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Ohio University won't buy new house for president

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 02:18 PM

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio University official says the school will not buy a $1.2 million home for the school's president after the old one was infested by bats.

The decision by university officials last month to lease the off-campus house for President Roderick McDavis and his wife with an option to purchase raised the ire of many in the community who complained it was a waste of money.

Last of 10 suspects in Ohio dog fighting case pleads guilty

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 01:52 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — The last of 10 defendants indicted in connection with a northeast Ohio dog-fighting ring has pleaded guilty to charges in federal court.

Fifty-six-year-old Alvin Banks pleaded guilty on Monday to five charges, three related to dog fighting, a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to manufacture and distribute marijuana less than 50 plants. Banks is scheduled to be sentenced on June 30.

Ohio justice to fellow Democrats: 'Run people. Run.'

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 11:58 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The lone Democrat elected to top statewide office in Ohio is slamming his own party for its weekend endorsement of former Gov. Ted Strickland in the race for U.S. Senate.

In a "personal heartfelt message" posted Sunday, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill urged his 2,462 Facebook friends to "leave the Ohio Democratic Party immediately." He has a history of criticizing party politics.

ACLU seeks probe amid inmate protest at Ohio supermax prison

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 10:52 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is calling for an independent investigation into conditions at Ohio's super-maximum security prison amid a long-running hunger strike.

The protest at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown began March 19 to draw attention to recreation and programming restrictions, including a ban on religious gatherings, imposed after an assault on a corrections officer. A prisons department spokesman couldn't immediately say how many inmates were continuing to refuse meals Monday.

Ohio airport says plane safely makes emergency landing

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 09:53 AM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities at a southwest Ohio airport say a passenger plane has safely made an emergency landing.

Dayton International Airport spokeswoman Linda Hughes says the plane landed shortly after 9 a.m. Monday. EDT. Pilots had received an indication of a problem, but she says the plane landed without incident. Emergency crews at the airport had responded to a report that a tire was on fire.

Hughes says there are no reports of any injuries.

Some against closing small police training programs in Ohio

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 09:17 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials from several Ohio police departments and police training academies are protesting the possibility of closing some of the state's smaller training programs.

Jack Hershey, head of the state community college association, questions whether a one-size-fits all approach to police training would best serve all Ohio communities.

Lance Combs, acting Shelby police chief, says his department relies on the graduates they receive from the academy at North Central Community College.

Auditor's group to review Cleveland schools' rebate case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 06:56 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A task force with the Ohio auditor's office is reviewing Cleveland schools' failure to claim millions of dollars in federal rebates for technology upgrades.

A special audit task force with Ohio Auditor Dave Yost's office will review the case this week after a Cleveland schools construction watchdog panel discovered the district missed out on about $8.5 million in pre-approved federal rebates for internet and communications equipment between 2006 and 2011. The panel found that $6.6 million of that $8.5 million gap wasn't claimed.

Historic southeast Ohio building a loss after weekend fire

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 06:23 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fire officials say a historic southeast Ohio building serving as a college art gallery is a total loss after it was engulfed in flames over the weekend.

Fire crews fought the fire in Nelsonville's public square until the early-morning hours Sunday after the fire broke out late Saturday night.

Ohio gas prices up to start work week

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 05:30 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio gas prices are up to start the work week.

The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.34 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 9 cents from a week ago, but $1.35 less than last year at this time.

Ohio prices were slightly less than the national average, which was $2.39 per gallon Monday. That's unchanged from a week ago and $1.25 less than this time last year.

Ohio college makes changes, works to keep accreditation

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 03:16 AM

WILBERFORCE, Ohio (AP) — The nation's oldest historically black private university is making policy changes and spending more than $3 million on its southwestern Ohio campus in an effort to keep its accreditation.

The Higher Learning Commission sent a warning to Wilberforce University last June requiring the school to show why accreditation shouldn't be withdrawn.

Members of an accreditation team will visit the campus this month to evaluate whether Wilberforce has resolved the issues outlined. They include low enrollment and financial deficits.

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