State & Regional News

November 23, 2015 - 8:32am
1 day 1 hour ago

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a man accused of fatally shooting two women this year in northeastern Ohio.

A Stark County grand jury has indicted Leeroy Rogers Sr. on aggravated murder, kidnapping and weapons-related charges.

The Canton Repository reports ( ) last week's indictment included factors that can lead to a death sentence if Rogers is convicted.

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November 23, 2015 - 8:22am
1 day 2 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new study shows Ohio as a national leader in diverting juveniles to lower-cost community programs instead of prison.

The national study by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention shows the number of young people in Ohio sent to prison dropped 80 percent from 1997 to 2013. Figures show the national average of juvenile incarceration rates for that time dropped 55 percent.

A total of 491 juveniles currently are...

November 23, 2015 - 8:17am
1 day 3 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a woman has died after she was stabbed near a bar in central Ohio.

A Columbus police statement says 29-year-old Shirley Minnifield was stabbed around 1:30 a.m. Monday. Police say Minnifield died a short time later at a Columbus hospital.

Police were searching for a suspect who had left the scene by the time officers arrived. No other details were immediately available on the suspect or any motive for the stabbing....

November 23, 2015 - 7:09am
1 day 3 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Residents of southwest Ohio are getting a chance to meet local members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus.

The group's Legislative Action Tour plans a town hall-style stop in Cincinnati on Monday with appearances by state Reps. Alicia Reece and Christie Kuhns and state Sen. Cecil Thomas. All three are Cincinnati Democrats.

Reece, the caucus president, said the event at the Urban League of Cincinnati is an opportunity for local...

November 23, 2015 - 6:34am
1 day 4 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio motorists head into the Thanksgiving week with gas prices dipping below the $2 mark.

The state average was about $1.83 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 18 cents cheaper than the average last Monday and 36 cents cheaper than the price a month ago. The state average a year ago was about $2.75.

The national average for regular fuel was...

November 23, 2015 - 4:29am
1 day 1 hour ago

TROY, Ohio (AP) — A western Ohio county is moving closer to reopening a jail pod after commissioners expressed support for the action.

The Dayton Daily News reports ( ) the 60-person pod at the Miami County incarceration Facility in Troy would be used for the county's female inmates. They are currently being sent to Shelby County's jail. Other agencies could also rent space in the pod.

The jail's administrator, Lt. Dave Norman,...

November 23, 2015 - 3:52am
1 day 6 hours ago

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking residents near the northwestern Ohio city of Findlay to help with mapping a diversion channel that's part of its flood control plan for the area.

The Courier newspaper ( ) in Findlay reports the agency wants residents to let it know about historic properties or places of cultural value that might affect the nine-mile diversion channel.

The Army Corps has proposed...

November 23, 2015 - 3:41am
1 day 7 hours ago

UPPER SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Officials are ready to mark the completion of a $2.25 million renovation of a northern Ohio county courthouse.

Wyandot County voters approved a six-year bond issue two years ago to generate for the funds for work on the historic courthouse.

The building was featured in scenes of the 1994 movie "The Shawshank Redemption."

Commissioners say the money went toward repairing and restoring the dome and clock...

November 23, 2015 - 3:37am
23 hours 39 min ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Economic researchers expect Ohio retail spending to grow above national projections during the pivotal holiday shopping period that picks up later this week with Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales.

The University of Cincinnati Economics Center projects retail sales to rise 4.2 percent in the November-December period, a boost of $600 million over the 2014 season. The National Retail Federation expects holiday spending this year to jump nationally by 3.7...

November 22, 2015 - 2:47pm
1 day 21 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Some people in northern Ohio are getting this season's first dose of wintry weather.

Lake-effect snow bands hit communities in northeast Ohio, with an advisory in effect for snow-belt counties through Sunday night.

The National Weather Service says the snow bands could dump 2 to 5 inches in some areas. It warned motorists to be ready for rapid changes in weather conditions in northeast Ohio.

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