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Ohioans got short shrift as political map fight dragged on

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Accusations have flown for months over who's to blame for Ohio's protracted redistricting predicament — a mess of a political mapmaking fight that's left the state without settled political maps and voters without a day for electing party nominees to Statehouse ...

Feds: Ohio man plotted visit to Texas to kill George W. Bush

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Iraqi man who came to the United States two years ago and applied for asylum hatched a plot to assassinate former President George W. Bush in retaliation for casualties against his compatriots during the Iraq war, the U.S. government announced Tuesday. Shihab Ahmed ...

Former Ohio prisons chief top contender to run US prisons

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former director of the Ohio state prison system has emerged as a leading contender to run the crisis-plagued federal Bureau of Prisons, three people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Gary Mohr, who has also worked in the private prison industry, is at ...

Court: traffic camera fine revenue can reduce state funding

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Reducing state funding to local municipalities by the amount those communities collected through the use of traffic cameras doesn't violate the state Constitution, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The court also upheld the constitutionality of a law requiring that ...

Depression, pandemic photographs paired in Ohio exhibit

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — An exhibit in Ohio pairing photographs from two moments of societal crisis — the Great Depression and the COVID-19 pandemic — aims to help visitors see parallels between the human tolls felt across generations. The show, "Chronicles: The Great Depression and the ...

GOP lawmakers, Ohio AG, want public safety a factor in bail

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Judges in Ohio would be required to consider criminal suspects' threat to public safety when setting bail amounts under both legislation and a proposal for a state constitutional amendment being advanced by House Republicans. The GOP proposals followed a ruling by a ...

Ohio principals reject endorsement deals for prep athletes

CLEVELAND (AP) — High school principals in Ohio have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to allow prep athletes to sign deals cashing in on their name, image and likeness, the Ohio High School Athletic Association said Tuesday. In voting that began May 1 and finished Monday, principals from ...

Neighborhood dispute ends with police fatally shooting woman

WINDHAM TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — A dispute between neighbors ended when police shot and killed a 66-year-old woman who was armed with a gun, authorities said. The shooting in Windham Township occurred around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office. Witnesses said ...

Agreement reached for Ohio vote on legal weed in 2023

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group backing the legalization of marijuana for adult use in Ohio and Republican legislative leaders have reached a settlement calling for a possible statewide legalization vote next year. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol sued the Republicans in ...

Ohio governor delays September execution amid drug shortage

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday delayed by three years the September execution of a death row inmate sentenced to die for killing two men in a robbery that netted $40. The governor's action was one of several reprieves he's issued in recent years as the state struggles ...

Doctor innocent after murder trial permanently loses license

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Despite being found innocent of murder charges related to multiple patient deaths, a doctor determined that practicing medicine again in Ohio would be impossible following a yearslong ordeal and so chose to surrender his medical license, his attorney said. William ...

‘Just too far’: Ohio mapmakers spar over contempt threat

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Partisan mapmakers in Ohio made distinctly emotional pleas to the Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday, as justices once again weigh whether to hold the state's redistricting commission in contempt. The bipartisan commission has sent five different plans for state legislative ...

Social-worker, rights groups sue Ohio city over abortion ban

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Groups advocating for professional social workers and women's rights challenged a small Ohio city's ban on abortion Wednesday, arguing it is an "extraordinarily broad" infringement on the constitutional rights of due process and free speech. The lawsuit argues that the ...

Death row inmate with execution date dies of heart attack

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio prisoner scheduled for execution next year for killing his 3-year-old son in an arson fire has died of a heart attack, the state said. Michael Webb, 73, was sentenced to die for setting a 1990 fire at his Clermont County house in southern Ohio. ...

Judge to decide how much pharmacies owe over opioid crisis

CLEVELAND (AP) — A hearing has begun in federal court in Cleveland for a judge to determine how much CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies should pay two Ohio counties to help them ease the ongoing costs and problems caused by the opioid crisis. A jury in November found the pharmacy chains ...

Ohio names former college leader next state superintendent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former teacher, district superintendent and higher education leader was named Ohio's new state superintendent on Tuesday. Stephen Dackin is a former vice president of the Ohio State Board of Education, which voted 14-4 with one abstention to approve his hiring to ...

Ohio GOP asks high court to pause map fight for 2022 vote

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Republican leaders want to call a time out in the battle over state legislative maps — at least until after this fall's general elections — and asked the state's high court on Monday to pause the legal back-and-forth with voting rights and Democratic ...

Wrongful death lawsuit against against Ohio deputy delayed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The wrongful death lawsuit against an Ohio sheriff's deputy in the fatal shooting of Casey Goodson Jr. should be delayed until after the murder case against the deputy is concluded, a federal judge ruled Monday. Defendant Jason Meade, who is white, has pleaded not ...

Police: Teen opened fire into crowd, killing girl, 14

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A 14-year-old girl was killed when police say another teen opened fire into a crowd of people on an Ohio street corner. Police responded to reports of the shooting in North Toledo shortly before 8:30 p.m. Friday and found 14-year-old Zhonasia Ticey wounded. She was rushed ...

Ex-fraternity president pleads guilty in deadly hazing case

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A former fraternity president has pleaded guilty in the hazing death of a Bowling Green State University student. Daylen Dunson, 22, of Cleveland, pleaded guilty Thursday to several charges, including reckless homicide, tampering with evidence, obstruction and ...