State & Regional News

June 24, 2015 - 4:01am
1 week 1 day ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A negotiating panel of Ohio lawmakers is looking to finalize the details of the state's spending blueprint.

The so-called conference committee meets Wednesday evening to go over the key sticking points in the $71.3 billion, two-year operating budget.

State funding for public schools, higher education and health care policies are among the areas of difference between the House, Senate and Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik)....

June 24, 2015 - 3:45am
1 week 17 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Liquids used in electronic cigarettes must be sold in child-resistant packaging under a bill passed Wednesday by the Ohio House.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine and sometimes flavorings like fruit or chocolate.

The Senate has passed a similar bill. One measure must clear both chambers before the restrictions can become law.

The...

June 24, 2015 - 3:30am
1 week 1 day ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities in Cincinnati are preparing for thousands of people to turn out for services this week to honor a police officer killed in a shootout with a suspect.

A police union spokesman says officers from nearly every state are expected to attend, with hundreds of police cruisers and motorcycles coming to the city for services for officer Sonny Kim.

There will be a visitation beginning Thursday at 2 p.m. at Xavier University's...

June 24, 2015 - 3:15am
1 week 16 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans could register online to vote under a measure passed by the swing state's Senate.

The bill approved on a 31-1 vote Wednesday would direct Ohio's elections chief to create a secure, online registration process for voters. Applicants would need to provide an Ohio driver's license or state ID card number.

Currently, Ohio voters can update their addresses online but can't register.

A Senate panel revised...

June 24, 2015 - 3:05am
1 week 16 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposed ban on abortions after 20 weeks' gestation has passed the Ohio Senate.

The Republican-dominated chamber passed the bill on a party-line vote of 23-9 on Wednesday. It now goes to the House.

The measure would prohibit abortions after the 20-week mark. It's based on the assertion that fetuses can feel pain then.

The bill's opponents challenged that characterization as scientifically unsound during...

June 24, 2015 - 2:33am
1 week 16 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has passed a fast-moving proposal that some say could block an effort to legalize marijuana if both issues are approved by voters.

The House voted 81-12 Wednesday in favor of the resolution, which aims to make it harder to amend the constitution with ballot issues that provide commercial economic benefits to few individuals or create such monopolies.

One group seeking marijuana legalization wants to create 10...

June 23, 2015 - 7:26pm
1 week 1 day ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The county sheriff's office will conduct an independent investigation into the death of a handcuffed, mentally ill woman while in Cleveland police custody last year.

Prosecutors on Tuesday asked the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Sheriff's Department to launch its own investigation into the Nov. 13 death of Tanisha Anderson, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1KaOniD ).

Anderson's family has sued Cleveland...

June 23, 2015 - 4:25pm
1 week 1 day ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is cracking down again on exotic animals, telling owners who don't yet have a permit to put their tigers, snakes and monkeys under quarantine.

The state sent out the orders this week to a half-dozen exotic animal owners who have failed to get a permit under a law that took effect at the beginning of 2014.

Ohio's agriculture department says the owners aren't allowed to move or sell the animals until it decides what should...

June 23, 2015 - 4:11pm
1 week 1 day ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lawmakers have moved quickly on a proposal that some believe could block an effort to legalize marijuana should both issues appear on fall ballots and be approved by Ohio voters.

The measure cleared a House committee Tuesday, and the full House could vote Wednesday. The resolution aims to make it harder to amend the constitution with ballot issues that provide economic benefits to few individuals or create monopolies.

One...

June 23, 2015 - 2:11pm
1 week 1 day ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Dayton police are warning residents not to leave their cars running unattended or unlocked after the city's east side experienced a spike in grand theft auto reports.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1fxxzWm ) in the past 28 days, 30 vehicles were reported stolen. Officials say that figure represents a 114-percent increase over the previous month.

Police say a total of 136 cars were reported stolen so far in 2015, a 20...

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