State & Regional News

November 23, 2015 - 4:29am
2 days 19 hours 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
3 days 40 min 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
3 days 1 hour 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
2 days 17 hours 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
3 days 15 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.

Snow and cold...

November 22, 2015 - 1:19pm
3 days 16 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio's capital city say they're trying a new approach to quell potential riots.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) nearly 2,000 Columbus police officers have been trained in crowd-control techniques at a city police academy.

Lt. Steve Wilkinson, an advanced-training instructor at the academy, says police no longer have to use large, field-force contingents. Officers in January dispersed crowds...

November 22, 2015 - 1:02pm
3 days 11 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Family members of a slain 12-year-old boy are among those who have gathered for a vigil Sunday in Cleveland marking the one-year anniversary of the fatal police shooting.

People prayed and observed a moment of silence at the Cudell Recreation Center area where Tamir Rice was shot a year ago Sunday. The black Cleveland boy was carrying a pellet gun when shot by a white officer.

Some 60 people including his mother and sister also took...

November 22, 2015 - 12:19pm
3 days 17 hours ago

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (AP) — A small liberal arts college in southwest Ohio has chosen a new president.

The Dayton Daily News reports ( ) Antioch College announced recently that Dr. Thomas Manley will become its president starting in March.

Manley has been president of Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, since 2003. More than 200 candidates applied for the job.

Mark Roosevelt announced in May...

November 22, 2015 - 10:57am
3 days 17 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The daughter of Somali immigrants in Columbus and a Youngstown State University senior are among the 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars to pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University.

The Rhodes Trust announced recipients Sunday.

They include Ohio State University graduate Ilhan Dahir, who is on a Fulbright Fellowship teaching English in Turkey. She did her senior thesis on the role of western foreign fighters...

November 22, 2015 - 10:34am
3 days 18 hours ago

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A northern Ohio city is again making plans to demolish a shuttered crayon factory that it says is a serious safety hazard.

Sandusky officials say they want to tear down the 110-year-old American Crayon building by next spring.

The city manager tells the Sandusky Register ( ) that they are moving forward with the demolition as an emergency.

The fate of the building has been tied up in a...

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