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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 ...

Birders descend on Lake Erie shore to spot rare songbirds

By MATT MARKEY, The Blade TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Nature makes no promises, but with just a smidge of good fortune, spending part of a May day in any of Northwest Ohio's birding hotspots could afford you the opportunity to see a ruby-crowned kinglet, a Cape May warbler, a gnatcatcher, a warbling ...

Ohio sues company that didn’t deliver on student field trips

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Attorney General's Office has filed a consumer protection lawsuit in Cleveland against a northeast Ohio company that failed to deliver on pre-paid field trips for more than a dozen schools and thousands of students from across the state. The Attorney General's ...

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 ...

Ohio man convicted in slayings labeled a sexual predator

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — A judge in northeast Ohio has classified a man facing a possible death sentence in the slayings of two women as a sexually violent predator. The Ashland Times-Gazette reports Ashland County Judge Ronald Forsthoefel made the finding Friday based on testimony during ...

Judge hears arguments on medical pot grower’s complaint

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge could soon decide whether Ohio's embattled program for licensing medical marijuana growers should be put on hold. Ohio Releaf LLC, a marijuana grower passed over for a cultivator license, is suing the Ohio Department of Commerce, saying the state hasn't provided ...

Advocacy group wants private hospital patients protected

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A legal advocacy group is asking the state to protect patients at a private Ohio psychiatric hospital subject to complaints and investigations. A report from Disability Rights Ohio highlighted continued "violations of essential patient safety, care and treatment ...

Ohio man charged with murder in teenage grandson’s death

OAKWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 73-year-old man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his teenage grandson in western Ohio. The Paulding County Sheriff's Office says William Miller II was arrested Thursday night after shooting 19-year-old Evan Holcombe in the chest. ...

Millions’ worth of heroin, meth seized in traffic stop

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says it has seized millions of dollars' worth of heroin and methamphetamine during a traffic stop along a central Ohio interstate. The patrol says in a statement it stopped a rental truck with Virginia plates Thursday morning for following a ...