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August 16, 2016 - 12:08am
1 week 10 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new committee of state lawmakers has been tapped to review Ohio's unemployment compensation system.

Legislative leaders announced the joint panel of senators and representatives on Monday. They say its members will see whether the jobless benefits system for workers is sustainable and determine if any solvency issues should be addressed.

Senate President Keith Faber (FAY'-bur) and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger say the group...

August 16, 2016 - 12:08am
1 week 10 hours ago

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A small Ohio city where trains sometimes block responders during emergencies will reopen an old fire station on the other side of the tracks while trying to find funding for an overpass above one of the city's 19 rail crossings.

Circleville officials plan to open up the second fire station by the end of the year. It will have a small crew, with one ambulance and one engine.

Mayor Don McIlroy tells The Columbus Dispatch that...

August 16, 2016 - 12:07am
1 week 10 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a proposal aimed at controlling prescription drug prices lacks enough valid signatures to meet the state's requirements, and backers must collect more for it to move ahead.

The court said Monday that roughly 10,000 signatures submitted by supporters of the Drug Price Relief Act were erroneously validated, and more than 5,000 signatures are now needed for the initiated statute.

The court says...

August 15, 2016 - 6:18pm
1 week 11 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge in Cleveland has sentenced a traveling minister to more than 13 years in federal prison for a $4.8 million tax scam that prosecutors say involved nearly 1,000 northeast Ohioans.

Fifty-eight-year-old Allen Miles of Little Rock, Arkansas, denied knowledge of the scheme at sentencing Monday.

Miles was convicted in April of conspiracy, wire fraud and identity theft charges.

Prosecutors say a scheme by Miles...

August 15, 2016 - 5:02pm
1 week 11 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Ohio Congressman Steve LaTourette has been remembered for his work as a lawmaker and prosecutor during a memorial service at a Cleveland church.

LaTourette died Aug. 3 at his home in McLean, Virginia, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 62.

At Monday's memorial, state lawmaker Sarah LaTourette recalled how her father often stopped to speak with constituents while at a grocery store or restaurant. Congressman Pat...

August 15, 2016 - 4:11pm
1 week 1 day ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio man charged in the death of a woman whose bones were found in a backyard fire pit has been sentenced to over 21 years in prison on federal drug and weapons counts.

Prosecutors say 41-year-old James Brooks, of Roaming Shores, was sentenced Monday on six counts, including distributing heroin and crack cocaine.

A message was left for his attorney.

Brooks' pending case in Ashtabula (ash-tuh-BYOO'-luh...

August 15, 2016 - 3:04pm
1 week 1 day ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Three defendants who spent 20 years in prison for a murder they denied committing are free after a judge in Cleveland dismissed their convictions because a prosecutor didn't disclose witness statements that questioned their guilt.

A county judge told the men Monday that they were free.

Laurese Glover, Derrick Wheatt and Eugene Johnson were imprisoned as teenagers in 1996 and remained behind bars until a judge ordered a new trial for...

August 15, 2016 - 1:21pm
1 week 1 day ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on Libertarians in Ohio seeking to get their presidential nominee on the fall ballot (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

Ohio's elections chief says he intends to let Libertarians sub in their party's presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, as they seek to get him on the fall ballot.

Party activists submitted paperwork last week on behalf of a different candidate — Charlie Earl. They said Earl was just a...

August 15, 2016 - 9:49am
1 week 1 day ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Chicago museum official says there is no agreement to display the recreation center gazebo where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer while playing with a pellet gun.

Cleveland City Council last week agreed to accept donated services to dismantle and store the gazebo. A councilman said the gazebo was expected to be displayed at the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago. A museum spokeswoman says acquiring the gazebo is...

August 15, 2016 - 8:14am
1 week 1 day ago

WORTHINGTON, Ohio (AP) — The conditions of two members of a high school water polo team injured in a fatal Ohio crash that also injured two other team members and their mother and killed the woman's 19-year-old daughter have been upgraded.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Monday that the (http://bit.ly/2brYMc1 ) the conditions of 15-year-old Samantha Fink and 14-year-old Sydney Zullich were upgraded from critical to serious over the weekend. The newspaper reports the other...

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