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GOP’s Kasich says last State of the State speech will be odd

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says listeners can expect a "very odd" final State of the State speech from him. The term-limited Republican delivers the address Tuesday at Otterbein University in suburban Columbus. Playing with expectations for the speech isn't ...

Ex-official now regrets bowing to National Rifle Association

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democrat who helped overturn local assault weapons bans as a state lawmaker and before being ousted as Ohio's attorney general said in a column published Sunday that he "was in the pocket of the National Rifle Association" to ...

Some churches drop ‘Baptist’ from names to gain new members

By DANAE KING, The Columbus Dispatch COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Rev. Dan Brown is one of several Baptist pastors leading his congregation to change the church's name in hopes of bringing more people through the doors. Though First Baptist Church of Sunbury will stay Baptist in doctrine, the ...

Great Lakes advocates to ask Congress for water protections

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A coalition of Great Lakes advocates is urging Congress to provide funds for cleaning up the region's waters and strengthening its water infrastructure. Groups representing businesses, industry, environmentalists, cities, states and tribes will make their annual ...

Muslim officer works with immigrants in Ohio capital city

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After 10 years in hotel management, Khaled Bahgat grew accustomed to defusing tense situations involving out-of-control banquet hall parties. Often, he had the situation in hand by the time police showed up. One day, an officer ...

Ohio inmate whose execution halted dies of natural causes

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — A twice-convicted murderer whose execution in November had to be halted when a usable vein couldn't be found to administer execution drugs died Saturday morning of natural causes, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and ...

Eagles nest in Cleveland for 1st time in more than 100 years

CLEVELAND (AP) — Naturalists say bald eagles are nesting in Cleveland for the first time in more than 100 years. The Plain Dealer reports a historical interpreter for the Cleveland Metroparks spotted a pair of eagles last year carrying sticks into a tree on a bluff overlooking the Cuyahoga ...

Ohio set to market its tourist attractions to Indianapolis

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's tourism agency says it's expanding its outreach to Indianapolis this spring. TourismOhio's "Find It Here" campaign uses emotional connections to attract visitors to the Buckeye State. The latest move adds to outreach around the state and in Detroit and ...

Ohio man convicted of indecent exposure for 6th time

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man has been convicted for at least the sixth time for publicly exposing himself. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports a Hamilton County jury deliberated several hours Friday before convicting 50-year-old Gerald Fornshell of felony public indecency. Prosecutors say the ...

Ohio company says bonuses, higher pay because of tax cuts

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio-based payments-processing giant said Friday it's giving bonuses, upping pay and improving benefits while crediting the GOP tax cuts. Worldpay Inc. detailed its plans as Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman toured the company, formed ...

Snow storm downs power lines, close schools in NE Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) — The front edge of the storm causing havoc on the East Coast dropped as much as a foot of snow on parts of northeast Ohio with heavy winds leading to power outages and school closings. Cleveland-based National Weather Service meteorologist Marty Mullen says wind gusts from ...

2 Democrats for Ohio offices want open redistricting process

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Democrats seeking statewide offices in Ohio released a proposal Friday that they say would guarantee the state's process for drawing congressional district maps is transparent to the public. Former U.S. Attorney Steven ...

4 charged in fake ID operation that netted $4.7M in bitcoin

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Four people accused of operating a large-scale fake ID operation that netted investigators $4.7 million in bitcoin have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Ohio. The four from the Toledo area are facing federal charges announced Thursday that include making false ...

9 charged in conspiracy to bring opioids from China for sale

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal authorities say nine people accused in a conspiracy to bring large amounts of fentanyl and carfentanil from China to sell in northeast Ohio have been indicted. The U.S. Attorney's Office says an indictment filed this week in federal court in Cleveland charges all ...

US Supreme Court won’t hear appeal of condemned woman

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court says it won't hear an appeal by Ohio's only condemned female killer. Death row inmate Donna Roberts was convicted of planning her ex-husband's 2001 killing with a boyfriend in hopes of collecting insurance money. The high court on Feb. 20 ...

Milkman accused of sneaking drugs, phones into Ohio prison

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A longtime milkman delivered more than what the labels on his packages promised, smuggling marijuana, tobacco and cellphones into an Ohio prison hidden inside milk cartons, a prosecutor said. Ray Adams was in contact with an ...

EMS workers suspended for refusing to help gunshot victim

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland Emergency Medical Services dispatcher and supervisor have been suspended for refusing to send an ambulance to a man who was shot 16 times and drove across the city line. Police say the 22-year-old victim was shot multiple times Jan. 14 with an assault rifle as he ...

Republic Steel partnership to restart idled blast furnace

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — A partnership between Republic Steel and a Minnesota iron ore company says it plans to restart a northeast Ohio blast furnace that's been idle since 2016. The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports Lorain Pig Iron LLC says the furnace capable of producing 1 million tons of pig ...

Ohio ends same-day driver’s license issuing in favor of mail

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio said Wednesday it's ending the same-day issuing of Ohio driver's licenses and will mail them instead to save money and increase security. Licenses will arrive about 10 days after they're issued once the change takes effect ...

Man wanted in 4 Detroit slayings kills himself in Ohio

By COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — A man suspected of gunning down four people Monday in Detroit, including the mother of his child, shot himself hours later while fleeing from officers in Ohio and died at a hospital, authorities said. George Anthony Davis Jr., 27, died ...