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Cincinnati streetcar gets new name after 10-year, $3.4M deal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 08:39 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati's new streetcar has a new name following a 10-year, $3.4 million deal with a communications and technology company.

The streetcar will be known as the "Cincinnati Bell Connector." Its colors and logo will be changed to fit Cincinnati Bell's branding.

Boarding stations also will feature the company's blue and green colors. Details are expected to be released before the streetcar's opening, scheduled for Sept. 9.

Cincinnati Zoo Twitter account gone amid Harambe comments

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 08:28 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Twitter account of an Ohio zoo targeted by online critics and trolls over the shooting of a gorilla has been taken down.

Seekers of the Cincinnati Zoo's page on the social media site Tuesday got a "Sorry, that page doesn't exist!" response.

The 17-year-old great ape Harambe (huh-RAHM'-beh) has been mourned, memorialized and satirized nearly continuously since a special zoo response team killed him May 28 after a 3-year-old boy got into his enclosure.

Coroner IDs Ohio man in fatal skydiving accident

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 03:40 AM

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who died after opening his main and reserve parachutes too late while skydiving over the weekend at a southwest Ohio airport.

The Butler County coroner on Monday said 47-year-old Jeffrey Rives plunged to his death Sunday morning at Middletown Regional Airport.

Drop Zone owner John Hart II says the Mason man had made 95 previous jumps. Hart says Rives deployed his main parachute under the recommended altitude limit of 3,500 feet and opened his reserve parachute too late as well.

Man gets life behind bars in slaying over missing dog

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 03:39 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life behind bars in the slaying of a 21-year-old man in Columbus last year that authorities say stemmed from a missing dog.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2bLm0ev ) 19-year-old Gino Griggs pleaded guilty Monday to murder in the death of Ja'Quan Tucker. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years.

Underage party host sentenced for fatally shooting Ohio teen

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 12:12 AM

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — A western Ohio man who admitted that he fatally shot a teenager while hosting a drinking party has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Twenty-year-old Evan Hoffman, of Bloom Center, pleaded guilty last month to reckless homicide and was sentenced Monday.

Investigators have said Hoffman told them he shot the 16-year-old Jackson Center boy in self-defense.

Ohio regulators get $1.8M for medical marijuana program

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 12:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two agencies that will regulate Ohio's forthcoming medical marijuana program are getting the $1.8 million they sought from the state to start that work.

The law that legalizes certain types of medical marijuana in Ohio takes effect Sept. 8, though the program isn't expected to be fully operational for some time.

About $923,000 of the initial funding goes to the Department of Commerce. It will license cultivators, processors and laboratories that test the drug, as well as lead the creation of a related research database.

Parade planned for judo Olympic gold medalist, Ohio native

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 12:09 AM

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio hometown of a two-time Olympic medalist is throwing her a parade.

Kayla Harrison earned a judo gold medal on Thursday in the 172-pound weight class at the Rio Olympics, four years after earning gold at the London Olympics. She's the first American to win consecutive judo medals.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports (http://cin.ci/2bMUCQh ) the Middletown City School District and the city will hold a parade in her honor on Sept. 9.

The Latest: Police ID suspect fatally shot by Ohio officer

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, August 22, 2016 - 06:29 PM

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on an Ohio officer's fatal shooting of a suspect at an Ohio drugstore (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Police in southwest Ohio have identified the man they say held a knife to a pharmacist's throat and was fatally shot by an officer.

Hamilton police say 34-year-old Kelley Brandon Forte, of Cincinnati, didn't comply with police commands and was shot after a brief confrontation early Monday.

Woman gets 3 years' prison for obstruction in boy's beating

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, August 22, 2016 - 04:45 PM

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — One of the three women charged after the fatal beating of a 5-year-old boy at an Ohio motel has been sentenced to three years in prison for obstruction of justice.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (http://bit.ly/2bxGJ5J ) reports that Ramona Bostian got the maximum possible sentence Monday after pleading guilty last month under a deal with prosecutors.

Alexander Stephens died from his injuries in April. Police found him and his injured 6-year-old brother at a Middletown motel.

Anti-abortion leader's role on Ohio medical board questioned

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, August 22, 2016 - 11:48 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Groups representing doctors, consumers and women are asking the state medical board to remove the president of Ohio Right to Life as the board's president because they say he can't be impartial in abortion-related cases.

Organizations wanting Mike Gonidakis (gawn-ih-DAW'-kis) removed as medical board president include Common Cause Ohio, Doctors for Health Care Solutions, Democratic Voices of Ohio, the National Organization for Women and the liberal policy group ProgressOhio.

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