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Ohio mayor asks Trump for help combating Lake Erie algae

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Three years after toxic algae in Lake Erie tainted the drinking water for more than 400,000 people, many are still leery about what's coming out of their faucets. Some have taken to stockpiling bottled water in the summer months when ...

Sea lamprey numbers rise in some Great Lakes, drop in others

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Officials say the invasive sea lamprey is gaining ground in Lake Superior and Lake Erie, while its numbers remain at near-historic lows in the other Great Lakes. Sea lampreys are eel-like parasites that attack fish such as trout, salmon and whitefish. They invaded the ...

Ex-Ohio prison guard, inmates indicted for meth conspiracy

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities say a former Ohio corrections officer and six other people have been charged in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine behind bars. Thirty-one-year-old James Barlage Jr., of Chillicothe, was among those named in an indictment unsealed Thursday in ...

Court sides with board to keep fracking ban issue off ballot

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a county elections board's decision to reject another ballot measure that would have allowed Youngstown voters to ban the natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing in their city. The Supreme Court agreed with the ...

Appeals court sides with Ohio in seizure of exotic animals

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An appeals court in Ohio has sided with the state in its legal battle with the former owner of six tigers and several other exotic animals. The state appeals court in Toledo says the Ohio Department of Agriculture had the right to deny a permit to the owner of a roadside ...

Woman charged with killing 3 young sons appeals court order

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for an Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three young sons over a 13-month period have appealed a judge's order that she undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The Springfield News-Sun reports the order in Logan County concerns whether a recorded confession ...

Plaintiffs seek to consolidate lawsuits against drugmakers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Plaintiffs suing drugmakers and distributors in dozens of cases tied to the opioid crisis are seeking to have the lawsuits consolidated and overseen by one federal judge in Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch reports that plaintiffs want to consolidate 66 lawsuits from Alabama, ...

Holy spirits? Closed churches find second life as breweries

By DAKE KANG, Associated Press YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Ira Gerhart finally found a place last year to fulfill his yearslong dream of opening a brewery: a 1923 Presbyterian church. It was cheap, charming and just blocks from downtown Youngstown. But soon after Gerhart announced his plans, ...

Bartender charged with selling drinks to woman, 20, who fell

CLEVELAND (AP) — A bartender at a Cleveland bar where a 20-year-old woman was critically injured falling from a balcony on St. Patrick's Day has been charged with selling alcohol to someone under 21. Court records show bartender Carisa Buehner is charged with the first-degree misdemeanor. ...

2 more Ohio natural gas plants approved for construction

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Regulators have OK'd the construction of two new natural gas power plants in Ohio. The Ohio Power Siting Board on Thursday approved plans for the two separate projects in Guernsey and Trumbull counties that are targeted to begin operating in 2020. Close to a dozen ...

Ohio State partners with Apple, new students to get iPads

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University says all of its new undergraduate students will be getting an iPad beginning next fall. The university says it's part of a new collaboration with Apple. The tech giant and Ohio State will create an iOS design laboratory for the university and help ...

Prosecutor: Man pleads guilty in disabled woman’s rape

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says a man accused of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman in 2000 in southwestern Ohio has pleaded guilty to a rape charge. Warren County's prosecutor says 58-year-old Brian Sundin, formerly of Mason, entered the plea Thursday. He was ...

Suit alleges jail didn’t do enough to prevent inmate suicide

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The wife of a man who killed himself at an Ohio county jail has filed a lawsuit claiming jail staff didn't take sufficient precautions to prevent his death. Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/2hSAKOM ) that Wayne Jordan's wife filed the lawsuit last week in federal court ...

Ohio governor, ex-vice president to discuss partisan divide

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) are teaming up to conduct a moderated discussion on bridging political and partisan divides. The discussion, part of the University of Delaware's National Agenda Series, will take place Oct. 17 at the ...

United Way: 2 in 5 Ohio households struggle to afford basics

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two in 5 Ohio households are struggling to come up with enough resources to provide basic necessities, according to a United Way study released Wednesday. The study is part of a nationwide effort by the charitable organization to ...

Legislation targets Ohio lawsuits deemed anti-free speech

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposed Ohio bill would speed up the process for resolving lawsuits involving disputes over expressions of opinion. The bill sponsored by state Sen. Matt Huffman, a Lima Republican, is dubbed the "Ohio Citizen Participation Act." It's modeled after a law in Texas and ...

State asked to help in probe of 6 women reported missing

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police investigating the cases of six women reported missing in southwest Ohio are seeking state help in determining if there's a connection between the women. Middletown Police Lt. Scott Reeve tells The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News the only solid connection seems ...

Teen skateboarder dies after falling while holding onto car

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A 16-year-old Ohio boy has died after he lost control of his skateboard and hit his head on the pavement while trying to hold onto a car. The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office says Dallas Swogger was pronounced dead Tuesday of injuries suffered in the accident in ...

Police: Suspect wounded in storage facility shootout

NORTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a man has been taken into custody at a storage facility outside Akron after he was wounded in a shootout with officers. A 911 caller reported seeing a man armed with a rifle at a storage facility in Norton on Tuesday night. Police advised people in the ...

Ohio environmentalists, neighbors divided over wind turbines

By DAN GEARINO, The Columbus Dispatch PAYNE, Ohio (AP) — From the ground, the narrow aluminum ladder might as well extend to infinity. Actual height: 290 feet. A videographer straps on a protective harness, hard hat and safety glasses, joined by two employees of the farm's operator, EDP ...