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1 of 2 men rescued from chilly Lake Erie near Cleveland dies

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 05:29 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials say one of two young men rescued from Lake Erie at Cleveland's Wildwood Park has died.

The local district of the U.S. Coast Guard says the two were rescued Monday night after they reportedly jumped into the water from a fishing pier.

Cleveland Assistant Fire Chief Tim O'Toole tells Northeast Ohio Media Group that the water was choppy and cold when a Coast Guard boat rescued one man and emergency crews found the other clinging to a ladder on a bulkhead. Both were taken to a hospital.

Hit-and-run kills teen girl in Cleveland; police seek driver

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 05:25 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police in Cleveland say a 14-year-old girl is dead after a vehicle hit her and fled the scene.

Authorities say Chelsea Hill was struck by a car just before 1 a.m. Monday while she was walking near an intersection on the city's east side. Emergency responders rushed Hill to MetroHealth Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

It wasn't immediately clear if there were any witnesses. A woman says she spotted Hill's body in the middle of the road as she was driving with her husband.

Ohio legislative proposal would back Pete Rose reinstatement

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 03:06 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A resolution urging baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to reinstate former Cincinnati Reds star Pete Rose and make him eligible for the Hall of Fame has had its first hearing in the Ohio Legislature.

The Senate State & Local Government Committee heard sponsor testimony on the measure Tuesday.

Rose agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded he bet on Reds' games while managing the team. He has applied for reinstatement, but Manfred has not given a timetable for a decision.

Senate panel passes bill to move date of Ohio's 2016 primary

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 03:04 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio legislative panel has approved a plan to push back the swing state's 2016 presidential primary election by a week.

The bill passed Tuesday by the Senate's State and Local Government Committee would move that primary to March 15. The election is currently set for March 8, the first Tuesday after the first Monday of the month.

Cleveland church members protest officer's acquittal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 03:02 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Members of about 40 churches marched in downtown Cleveland and called for reform in response to the acquittal of a white patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed black motorists.

Dozens of parishioners from the churches making up the Greater Cleveland Congregations marched Tuesday afternoon, chanting "we want justice, we want it now," and "we can't wait." A diverse group of clergy members linked arms to lead the peaceful march.

Ohio artist known for mixed-media storytelling work dies

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 02:49 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio folk artist whose work focused on her childhood neighborhood in Columbus has died.

Columbus Museum of Art Executive Director Nannette Maciejunes says Aminah Robinson died Friday at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center, where she'd been hospitalized for heart issues. She was 75.

GOP-dominated Ohio county attracts key Democrats for dinner

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 01:43 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio's Democratic U.S senator and two candidates trying to join him in Washington are venturing into a Republican-dominated county for a party fundraiser.

The Warren County Democratic Party says Sen. Sherrod Brown, former Gov. Ted Strickland and Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld are scheduled to speak Sunday at its event in Mason. Strickland and Sittenfeld are running to be the Democratic nominee for Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman's seat in the 2016 general election.

Ohio roadway project to cost nearly 3 times estimated figure

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 01:23 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Financial documents show Ohio's largest single roadway construction project and first public-private partnership will cost taxpayers nearly three times its announced price tag of $429 million.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1LyKLUA ) the state will pay about $1.2 billion over the life of a 35-year agreement to build and maintain the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway, a 16-mile link between U.S. 23 and U.S. 52 that will help drivers skirt the Ohio River city of Portsmouth.

Nearly century-old plane returns to Ohio museum

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 10:26 AM

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A 1929 tri-motor airplane, part of a pair once flown by Amelia Earhart, is back in Ohio after spending the winter in Florida.

The 5-AT-B Ford Tri-Motor airplane, historically known as the "City of Wichita," returned to the Liberty Aviation Museum in Portage Township near Port Clinton last week.

FirstEnergy signs lease to stay in Akron until 2025

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 09:46 AM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An energy company that has been in Akron for nearly 100 years has signed a lease to stay there until at least 2025.

FirstEnergy Corp. says it signed an 8 ½-year lease extension Thursday with McKinley Inc., which owns the 19-story downtown Akron building that houses 900 of the company's employees.

The new lease will run until June 2025. The terms of the agreement weren't disclosed.

The company had considered moving its headquarters before its current lease was set to expire in 2016.

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