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Ohio elections board assures staff after meningitis case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 05:16 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio elections board is assuring staff and voters that operations will continue as usual after a poll worker in training contracted bacterial meningitis.

Ben Piscitelli (pihsk-ih-TEL'-ee), spokesman for the Franklin County Board of Elections, says the Columbus health department told about 100 staff members Monday it's still safe to keep working at the building.


Ohio House panel adjusts funding to help school districts

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 04:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio House panel is moving to hold school districts harmless in the state's upcoming two-year budget when it comes to two streams of tax revenue.


Jail privatization provision struck from Ohio House budget

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 03:40 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House Finance Committee is striking a provision from the state budget that would have allowed for privatization of county jails.

The change was among dozens being hammered out Monday ahead of expected committee approval of the two-year, $71.5 billion spending blueprint.

A substitute version of the budget bill that emerged last week included the language allowing counties to broaden their ability to privatize jails as a cost-saving measure.


Ohio House panel pulls public records audit item from budget

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 03:24 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House Finance Committee is pulling an item from the state budget that would have stifled Auditor Dave Yost's new public records audit system.

The panel removed the provision Monday as it put finishing touches on the two-year, $71.5 billion state operating budget.

Yost had been furious over a budget amendment that prevented him from ruling on public records complaints that state agencies are violating public-records laws.


2 ejected from vehicle, killed in northeast Ohio crash

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 12:08 PM

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two people ejected from their vehicle in a car crash in northeast Ohio have died and two others have been hospitalized with serious injuries.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred around 10 p.m. Sunday on state Route 83 in Litchfield township near Medina when a minivan failed to yield at a stop sign and struck a PT Cruiser.


Hocking College to hold forums for 3 presidential finalists

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 11:16 AM

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Three finalists in the running to be the next president at a southeast Ohio college are scheduled to participate in community public forums over the next week.

The Athens Messenger reports (http://bit.ly/1cQz944 ) Hocking College will hold the forums this week and early next week. College officials say they hope the college community and public will use the forums to meet the candidates and share their impressions with the school's trustees.


Mourners recall Kentucky student killed a block from campus

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 07:14 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Hundreds gathered in northwest Ohio over the weekend to remember a college student who was gunned down while walking home from a party near the University of Kentucky.

The Blade in Toledo reports (http://bit.ly/1E0RcPi ) 400 people listened as those who knew Jonathan Krueger shared stories of the 22-year-old's life. Mourners met around a bonfire Saturday at Maumee (maw-MEE') Valley Country Day School, where the Perrysburg native graduated in 2012.


Spring brings morel mushroom season in Ohio

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 07:03 AM

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — As trees and flowers begin blossoming in Ohio, some people have their eyes to the ground as the morel mushroom season ramps up in the state.

Officials with the Ohio Mushroom society tell the Chillicothe Gazette (http://ohne.ws/1zBb868 ) that the arrival of spring in Ohio marks the beginning of the limited season for the cone-shaped mushrooms.


Ohio gas prices up to start work week

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 05:35 AM

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

The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.41 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 7 cents from a week ago, but $1.31 less than last year at this time.

Ohio prices were about a nickel below the national average, which was $2.46 per gallon Monday. That's up 7 cents from a week ago and $1.21 less than last year at this time.


Officials probe building collapse in Columbus

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 05:26 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A building partially collapsed in Columbus, sending bricks onto the sidewalk below.

WBNS-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1EiUsrn ) that no one was inside when part of the building crumbed just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

It's unclear what caused the collapse. No injuries were reported.

Officials cordoned off the area near South Ohio Avenue and Oak Street as authorities investigated the incident.

Building inspectors were expected to survey the scene.

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