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Ohio River commission debates dropping pollution standards

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An interstate commission that monitors the Ohio River's health is considering eliminating its pollution control standards, raising concerns among representatives from states including Indiana. A majority of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission voted last ...

Judge rejects US efforts to strip terrorist of citizenship

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The government can't strip a terrorist of his U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled this month in a decision siding with a Pakistan-born man serving the last few years of a 20-year prison sentence for his guilty plea to ...

City reports first resurgence of Hepatitis A since 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Health Department is working to prevent the spread of hepatitis A after its recent resurgence. City health officials this year have confirmed the first cases of hepatitis A since 2014. They've identified five cases so far and are investigating six potential ...

Nurse accused of cancer hoax pleads not guilty to charges

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio nurse who authorities say faked a diagnosis of lung cancer to obtain money and sick time has pleaded not guilty. The Columbus Dispatch reports 33-year-old Tawni Fuller, of Galena, appeared Friday in a Delaware County courtroom after being indicted on charges of ...

Highway patrol: Van driver flees traffic stop, dies in crash

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a van driver who fled from a trooper during an attempted traffic stop has crashed into a utility pole, killing himself and injuring two passengers. The Highway Patrol has identified the man killed early Saturday as 30-year-old Cleveland ...

Ohio judge strikes down city’s lead-safe rental law

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ruled that an Ohio city's efforts to make some rental properties lead free is unconstitutional and discriminatory. The Blade reports Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Linda Jennings issued a permanent injunction Friday against Toledo's lead-safe rental law ...

Delays make availability of Ohio medical marijuana unclear

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's delays in selecting processors and giving cultivators the green light to grow plants appear to have pushed the availability of medical marijuana further past the Legislature's Sept. 8 deadline. The Columbus Dispatch reports a meeting between the Medical Marijuana ...

Ohio couple buys island in West Virginia for $60K

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio couple has purchased a West Virginia island for $60,000. News outlets report James Ballor of Columbus, Ohio, and his wife, Laura, made the winning bid for Eastern Wheeler Island in the Kanawha River at an auction Thursday in Montgomery. Bidding for the island ...

Report: Lake oil spill in Michigan would cost nearly $2B

By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of miles of Great Lakes shoreline would be spoiled under a worst-case scenario oil spill in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac, scientists reported Thursday. The cost of a doomsday spill could be as high as $1.8 billion, including $500 ...

Tire off van strikes windshield of car; kills car’s driver

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a tire came off a van, crashed through the windshield of a car and killed the car's driver on an interstate in southwestern Ohio. State Highway Patrol authorities say the crash happened shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday on I-75 near Dayton in Montgomery ...

Panel sidelines Kasich order on Lake Erie algae for study

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A panel largely appointed by Republican Gov. John Kasich has delayed immediate action on his executive order intensifying Ohio's efforts to fight toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie. The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission on Thursday agreed to further study the ...

2nd O’Connor could join race for open US House seat in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A second candidate surnamed O'Connor could soon be running for an open congressional seat in Ohio. Cleveland.com reports that a party spokesman says Matthew Brendan O'Connor is preparing to run for Ohio's 12th congressional district as a Libertarian. If he makes the ...

Event marks 155th anniversary of Ohio Civil War battle

PORTLAND, Ohio (AP) — The state's history museum is marking the 155th anniversary of Ohio's only major Civil War battle. The Saturday morning event commemorates the Battle of Buffington Island, in which the Union army chased and then cornered a Confederate cavalry commanded by General John ...

Man sentenced to prison over fake airport bomb threat

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man who called in a bomb threat to an airport so he wouldn't miss his flight has been sentenced to four months in prison. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 40-year-old Dana Carter, of Dayton, was sentenced Thursday for his calls to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky ...

Ohio governor to dedicate state park named for Jesse Owens

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to dedicate a new state park and wildlife area named for Olympic great Jesse Owens. The Republican governor announced the creation of the park earlier this year in his final State of the State speech. The land spans parts of Guernsey, ...

Federal judge allows open phone line during Ohio execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge is allowing the use of an open phone line to his courtroom during an Ohio execution scheduled for next week. The decision by Judge Michael Merz again permits a system created last year when defense attorneys tried unsuccessfully to stop an execution ...

Woman killed when car crashes during Ohio police chase

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 35-year-old female passenger in a car that crashed while being chased by an Ohio state trooper has died. The Dayton Daily News reports the 20-second chase early Saturday in Dayton after an attempted traffic stop ended when the car struck a utility pole ...

Man found guilty in fatal Ohio Amish buggy crash

SIDNEY, Ohio (AP) — A man who struck an Amish buggy from behind, killing a woman and injuring three of her family members, has been found guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide in Ohio. Court records show 43-year-old Steven Hunter pleaded no contest to charges Friday in western Ohio's ...

Fire officials: Man operating portable lift is electrocuted

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Fire officials in Ohio say a man operating a portable lift was electrocuted when he made contact with power lines. The Hamilton Fire Department says the man was killed shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday. The victim wasn't identified and additional details weren't immediately ...

Police: 2 killed in drive-by shooting on Ohio interstate

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say multiple shots have been fired into a car on an interstate in Cleveland, killing two people. Cleveland police didn't immediately release the identities of the two people who were killed in the drive-by shooting about 8 p.m. Saturday at an exit ramp on Interstate ...