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‘Two Ohios’: DeWine urges vaccination as delta cases surge

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After discontinuing his weekly coronavirus briefings, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine returned Friday to the lectern to deliver a dire message of how the state has been split into "two Ohios," the vaccinated and the ...

Ohio redistricting panel cites Census data lag for inaction

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The closely watched panel pivotal to redrawing Ohio's congressional and legislative districts kicked off with a whimper Friday, with officials pointing again to delayed release of 2020 Census figures even as the clock on their ...

Native clover species being dropped from endangered list

By JOHN FLESHER Associated Press TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A native plant called running buffalo clover that had been considered extinct is being removed from the federal endangered species list after bouncing back in a half-dozen states east of the Mississippi River, officials said ...

Ohio capital city announces crackdown on off-road vehicles

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus police on Wednesday announced the results of a crackdown on illegal off-road vehicle driving, a phenomenon seen across the country recently and often attributed to frustration with coronavirus pandemic ...

Trump-backed Carey, centrist Brown win Ohio US House races

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mike Carey, a coal lobbyist backed by former President Donald Trump, beat a bevy of Republicans in central Ohio, while Cuyahoga County Council member Shontel Brown pulled out a victory for the Democratic establishment in Cleveland, ...

Officer responding to shots fired call killed in crash

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A police officer responding to reports of shots fired in a southeastern Ohio town was killed when the SUV he was driving and two other vehicles collided, authorities said. The crash in Nelsonville occurred around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Scott Dawley, 43, a seven-year ...

Crop-dusting plane crashes in front yard of Ohio home

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — A crop-dusting plane struck some power lines and trees before it crashed in the front yard of a northeastern Ohio home on Wednesday, leaving the pilot with minor injuries. The crash in Wooster occurred around 10:30 a.m., as the plane dusted a farmer's field, according to ...

Probe into police hospital shooting referred to prosecutor

The Associated Press undefined COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state investigation into the fatal police shooting of a Black man in an Ohio emergency room is being referred to the county prosecutor, the attorney general announced Wednesday. The state completed its probe into the April shooting ...

FirstEnergy to pay $230M in agreement in Ohio bribery case

By MARK GILLISPIE, JULIE CARR SMYTH and FARNOUSH AMIRI Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — The energy giant at the center of a $60 million bribery scheme in Ohio admitted Thursday to using dark money groups to fund the effort, and agreed to pay $230 million and other conditions so prosecutors ...

Trump’s sway tested in race for open mid-Ohio US House seat

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The crowded Republican primary for an open U.S. House seat in central Ohio is testing the ongoing political sway of former President Donald Trump as his choice in the race, a longtime coal lobbyist, is competing against candidates ...

Feds urge rental websites to warn of elevator dangers

Days after the death of a child who got stuck in an elevator at a North Carolina vacation rental, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is calling on vacation rental websites to warn customers about the dangers of home elevators and require hosts to lock elevators until they are ...

Mayor indicted in public corruption case denies charges

WAPAKONETA, Ohio (AP) — A mayor in western Ohio has been indicted on public corruption charges involving business deals with his family and his own company. A county grand jury on Thursday indicted Wapakoneta Mayor Thomas Stinebaugh on charges of theft in office, conflict of interest and ...

Officer shoots driver who allegedly tried to run over woman

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A Dayton police officer shot and wounded a woman who tried to run over another woman who was speaking with police about an alleged domestic violence incident, authorities said. A woman reported the domestic issue around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, and police and emergency ...

Biden’s 3rd trip to Ohio pushes his economic agenda

By JOSH BOAK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden just can't quit Ohio — even if it rejected him in last year's election. The Democrat travels to Cincinnati on Wednesday to push his economic policies. It's the third visit of his presidency to Ohio, the only state he lost ...

Anti-abortion group protests Catholic school hosting Biden

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio anti-abortion group is protesting a local Catholic university's involvement in an upcoming visit by Democratic President Joe Biden. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati urged members of the public Tuesday to call Mount St. ...

State agency: Guards used excessive force before inmate died

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's correctional agency found that at least five prison guards used excessive and unjustified force against a Black inmate before he died in custody in February, officials said Tuesday. Security footage released ...

Pelosi bars Trump allies from Jan. 6 probe, GOP may boycott

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two Republicans tapped by House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to sit on a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, a decision McCarthy denounced as "an egregious abuse of ...

Court overturns death penalty conviction in women’s slayings

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a death penalty conviction and ordered a new trial for a man who pleaded guilty to killing three women in a Cleveland suburb. Justices said a three-judge panel in Cleveland failed to inform George Brinkman Jr., 49, about ...

Governor: fines to remain for COVID rule-breaking businesses

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Refunding fines to Ohio businesses cited for violating public health orders during the coronavirus pandemic would send a "horrible" message to the vast majority of companies that followed the rules, GOP Gov. Mike DeWine said ...

Columbus officer who killed Andre Hill wants trial moved

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Extensive publicity about the December police killing of Andre Hill makes it impossible to convene a fair jury locally and so the trial should be moved, an attorney representing Adam Coy, the ex-Columbus officer charged in Hill's ...