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Ohio elections chief certifies 2020 general election results

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's elections chief certified results on Friday of a 2020 election that he said was almost flawlessly executed despite the pandemic, raising concern that President Donald Trump's allegations of widespread fraud could be ...

GOP clashes as deadline to repeal tainted bailout law nears

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hopes of repealing an energy bailout law are in danger at the Ohio Statehouse as Republican lawmakers argue sharply different positions on how and whether to repeal the legislation with only weeks before Ohioans ...

Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The infection of a single cafeteria worker was all it took to close classrooms in the small Lowellville school district in northeastern Ohio, forcing at least two weeks of remote learning. Not only did the worker who tested positive ...

Police: Triple fatal shooting stemmed from robbery, drug deal

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The fatal shootings of three men inside a Dayton home this week stemmed from a robbery and drug deal, city police said. Octavius Lamont Humphrey Sr., 41, of Trotwood, was being held on murder, tampering with evidence and weapons counts. It wasn't known Thursday if he's ...

Relative of 8 slaying victims files wrongful death lawsuit

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man who lost several relatives in the killings of eight people in southern Ohio four years ago filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday against the suspects, saying he wants to be sure none of them receive financial gain from the ...

Ohio governor to give 2nd statewide address as virus surges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will give a statewide address Wednesday night, making it the second time he will make a public appeal about the severity of the coronavirus' spread to residents since the pandemic began in March. The governor will speak on "the critical stage Ohio ...

Columbus, Dayton sue to force fix of gun background checks

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Incomplete reporting by counties of people with criminal backgrounds who are prohibited from owning guns is putting public safety at risk, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by the cities of Columbus and Dayton. The complaint ...

Attack in troubled Ohio county jail leaves inmate dead

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday launched an investigation into an attack that left an inmate dead in a troubled Ohio county jail. According to a statement by Cuyahoga County, there was a "physical altercation" involving two inmates inside the county jail on Monday. Shane Trawick, ...

Doctors warn of inundated hospitals, staff as virus spreads

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials across Ohio warned of a dark winter, with limited intensive care unit beds if the new surge in coronavirus cases is not curbed in the next few weeks. Gov. Mike DeWine appointed doctors to lead ...

“No place left to hide”: Ohio virus cases continue to surge

By FARNOUSH AMIRI and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gave a grave warning Thursday as nearly every county in the state was at a high-risk level for coronavirus infections. "There is no place left to hide," he said. The ...

Ohio utility at center of $60 million bribery case fires CEO

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A power company under investigation for its role in an alleged $60 million bribery scheme involving one of Ohio's most powerful politicians fired its chief executive following an internal review. FirstEnergy Corp. said its investigation ...

Ohio chief justice urges caution as coronavirus cases spike

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Judges must continue adhering to strict health precautions as Ohio sees record-high numbers of coronavirus cases, the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court warned Friday. Mask wearing, temperature taking, sanitizing and socially distancing are mandatory practices to ...

Man accused of killing wife, 2 kids acquitted on all counts

LONDON, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of killing his wife and two children in an arson fire at their Ohio home in 2008 was acquitted Thursday of all charges by a three-judge panel that heard the case. Peter Romans, 60, of London, faced aggravated murder, murder and aggravated arson charges. He ...

2 Ohio political operatives plead guilty in bribery probe

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio political operatives pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that they conspired as part of what another defendant called an "unholy alliance" aimed at bailing out two aging Ohio nuclear power plants, court documents ...

Boat parades, road rallies buoy Trump and his supporters

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — When a flotilla of pontoon and fishing boats decked out with "Trump 2020" flags cruised past him this summer, Dale Fullenkamp got an idea. "I figured I don't have a boat, but I do have a tractor," he said. Soon he was leading nearly 300 ...

Ohio files complaint on ex-House speaker’s campaign spending

By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a complaint Friday with the state Elections Commission over the former Ohio House speaker's use of more than $900,000 in campaign contributions to pay attorneys defending him in a federal racketeering ...

13-year-old girl shot, wounded inside vehicle parked at mall

SPRINGDALE, Ohio (AP) — A 13-year-old girl was found shot and wounded in a vehicle parked at a mall in southwestern Ohio, authorities said. The shooting in Springdale occurred Friday night, but it wasn't clear if it happened in the Tri-County mall lot or another location. Authorities ...

Democrats hope to break Republican hold on Ohio high court

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic challengers are hoping to upend Republicans' majority on the Ohio Supreme Court in a pair of races this November that feature familiar debates over the role justices should play in interpreting state law. A coalition ...

Vendor says Ohio, Pennsylvania ballot backlogs caught up

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The printing and mailing of 2.4 million delayed ballots across Ohio and Pennsylvania is all caught up, the vendor responsible for the backlog announced Tuesday. Cleveland-based Midwest Direct said in a statement that extra staff, ...