State & Regional News

August 30, 2015 - 5:08pm
1 day 12 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — FirstEnergy is preparing to demolish its century-old power plant in Cleveland.

The Plain Dealer reports ( ) the company shut down the last of its Lake Shore power plant's coal-fired boilers in April. That was three years after the company announced it would close its Lake Erie plants rather than spend millions of dollars upgrading pollution control equipment for their coal-burning boilers.

The company has also...

August 30, 2015 - 2:31pm
1 day 12 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say part of a two-story building collapsed the central Ohio village of West Jefferson, sending at least one person to the hospital with minor injuries.

A dispatcher with the West Jefferson police says three people were reportedly in the building when part of it collapsed around 6:30 a.m. Sunday. The dispatcher says at least one was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries and later released.

The building has...

August 30, 2015 - 12:34pm
1 day 17 hours ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The University of Toledo has entered into a 50-year agreement that will link its medical college with a nonprofit health system and generate millions of dollars for the school.

The university's board recently authorized the school's affiliation with ProMedica.

The health system will create an academic medical center at ProMedica Toledo Hospital and Toledo Children's Hospital, where university medical students and residents will...

August 30, 2015 - 12:12pm
1 day 20 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former Dayton mayor and ex-legislator in Ohio will serve in a position at the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in Minneapolis.

Rhine McLin has been named the Midwest vice chairwoman of the Association of State Democratic Chairs for the meeting.

The Dayton Daily News reports ( that McLin's new role underscores the importance of Ohio for Democrats across the country.


August 30, 2015 - 11:43am
1 day 21 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out most of the lawsuit challenging Ohio Gov. John Kasich and the Legislature's 2013 decision to use $930 million of Ohio Turnpike tolls to fund non-turnpike highway and construction projects.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports ( ) that U.S. District Judge Dan Polster's ruling says Ohio Turnpike Commission money benefits turnpike users, even if it's not used for turnpike maintenance.


August 30, 2015 - 9:57am
1 day 21 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a man riding a bicycle is suspected of fatally shooting another man in an armed robbery attempt in Cleveland.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group ( ) reports that the bicyclist is accused of killing a man who was walking with another man early Saturday in Cleveland. Police say the suspect apparently rode up behind the two pedestrians, pointed a gun at them and tried to rob them.

Police say one of the...

August 30, 2015 - 9:45am
1 day 22 hours ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The University of Akron is thinking about creating a new main entrance that would go through some of the sports fields on campus.

A school spokesman says discussions about the project are very preliminary.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports ( ) that artists' renderings show the campus track and its baseball field being replaced with green space and one or two football fields.

The school has...

August 30, 2015 - 9:37am
1 day 23 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A U.S. Navy combat veteran will give the keynote speech at Ohio's conference for women veterans to be held in Columbus.

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services says veteran Amanda Wirtz will address the conference at the Hilton Columbus at Easton on Sept. 12. She will share her story of overcoming significant health challenges.

State officials say the conference provides a networking forum for women veterans and provides them...

August 30, 2015 - 7:35am
1 day 23 hours ago

MENTOR, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's first state nature preserve is set to get a makeover.

Work soon will begin on restoring the 690-acre Mentor Marsh ear of Cleveland.

The project funded through the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will work to remove of non-native plants that have taken over the marsh.

The Plain Dealer ( ) in Cleveland reports that researchers from the University of Michigan's Biological...

August 30, 2015 - 6:40am
2 days 1 hour ago

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio county has its first four-signal traffic light that features a flashing yellow arrow for left hand turns.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News ( ) reports Butler County's first left-turn signals with four-arrow displays are now operational.

The new flashing yellow arrow indicates that drivers are allowed to turn left after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians versus a steady yellow...

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