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Pence to reveal electric truck at former GM plant in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence heads to Ohio on Thursday for the unveiling of a new all-electric pickup truck built by the startup that took over the General Motors assembly plant shuttered last year. The Republican vice president plans remarks after the reveal of the ...

Ohio governor not in favor of removing Columbus statue

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that while he's not in favor of the removal of statues of Christopher Columbus, he's open to discussions that arise about people's place in history. DeWine addressed last week's removal by ...

DeWine tested for virus as daily cases see slight decrease

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press Ohio reported a slight decrease in daily coronavirus cases, with 590, following a series of higher-than-average day-to-day increases. Gov. Mike DeWine, along with first lady Fran DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, got tested for the virus ...

TSA officers find 2 pistols at Columbus airport checkpoints

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Transportation Security Administration officers discovered two pistols in carry-on bags at John Glenn Columbus International Airport, the TSA said. One of the weapons was loaded and the other was not. The weapons were found during different security screenings on ...

Ex-fraternity president pleads guilty in deadly hazing case

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — The former president of a now-defunct fraternity at Ohio University has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from hazing that led to a student's death two years ago. Elijah Wahib, 22, of Westlake, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts each of felony obstruction of justice ...

Columbus bans police use of tear gas, limits pepper spray

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press The city of Columbus on Tuesday prohibited police use of tear gas and limited use of pepper spray to clear streets and disperse peaceful demonstrators following weeks of global protests over the death of George Floyd. Mayor Andrew Ginther ...

Federal funds obtained to send absentee ballot form requests

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press Every registered voter in Ohio will receive an absentee ballot request form in the mail through the use of federal funding, in a move some officials say could help mail-in voting in the critical battleground state go more smoothly in ...

Ohio governor questions holding August Hall of Fame weekend

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday it's "highly unlikely" that crowds of 20,000 or so would be allowed for the Pro Football Hall of Fame game and induction ceremony in August. "If the question was could that event occur today, the answer would be no. It would be extremely ...

Ohio announces 5th coronavirus death of prisons worker0

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A guard at a private prison is the fifth corrections worker in Ohio to die from the coronavirus, Gov. Mike DeWine and the prison announced Tuesday. Terry Loomis, a guard at Lake Erie Correctional Institute in northeastern Ohio, died Tuesday after being hospitalized on ...

Ohio court strikes down order restricting future commentary

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge's order forbidding a man from making Internet postings in the future about two family members is unconstitutional, the Ohio Supreme Court said in a unanimous ruling. At issue before the court were social media and other comments by a western Ohio man accusing ...

Ohio to test all staff members in state’s nursing homes

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS (AP) — All staff members in the state's nursing homes will be tested for the coronavirus, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday, announcing a ramped-up effort in Ohio's hard-hit long-term care facilities. The governor said testing will ...

E-signature rule for ballot campaigns stayed as Ohio appeals

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal court panel temporarily stopped Ohio ballot campaigns Tuesday from proceeding under less restrictive signature-gathering rules they'd been granted amid the coronavirus pandemic. A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit U.S. ...

Police: Barricaded suspect killed after firing at officers

PARMA, Ohio (AP) — Police officers shot and killed a man after he emerged from an Ohio home after an hours-long standoff and fired at them, police said. Parma Heights police said they responded to a report at about 8:45 p.m. Monday that a man had pointed a gun at another man's head. Officers ...

Body of missing 5-year-old boy found in lake at campground

PEEBLES, Ohio (AP) — The body of a 5-year-old boy who went missing at a southern Ohio campground this week has been found in a lake there, authorities said. Cameron Walters was last seen around 5 p.m. Monday at the Mineral Springs Lake Resort, a 350-acre campground in Peebles. Emergency ...

Man charged with murder in fatal beating of his grandmother

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man was charged Wednesday with murder after police found his grandmother fatally beaten inside a Cincinnati home. Anna Kidwell, 79, was found around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday by officers who had gone to the home in the city's Mount Washington neighborhood to do a welfare ...

Nursing home deaths nearly 70% of Ohio’s overall total

By JOHN SEEWER and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nursing home residents continue to make up the vast majority of coronavirus-related deaths in Ohio, according to new Department of Health statistics. At least 1,246 residents of Ohio's long-term care facilities ...

2 accused of false Alzheimer’s diagnoses charged with fraud

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A former director of an Ohio memory-loss clinic accused by dozens of patients of falsely diagnosing them with Alzheimer's disease has been indicted on federal fraud charges. The U.S. Justice Department said Sherry-Ann Jenkins was not ...

Change of plea hearing for suspect accused of game threat

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of threatening a shooting at Ohio State University and vowing to hurt players on the football team is now scheduled for a change of plea hearing, according to a Wednesday court filing. Such changes of plea hearings ...

Authorities: Teen’s fatal shooting was homicide, not suicide

CLEVELAND (AP) — The shooting death of a Cleveland teenager who authorities initially believed had killed himself has now been ruled a homicide. The 16-year-old boy was found dead May 12 in a home in the city's Union-Miles neighborhood, authorities said. He had been shot in the ...

‘Godfather of Grass’ seeks prison release over virus concern

LISBON, Ohio (AP) — The "Godfather of Grass," who was sentenced for his role in a large marijuana operation after eight years on the run, has asked a judge to release him from a federal prison in Ohio that has seen nine coronavirus deaths. John Robert "Johnny" Boone vouched for his release ...