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April 16, 2015 - 2:13am
1 week 22 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The panel commissioned by Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) to study police and community relations in Ohio is closing in on a final set of recommendations.

Preliminary proposals have looked at whether state oversight of police officers should be increased.

Panel members have suggested things like statewide committees to investigate police-involved shootings and a central database of any officer fired by a department. Other...

April 15, 2015 - 4:56pm
1 week 23 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A man and woman whose dogs fatally mauled a woman last year have been convicted of misdemeanor charges.

The city of Dayton's chief prosecutor says 30-year-old Andrew Nason and 27-year-old Julie Custer were found guilty Tuesday of two counts each of failure to control dogs. Prosecutor Stephanie Cook says they pleaded no contest and could be sentenced to up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine on each count.

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April 15, 2015 - 4:39pm
1 week 23 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's prison department says a hunger strike at Ohio's highest security prison is effectively over.

Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said all but one of the remaining protesters at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown ate meals on Wednesday.

About 40 prisoners began striking March 16 to highlight concerns over programming and recreational restrictions, including a prohibition on religious gatherings, imposed after an attack on...

April 15, 2015 - 3:57pm
1 week 1 day ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voter advocates in Ohio are expressing frustration that the latest version of the state's two-year budget fails to include funding to support a statewide mailing of absentee ballot applications next year.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) has asked state lawmakers for $1.25 million to send the mailings in 2016.

His request comes after the GOP-controlled General Assembly passed a law tightening control over...

April 15, 2015 - 3:42pm
1 week 1 day ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge says he wants tighter security for a Cleveland police officer standing trial for shooting unarmed suspects after a death threat against the officer was overheard outside the courtroom.

A security officer alerted Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell to the threat Wednesday.

The officer reported a man outside the courtroom threatened he would kill Officer Michael Brelo himself if he wasn't...

April 15, 2015 - 2:21pm
1 week 22 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Cities could lose state money for operating traffic cameras under a change the Ohio House has made to the state budget.

The House plan would require communities that use the photo-monitoring devices to enforce traffic laws to file a report with the state auditor accounting for the total fines they've collected since a new law came into effect last month. Those amounts would then be deducted from their local government fund payments....

April 15, 2015 - 12:21pm
1 week 1 day ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — The mother of a 2-year-old girl who weighed 13 pounds when she died of starvation and blunt-force injury has pleaded not guilty in Ohio to murder charges.

Court officials say 28-year-old Andrea Bradley pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Hamilton County to aggravated murder, murder and child endangerment charges in Glenara Bates' March 29 death. Her attorney said Wednesday the defense is just beginning its investigation into the case.

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April 15, 2015 - 11:49am
1 week 1 day ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A workgroup tasked with studying Ohioans' reliance on public assistance programs has finalized its recommendations and research on the issue.

The panel's report released on Wednesday also contains details from a survey of county job and family services directors, a summary from focus groups with clients and feedback from advocates and others who assist the poor.

In its report, the workgroup of nine county officials cited a need...

April 15, 2015 - 11:27am
1 week 1 day ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lawmakers frustrated by attendance, accountability and performance troubles plaguing Ohio's charter school system have introduced bipartisan legislation to tackle the problem.

A bill introduced Wednesday by Republican Sen. Peggy Lehner and Democratic Sen. Frank Sawyer would make it easier for high-performing charters to expand while specifically labeling the worst charter schools "poor" and forbid "sponsor-hopping" by under-performing charter...

April 15, 2015 - 9:37am
1 week 1 day ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio jail is implementing new rules requiring inmates to either buy underwear from commissary or go commando after jail officials routinely found contraband hidden in undergarments sent from relatives and friends.

Franklin County Commissioners approved Tuesday a $95,000, one-year outside contract to provide T-shirts, socks, bras, men's boxers and briefs and women's briefs to the county jail.

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