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May 23, 2015 - 6:16am
1 week 3 hours ago

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Backers who want to build a youth sports complex near Cedar Point amusement park are asking Ohio lawmakers to let them increase a countywide hotel tax

Erie County leaders say increasing the hotel tax by 1 percent would raise $17 million and pay for much of the youth sports complex.

Supporters say construction could start this fall on the complex that would include 10 athletic fields for traveling youth sports teams....

May 23, 2015 - 6:11am
1 week 5 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland brewery has opened a new visitor center to commemorate its nearly 30-year history.

The Akron-Beacon Journal reports ( ) that Great Lakes Brewery hosted an event Thursday to celebrate the opening of its new Beer Symposium, a small visitor center located around the corner of the brewpub.

The center features a bar and exhibits that showcase the brewery's history. The exhibits will rotate with the seasons...

May 22, 2015 - 3:40pm
1 week 20 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is studying the plausibility of a tightly crafted medical marijuana proposal.

DeWine says it's logical as the state debates whether to legalize marijuana to explore what the alternatives are.

DeWine, a Republican who opposes legalizing recreational marijuana, says he's talked to many people around Ohio in favor of medical marijuana if they could be assured it wouldn't be abused....

May 22, 2015 - 12:46pm
1 week 22 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has rescinded a pair of directives issued by his predecessor that allowed independent home health care and child-care workers doing business with the state to unionize.

In an executive order signed Friday, Kasich says a main benefit of unionization was health insurance coverage, which is now widely available elsewhere. He's rescinding orders signed by then-Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, for home health...

May 22, 2015 - 7:37am
1 week 1 day ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — An internal audit shows employees at Cincinnati's pioneering performing arts school had one-on-one access to students but didn't have valid background checks.

The audit released Thursday says 20 of 28 supplemental staff members at the School for Creative and Performing Arts didn't have background checks even though artistic director Isidore Rudnick had said they did.

Principal Steve Brokamp says some background checks were still in...

May 22, 2015 - 7:08am
1 week 1 day ago

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Amtrak says a southwest Ohio city and university should continue working on plans for a passenger train stop following an internal analysis of ridership numbers.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News ( ) that it may make business sense to create a stop in Oxford, 25 miles north of Cincinnati. City officials are now working to identify five or six potential sites for the stop.

May 22, 2015 - 6:13am
1 week 1 day ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says dredging in the Cleveland Harbor and the Cuyahoga River channel is underway after a federal judge sided with the state of Ohio and ordered the agency to continue with the work.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports ( ) the dredging began Thursday. The judge last week ordered the Army Corps to continue dredging while a lawsuit is pending.

The state sued the Army Corps in...

May 22, 2015 - 4:02am
1 week 1 day ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — U.S. military service members from western Ohio who died serving in conflicts from World War II to the present will be honored with a memorial service at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

The Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton is sponsoring the roll call service on Friday at the museum's outdoor memorial park. U.S. service members from the Miami Valley region are being honored at...

May 22, 2015 - 3:46am
1 week 1 day ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The attorney for an Ohio man charged with plotting a U.S. terror attack has asked that next month's trial be delayed.

The request relates to charges against Columbus resident Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud (ab-dee-RAH'-mahn shayk moh-HAH'-mud). He's accused of receiving terrorism training on weapons, combat and tactics in Syria, then returning to the U.S. with a plan to attack a military base or a prison.

Defense attorney Sam...

May 22, 2015 - 3:31am
1 week 1 day ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Big numbers of Ohio travelers are expected to leave home over the long Memorial Day weekend, spurred by more disposable income and lower gas prices than in recent years.

But the heavy traffic combined with widespread highway construction could slow them down.

The AAA projects nearly 1.44 million Ohioans will travel this weekend, with 1.3 million going by automobile. Both numbers are some 5 percent higher than last year's....

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