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Ohio prison system investigates suspected inmate overdoses

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 ...

Bipartisan effort launched to update Ohio crime laws

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 ...

Ohio University board to officially choose 21st president

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 ...

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

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 ...

Fiery crash leaves 1 dead, 3 hurt in Akron

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. ...

Toledo City Council votes to fund more police body cameras

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toledo city officials have voted to fund the purchase of more body cameras for police. WTOL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2kL1zFg ) that Toledo City Council voted unanimously to allocate $156,000 in grant money toward body cameras for the police department late Tuesday. Lt. ...

Court considers constitutionality of Ohio execution process

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday over the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again. At issue is whether a contested sedative, ...

Police: 4 teens wounded in 2 separate shootings in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Four teenagers have been wounded in two separate shootings in Cleveland. Police say two 14-year-old girls and a 17-year-old boy were shot Monday night in the city. Witnesses tell police that the shots were fired from a car with tinted windows. The teens were taken to area ...

Ohio bill would require teaching cursive writing in schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some state lawmakers want to bring back cursive handwriting as a requirement in Ohio's elementary schools. Republican Reps. Andrew Brenner and Marilyn Slaby have proposed legislation that would again make cursive instruction mandatory between kindergarten and fifth ...

Ohio State museum asks public to help buy dinosaur skeleton

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A geological museum at Ohio State University wants to buy a new dinosaur skeleton for its collection, and it's hoping the public will pitch in to make that happen. The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2m0tIIv ) reports the Orton Geological Museum is aiming to raise ...

Public would have limited access to Ohio drug death reviews

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has proposed allowing counties to create committees that would review overdose fatalities, and the public would have limited access to the findings. The committees would probe each overdose death in the county and maintain a database that would ...

Ohio police: Boy shot, wounded in reported robbery attempt

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 (http://bit.ly/2lqjGgQ ) that the boy was shot in the shoulder area on Monday afternoon and ...

Kasich says phasing out Obamacare “makes no sense”

MUNICH (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he supports repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act but thinks a plan floated by Congressional Republicans last week to phase out the expanded Medicaid program that's providing health care coverage to previously uninsured Ohioans is a "very bad ...

Ohio lawmaker seeks ban on suspending young students

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker said she was stunned to learn that thousands of elementary students are suspended for disobedience or disruptions each school year and plans to introduce legislation that would ban such punishment except in cases where a student threatens to harm. State ...

Public can see presidential aircraft at Ohio museum

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Former Air Force One crew members and security personnel along with other experts will be on hand to talk with visitors at an Ohio museum's collection of presidential planes. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force says a retired pilot and flight attendant are among ...

Pilot killed in small plane crash in Ohio

SOUTH VIENNA, Ohio (AP) — The pilot of a small plane has been killed in a crash in Ohio. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the plane went down in a field Sunday afternoon near Interstate 70 in Harmony Township in Clark County. The 25-year-old unidentified pilot was killed. According to ...

Police identify teen victim in shooting

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting at a school playground. Officials say 17-year-old Devin Price, of Cleveland, was shot in the stomach around 6:15 p.m. on Sunday. Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/2lBjVIw) that Price was rushed to University ...

Suspect dies after 9-hour hostage standoff in Kent

KENT, Ohio (AP) — A man has died following a hostage situation with police in northeast Ohio. Police say the male suspect took a woman hostage in the laundry room of an apartment complex in Kent around 12:20 p.m. on Sunday. Authorities say police and SWAT teams evacuated the complex after ...

Contenders crowd potential 2018 political field in Ohio

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In the timeline of politics, Ohio's next statewide election is just around the corner. For Republicans, that means working to avert a collision in 2018 among three high-profile gubernatorial hopefuls. For out-of-power Democrats, ...

Columbus police say woman shot in UPS lot dies, man critical

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 50-year-old woman has died after being shot while she sat in her vehicle in the parking lot of a UPS distribution hub where she worked. They say the man who shot her was hospitalized in critical condition, after shooting himself following a police ...