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States join battle to protect Great Lakes from Asian carp

By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An interstate partnership has been established to help cover costs of operating a system proposed for a Chicago-area waterway that would help keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said ...

Governor wants money for rural Ohio community centers

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday he wants to provide state money for community centers in rural areas where people struggling with issues such as Ohio's opioid crisis. The Republican governor said he'll ask for the money in his ...

Threat, swastika on wall spur extra security at Ohio school

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — A message on a high school bathroom wall that included a swastika and the phrase "kill them all" has prompted a police investigation and heightened security throughout a northeastern Ohio district. The threat mentioning Thursday's date was found after school on Tuesday ...

Airport police officer on leave after gun found in bag

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An airport police officer has been placed on leave for trying to pass through security at the Columbus airport with a loaded gun in his bag. Lt. Scott Bekemeier is an officer with the Columbus Regional Airport Authority police department. Officials say he was off-duty ...

Man accused in terror plot asked for deportation over prison

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of plotting an attack on a federal medical facility in Texas asked a judge in December to deport him instead of sending him to prison, saying he didn't deserve to spend time behind bars, records show. Abdirahman ...

Competing redistricting plans emerge in Ohio

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pair of competing proposals aimed at changing Ohio's rules for congressional map-making could appear on separate statewide ballots later this year. The dueling proposals come amid national concern that current ...

Crews to put up fencing where sandbag killed man in car

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Crews will begin putting up temporary fencing at an overpass in Ohio where a Michigan man was killed when a teenager tossed a sandbag onto the freeway. Ohio's Department of Transportation announced earlier this month that it now will require fencing at some overpass ...

4-year-old killed, 6-year-old injured in interstate crash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 4-year-old boy was killed and a 6-year-old was critically injured when their vehicle was rear-ended while stopped in heavy traffic on an Ohio interstate. Police say the boys were in the backseat of a van and were not wearing seat belts when the crash happened Sunday ...

Sheriff’s office: Gun used to shoot deputy is found in pond

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say the gun used in a shooting that wounded a southwestern Ohio sheriff's deputy has been found more than a year and a half later. WCPO-TV reports that the rifle was recovered from a pond in Deerfield Township, about 20 miles northeast of downtown ...

Lawyers say condemned killer early victim of opioid epidemic

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich should consider his fight against the state's deadly opioid epidemic when deciding whether to spare a condemned killer whose life spiraled out of control after becoming addicted to painkillers, say ...

Western Ohio wind farm to be sold to German company

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A German energy company is in talks to purchase a planned wind farm in western Ohio's Champaign County despite mounting opposition. The Springfield Sun News reports Everpower spokesman Jason Dagger confirmed the company is negotiating a sale of the Buckeye Wind ...

Ohio judge to decide on transgender boy’s therapy

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio judge expects to rule next month in a legal battle over what kind of therapy a transgender boy should receive. The 17-year-old youth's grandparents want full custody and support his pursuit of hormonal therapy. His parents deny that he is transgender and want ...

Students at Ohio college can go underground in bad weather

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Students at an Ohio university can go underground during bad weather thanks to a network of tunnels. Wright State University's pedestrian tunnel system links 20 of the university's 22 buildings, reports the Dayton Daily News. The 22-mile labyrinth offers a ...

Ohio police investigate death of pedestrian pulling wagon

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a man struck by a pickup truck as he pulled a little red wagon across a busy roadway in Ohio. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports that 56-year-old Eric Smith of Middletown died Friday night. The Ohio State Highway Patrol ...

State might seek $19M more back from closed charter e-school

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The giant Ohio online charter school that abruptly closed mid-school-year lost another round of its multifaceted battle with the state over funding but said Tuesday that it's still fighting to reopen, even as many of its 12,000 ...

Thurber humor prize moving from New York City to Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio-based nonprofit named for humorist James Thurber says its annual ceremony to award the country's top humor writing prize is moving from New York City to Ohio this year. Thurber House, the boyhood home of Thurber, serves as a literary center and museum in ...

Man accused of biting trooper’s ear indicted

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A pedestrian accused of biting off part of an Ohio trooper's ear has been indicted on charges including felonious assault and kidnapping. Court documents show that the Lorain County grand jury in Elyria (eh-LEER'-ee-uh) also indicted Cornelius Carey recently on charges of ...

Former school board member pleads not guilty to drug charge

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio school board member who resigned after an apparent overdose has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor drug possession charge. Akron police say 57-year-old John Otterman had marijuana and the powerful painkiller fentanyl when he was found unconscious last ...

Teen charged after threatening to go “Columbine” at school

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an 18-year-old man has been charged with making a terroristic threat after he was overheard saying he planned to "Columbine" his northeast Ohio high school. The Massillon Independent reports Quentin Gillmore was arrested Tuesday at Perry High School in ...

Silo collapse sends about 10,000 tons of corn onto road

NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (AP) — A silo collapse has sent about 10,000 tons (9,070 metric tons) of corn onto an Ohio road, shutting it down for days. WHIO-TV reports emergency crews first responded to calls of an explosion at the Miami Valley Feed & Grain Co. in New Carlisle late Sunday night. ...