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February 26, 2015 - 3:12am
3 days 14 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio utility regulators have rejected an American Electric Power proposal to guarantee profitability from two of its aging coal plants.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio ruled Wednesday that the plan was legal but it would not benefit customers.

Commissioners declined to authorize a plan to cover the costs of generating electricity from the company's share of the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation, which includes which...

February 26, 2015 - 3:10am
2 days 21 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State statistics show oil production has more than doubled and natural gas has tripled in Ohio in the past year.

The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that more than 3.5 million barrels of oil and 164 billion cubic feet of natural gas were produced during the last three months of 2014. During the same quarter in 2013, Ohio wells produced 1.4 million barrels of oil and 43 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

The...

February 26, 2015 - 3:08am
3 days 18 hours ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A group looking into police and community relations in Ohio plans to meet with the public in northwestern Ohio.

The latest in a series of meetings around the state will take place Thursday at the University of Toledo's Scott Park Auditorium.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) formed the 24-person committee of city council members, religious leaders and law enforcement officials after a several police-involved shootings in Ohio and across...

February 26, 2015 - 3:06am
3 days 20 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Columbus man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for taking a woman from a bus stop and raping her while she held onto her 3-year-old child.

Thirty-six-year-old Ronald Ayers was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty earlier this month to one count of rape.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/17zj7sw ) reports that the victim told police that Ayers approached her at a bus stop, placed what she thought was a gun in her...

February 26, 2015 - 3:04am
3 days 21 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A cyber protection team of soldiers from Army National Guard units in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan will be among the first of three such teams beginning work this fall to support the military's cyber defense efforts.

Ohio's interim adjutant general said Wednesday that the team will consist of 39 soldiers. Maj. Gen. Mark Bartman says the three states have many soldiers who work as civilians in information technology and academic fields. Bartman says...

February 26, 2015 - 3:02am
3 days 22 hours ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers wrote hundreds of citations last weekend during a coordinated multi-state crackdown on speeding, safety belt violations and drunken driving on Interstate 75.

The patrol in Ohio wrote 322 speeding tickets, 18 for seat belt violations and arrested eight people for impaired driving during the enforcement from Friday to Sunday.

Highway patrols in Kentucky and Michigan also participated in the I-75...

February 25, 2015 - 6:26pm
3 days 22 hours ago

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A 16-year-old driver has been charged in a crash that killed four members of the same family earlier this month in northwestern Ohio.

The Wood County prosecutor says the teen could face a maximum of 90 days in juvenile detention if he's convicted.

Authorities say the 16-year-old driver crossed the center line and hit a minivan on Feb. 5 just outside of Bowling Green.

The driver of the van and his wife...

February 25, 2015 - 3:22pm
4 days 52 min ago

EATON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio marijuana possession case involving an Indianapolis Colts running back has been continued while authorities are waiting for crime lab results.

An Eaton municipal court judge Wednesday rescheduled a pretrial conference to April 8 for Ahmad (AH'-mahd) Bradshaw. Bradshaw pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge after being stopped this month by state troopers on a western Ohio interstate.

A Super Bowl player while with...

February 25, 2015 - 3:07pm
4 days 52 min ago

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A man already serving a life sentence in Ohio has avoided being sentenced to death after being convicted of setting a fire that killed two people in Lima.

A jury on Wednesday recommended two more life sentences for 30-year-old Hager Church.

Those same jurors found Church guilty last week of aggravated murder and aggravated arson in the 2009 fire.

Prosecutors say Church confessed to starting the fire that killed...

February 25, 2015 - 3:03pm
4 days 1 hour ago

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A medical examiner has ruled that former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. died of positional and compression asphyxia after the vintage tractor he was driving tipped over backward and trapped him beneath it.

The accident occurred Sept. 24 at Traficant's family farm outside of Youngstown. The 73-year-old Traficant died at a hospice four days later.

Traficant was a beloved and controversial figure in Youngstown and the...

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