State & Regional News

June 27, 2015 - 12:28pm
16 hours 6 min ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Heavy rains that have fallen across northern Ohio in recent weeks are washing more phosphorus into the rivers that flow into Lake Erie.

And that could cause a spike in the amount of algae in the lake later this summer.

Researchers now say algae blooms could be worse than what they'd predicted a few weeks ago. They say that blooms aren't expected to be as bad as the one in 2011 that stretched from Toledo to Cleveland....

June 27, 2015 - 12:17pm
16 hours 26 min ago

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A former northeast Ohio judge will appeal his conviction on misdemeanor falsification and tampering with records charges.

The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram reports ( ) that court documents filed earlier this week don't specify what arguments attorneys for former Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge will be using in the appeal.

The prosecution of Burge focused on his financial interest in a partnership...

June 27, 2015 - 11:18am
17 hours 6 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials are urging people to avoid fast-moving waters in rivers and streams after a week of steady rain throughout the state.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says in a statement issued Friday that people should be realistic about their swimming and paddling skills before venturing into rain-swollen rivers, lakes and streams. Rain is in the forecast for the state throughout the weekend.

ODNR says boaters should...

June 27, 2015 - 11:02am
17 hours 36 min ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A white lion on loan from the Siegfried & Roy animal act has died after undergoing a medical procedure at the Toledo Zoo.

Zoo officials announced Friday that 14-year-old Legend died after being immobilized for an hour to allow veterinarians to treat problems with one of the lion's paws. Legend went into cardiac and respiratory arrest after being removed from anesthesia.

A zoo veterinarian says in a statement that while there...

June 27, 2015 - 10:10am
17 hours 36 min ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — More than 1,300 damage claims have been filed in a northeast Ohio court on behalf of heirs of Akron-area rubber and auto workers who died or became seriously ill after being exposed to asbestos.

The claims filed in Summit County Probate Court range from $2,100 to $23,000 depending upon the severity of medical diagnoses.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports ( ) a fund totaling $80 million was established in 2004...

June 27, 2015 - 10:07am
17 hours 46 min ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — There's a lot developing in the continuing clash over traffic camera enforcement in Ohio.

The FBI is now involved, investigating possible public corruption over camera vendor dealings in Columbus and Cincinnati. State lawmakers who saw last year's bill to sharply restrict camera use hit legal roadblocks are back with a measure penalizing cities for collecting camera ticket fees. And just months after the state's highest court again upheld local...

June 27, 2015 - 9:26am
18 hours 16 min ago

MASON, Ohio (AP) — A 73-year-old man has taken his 12,000th ride on his favorite roller coaster at King's Island in southwest Ohio.

The amusement park announced that 73-year-old Gary Coleman of Monfort Heights took the milestone ride in the front row of the Diamondback roller coaster on Monday.

The retired minister has made 493 trips to the theme park outside of Cincinnati since 2009, when the 230-foot steel roller coaster opened. It's the tallest...

June 27, 2015 - 6:35am
21 hours 46 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The celebration of an Ohio folk artist whose work focused on her childhood neighborhood in Columbus will continue next month.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) a tribute to the life of Aminah Robinson will take place at the Columbus Museum of Art on July 18. It will include a special program with music from jazz musician Arnett Howard.

Robinson was a MacArthur Foundation fellow whose work has been shown in...

June 27, 2015 - 5:35am
22 hours 26 min ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio college's research institute has been awarded a $21.6 million U.S Air Force contract for research and development in aerospace engine combustion technologies and components.

The Dayton Daily News reports ( ) University of Dayton Research Institute officials announced Thursday that the program's goals include improving engine performance and fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.


June 27, 2015 - 4:35am
23 hours 46 min ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A northern Ohio university's observatory is undergoing an $80,000 renovation that will include a new telescope with new capabilities.

The Toledo Blade reports ( ) the University of Toledo's Brooks Observatory will have a new telescope as its centerpiece that will be able to see dimmer objects and easily track their movements.

Officials say the upgrade can be used to take photographs of the heavens....

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