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April 15, 2015 - 3:12am
1 week 2 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State representatives are questioning whether a bill that would move Ohio's 2016 primary election date might cause confusion among voters and candidates.

During the bill's first hearing Wednesday, Democrats on the Republican-controlled panel also questioned whether moving the battleground state's presidential primary back a week — from March 8 to March 15 — might help Republicans more than Democrats.

Sponsoring Rep. Mike Dovilla...

April 15, 2015 - 3:10am
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio will accept a congressional gold medal on behalf of World War II's "Doolittle Tokyo Raiders."

The museum says congressional leaders will present the medal to retired Lt. Gen. Jack Hudson in a Wednesday afternoon ceremony at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington. It's the highest civilian honor Congress can give.

This weekend, the museum plans events including...

April 15, 2015 - 3:08am
1 week 2 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal housing grants totaling $134,000 are designed to help Ohioans make good decisions about housing and stave off foreclosures.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday announced the grants to support 10 housing counseling organizations in Ohio. HUD says the money is meant to help low- and moderate-income people find housing, make more informed housing choices, or keep their current homes.

The agency...

April 15, 2015 - 3:06am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Six former Ohio death row inmates who were later proved innocent have protested the state's three-decade-old capital punishment law.

The prisoners are part of an effort by Ohioans to Stop Executions to urge lawmakers to accept last year's recommendations for changes to the law by an Ohio Supreme Court task force.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1asnua2 ) that several of the men shed tears as they spoke of...

April 15, 2015 - 3:03am
1 week 2 days ago

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Southwest Ohio police say they'll ask for an outside agency to review their handling of the slaying of a university student who authorities say was fatally shot by her ex-boyfriend before he killed himself.

Authorities said the preliminary investigation showed 27-year-old Larry Tipton II fatally shot 21-year-old Miami University student Rebecca Eldemire (EL'-duh-meye-ur) at her Oxford apartment in February before shooting himself.

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April 15, 2015 - 3:02am
1 week 2 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Five people will be arraigned Wednesday on felony charges in connection with an assault of Chuck E. Cheese's employees that police say began with complaints about a malfunctioning photo booth during a child's birthday party.

Authorities have said six employees of the restaurant in the Cleveland suburb of Parma were hurt in the March 6 attack and that two suffered serious injuries.

Forty-one-year-old Albert Brown, 35-year-old Jermele...

April 14, 2015 - 6:05pm
1 week 2 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican leaders in the Ohio House announced numerous changes Tuesday to Gov. John Kasich's $72.3 billion, two-year spending plan as they unveiled their own proposal. Some highlights:

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TAXES:

—Provides a 6.3 percent income tax cut beginning in tax year 2015 and lower the top rate to 5 percent for a total $1.2 billion in tax relief for Ohioans over the next two years.

—Makes...

April 14, 2015 - 5:22pm
1 week 3 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The sister of a man killed in a hail of Cleveland police gunfire after a high-speed chase in November 2012 testified that her brother repeatedly asked church members to pray that he'd overcome his drug addiction.

Her testimony came on the seventh day of the voluntary manslaughter trial of 31-year-old Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo. Prosecutors say Brelo (BREE'-lo) fired "kill shots" into the windshield of Timothy Russell's car after other...

April 14, 2015 - 5:03pm
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of prison activists is calling on the state to meet inmates' demands amid a lengthy hunger strike at Ohio's super-maximum security prison.

The strike at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown began March 16 to draw attention to recreation and programming restrictions, including a ban on religious gatherings, imposed after an assault on a corrections officer.

The state prisons agency says other incidents, including...

April 14, 2015 - 3:58pm
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate committee has approved an amended Senate bill to allow entertainment districts where revelers could carry open containers of alcohol outside bars and restaurants in some cities.

The bill approved Tuesday is similar to one passed by the House. It would allow cities with populations from 35,000 to 50,000 to create an area where people could legally walk outside with open containers of alcohol. Two outdoor refreshment areas would be...

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