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‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author JD Vance joins US Senate campaign

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press The venture capitalist and author of "Hillbilly Elegy" officially joined the crowded Republican race for the Ohio U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Rob Portman. JD Vance, whose book was widely seen in 2016 as helping explain Republican Donald Trump's appeal to ...

Dogs on display: Museum fetes 200 years of cartoon canines

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a 1970 Beetle Bailey comic strip, the character known as Sarge berates his uniform-wearing dog, Otto, for a paperwork mistake. "Think, Otto, think!!" Sarge says. "We can't all be Snoopy," a dejected Otto replies. This ...

Chief seen putting KKK note on Black officer’s desk retires

SHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police chief seen in a surveillance video putting a note saying "Ku Klux Klan" and a jacket displayed like a KKK robe and hood on a Black officer's desk has retired. Anthony Campo resigned shortly after Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring confronted him on ...

DeWine criticizes GOP advancing transgender girl sports ban

By FARNOUSH AMIRI and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Republican governor questioned Friday the need for a legislative ban on transgender girls competing in sports, pushing back on GOP lawmakers attempt to pass the controversial ...

EXPLAINER: Ohio’s uneven response to moratorium challenges

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire July 31, after the Biden administration extended the date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in ...

Ohio proposals would let high schoolers redo pandemic year

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The pandemic made Jake Gregg's senior year of high school very different than anticipated. He got by enough to graduate, but now the 19-year-old Ohioan wants a redo. The Wheelersburg quarterback aspires to play football in college ...

GOP-backed bill clamping down on protesters in Ohio advances

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A GOP-backed bill aiming to expand the definition of obstructing justice in Ohio to include failure to follow a lawful order or diverting a law enforcement officer's attention moved forward Thursday. Republican ...

Teen killed in shooting outside Columbus recreation center

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A shooting outside a recreation center in Ohio's capital city has left a teenage girl dead, authorities said. Makenzi Ridley, 17, was shot around 8:45 p.m. Thursday at the Far East Community Center in Columbus. She was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead there a ...

Startup Lordstown Motors warns it may not stay in business

DETROIT (AP) — Startup commercial electric vehicle maker Lordstown Motors says it may not be in business a year from now as it tries to secure funding to start full production of an electric pickup truck. In a quarterly regulatory filing Tuesday, Lordstown said the $587 million it had on ...

Browns staffer Brownson charged with drunken driving

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns chief of staff Callie Brownson could face discipline from the team and the NFL for drunken driving charges. One of just a handful of female coaches in the league, Brownson was arrested last month with a blood-alcohol level ...

Taxes fall, child care debated in Ohio Senate budget plan

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans would receive an across-the-board personal income tax cut of 5%, charter schools would be paid directly by the state — not individual districts — for the first time, and eligibility for low-income Ohioans seeking ...

Ohio AG suit seeks declaration of Google as public utility

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking a court to declare Google a public utility and to regulate it as one in the latest twist on the escalating legal efforts to rein in the company that runs the internet's dominant search engine. The Republican ...

Police: 2 in custody, 1 sought in air rifle shots at people

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio say two sisters charged with shooting at homeless people with an air rifle from a car in Cincinnati are now in custody, and a third person is being sought. Brittany Hopper, 29, and Kelsey Hopper, 28, have been charged with three counts of assault, ...

A look at Ohioans facing charges in the US Capitol siege

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than 400 supporters of former President Donald Trump have been charged in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, including members of far-right extremist groups. At least 24 of those cases, including one announced Thursday, involve Ohio residents identified ...

Ex-campaign manager for Ohio U.S. rep pleads guilty to theft

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former campaign manager for a veteran member of Congress pleaded guilty Friday to two federal counts in a case alleging he stole more than $1.4 million from the campaign. Prosecutors have agreed not to seek a prison sentence longer than 32 months for Jamie Schwartz, 41, ...

Judge: Man can’t use ‘stand your ground’ defense at trial

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who faces trial next month in the fatal shooting of two teens he found inside his garage won't be allowed to use the state's new "stand your ground" defense, a judge has ruled. Montgomery County Judge Timothy O'Connell said in a ruling earlier this week the ...

Names of Ohio residents killed in small plane crash released

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people killed in the crash of a single-engine plane in southern Ohio last week. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said 64-year-old David James and 62-year-old Lori James died when their plane crashed into a wooded area on a ...

Ohio woman gets 15 years to life in grandson’s beating death

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman who acknowledged having struck her grandson after initially asserting that the child was fatally injured while imitating a superhero has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Yisenya Flores, 47, of Toledo, pleaded guilty earlier this month to murder ...

Great Lakes water surge eases after 2 record-setting years

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A spell of dry, mild weather is giving the Great Lakes a break after two years of high water that has shattered records and heavily damaged shoreline roads and homes, officials said Monday. Although still above normal, the ...

GOP bill would extend vouchers to all Ohio schoolchildren

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — All Ohio schoolchildren would be eligible for state vouchers to put toward private school tuition under a new GOP-backed bill in the state General Assembly. The legislation was inspired partly by the coronavirus pandemic and the experience of parents who saw some ...