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Ohio house fire kills teen, mom, grandma; dad hospitalized

by Associated Press on March 24, 2017 at 8:51 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a house fire in central Ohio killed a 16-year-old girl, her mother and her grandmother, and the teen’s father was hospitalized in serious condition. Firefighters were called to the home on the west side of Columbus early Friday morning. WCMH-TV reports firefighters pulled out three people — two through… Continue Reading

Ohio unemployment rate rises to 5.1 percent, above US rate

by Associated Press on March 24, 2017 at 8:43 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say Ohio’s unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent in February, slightly higher than the 5 percent reported for January and for February 2016. Ohio’s rate was a bit higher than the national rate, which dropped from 4.8 percent in January to 4.7 percent last month. The state Department of… Continue Reading

Ohio house fire kills teen, mom, grandma; dad hospitalized

by Associated Press on March 24, 2017 at 8:28 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a house fire in central Ohio killed a 16-year-old girl, her mother and her grandmother, and the teen’s father was hospitalized in serious condition. Firefighters were called to the home on the west side of Columbus early Friday morning. WCMH-TV reports firefighters pulled out three people — two through… Continue Reading

Zoo plan for baby hippo: More independence, nix naps in laps

by Associated Press on March 24, 2017 at 8:08 am

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo says its premature baby hippo, Fiona, is getting more independent and now tops 100 pounds (45.36 kilograms), meaning her days of napping on her human caretakers’ laps are dwindling. She was born at the zoo in January and weighed just 29 pounds, far below the typical weight. The zoo… Continue Reading

3rd Ohio ex-inmate freed after 20 years sues prosecutors

by Associated Press on March 24, 2017 at 7:19 am

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man who spent 20 years in prison before his murder conviction was overturned is suing prosecutors and East Cleveland detectives. Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2nL0xd4 ) reports the federal lawsuit seeking unspecified damages for 39-year-old Eugene Johnson is separate from one filed last month by two other men imprisoned in the same 1995… Continue Reading

Police: Man stabbed roommate, fled from police

by Associated Press on March 24, 2017 at 3:42 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Columbus have arrested a 22-year-old man who they say stabbed his roommate. Police say the suspect stabbed the 19-year-old woman in a house near Ohio State University around 2 p.m. Thursday. Investigators say the altercation started when the suspect threatened a man who was visiting. Police say the suspect… Continue Reading

Ohio school-funding suit leaves mark after 20 years

by Associated Press on March 24, 2017 at 1:32 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Twenty years after the first decision in Ohio’s landmark school-funding lawsuit, hundreds of new school buildings dot the landscape and the notion of what constitutes an adequate education is regularly debated in U.S. state capitals. Experts say those are two of the lasting impacts of DeRolph v. State, a lawsuit first… Continue Reading

Panel tasked with addressing problems at southwest Ohio jail

by Associated Press on March 24, 2017 at 12:51 am

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A retired rabbi and a university official will lead an independent committee created to address problems at an Ohio jail that’s facing lawsuits over treatment of inmates. Dayton officials have announced the names of nine individuals who will oversee and address issues at Montgomery County’s jail in Dayton. The group will… Continue Reading

Ohio woman sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

by Associated Press on March 24, 2017 at 12:51 am

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman accused of arranging to have her estranged husband killed has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Forty-two-year-old Shelly Carter was sentenced Thursday in southwestern Ohio. The Middletown woman earlier pleaded guilty to attempted conspiracy to commit aggravated murder. Middletown police say Carter feared losing her home and… Continue Reading

Panel tasked with addressing problems at southwest Ohio jail

by Associated Press on March 24, 2017 at 12:48 am

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A retired rabbi and a university official will lead an independent committee created to address problems at an Ohio jail that’s facing lawsuits over treatment of inmates. Dayton officials have announced the names of nine individuals who will oversee and address issues at Montgomery County’s jail in Dayton. The group will… Continue Reading