State & Regional News

April 17, 2015 - 7:22am
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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The family of a southwest Ohio college student struck by lightning says he is beginning a long and difficult recovery.

The University of Dayton shared the update on 23-year-old senior Sean Ferguson on their website Thursday. The marketing major from Pittsburgh was struck by lightning last week near the university's fitness center.

The Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV report Ferguson was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital earlier...

April 17, 2015 - 6:24am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say dozens of local governments have responded with interest to an invitation from Ohio's treasurer to put spending information online.

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (man-DEHL') last week sent a letter to government and school officials throughout the state asking them to place their checkbooks online. The request included an offer to partner with Mandel's office with no cost to local governments.

Mandel's spokesman Chris...

April 17, 2015 - 5:39am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in central Ohio say a man has died after he was electrocuted at a Columbus factory.

Columbus police say the accident happened shortly around 12:15 a.m. Friday at ITC Manufacturing. The plant makes steel wire and other wire products.

Officers tell local media that the worker reached into a piece of machinery and then suffered an electric shock. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.

Police...

April 17, 2015 - 3:12am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A panel tracking accurate numbers of heroin-related overdose deaths in Ohio has recommended all coroners track each drug involved in an overdose death.

The panel says specifically reporting the drugs on a death certificate will allow the uniform collection of data statewide.

Attorney General Mike DeWine formed the committee after determining the total number of heroin-related overdose deaths couldn't be tallied because of a lack...

April 17, 2015 - 3:10am
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CLEVELAND (AP) — A forensic pathologist says two unarmed suspects were hit by a total of 47 shots fired by Cleveland police officers following a high-speed chase in November 2012.

Dr. Joseph Felo (FEE-lo), who works for the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County medical examiner's office, testified Thursday in the trial of Officer Michael Brelo.

Brelo was charged with voluntary manslaughter because prosecutors say he stood on the hood of the suspects' car...

April 17, 2015 - 3:04am
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KIRTLAND HILLS, Ohio (AP) — A former police chief has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing from the northeast Ohio village he served.

Former Kirtland Hills Chief Gerald Smith Jr. was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Cleveland after previously pleading guilty to one count each of mail fraud, and destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation.

Prosecutors say he defrauded the village out of at least $...

April 17, 2015 - 3:02am
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says Ohio's unemployment rate held steady at 5.1 percent in March, unchanged from the previous three months.

Friday's report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services shows Ohio had 295,000 unemployed workers in March, up 5,000 from a revised 290,000 unemployed workers in February.

This year's March unemployment rate is down from the same month last year, when it was 6 percent. The number of unemployed...

April 17, 2015 - 2:34am
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PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Animal Protective League says it has confiscated 33 shih tzus from a home in Parma Heights.

The humane agency removed 24 dogs and nine puppies from an owner on Thursday after receiving a tip.

League director Sharon Harvey tells The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/1cB6sbm ) that the dogs are underweight and that many of them have severely matted hair. She says a few dogs might need to have their paws...

April 16, 2015 - 5:27pm
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HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Social service workers who were in contract negotiations with a southwest Ohio county over wages for nearly two years have approved a tentative agreement.

The Butler County Children Services Union said Thursday that the majority of the union's remaining 61 members voted for the contract.

Union president Rebecca Palmer says members remain concerned over the merit pay portion of the contract and believe the agency will continue to...

April 16, 2015 - 5:03pm
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials are planning to release Ohio's latest monthly employment data.

The Friday morning report coming from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will show March employment data across sectors such as construction, manufacturing and health care.

The state's unemployment rate for January and February was 5.1 percent, matching the revised rate for December.

Ohio had 291,000 unemployed workers...

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