State & Regional News

November 16, 2015 - 1:31pm
1 week 2 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's largest anti-abortion group has rescinded its 2014 endorsement of a Democratic senator from Cincinnati after he cast two recent votes against their key legislative initiatives.

Ohio Right to Life chairman Marshal Pitchford said Monday that a candidate survey filled out by state Sen. Cecil Thomas last year led group members to believe his stances were 100 percent in line with theirs. Yet Thomas recently cast votes against two bills backed by...

November 16, 2015 - 9:56am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio House committee has approved legislation extending the age that younger residents can get foster care services to 21.

The Rules and Reference Committee approved the measure Monday after making changes.

The legislation would increase to 21 the age that foster youths could get services, provided they meet certain education and work requirements. The panel removed an immediate appropriation, giving the state until 2017 to...

November 16, 2015 - 9:48am
1 week 2 days ago

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio man says love prompted him to set fire to a country club because he hoped it would cause his ex-boyfriend to lose his job and move out of state with him.

Fifty-one-year-old Paul Forner of Chardon received five years in prison on Friday in Lake County after pleading guilty last month to attempted aggravated arson for torching the club in March.

The (Willoughby) News-Herald ( ) reports that...

November 16, 2015 - 8:12am
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A student rally against racism at Ohio State University ended hours later with a joint statement signed by a student organizer and two university officials.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that the Friday protest on the Columbus campus that attracted about 700 students was organized to show support for students protesting racism at the University of Missouri.

The demonstration and march attracted the...

November 16, 2015 - 7:52am
1 week 3 days ago

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A century-old church that's on the National Register of Historic Places is being reborn as a history museum in southeastern Ohio.

The renamed Southeast Ohio History Center will triple its space when it moves from a cramped building in uptown Athens to the First Christian Church, which dates to 1916. The nonprofit museum will open in the spring.

The brick church is itself steeped in history, including housing hundreds of soldiers...

November 16, 2015 - 7:28am
1 week 3 days ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of people came to services at a northwest Ohio mosque to pray for the victims and condemn the radical Islamic terrorists who slaughtered innocents in Paris.

The (Toledo) Blade ( ) reports that the two vigils on Sunday at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo attracted people of all faiths.

Talal Eid, imam of the mosque, said the services were planned to show that Muslims condemn violence perpetrated in...

November 16, 2015 - 6:26am
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Good news for Ohio motorists as the holiday season gears up: Gas prices are hovering around the $2 mark.

The state average was about $2.01 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 19 cents cheaper than the average last Monday and 36 cents cheaper than the price a month ago.

The national average for regular fuel was slightly higher at about $2.16 on...

November 16, 2015 - 4:05am
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's new wildlife chief has a lot of experience managing fish and wildlife issues in the state.

Ray Petering starts this week as chief of the wildlife division in the state's natural resources department.

He recently worked as a project manager for the agency and wrote the State Wildlife Action Plan.

He also had served as the acting assistant chief and executive administrator in the fish management and...

November 16, 2015 - 3:54am
1 week 3 days ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Football fans in Cincinnati are being asked to arrive early for the Bengals game against Houston as the NFL has increased security at stadiums around the country.

Law enforcement leaders in Cincinnati have also made a few changes in their security plan for Monday night's game in the wake of the Paris attacks.

The city says there aren't any active threats in the Cincinnati area.

A regional operations center where...

November 16, 2015 - 3:42am
1 week 3 days ago

CHURCHILL, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a motorcyclist is dead after crashing into a pickup truck in northeastern Ohio.

WFMJ-TV reports ( ) it happened Sunday afternoon on State Route 193 in Churchill, about 5 miles north of Youngstown.

Officials with the State Highway Patrol say Jodi Gallagher, of Girard, was pulling onto the highway from a private drive when a motorcycle driven by 25-year-old Jeremy White, of Vienna, ran into...

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