State

Police shoot, kill man who allegedly pointed gun at them

by Associated Press on February 24, 2017 at 12:40 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Columbus have shot and killed a man who they say pointed a gun at them. Officers were called to the scene Thursday night on a report that a man sitting in an SUV had pointed a gun at someone. The caller also said the man had an assault rifle… Continue Reading

Ohio college student’s alcohol-related death ruled accident

by Associated Press on February 24, 2017 at 12:32 am

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — A coroner’s office says the alcohol-related death of 18-year-old student at Miami University in Ohio last month has been ruled an accident. Autopsy and toxicology reports indicate freshman Erica Buschick, of Gurnee, Illinois, had a blood-alcohol level that was more than four times Ohio’s legal driving limit of .08. Police determined… Continue Reading

Ohio lawmakers propose back-to-school sales tax break again

by Associated Press on February 24, 2017 at 12:29 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have proposed bringing back a three-day break from the state’s sales tax for back-to-school shopping during the first weekend in August. It would mark the third straight year of the sales tax holiday. Shoppers wouldn’t pay sales tax that weekend on qualifying purchases, including clothing items under $75 and… Continue Reading

Police: 14-year-old girl arrested in father’s fatal shooting

by Associated Press on February 23, 2017 at 8:31 pm

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 14-year-old who called 911 to say she had shot her father has been arrested on a charge of aggravated murder in southwest Ohio. Hamilton police say they found 71-year-old James Allen Ponder shot in the face inside the family’s home early Thursday. He later died at a hospital…. Continue Reading

Worker trapped in baler dies at Ohio recycling facility

by Associated Press on February 23, 2017 at 4:34 pm

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 24-year-old man died after becoming trapped in a baler machine while working at a recycling facility in northeastern Ohio. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the man’s death early Wednesday morning at the facility in Akron. His name wasn’t immediately released. An OSHA spokesman tells the… Continue Reading

Proposal to drop Ohio front license plate requirement fails

by Associated Press on February 23, 2017 at 4:28 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal to drop the requirement that Ohio motorists have a front license plate on their vehicles failed to make it out of a state House committee. Democratic state Rep. Alicia Reece had pushed for the change that wasn’t approved Thursday by the House Finance Subcommittee on Transportation. The committee did… Continue Reading

The Latest: Ohio, Wisconsin leaders prepare for Trump effect

by Associated Press on February 23, 2017 at 3:42 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on collaboration legislative effort between Ohio and Wisconsin (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Republican legislative leaders from Ohio and Wisconsin are joining forces as they prepare for massive changes in how the federal government under President Donald Trump deals with states. Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Wisconsin Assembly… Continue Reading

Ohio task force finds mixed progress on college cost-cutting

by Associated Press on February 23, 2017 at 2:21 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new report finds Ohio’s 14 public universities have identified a combined $1.2 billion in savings and new resources over the next five years but more work is needed to rein in college costs. The Governor’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency issued its evaluation Thursday of progress made on its… Continue Reading

Kasich cleared to give State of the State speech in Sandusky

by Associated Press on February 23, 2017 at 1:28 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have signed off on the governor’s plan to deliver his annual State of the State speech in Sandusky. Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is scheduled to give the address the evening of April 4 at the Sandusky State Theatre, about 120 miles north of Columbus. The proposal required legislative… Continue Reading

Ohio task force recommends college cost-cutting ideas

by Associated Press on February 23, 2017 at 1:23 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A panel of business leaders tapped by Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) to recommend cost-cutting measures at Ohio colleges and universities is set to deliver its first findings. The Governor’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency releases its evaluation Thursday of how well institutions responded to action steps it suggested in… Continue Reading