State & Regional News

February 19, 2015 - 6:25am
1 week 3 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — County officials in northeast Ohio are still deciding how to split a sin tax among stadiums and arenas of Cleveland sports teams.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/1zQqW3m ) the Gateway Economic Development Corporation — which owns two Cleveland professional sports facilities — hasn't heard from Cuyahoga County about how the money will be divided.

County voters last May approved a 20-year extension of the sin tax...

February 19, 2015 - 3:12am
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans were bracing for another couple days of bitter cold temperatures.

Wind chills below zero were expected early Thursday throughout much of the state. Schools in the Columbus area started announcing cancellations Wednesday night, along with various other districts around the state. Ohio University in Athens said it would close Thursday.

A wind chill advisory was in effect for much of northeast and eastern Ohio until Friday...

February 19, 2015 - 3:10am
1 week 3 days ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio woman who said a religious-based community organization fired her after she told them she was pregnant has settled her lawsuit against the organization.

The American Civil Liberties Union and its Ohio affiliate filed the lawsuit in 2013 in Dayton on behalf of Jennifer Maudlin of Springfield against Inside Out and its director. The lawsuit against the Christian-based childcare facility in Springfield was dismissed Tuesday. Settlement...

February 19, 2015 - 3:06am
1 week 3 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Atheists, secular humanists and other nonreligious people would be allowed to officiate weddings under a proposal that's emerged in Ohio.

State Sen. Michael Skindell (SKIN'-duhl), a Cleveland Democrat, is partnering with the Amherst, New York-based Center for Inquiry, on the legislation. It adds "secular celebrants" to the list of those authorized to solemnize marriages, joining religious ministers and public officials.

Monette...

February 19, 2015 - 3:06am
1 week 3 days ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio police officer will receive a new trial after the Ohio Supreme Court upheld an appeals court decision that overturned his conviction.

Former officer Thomas White of the Toledo suburb of Ottawa Hills was convicted nearly five years ago and sentenced to 10 years in prison in a shooting that paralyzed a motorcyclist.

The state Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a firearms charge doesn't apply to the officer....

February 19, 2015 - 3:04am
1 week 3 days ago

BROOKVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A firefighter in suburban Dayton has been convicted of charges related to having sex with a 16-year-old girl.

The Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office says 26-year-old Joshua Rawlins pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of abduction and one count of misdemeanor sexual imposition. Charges of sexual battery were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Until his arrest last March, Rawlins was a firefighter and emergency...

February 19, 2015 - 3:02am
1 week 4 days ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Residents in swing state Ohio could register to vote online under separate proposals introduced in the Legislature.

One measure from state Sen. Frank LaRose would direct the state to implement an online registration system. Residents could also still register using the current paper process.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) has long supported online voter registration. He praised the Senate bill's...

February 18, 2015 - 8:53pm
1 week 4 days ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cleveland man has been convicted of running so-called pill mills selling painkiller prescriptions to as many as 40 people a day.

Federal prosecutors and the State Board of Pharmacy say 65-year-old Christopher Stegawski was convicted Friday of conspiracy to distribute and dispense prescription drugs and conspiracy to launder money.

According to an indictment, Stegawksi and co-defendant John Callihan conspired to sell prescriptions...

February 18, 2015 - 5:14pm
1 week 4 days ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer will return as its president and publisher after filling those roles at another Gannett Co. Inc. newspaper, The Des Moines Register.

The company announced Wednesday that Rick Green will lead the Cincinnati newspaper and publisher Margaret Buchanan will retire in March. Green also will be a regional president of Gannett's 10 other Ohio newspapers.

Green was a reporter, suburban bureau...

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