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Ohio House nixes legislation on state pension payment cuts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Republican House leadership has ended hearings on legislation aimed at reducing annual cost-of-living increases for retirees receiving benefits from Ohio's largest public pension system. The Columbus Dispatch reports Rep. Kirk Schuring, of Canton, says said there ...

City’s mayor-manager standoff continues

CINCINNATI (AP) — The standoff over an embattled city manager is continuing. With one council member absent Wednesday, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley removed a proposed buyout proposal for Harry Black from the council meeting agenda. Cranley asked Black to resign nearly two weeks ago. Black ...

Last debate for Democratic governor candidates set for April

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Four Democratic candidates for Ohio governor will participate in their last debate of the primary campaign season next month as early voting gets underway for the May election. State Sen. Joe Schiavoni (shuh-VOHN'-ee), former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray, ...

Number of city’s kids poisoned by lead above state average

CLEVELAND (AP) — The number of children in Cleveland testing positive for high levels of lead remains about four times the state and national averages. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports new data from the state health department shows a slight uptick over the past two years in the number of ...

Columbus library scans 1 millionth item into digital archive

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The library system in Ohio's capital city says archivists have scanned the 1 millionth item into the system's digital collection. The Columbus Metropolitan Library says the item is a panorama photograph taken from the cupola atop the Ohio Statehouse. The library ...

2 teen brothers found dead inside submerged car in Ohio

WESTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two teenage brothers have been found dead inside a submerged car in northwest Ohio. The Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune reports the Wood County Sheriff's Office has identified the teens as 17-year-old Xavier Wensink, and 14-year-old Aidan Wensink, of ...

Ex-Miss Kentucky gets probation for bringing pot into prison

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A former Miss Kentucky who tried to smuggle a small amount of marijuana into an Ohio prison for her boyfriend won't have to spend time behind bars. The Lima News reports 28-year-old Kia Hampton, of Louisville, Kentucky, received probation Wednesday during a hearing in Allen ...

Prosecutors: Don’t overturn Amish leader’s hair-cutting case

CLEVELAND (AP) — The leader of a breakaway Amish group in Ohio convicted in hair- and beard-cutting attacks is pushing to get his sentence overturned using arguments already considered and rejected in court. An attorney for 72-year-old Samuel Mullet Sr. argues that his previous lawyer made ...

Board: Proposal to term-limit Ohio justices is 2 issues

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld dismissal of a lawsuit over a proposed constitutional amendment ballot issue. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati agreed Tuesday with a lower court's ruling against a group that claimed its First ...

Overdose deaths up over 30 percent in Cincinnati area

CINCINNATI (AP) — A coroner says fatal drug overdoses rose sharply last year in the Cincinnati area and the numbers would have been even worse without the opioid-overdose antidote naloxone. Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco (LAK'-schmee sam-MAHR'-koh) announced Tuesday that her office ...

Ohio woman faces charges in death of her baby

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 23-year-old southeast Ohio woman faces felony charges for the death of her 3-month-old daughter earlier this month. The Athens Messenger reports Christina Hazlett, of Athens, is scheduled to appear in Athens County Municipal Court on Wednesday after ...

Young John Glenn’s pillowcase featured planets, stars

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When future astronaut John Glenn nestled in his bed, it may not have been sugar plums that danced in his head, but celestial bodies. A recently discovered child's pillowcase that belonged to the late U.S. senator and space hero ...

Superstore chain Fred Meyer to stop selling guns, ammunition

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Superstore company Fred Meyer will stop selling guns and ammunition. The Portland, Oregon,-based chain in a statement Friday said it made the decision after evaluating customer preferences. The company sells guns at nearly 45 of its 132 stores in Oregon, Washington, ...

University to honor US Rep. John Lewis’ civil rights work

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis will be honored for his civil rights accomplishments by a university in Ohio. Miami University will award its Freedom Summer of '64 Award to the Democratic congressman from Georgia at the Sam Rayburn House Office Building in Washington on Monday. ...

Ohio shopping mall locked down after shooting to reopen

BEACHWOOD, Ohio (AP) — A popular suburban Cleveland shopping mall that locked down Saturday after a shooting on the property is set to reopen. Beachwood Place Mall says in a Facebook post that the mall would reopen at its normal time of noon Sunday. Beachwood police say a man suspected of ...

Cincinnati council to vote on city manager buyout deal

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati City Council is expected to vote Monday whether to approve a buyout deal for its embattled city manager after the mayor asked him to quit. The offer made to City Manager Harry Black totals $393,000, the equivalent of 18 months' pay. Black said in a statement ...

Ohio student suspended for staying in class during walkouts

HILLIARD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio high school student says he tried to remain nonpolitical during school walkouts over gun violence and was suspended for a day because he stayed in a classroom instead of joining protests or the alternative, a study hall. Hilliard senior Jacob Shoemaker says ...

Judge tosses commentators’ challenge to Ohio harassment ban

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a constitutional challenge to an Ohio law against internet harassment brought by a group of liberal and conservative online political commentators. Akron-based U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi (lee-OY') found late last month that a liberal ...

Backers fixing ballot measure capping payday interest rates

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of capping Ohio's interest rates on payday loans are working to correct errors and resubmit petition language after their first try was rejected. Efforts by the Ohio CDC Association follow Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's rejection of initial language ...

Ohio lawmaker proposes Labrador retriever as state dog

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker has proposed making the Labrador retriever the official state dog. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Ohio could become the 13th state to name a state dog, and the first to recognize the Labrador as such. The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Jeffery ...