State & Regional News

November 22, 2015 - 5:31am
6 days 16 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Health says it has received accreditation through a national program that includes a rigorous peer-reviewed assessment process.

The agency says it's one of 11 state health departments accredited through the Public Health Accreditation Board. The board is intended to promote quality in health departments and is jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation...

November 22, 2015 - 4:31am
6 days 17 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio PTA will offer children's books in an online book fair that begins on the big Black Friday shopping day.

The parent-teacher association says book sales will benefit the Ohio PTA Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund dates to 1947 and annually grants $500 scholarships for students in college and technical programs.

More than 200,000 juvenile titles will be available, and shoppers can select from a range of shipping options...

November 21, 2015 - 4:50pm
1 week 4 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Documents are detailing a history of problems in a southern Ohio county jail forced to close because some of its doors won't lock properly.

Brown County officials decided Nov. 12 to empty the jail in Georgetown, about 40 miles southeast of Cincinnati, sending inmates some 60 miles to Butler County's jail.

The police union had filed a grievance citing an unsafe work environment because of malfunctioning cell door locks....

November 21, 2015 - 4:49pm
1 week 4 hours ago

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kent State University President Beverly Warren has said in her first "State of the University" speech it's her goal to make the northeastern Ohio school "America's healthiest university."

The Akron Beacon Journal reports ( ) Warren's address Thursday called for providing more "healthy, nonprocessed foods," free access to fitness facilities and health insurance discounts for participating in health programs.


November 21, 2015 - 4:04pm
1 week 7 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Dozens of people have attended the first in a series of events marking the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of a black Cleveland boy who was carrying a pellet gun when he was shot and killed by a white police officer.

Saturday's event at Cudell Recreation Center came one day ahead of the one-year mark since Tamir Rice was shot outside the rec center by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann. reports (http...

November 21, 2015 - 3:47pm
1 week 8 hours ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Salvage crews have begun an underwater operation to pump a hazardous oil-based substance from a sunken barge that apparently had been sitting undiscovered on the bottom of Lake Erie for nearly 80 years.

Crews have been monitoring the site near the U.S.-Canadian border since discovering a small leak in October that appeared to coming from a barge called the Argo that sank during a storm in 1937.

A statement by the U.S. Coast Guard...

November 21, 2015 - 1:06pm
1 week 9 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — The estate of a motorist who was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati policeman after a traffic stop will be managed by the driver's 18-year-old daughter.

The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports the judge's decision last week allows the parties to proceed with a possible claim and settlement over the July 19 shooting of Samuel DuBose. The newspaper says the estate was opened in court to pursue a wrongful death claim, though none...

November 21, 2015 - 12:46pm
1 week 10 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland mayor says the city's top two public health officials failed to address residents' health concerns as they struggled to do their jobs.

Cleveland Public Health Director Toinette Parrilla (TWAH'-nett pah-RIHL-uh) resigned Friday, the same day Mayor Frank Jackson fired Health Commissioner Myron Bennett. reports ( ) that Jackson said Parrilla and Bennett struggled to "stay on mission"...

November 21, 2015 - 11:53am
1 week 12 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio transportation agency is expected to use nearly $7 million in federal money to upgrade rural transit agencies' technology and to increase broadband Internet access in areas with insufficient service.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) more than 30 rural transit service areas will receive upgrades under the Transit Tech Ohio project, including software, broadband access, and equipment upgrades.

A state...

November 21, 2015 - 11:42am
1 week 12 hours ago

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Chuck Scott, who founded the visual communication program at Ohio University and served as the school's director for many years, has died. Scott was 91.

Ohio University says a celebration of Scott's life is planned for the spring. Scott, who died in Athens, founded the school's visual communication program in 1976 and was the school's director from 1986 to 2003.

Scott earned acclaim as a photographer and photo editor for such...

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