Ohio News

Rival campaign to fight state senator’s map-making proposal

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to change the way Ohio draws congressional districts said Monday they oppose a competing plan brought forward in the state Legislature. Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio ...

University to hold community forum on budget problems

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — A university in southwest Ohio facing budget problems will host a community forum to discuss those budgetary issues. Wright State University trustees recently approved nearly $31 million in budget cuts to address $120 million in overspending during the past five years. ...

School board member resigns after apparent drug overdose

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio school board member has resigned after police found him unconscious from an apparent overdose in a parked vehicle. John Otterman resigned from Akron's school board Monday, saying the move allows him to focus on his health and enables the board to appoint a ...

Superintendent of Cleveland juvenile jail retires after riot

CLEVELAND (AP) — The superintendent of a juvenile jail in Cleveland has retired after fighting and rioting by teenagers caused an estimated $200,000 in damage in a housing unit at the facility. Cleveland.com reports Karmin Bryant retired from the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Juvenile ...

US agency reverses course on Lake Erie toxic algae decision

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it shouldn't have approved Ohio's recommendation not to declare Ohio's western end of Lake Erie impaired by toxic algae. The agency's reversal didn't go as far as ordering the lake to be designated as an impaired watershed. ...

Memorial Mass held for former Ohio congressman, mayor

CINCINNATI (AP) — Friends of former Democratic Ohio congressman and Cincinnati Mayor Thomas Luken spoke of his commitment to civil rights and other causes at a memorial Mass for him on Wednesday. The Mass was held at St. Xavier Church in downtown Cincinnati for Luken, who died last week at ...

Democrat Connie Pillich picks Marion mayor as running mate

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democratic candidate for Ohio governor selected a local government official with Democratic roots and appeal among rural Republican voters as her running mate. Former state lawmaker Connie Pillich said Thursday that Marion Mayor ...

Ohio man found guilty of killing ex-fiancee’s young son

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio jury has found a man guilty of killing his fiancee's 2-year-old son in 2016. The Blade reports jurors deliberated less than a day before finding 29-year-old Brent Houdeshell, of Arlington, guilty Wednesday of murder, endangering children and tampering with ...

Woman indicted in ’07 slaying of husband returned to US

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a woman who fled to her native Brazil after fatally shooting her husband more than 10 years ago has been brought back to northeast Ohio. The Vindicator reports 53-year-old Claudia Hoerig was booked into the Trumbull County Jail early Thursday. She was ...

New Ohio poet laureate hopes to celebrate poetry in life

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Author readings in the hushed and reverent atmospheres of universities and libraries have their place, but they can also discourage potential readers, says Ohio's new poet laureate. "It becomes forbidding and intimidating for ...

Cleveland teenagers train to become future police officers

By ADAM FERRISE, Cleveland.com CLEVELAND (AP) — Rasheeda Ivory wants Cleveland residents to see police officers the way she sees her father. The 17-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. High School student hopes one day she'll show them by wearing a uniform and a badge herself. Ivory, whose ...

Helicopter for utility work crashes into field, killing 2

STONY RIDGE, Ohio (AP) — A utility company helicopter has crashed into a snowy Ohio field, killing the two people on board. A witness reported the crash around midday Monday just south of the Ohio Turnpike in Wood County. The county sheriff's office says the aircraft is affiliated with a ...

Fleeing man falls through frozen lake, is found unresponsive

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of fleeing a crash apparently ran onto a frozen Ohio lake, fell through the ice, and was unresponsive when rescuers pulled him from the water more than an hour later. The man was taken to a hospital Monday afternoon after rescue ...

Lt. Gov. Taylor names Procter & Gamble exec as running mate

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A Republican candidate for Ohio governor Wednesday introduced a veteran Procter & Gamble Co. executive with links to social-conservative causes as her running mate. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor chose Nathan Estruth, the CEO of a plastics ...

Man convicted of causing fatal crash amid suicide attempt

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man has been convicted of aggravated murder for causing a fatal crash in suburban Cleveland while trying to kill himself. Cleveland.com reports that 50-year-old Mark Rafter, of Brooklyn, was found guilty Wednesday. Prosecutors say Rafter was driving nearly 100 mph down ...

Loss of sponsor could close Ohio e-school of 12K students

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The sponsor of one of the nation's largest online charter schools says it's cutting that tie, which could halt the Ohio e-school's operations for its roughly 12,000 students within days. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow's staff and students already knew it might ...

2 men charged in fatal shooting of 9-year-old girl at home

CINCINNATI (AP) — Two young men have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old Cincinnati girl who was killed during a reported home invasion nearly a year ago. Authorities say 18-year-old Azuriah Hoskins Jr. and 19-year-old Ke'von Smith were being held Wednesday on murder charges ...

Tom Luken, Democratic power player in Cincinnati, dies at 92

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former Ohio congressman and Cincinnati mayor who was a Democratic force in a decades-long political career and known for mentoring young politicians such as Jerry Springer has died. Thomas Luken was 92. Luken's son, Charlie Luken, told reporters that his father passed ...

Coal executive’s ‘wish list’ finds success under Trump

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the Trump administration, the head of one of America's largest coal companies sent a four-page "action plan" to the White House calling for rollbacks of Obama-era environmental and mine safety regulations. "We ...

Campus sued over security cost for white nationalist’s visit

By DAN SEWELL and KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — White nationalist Richard Spencer's campus tour organizer is suing the University of Cincinnati's president, saying the school wouldn't rent space for Spencer to speak on campus unless a nearly $11,000 security fee was ...