State & Regional News

August 23, 2016 - 10:02am
2 days 7 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Republican-dominated state legislative committee has delayed rules that the Ohio Department of Education needs so it can set up a tough new sponsor evaluation system aimed at making Ohio's charter schools more accountable.

The Columbus Dispatch reports new sponsor evaluations were supposed to come on line in October but their timing's now uncertain.

In a party-line vote Monday, the Legislature's rule-making panel sent the...

August 23, 2016 - 9:42am
2 days 7 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court wants a settlement reached in the case of a newspaper suing a coroner for autopsy records in the slayings of eight people from an Ohio family.

A complaint by the Columbus Dispatch that is before the court alleges the Pike County coroner is improperly withholding the final autopsy records.

The coroner says the autopsies are "confidential law enforcement investigatory records" that aren't subject to public...

August 23, 2016 - 8:55am
2 days 8 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Public documents show a man accused of fatally shooting three people was hearing voices when he was at a behavioral health care facility the day of the Ohio shootings.

The Dayton Daily News reports a document filled out by police says 61-year-old Muhammad S. Ali damaged property and threatened staff "during a mental breakdown" at the Dayton facility Aug. 10 before police took him to a hospital for evaluation. Police say later that day, Ali took a gun...

August 23, 2016 - 8:39am
2 days 8 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati's new streetcar has a new name following a 10-year, $3.4 million deal with a communications and technology company.

The streetcar will be known as the "Cincinnati Bell Connector." Its colors and logo will be changed to fit Cincinnati Bell's branding.

Boarding stations also will feature the company's blue and green colors. Details are expected to be released before the streetcar's opening, scheduled for Sept. 9....

August 23, 2016 - 8:28am
2 days 9 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Twitter account of an Ohio zoo targeted by online critics and trolls over the shooting of a gorilla has been taken down.

Seekers of the Cincinnati Zoo's page on the social media site Tuesday got a "Sorry, that page doesn't exist!" response.

The 17-year-old great ape Harambe (huh-RAHM'-beh) has been mourned, memorialized and satirized nearly continuously since a special zoo response team killed him May 28 after a 3-year-old boy...

August 23, 2016 - 3:40am
2 days 16 hours ago

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who died after opening his main and reserve parachutes too late while skydiving over the weekend at a southwest Ohio airport.

The Butler County coroner on Monday said 47-year-old Jeffrey Rives plunged to his death Sunday morning at Middletown Regional Airport.

Drop Zone owner John Hart II says the Mason man had made 95 previous jumps. Hart says Rives deployed his main parachute under the...

August 23, 2016 - 3:39am
2 days 16 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life behind bars in the slaying of a 21-year-old man in Columbus last year that authorities say stemmed from a missing dog.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) 19-year-old Gino Griggs pleaded guilty Monday to murder in the death of Ja'Quan Tucker. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years.

Prosecutors say the July 2015 shooting stemmed from an incident...

August 23, 2016 - 12:12am
2 days 16 hours ago

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — A western Ohio man who admitted that he fatally shot a teenager while hosting a drinking party has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Twenty-year-old Evan Hoffman, of Bloom Center, pleaded guilty last month to reckless homicide and was sentenced Monday.

Investigators have said Hoffman told them he shot the 16-year-old Jackson Center boy in self-defense.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Hoffman's...

August 23, 2016 - 12:11am
2 days 16 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two agencies that will regulate Ohio's forthcoming medical marijuana program are getting the $1.8 million they sought from the state to start that work.

The law that legalizes certain types of medical marijuana in Ohio takes effect Sept. 8, though the program isn't expected to be fully operational for some time.

About $923,000 of the initial funding goes to the Department of Commerce. It will license cultivators, processors and...

August 23, 2016 - 12:09am
2 days 22 hours ago

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio hometown of a two-time Olympic medalist is throwing her a parade.

Kayla Harrison earned a judo gold medal on Thursday in the 172-pound weight class at the Rio Olympics, four years after earning gold at the London Olympics. She's the first American to win consecutive judo medals.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports ( ) the Middletown City School District and the city will hold a parade in...

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