 2015 - 3:10pm
11 min 32 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has reopened most of its scoop shops after a monthlong shutdown triggered by the discovery of listeria in some pints.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1FvfxMI ) more than 75 people lined up for the reopening of a Jeni's scoop shop Friday in Columbus' Short North neighborhood.

Jeni's recalled 535,000 pounds of ice cream and yogurt on April 23 after listeria was confirmed in some...

May 23, 2015 - 2:54pm
11 min 32 sec ago

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who authorities say told officers he used a plastic wand from window blinds as a switch on his 5-year-old son has been charged with murder in the boy's death.

Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Barton of Bellefontaine (behl-FOWN'-tihn) was charged with the murder count Friday after being charged with child endangering Monday.

Barton's 5-year-old son Michael died at a hospital Wednesday, two days after Barton's...

May 23, 2015 - 2:33pm
11 min 32 sec ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Department of Transportation officials say an $11.8 million construction project in northwest Ohio had to be designed around a federally endangered mussel species — a creature that's barely the size of a human fingernail.

The Blade newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1F2LjNN ) state officials have had to accommodate the rayed bean, a tiny freshwater mussel in Swan Creek, in their plans for re-decking and widening the Interstate 475/U.S Route 23...

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