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Federal judges in Ohio map flap weigh shrinking early voting

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A panel of federal judges asked to intervene on behalf of a group of Republican voters in Ohio's protracted redistricting battle raised a new option Friday to keep the state's May 3 primary alive: Shrinking Ohio's robust early voting period. The group delayed a decision ...

High court to weigh end of $300 weekly unemployment payment

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments in May on whether Gov. Mike DeWine had the legal ability to end the state's participation in a federal pandemic unemployment aid program last year ahead of a government deadline for stopping the payments. At issue before the ...

Campaigns weigh strategy options if Ohio primary is delayed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After months of buildup, Ohio's primary in May was supposed to usher in a busier phase of the political season, when voters would begin lining up behind party winners in fall races for control of Congress, governor's seats and key elections offices across the United ...

Woman accused of smuggling drug-soaked papers into prisons

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A South African woman helped orchestrate a scheme to smuggle dozens of packages containing sheets of paper soaked with drugs into prisons in Ohio and elsewhere, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Defendant Tanya Baird purchased synthetic drugs online from China, soaked ...

Ohio governor makes 1st statewide address in 3 years

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine used his first State of the State speech in three years on Wednesday to boast about Ohio's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and its economic health while also pledging new investments in Appalachia and calling for more efforts to address mental ...

Newcomer in Ohio governor race told to refund campaign cash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A political newcomer running for Ohio governor must refund $100,000 in campaign contributions that violated limits on cash donations and bans on corporate money, according to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose's office. Republican Joe Blystone, a central Ohio farmer, ...

Attorneys: Utility’s ex-CEO planned payments in Ohio scandal

Utility giant FirstEnergy Corp.'s former chief executive and a top official masterminded payments to public officials in an alleged $60 million bribery scheme to win a legislative bailout for two Ohio nuclear plants, attorneys representing investors in the utility said Wednesday. The two ...

Ohio capital city to spend millions on upgraded bodycams

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's capital and largest city will spend nearly $19 million on an upgraded police body-worn and in-cruiser camera system that adds multiple new features including automatic activation, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced Tuesday. The system—which allows synced ...

Judge wants names behind bribes in Ohio statehouse scandal

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered attorneys for investors in utility giant FirstEnergy Corp. to reveal who from the company paid bribes in an alleged $60 million scheme to win a legislative bailout for two Ohio nuclear plants. U.S District Court Judge John Adams told the ...

Ohio mapmakers to meet on 4th set of statehouse districts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After three failures, Ohio's powerful political mapmaking body convened Tuesday and set a series of meetings for hammering out a constitutional compromise on boundaries for state legislative districts. The 7-member Ohio Redistricting Commission scheduled daily hearings ...

Ohio governor to give statewide address after pandemic delay

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The world has turned upside down since March 5, 2019, the only time Ohio first-term Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has delivered a State of the State address. The veteran politician twice canceled the speech due to the coronavirus pandemic, but still became the most viewed ...

No charges against officers who killed teen homicide suspect

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three officers in Ohio's capital city have been cleared in the fatal 2020 police shooting of a 17-year-old homicide suspect, a prosecutor announced Monday. Authorities say Joseph Jewell opened a hotel room door and immediately fired on officers after police knocked on ...

Police: Robbery suspect shot, wounded after firing at cops

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio (AP) — A man who authorities said opened fire on police after he tried to rob a coffee shop was shot and wounded by officers following a vehicle pursuit. The attempted robbery occurred around 8 a.m. Monday in North Olmsted, a western suburb of Cleveland. The man fled the ...

Fight at Ohio GOP Senate debate elevates military issue

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A near-physical altercation in the nasty Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Ohio led to a demand Monday from some military veterans that one candidate apologize for his seeming insult, while the target of their request said he respects and honors the military but ...

Marine Corps identifies 4 killed in NATO exercise crash

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Marine Corps has identified the four Marines who died when their Osprey aircraft crashed Friday night in a Norwegian town in the Arctic Circle during a NATO exercise. The men, all assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2d Marine ...

Democratic gains in legislative maps might not last long

DENVER (AP) — The surprising advantage Democrats gained during the torturous process of rewriting the nation's congressional maps may be short-lived, creating the potential for more frequent clashes over how political power should be distributed across the United States. As the once-a-decade ...

Ohio redistricting panel charts course to 4th map proposal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission has decided to look for two independent mapmakers and a mediator to help come up with new district maps following the Ohio Supreme Court's rejection of a third set of maps presented by the Republican-dominated panel. The commission ...

Ohio pauses preparations for May 3 primary amid map flap

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's top elections official is pausing certain preparations for the May 3 primary in the face of a court decision invalidating a third set of GOP-drawn maps of new legislative districts. Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose coupled a directive issued to county ...

Pro-Trump Ohio candidates realize endorsement may never come

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's crowded Republican Senate race has been all about one man: Donald Trump. But with less than two months until the state's May 3 primary to succeed retiring Sen. Rob Portman, some of the leading candidates have accepted that, despite their best efforts, the former ...

Criminal law debate focuses on Ohio inmates early release

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Early release options for inmates would expand by increasing the maximum amount of credit prisoners may earn for taking in-prison programming from 8% to 15% of their sentence, under a debated update to Ohio's criminal justice laws. Providing an incentive for taking ...