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Spears, Smith to write ‘Castor and Patience’ for Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) — Composer Gregory Spears and U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith have been commissioned by the Cincinnati Opera to write "Castor and Patience," a story of black cousins in the American South who disagree about the future of land they inherited. The company said Tuesday that ...

State: Man pleads guilty to theft of $3M in grain proceeds

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) — State officials say a man accused of stealing more than $3 million in proceeds from grain he sold on behalf of northern Ohio farmers has pleaded guilty to theft and other charges. The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Attorney General's Office say 79-year-old ...

Man pleads guilty to cheating NFL players in charity fraud

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An Ohio man has admitted defrauding NFL players out of money meant for charities. Thirty-nine-year-old Camario Richardson, of Maple Heights, Ohio, pleaded guilty Monday to mail fraud in federal court in Kansas City. Prosecutors say Richardson told the players he ...

Governor names new director of mental health services

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor has named a new director for the state agency that oversees mental health services. Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) recently named Dr. Mark Hurst to serve as director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Hurst will start his new ...

Library that eliminated late fees says borrowers return more

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A library in Ohio that eliminated late fees says fewer borrowed materials are becoming overdue and patrons are returning more borrowed materials even though revenue from late fees are down some. The Dayton Metro Library decided to eliminate late fees for overdue books ...

13-year-old boy goes missing while swimming in Lake Erie

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say a 13-year-old has gone missing while swimming in Lake Erie off a Cleveland beach and crews continue to search for him. The search continued Sunday for the boy who Cleveland police say disappeared beneath waves while swimming off of Edgewater Beach around 8:30 ...

‘Dead Body Guy’ ready to wrap up acting career

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio man who gained fame from playing corpses in television shows and movies is getting ready to say his final "goodbye" and retire. The Columbus Dispatch reports Chuck Lamb says he originally pursued his acting career as a "bucket list thing." He dubbed ...

Officials recover body during search for missing teen

CLEVELAND (AP) — First responders have recovered a body during a search for a 13-year-old boy who went missing while swimming in Lake Erie off a Cleveland beach. The Cleveland Metroparks Marine Patrol Unit recovered the body Sunday evening. Officials are waiting for the Cuyahoga County ...

Appalachian region looks to Asia to revive economic hopes

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A slice of Appalachia along the Ohio River still struggling decades after losing manufacturing jobs in the steel, aluminum and glass industries to overseas competition is looking to Asia to revive the region's fortunes with a more pliable product — plastic. A ...

Psychology museum explores what makes us human

By MITCH STACY, Associated Press AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Wonder Woman's striking visage on large, bright screens just inside the new National Museum of Psychology tells visitors there's more here than dusty books and esoteric curiosities. The world's most famous female superhero gets a place of ...

Family of Ohio State doctor says it’s cooperating in probe

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The family of a former Ohio State University team doctor accused by athletes of sexual misconduct says it is "shocked and saddened" by the allegations and is cooperating with the school's independent investigation. The Columbus Dispatch in a story published online ...

Battelle awards more than $600K to STEM field experiences

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio-based research firm Battelle has given its highest amount in a single year to support out-of-classroom learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. Grants totaling $607,500 were awarded recently through the Battelle STEM Grant Program. The ...

Officer fires at aggressive dog with shotgun, wounds owner

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati police say an officer forced to shoot at an aggressive dog has wounded the animal's owner. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the woman was taken to a hospital for treatment after the shooting around 9 p.m. Friday. Cincinnati police Lt. Steve Saunders says the ...

Ohio to spend Volkswagen settlement funds on clean vehicles

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio will spend the millions it receives from a national settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal on technology aimed at reducing air pollution. The Columbus Dispatch reports the state will spend more than half of its $75 million share from a nearly $3 ...

Cincinnati raises parking rates again to offset deficit

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati continues to raise parking rates to balance the city's budget despite complaints from business owners and residents. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports city officials raised parking rates last week for the third consecutive year. Parking is expected to produce $5 ...

US Rep. Jordan denies claims he knew of Ohio State sex abuse

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan said on Wednesday he never knew of sexual abuse by a now-dead doctor who examined wrestlers Jordan helped coach decades ago at Ohio State University. Jordan, speaking to reporters at a July Fourth rally in Fremont, repeatedly denied claims by ...

Shooting suspect injured in exchange of gunfire with police

MARION, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio man suspected of shooting at his ex-girlfriend later exchanged gunfire with police and was wounded. Marion police say the city police officer and a Marion County sheriff's deputy involved weren't hurt in that street confrontation Tuesday evening in ...

Ohio official says e-school’s founder should repay millions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Ohio seeks to recover over $60 million from a giant online charter school that closed, the attorney general says the school founder and his two businesses should be on the hook for that public funding. Founder Bill Lager's for-profit companies were paid to provide ...

Payday loans, guns among stalled issues at Ohio Statehouse

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Legislature is on summer break after a flurry of activity that included passage of dozens of bills, many sent to the governor, and a few key proposals left in limbo. The pace of the action was accelerated because ...

Trucker dies in fiery collision on I-84 in southern Idaho

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio truck driver was killed in a fiery explosion when two tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 84 in southern Idaho. The Idaho Transportation Department says all lanes of I-84 east of Twin Falls have reopened following Tuesday's collision that ...