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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 ...

Man who threatened congressman gets 3-year prison sentence

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man who left a voicemail message at an Ohio congressman's office mentioning a June shooting at a baseball practice for members of Congress has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. Judge Michael Watson on Friday sentenced 69-year-old Stanley Hoff to 40 ...

New Ohio exhibit explores history of blacks in comic books

WILBERFORCE, Ohio (AP) — A new exhibit explores the history of blacks in comic books as the film "Black Panther" spurs interest in black comic book characters. "Behind the Mask: Black Power in Comics" opens Saturday at the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center in Wilberforce ...

Body of man who went overboard in Sandusky Bay recovered

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — State officials say the body of a man who went missing while boating in northern Ohio's Sandusky Bay has been recovered. The Sandusky Register reports the body of 28-year-old Justin Fedele was found Friday afternoon along the Sandusky shoreline. Fedele fell overboard ...

Deputy wounded, suspect killed in Ohio shooting

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio say a sheriff's deputy is in critical condition and a suspect is dead after gunfire was exchanged following attempted traffic stop. The Columbus Dispatch reports the Franklin County deputy was shot shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday in Columbus after the ...

Judge removes ex-high school athlete from sex offender list

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered that an ex-Ohio high school football player convicted of rape be removed from the state's sex offender registry for juveniles. The ruling by Judge Thomas Lipps came in the case of Ma'Lik Richmond, a ...

Ohio saw record number of tourists visiting state in 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio tourism officials say the state saw a record 219 million tourism visits last year, up from 212 million in 2016. TourismOhio director Matt MacLaren tells The Columbus Dispatch the increase is due to a variety of factors, such as Cedar Point and the Columbus Zoo and ...