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February 25, 2015 - 7:04am
5 days 3 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Finalists have been announced in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors 2014 radio and TV contest.

The awards in actual order of finish — first or second — will be announced at the annual Ohio APME annual awards banquet May 3 in Columbus. The General Excellence and First Amendment award winners also will be announced at the meeting.

Twenty-five broadcasters submitted 325 entries in the contest, which featured news, sports and...

February 25, 2015 - 6:50am
5 days 5 hours ago

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Workers in northwest Ohio continue to protest as the first nationwide oil refinery strike since 1980 moves into its fourth week.

The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports (http://bit.ly/1A5ROMR ) about 200 people demonstrated Tuesday outside the Marathon Petroleum Corp. headquarters in Findlay despite temperatures in the teens.

More than 60 workers from the BP-Husky refinery in Oregon near Toledo joined the demonstration, and two...

February 25, 2015 - 6:18am
5 days 6 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's most populous county has a new clerk of courts.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/1EPNJRA ) Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Council on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Nailah Byrd for the position.

Byrd was appointed by County Executive Armond Budish (BYOO'-dish), who was elected in November. She is the first appointment of Budish to be confirmed by the council.

Forty-three-year-old Byrd...

February 25, 2015 - 3:06am
4 days 19 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says a 21-year-old Ohio man whose 3-year-old sister was suffocated has been indicted on murder charges in her death.

Montgomery County's prosecutor says a grand jury indicted 21-year-old Brian K. Scales Jr. on Tuesday on charges of aggravated murder, murder and endangering children in the death of Tristan Carlton, of Trotwood.

Scales' attorneys Michael Pentecost and Terry Hart said Wednesday that their client...

February 25, 2015 - 3:04am
5 days 7 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A three-member panel is set to hear evidence this week to decide if a Cleveland municipal judge accused of mistreating court staff, defendants and others should be allowed to return to the bench.

A special hearing akin to a trial is scheduled to start Thursday for Judge Angela Stokes. It will be held before the Ohio Supreme Court's Board of Professional Conduct, which appointed a three-member panel of lawyers from outside Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County...

February 25, 2015 - 3:02am
4 days 19 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has postponed the trial of a man extradited from Iraq in a military contracting bribery case.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Rose in Dayton on Wednesday reset trial from March 2 to March 30 for Metin (MEH'-tin) Atilan (AT'-il-ahn). Court filings indicate that his attorneys and federal prosecutors have been trying to work out a plea agreement ahead of trial.

Atilan was indicted on charges he conspired to pay bribes and...

February 25, 2015 - 2:01am
4 days 13 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A House committee has approved a bill expanding the availability of a drug overdose antidote being used across Ohio to save addicts on the brink of death.

The legislation is aimed at reducing the state's record-high number of fatal overdoses from heroin and painkillers, now the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes.

The House Health and Aging Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved the measure,...

February 24, 2015 - 9:01pm
5 days 12 hours ago

WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich has recognized a Knox County nurse for working with the Amish community to stem the measles outbreak last year.

Jackie Fletcher, a public health nurse for the north-central Ohio county, accepted one of Kasich's courage awards on behalf of all nurses in the state of Ohio. The awards were presented Tuesday night during Kasich's annual State of the State address. This year's speech was in Wilmington.

Kasich said...

February 24, 2015 - 8:20pm
5 days 12 hours ago

WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor is recognizing the state's nurses, a college basketball player and life-saving pair of residents with his annual awards for courage.

Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) recognized the recipients on Tuesday during his State of the State speech held this year in Wilmington.

Kasich created the award in 2012 to recognize Ohioans whose selflessness and courage can inspire others.

He gave the...

February 24, 2015 - 8:16pm
5 days 13 hours ago

WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY-sik) is making his pitch to state lawmakers to do more to help residents move out of poverty.

In his two-year state budget, the Republican governor has proposed a way to let lower income families keep child-care subsidies as their income increases. He also wants to use $310 million in state and federal dollars to better coordinate public assistance programs and job services at the county level.

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