State & Regional News

July 3, 2015 - 3:05am
2 days 4 hours ago

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Operators of a southwest Ohio abortion clinic say they'll again request an exception to rules requiring a patient-transfer agreement with a hospital in case of emergencies.

Women's Med Center in Dayton has sought a variance for several years and says it has backup doctors who could provide emergency coverage to patients.

The state's health director denied the request last week, saying that's not enough to ensure patient safety. He...

July 3, 2015 - 3:05am
1 day 13 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says eastbound traffic headed toward Columbus on Interstate 70 is flowing again around the site of a damaged bridge in time for the city's massive Fourth of July celebration.

A section of I-70 on the west side of the capital was closed after an overturned tanker truck carrying ethanol caught fire and damaged the bridge Wednesday. The state plans to replace the span over the next few weeks, at an estimated cost of up to $1...

July 3, 2015 - 3:05am
2 days 4 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is planning a fifth visit to South Carolina ahead of the planned launch of his presidential bid later this month.

His nonprofit New Day for America said the two-term governor will visit the early primary state on Wednesday. He plans to attend Republican meet-and-greets in Hilton Head and Bluffton.

Kasich's campaign launch is expected at an event July 21. He will join a crowded GOP field in which...

July 3, 2015 - 3:05am
2 days 4 hours ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The FBI says a northern Ohio man has been charged with robbing the same bank in Toledo two days in a row.

John Lee Robinson of suburban Toledo was charged with two counts of bank robbery this week. The 53-year-old Robinson is accused of robbing the Citizens Bank in Toledo on June 3 and going back the following day.

A message seeking comment was left with his attorney.

Court documents say the suspect got away...

July 2, 2015 - 5:51pm
1 day 14 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — In a story July 2 about allegations of forced labor at Ohio egg farms, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of people indicted. Four people were charged, not five.

A corrected version of the story is below:

4 accused of forcing migrant teens to work at Ohio egg farms

4 charged in alleged conspiracy to force Guatemalan teenagers to work at Ohio egg farms

CLEVELAND (AP) —...

July 2, 2015 - 2:33pm
2 days 13 hours ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two brothers exonerated after spending decades in prison on a conviction and death sentences in a 1975 slaying have sued the city of Cleveland and the detectives who investigated the case.

Brothers Wiley Bridgeman and Ronnie Bridgeman, who now goes by Kwame Ajamu (KWAH'-mee ah-jah-MOO'), were among three men convicted on the testimony of a 12-year-old boy, who recanted last year.

The federal lawsuit suit filed Thursday names three...

July 2, 2015 - 1:15pm
2 days 15 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University's marching band is ramping up to appear this fall at the NFL International Series in London. It is the group's first-ever trip abroad.

Interim Director Christopher Hoch (hohk) says the band is scheduled to perform a pregame show Sunday, Oct. 25, at the overseas match-up between the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars in Wembley Stadium. It's the second of three games in the series.

Hoch says the NFL...

July 2, 2015 - 12:21pm
2 days 13 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a plane headed from St. Louis to Washington, D.C., was diverted to a central Ohio airport after a pilot reported a disruptive passenger made threatening statements.

Airport spokesman David Whitaker says the United Express flight bound for Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia landed safely at Port Columbus International Airport on Thursday. It was isolated while the FBI removed the 53 people on board and used dogs to search...

July 2, 2015 - 11:28am
2 days 11 hours ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge has denied two unions' request to delay the Cincinnati streetcar operations contract from being awarded by a transit authority.

Hamilton County Judge Steven Martin ruled Thursday after a hearing in the lawsuit filed by the Cincinnati branch of the Amalgamated Transit Union and the local AFL-CIO.

The Amalgamated Transit Union wants to run the streetcar and has sought to prevent the contract from going to a private company....

July 2, 2015 - 11:25am
2 days 16 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials estimate that about 1 million low-income Ohioans could be required pay a new monthly cost for Medicaid health coverage or potentially lose it under a Republican provision in the state budget.

The idea, which requires federal approval, was part of the $71.2 billion, two-year spending blueprint that Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) signed Tuesday.

Under the plan, Kasich's administration must seek a waiver of federal Medicaid...

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