Fiery crash leaves 1 dead, 3 hurt in Akron

by Associated Press on February 22, 2017 at 3:16 am

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Akron say a multiple vehicle crash has left one person dead and three injured. Fire officials say an accident involving four vehicles caused another collision involving two cars near the U.S. Route 224 and Interstate 77 exit ramp around 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Authorities say a vehicle in the… Continue Reading

Controversial anti-crime program to be expanded in Columbus

by Associated Press on February 22, 2017 at 12:58 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An anti-crime summer initiative by police will be expanded to a year-round program in Ohio’s capital, where it has drawn criticism from protesters following fatal shootings by officers. The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther plans to announce changes to the initiative in his State of the City… Continue Reading

Costs may go up for Ohio license plates, driver’s licenses

by Associated Press on February 22, 2017 at 12:53 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio drivers may be paying more to get their license plate or driver’s license under proposed changes to the state transportation budget. One change proposed Tuesday by the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Committee would allow county commissioners to levy a new $5 fee for Ohio license plates. Money collected through… Continue Reading

Ohio University board to officially choose 21st president

by Associated Press on February 22, 2017 at 12:49 am

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio University trustees are ready to officially choose the school’s 21st president. Three of four finalists withdrew their candidacies, leaving former Texas Tech University President Duane Nellis as the only remaining candidate. Nellis also served as president of the University of Idaho. The board of trustees plans to meet Wednesday morning… Continue Reading

Bipartisan effort launched to update Ohio crime laws

by Associated Press on February 22, 2017 at 12:48 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers are teaming up with the Ohio prisons agency to announce a bipartisan effort to update the state’s criminal justice laws. The announcement coming Wednesday is one of a series of efforts over the past few years to change how Ohio punishes offenders as a way of reducing the state’s bulging… Continue Reading

Ohio prison system investigates suspected inmate overdoses

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 4:19 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says it’s investigating a series of nonfatal drug overdoses of inmates at a central Ohio prison this weekend. Grant Doepel (DOH’-puhl), a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, on Tuesday confirmed the investigation at Pickaway Correctional Institution. But he said further details weren’t available. Doepel says… Continue Reading

Ohio GOP lawmaker won’t sponsor payday lending reform bill

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 8:04 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who vowed to push payday lending reform in Ohio has decided not to sponsor such a bill during her final two-year term, marking a setback for those hoping to further crack down on that industry. Rep. Marlene Anielski tells ( ) it’s an important issue but she… Continue Reading

Ohio police: Boy shot, wounded in reported robbery attempt

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 7:17 am

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — Police in northeastern Ohio say a 10-year-old boy was shot and wounded during a confrontation that was reported as an attempted robbery. Massillon police tell The Independent ( ) that the boy was shot in the shoulder area on Monday afternoon and the injury wasn’t considered life-threatening as he was taken… Continue Reading

Ohio gas prices dip slightly, remain under national average

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 6:43 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gas prices around Ohio have dipped slightly in the past week. The state average for a gallon of regular fuel was about $2.09 in Tuesday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s three pennies cheaper than a week ago but significantly higher than the… Continue Reading

University of Toledo’s board approves master plan

by Associated Press on February 21, 2017 at 6:12 am

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The University of Toledo has approved a financial plan for campus-wide renovations. The Blade reports ( ) that the board of trustees approved a $275 master plan on Monday. A combination of donations, state funds and bonds will cover the overhaul. Administrators plan to update the campus in two phases over… Continue Reading