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Ohio killer says he can’t afford shoes thanks to court costs

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Court-ordered costs owed by a death row inmate who killed his girlfriend and her 83-year-old father are keeping the prisoner so poor he can't afford basics like shoes or boots, civil rights lawyers say. While condemned prisoner ...

Ohio Senate OKs bill to stop suspensions of young students

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate has unanimously approved a bill preventing schools from imposing out-of-school suspensions to young students who have committed minor infractions. The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio elementary schools have handed out 35,000 suspensions in each of the ...

Columbus police shoot, kill man during SWAT stand-off

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus police say SWAT officers fatally shot a man after he made a "threatening gesture" with a handgun during a stand-off. Police say the shooting happened early Sunday morning in a neighborhood on the west side near the state capital's downtown. Police say they ...

Ohio jury recommends death penalty for killer of 2 women

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — A jury has recommended that a man convicted of strangling to death two women in Ohio receive the death penalty. The Ashland Times-Gazette reports the jury in northeast Ohio's Ashland County deliberated for less than two hours Friday before concluding that 41-year-old ...

Goodyear’s latest new technology airship nearing completion

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company officials say its third and final new technology airship could be ready for its maiden flight in late June. The Akron Beacon Journal reports the gondola that carries crew and passengers was placed beneath the semi-rigid airship on Friday ...

Woman fatally shot near Ohio house targeted in drive-by

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a woman was gunned down as she walked by a house targeted in a drive-by shooting. The woman, who was in her 60s, was shot shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday. She was taken to a local hospital where she died. Her name was not released. Dayton Police Sgt. ...

Restored WWII bomber Memphis Belle makes public debut

By MITCH STACY, Associated Press DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Hundreds of visitors turned out to at the Air Force Museum to see the World War II bomber Memphis Belle, and the legendary aircraft rarely has looked better. The plane went on public display at the museum near Dayton, Ohio, for the first ...

Ohio transit agency says ex-board member owes $1.1 million

CLEVELAND (AP) — The transit authority for the Cleveland area says a former longtime board member owes the agency more than $1.1 million for unpaid health care premiums, unauthorized health benefits and use of an agency cellphone for personal calls. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the ...

Ex-teacher pleads guilty to sex with 3 students

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio physical education teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with three students. Former Canton City Schools teacher Tiffany Eichler entered the plea Wednesday to three counts of sexual battery. The 36-year-old former McKinley High School teacher was accused ...

Kent State graduate posts photos of herself with AR-10 rifle

KENT, Ohio (AP) — A Kent State University graduate is not apologizing for posting graduation photos of herself carrying a rifle on campus. Kaitlin Bennett tweeted that she could "arm herself" now that she was a graduate. Along with the AR-10 rifle, the photo shows a mortar board with the ...

2 plead not guilty after woman wandered from home and died

OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) — Two employees of an Ohio nursing home where a woman died after wandering outdoors on a frigid winter night have pleaded not guilty to charges. The Lima News reports 36-year-old Rachel Friesel and 20-year-old Destini Fenbert, both of Pandora, were allowed to remain free on ...

Ohio capital launches unique “Smart City” operating system

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's capital city has unveiled the first version of its pioneering transportation operating system. Columbus beat out six other cities in 2016 to win the U.S. Department of Transportation's Smart City Challenge. It received a ...

Family style: 14 sets of Ohio brothers remember Korea

By SHANE HOOVER, The Canton Repository CANTON, Ohio (AP) — More than 6,000 miles from home, Stanley L. Evans Sr. could still get his hands on his hometown newspaper. Every three or four weeks, a stack of Canton Repositories would find Evans camped on some Korean hilltop or hunkered in a ...

GOP Gov. Kasich to share Ohio plan to help legal immigrants

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich is announcing an initiative aimed at helping legal immigrants successfully integrate in the state. The Republican governor planned a Tuesday morning announcement in Columbus. Kasich has taken a conciliatory approach to immigrant issues in the ...

Ohio House GOP to pick new speaker; last leader resigned

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republicans in the Ohio House are slated to vote on a new House speaker after the previous leader resigned amid an FBI inquiry surrounding his activities. Cliff Rosenberger left the Legislature in mid-April under political pressure. The 37-year-old Republican from ...

College student wins job building Lego models at Ohio mall

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A college student has won the job of master builder at a Lego center opening in central Ohio later this year. University of Akron student Maxx Davidson beat more than 70 other contestants in a Lego building competition in Columbus in early May. The Akron Beacon Journal ...

Small fire hits Cincinnati Zoo; no humans, animals hurt

CINCINNATI (AP) — A small fire in a concession stand at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens caused thousands of dollars in damage, but no humans or animals have been injured. Fire department officials say the blaze broke out shortly after the zoo closed Monday evening. It started in a ...

Amazon to build 6th distribution center in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Internet retail giant Amazon says it plans to build another large distribution center in Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch reports the newest center will employ 1,500 people in the village of West Jefferson, roughly 18 miles (29 kilometers) west of Columbus in Madison ...

Memphis Belle’s rebirth: Rehabbed WWII bomber rolling out

By MITCH STACY, Associated Press DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The Memphis Belle took off from England on the morning of May 17, 1943, with a wave of 159 B-17s to drop bombs on the concrete Nazi submarine shelters at Lorient, France. When it landed unscathed that afternoon, the 10 men aboard already ...

Kasich unsure how much he’ll back GOP nominee for Ohio gov.

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Fresh off a victory in Ohio's primary election, the Democratic nominee for the state's top office is reaching out to supporters of outgoing Republican Gov. John Kasich, whose policies have alienated many GOP supporters in recent ...