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August 27, 2015 - 7:47am
3 days 4 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — An attorney for a University of Cincinnati policeman charged with murder for shooting a driver he stopped over a missing front license plate is asking a court to move the trial elsewhere.

The attorney argues 25-year-old Ray Tensing can't get a fair trial in Cincinnati because of extensive pretrial publicity and what the lawyer describes as inflammatory comments by a prosecutor.

Tensing's trial is scheduled Nov. 16 in Hamilton County...

August 27, 2015 - 6:50am
3 days 6 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new state panel assessing Ohio's efforts to address infant mortality hopes to produce a report with its recommendations by the end of the year.

Members of the Infant Mortality Commission want to improve accountability and coordination around the state's initiatives to prevent infant deaths. The panel had its first meeting Wednesday.

Ohio's infant mortality rate is among the worst in the nation.

Infant...

August 27, 2015 - 6:46am
3 days 1 hour ago

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — A company is warning of over 500 potential layoffs for the workforce decontaminating and decommissioning a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio.

It's the latest development in the lengthy cleanup of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, which produced enriched uranium for defense and commercial uses until 2001. Its shutdown left chemicals and radioactive areas to be addressed, along with huge buildings to be demolished....

August 27, 2015 - 3:23am
3 days 10 hours ago

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio man will serve 10 years in prison for severely injuring two people when he crashed into a vehicle while trying to evade police.

The Canton Repository reports (http://bit.ly/1Jx9iH5 ) 31-year-old Brandon Nicsinger pleaded guilty to four felony charges, including two counts of vehicular assault, failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer and driving under suspension.

A judge revoked the Canton...

August 27, 2015 - 3:20am
3 days 21 hours ago

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Judges in a western Ohio county say they are frequently releasing female drug offenders without punishment because the county jail is at capacity.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1Jx7duI ) the Warren County jail holds 280 inmates with 66 beds designated for females.

Officials say the jail is currently full and won't accept new inmates, which had led to leniency in the courtroom.

Judge Rupert...

August 27, 2015 - 3:13am
3 days 23 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A suburban Cleveland police officer was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly selling guns to felons.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/1NIWdAI) 29-year-old Kevin Lumpkin is charged with two counts of unlawful sale of firearms to a felon.

Prosecutors say the North Randall officer knew the men who bought the weapons were convicted of crimes and that it was illegal for them to own guns.

The...

August 27, 2015 - 3:08am
3 days 23 hours ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Officials say the city of Akron will spend $68 million less than anticipated on the construction of a downtown tunnel to control sewer overflows.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1hHhv5L ) the city estimated the sewer project would cost $252.2 million to complete, but the winning bid submitted by a joint venture totaled $184.1 million.

The Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel is the largest effort in Akron's initiative to...

August 27, 2015 - 3:06am
3 days 23 hours ago

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — House lawmakers have gathered information exploring the future of agricultural education in Ohio.

The Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee heard testimony in Wooster Wednesday at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute.

Organizations appearing before the committee included Ohio State, Wilmington College, Anthony Wayne High School, the Ohio Soybean Council, and the Ohio Ecological and Farm...

August 27, 2015 - 3:05am
2 days 23 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says a cultural change is needed to draw attention to the problem of underage victims of sex trafficking.

Portman says that while laws have been updated to reflect the reality of children forced into prostitution, everyone from police to prosecutors to judges to the public need to understand the nature of the crime.

Portman said Thursday after a human trafficking roundtable in Columbus that he hears from...

August 27, 2015 - 3:05am
4 days 1 hour ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Hillary Clinton is making a campaign stop in Ohio to shore up early organizing efforts in the political battleground state.

Clinton speaks at a grassroots event Thursday in Cleveland, where Republicans held their first presidential debate earlier this month.

Clinton's working to sew up vote commitments for next year's primary and to build out her local infrastructure of volunteers. Ohio is only the second non-early primary state she'...

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