State & Regional News

July 24, 2015 - 4:02am
1 day 8 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans saw their homeowners' and auto insurance rates increase last year, though they're still getting a good deal.

The state's Department of Insurance recently released the 2014 average rates for homeowners' and auto insurance.

The top 10 insurance companies doing business in Ohio boosted homeowners' rates by 4.3 percent last year, while the biggest auto insurers raised rates by 2.6 percent.

In both areas...

July 24, 2015 - 3:46am
1 day 9 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say they have found the body of a second missing drowning victim in a central Ohio river.

Searchers said they recovered the body of 18-year-old Joseph Welch in the Olentangy River in Columbus Thursday afternoon, a day after finding the body of his half-brother, 20-year-old Anthony Martin.

Teams have been searching since Saturday when the men were swimming in the river and were swept over a low dam....

July 24, 2015 - 3:30am
1 day 3 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's building standards board has taken a strong position against the installation of barricade devices on doors in the event of an active shooter in a building.

The board says many of the devices require specialized skills to install and then several steps to remove from a door to allow people to leave a room.

The board's strongly worded conclusions released Friday come just weeks after a new law pushed by schools and device...

July 24, 2015 - 3:15am
1 day 9 hours ago

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A judge in northeast Ohio has dismissed a civil rights complaint against a former children's services official over the beating death of a teenager, citing a violation of the court process for such cases.

The 2013 death of 14-year-old Teddy Foltz led to prison sentences for his mother and her boyfriend.

Foltz's estate filed a federal complaint alleging the teen's constitutional due process rights were violated by a failure to...

July 24, 2015 - 3:05am
1 day 17 hours ago

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Documents filed in a lawsuit against a northeast Ohio hospital indicate the remains of an infant that died before birth probably were discarded with medical waste rather than being saved for the burial the family planned.

That's the probable explanation referenced in recent court filings by attorneys for St. Elizabeth Health Center and the plaintiff, Lytanya Wylie of Youngstown.

Her lawsuit says Wylie was pregnant with twins,...

July 23, 2015 - 4:54pm
1 day 20 hours ago

NEW CONCORD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have charged a 20-year-old Ohio college student with killing her newborn baby in April.

Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox said Emile Weaver was indicted Wednesday on charges of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. If she is committed of aggravated murder, she could face life in prison without parole.

Authorities said the body of the newborn girl was found April 22 in a black...

July 23, 2015 - 1:34pm
1 day 19 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Enquirer has named a journalism center director and Pulitzer Prize-winning editor to lead the Ohio newspaper.

Peter Bhatia (BAHT'-ee-uh) directs the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State's Cronkite School of Journalism. He will be editor and vice president of audience engagement at Enquirer Media starting Aug. 17.

Enquirer Media parent company Gannett Co. Inc. announced the appointment...

July 23, 2015 - 12:46pm
2 days 1 hour ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly a quarter of Ohio's rural school districts administered online state tests to all of their students, the largest rate among any category of districts.

Students were able to take state tests online for the first time last school year. The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) a state survey found about 24 percent of rural districts administered all exams online. Statewide, only 17 percent of districts used online exams exclusively...

July 23, 2015 - 12:04pm
1 day 23 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former and current chairs are clashing over the Ohio Democratic Party's treatment of a young challenger who's refused to leave the 2016 race for a U.S. Senate seat sought by former Gov. Ted Strickland.

Generations are reversed in the feud. A group of older Democrats from former Gov. Richard Celeste's era are standing behind 30-year-old P.G. Sittenfeld, a Cincinnati councilman, while younger party insiders, including fledgling party chair David...

July 23, 2015 - 11:38am
2 days 1 hour ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland officials say city employees with domestic partners are now expected to marry if they want to continue on the city's family benefits plan.

Northeast Ohio Media Group ( ) reports Cleveland City Council on Wednesday ended the program extending family benefits to domestic partners of city employees and introduced legislation to terminate the city's domestic partner registry.

Finance Director Sharon Dumas...

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