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April 12, 2015 - 9:48am
5 days 9 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general is warning residents to beware of fraudsters pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service as Wednesday's tax-filing deadline nears.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says that his office has received more than 100 reports of IRS-related scams in the past week alone.

DeWine said in a news release that many of the scam phone calls originate from out of the state or country.

The scam...

April 12, 2015 - 9:45am
5 days 9 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Workers at four Ohio prisons are facing possible disciplinary action over downloading and copying music for free from a pay service used by inmates.

A report from the inspector general's office finds that 16 state prison employees downloaded hundreds of songs along with some movies.

None of the employees are expected to face criminal prosecution.

A spokeswoman says the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and...

April 12, 2015 - 5:38am
5 days 10 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Central Ohio has been especially hard hit by the ravages of a killer insect that has destroyed tens of thousands of majestic ash trees the last few years.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) that American Electric Power has a crew dedicated to cutting down dead and dying ash trees before they fall on power lines. AEP took down 13,000 ash trees last year alone.

The city of Columbus has spent about $4.5 million...

April 12, 2015 - 4:15am
5 days 10 hours ago

CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) — A Swiss company says it's planning to use natural gas from the Utica shale formation to fuel an $899 million power plant that will be built in eastern Ohio's Carroll County.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports ( ) that Advanced Power AG's new plant near Carrollton will produce 700 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 750,000 homes. The plant is scheduled to begin operations in late 2017

The paper reports...

April 12, 2015 - 2:06am
5 days 6 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Plans are getting set for the 14th annual Ohio River Paddlefest.

The festival that centers on a trip down the river to Cincinnati in canoes and kayaks has grown to include much more.

Besides 11-mile races and slower paddling trips from Coney Island east of Cincinnati to the city's downtown, the June 18-20 event has a variety of activities and festive events.

Thursday has the Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo,...

April 11, 2015 - 4:19pm
5 days 11 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Democratic Party has endorsed former governor Ted Strickland in next year's U.S. Senate race over a Cincinnati councilman challenging him for the party's nomination.

The party handed out its endorsement on Saturday.

Strickland and Cincinnati city councilman P.G. Sittenfeld are vying to take on Republican Sen. Rob Portman who won his party's endorsement earlier this week.

Strickland says in a statement...

April 11, 2015 - 2:01pm
5 days 11 hours ago

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — State troopers in Ohio say two Greyhound passengers have been arrested after making a bomb threat against the bus they were onboard.

The threat shut down Interstate 90 outside of Cleveland for about three hours Friday night.

Authorities stopped the bus about 30 miles east of Cleveland and evacuated all of the passengers before searching the bus.

The State Highway Patrol says no explosives were found. The...

April 11, 2015 - 11:40am
5 days 12 hours ago

CLYDE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in northwestern Ohio say a woman missing since Thursday has been found dead in the trunk of her car.

The Sandusky County Sheriff's office says the body of 28-year-old Heather Bogle was found Friday night at an apartment complex in Clyde.

The sheriff's office says her death is being investigated as a homicide.

She was last seen leaving work early Thursday morning and was reported missing after she...

April 11, 2015 - 10:58am
5 days 12 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Department of Natural Resources is forecasting a good fishing season for Lake Erie.

Lake Erie fisheries program manager Jeff Tyson says the lake has a stable population of walleye, yellow perch, black bass, white bass and steelhead with a wide variety of sizes.

The state says there's a solid number of large walleye in the lake with some walleye nearing or exceeding 28 inches.

Yellow perch also are...

April 11, 2015 - 10:55am
5 days 12 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — There's been a jump in drivers getting speeding citations from traffic cameras in an Ohio city that's in the middle of the legal battle over automated photo enforcement.

The Dayton Daily News ( ) reports that the city of Dayton saw a 29 percent increase in speed camera tickets in the first three months of this year over the same period last year.

Dayton police suspect that there is confusion among motorists....

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