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Woman dies after house fire in northwest Ohio; cause unclear

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 05:27 PM

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 31-year-old woman died after a house fire in northwest Ohio.

Firefighters responding to the blaze around 10 a.m. Tuesday found the woman on the second floor of the home in Sylvania, a suburb northwest of Toledo.

She was taken to a hospital, where she died. An autopsy was planned Wednesday.


Dorm at Ohio megachurch can keep its tax exemption

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 05:03 PM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court says the dormitory associated with an Ohio megachurch qualifies for a tax exemption because it facilitates public worship by providing free lodging for those attending services.

Justices sided Tuesday with Grace Cathedral, of suburban Akron, in a state Board of Tax Appeals challenge.

The church is home to U.S. televangelist Ernest Angley. His tactics at controlling his congregation — including requiring some parishioners to have vasectomies — were the subject of a newspaper investigation last year.


Report analyzes economic impact of low water at troubled dam

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 04:25 PM

THORNVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A report concludes keeping central Ohio's Buckeye Lake shallow while its deteriorated dam is replaced could risk 1,100 jobs and $160 million in economic losses over five years.

Local economic development groups commissioned the report released Tuesday.

Engineers had warned the nearly 180-year-old earthen dam was at risk of failing, and the state lowered the lake as a precaution. That hinders water activities and tourism, upsetting locals.


Nearly 189,000 Ohioans enrolled under Obama's health law

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 04:03 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal officials say nearly 189,000 Ohioans have signed up for subsidized private health insurance this year under President Barack Obama's law.

A report Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that roughly 161,000 of those who enrolled in the state —or about 85 percent — are getting an average of $255 a month to help pay their premiums.


Ohio proposals seek to reduce heroin, painkiller overdoses

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 02:04 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A package of bills aimed at addressing Ohio's opiate addiction crisis includes a proposal to give certain immunity to drug users seeking emergency help for others who have overdosed on heroin or painkillers.

Fatal overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes.

The proposal from Reps. Robert Sprague and Denise Driehaus (DREE'-hows) would exempt people from being arrested on minor drug possession charges if they help someone experiencing an opioid-related overdose.


Ohio canceling all poultry shows at fairs over bird flu

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 12:31 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's agriculture officials are canceling all poultry shows at the Ohio State Fair and county fairs across the state this year because of the threat of a deadly bird flu virus.

The order issued Tuesday also applies to poultry auctions and swap meets.

The virus that has led to the deaths of more than 44 million chickens and turkeys in the Midwest hasn't been found so far in Ohio. But state agriculture director David Daniels says banning all poultry shows is a needed step to protect Ohio's poultry industry.


Ohio county missed attorney reimbursement cutoffs, lost $1M

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 11:07 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials say Ohio's most populous county has lost more than $1 million by repeatedly failing to meet deadlines for state reimbursement of court-appointed attorneys.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/1JmPHgh ) Cuyahoga County's losses date back to 2008 and are estimated at $150,000 to $350,000 a year.

Under state guidelines, counties are supposed to send court-appointed attorney bills to Columbus each month. The Ohio Public Defender Office reimburses 40 percent of all properly submitted bills.


West Nile virus confirmed in Franklin County mosquitoes

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 10:13 AM

GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — Franklin County health officials say mosquitoes near Columbus have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The mosquitoes were trapped May 26 in Grandview Heights, just northwest of downtown, and tested the next day.

Franklin County Public Health sent out spray trucks Monday night and will continue this week in other communities.


Judge delays lawsuit over boy's fatal shooting by police

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 07:20 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge has delayed part of a civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by police, citing concern for the involved officers' Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

Tamir Rice had an airsoft gun that shoots nonlethal plastic pellets when an officer shot him outside a Cleveland recreation center last November.

Chief U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. ruled Monday to put on hold for 60 days the discovery process of the case for the two officers involved.


Owner faces deadlines for cleanup of recycling center fire

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 06:45 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The owner of a Columbus recycling facility where a massive fire broke out last month is facing deadlines for cleaning up the site.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1I4VnNp ) the owner has until the end of July to remove material and debris from the site and until the end of August to demolish eight buildings damaged by fire.

Officials say the cleanup is moving along, but has been slowed because the state Environmental Protection Agency must approve contractors and test the debris before it can go to a landfill.


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