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Asian neighbors pen letter of fear to Ohio’s lieutenant gov

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of Asian American residents of the suburb that Ohio's Republican lieutenant governor calls home penned a letter to him Wednesday, citing their concerns over a tweet he sent referring to the "Wuhan virus" and ...

FirstEnergy refunds $26M as nuclear bailout repeal is signed

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and JOHN SEEWER Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio electric company under scrutiny for its role in what federal authorities say was a $60 million bribery and corruption scheme said it will refund $26 million to customers that it collected through a tainted ...

Columbus mayor vows next police chief will come from outside

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Columbus confronts a years-in-the-making reckoning over claims of police brutality and racism, its next police chief will be able to hire their own leadership team, a first for the department in Ohio's capital and largest ...

A look at Ohioans facing charges in the US Capitol siege

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than 300 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 17 of those cases, including one announced Monday, involve Ohio residents identified ...

Pandemic masks ongoing child abuse crisis as cases plummet

By SALLY HO and CAMILLE FASSETT Associated Press LANSFORD, Pa. (AP) — Ava Lerario lived in a home marked by both love and chaos, even before the walls of the pandemic started closing in on her fractured family. Sandwiched between two brothers, the 9-year-old was her father's princess, and ...

Former governor, 2 ex-mayors to lead new policy foundation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Republican governor of Ohio and two former big-city mayors who are Democrats have come together to lead a new foundation that will provide policy and research help to a group of Ohio's largest cities and suburbs. Republican Gov. Bob Taft, former Columbus Mayor ...

‘That lady is drunk!’ Court weighs citizen tip validity

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The legal authority of a shouted tip to a state trooper about an impaired driver — "That lady is drunk!" — is before the Ohio Supreme Court in a question over constitutional protections from illegal search and seizure. At ...

Cops: Man who spurred deadly chase was wanted on warrants

BETHEL TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — A driver who led police on a high-speed chase before he crashed into another vehicle, killing himself and the other driver, was wanted for felonious assault and child abuse/endangering charges, authorities said. The crash occurred around 8 a.m. Tuesday at the ...

GOP congressman gives shots to promote COVID-19 efforts

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press NORWOOD, Ohio (AP) — A Republican congressman gave COVID-19 vaccinations Sunday to promote efforts to get reluctant people to get the shots. An early advocate of getting vaccinated, Rep. Brad Wenstrup is among Republicans concerned about their voters getting ...

Ruling lets lawsuit over transgender pronoun dispute proceed

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Friday ruling from a federal appeals court allows a professor to continue with his lawsuit against a small, public university in Ohio that rebuked him for not addressing a transgender student using the student's preferred gender terms. Nicholas Meriwether argues Shawnee ...

Pandemic masks ongoing child abuse crisis as cases plummet

By SALLY HO and CAMILLE FASSETT Associated Press LANSFORD, Pa. (AP) — Ava Lerario lived in a home marked by both love and chaos, even before the walls of the pandemic started closing in on her fractured family. Sandwiched between two brothers, the 9-year-old was her father's princess, and ...

Fundraiser held for family of missing boy as search resumes

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) — Community members and family friends gathered over the weekend in Ohio to raise money for the family of one of two missing children as the search for their bodies along the Ohio River continued for another weekend. Organizers said they hoped Saturday's event at ...

7 wounded when dispute sparks shootout at motorcycle club

CLEVELAND (AP) — A shootout at a private motorcycle club in Cleveland that left seven people wounded was apparently sparked by a dispute involving a man and a woman, authorities said. The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday inside the Spot Night Club. Authorities said the man involved in ...

Grandparents in the pandemic: a lost year, but now some hope

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — No sleepovers with popcorn and Disney movies. No dance recitals or holiday pageants, let alone any Grandparents' Day for visiting the kids' classrooms. No hugs. The first 12 months of the pandemic represent a lost year for many in the ...

Cops’ posts to private Facebook group show hostility, hate

By CLAUDIA LAUER and THALIA BEATY Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — In a private Facebook group called the Pittsburgh Area Police Breakroom, many current and retired officers spent the year criticizing chiefs that took a knee or officers who marched with Black Lives Matter protesters, who ...

FirstEnergy refusing to return subsidy cash to customers

By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio electric company under scrutiny for its role in what federal authorities say was a $60 million bribery and corruption scheme has told state energy regulators that it should not have to refund customers $30 million collected from a ...

Mother charged with murder after toddler ingests fentanyl

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky mother has been charged with murder after her 2-year-old son consumed the drug fentanyl. Lauren Ashley Baker told police she "took a shot" of fentanyl Thursday prior to taking a nap with her son. A police report said the boy got into her purse and found the ...

Police contacted after Ohio State’s Liddell receives threats

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer Ohio State officials have reached out to police about threatening and insulting social media messages sophomore E.J. Liddell received following the Buckeyes' NCAA Tournament loss on Friday. Ohio State associate athletic director for communications Dan ...

Schools weighing whether to seat students closer together

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer BOSTON (AP) — U.S. guidelines that say students should be kept 6 feet apart in schools are receiving new scrutiny from federal health experts, state governments and education officials working to return as many children as possible to the ...

Cities, groups aim to stop Ohio’s push for early census data

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press A coalition of cities, counties and civil rights groups sued the U.S. Census Bureau last year to stop it from ending the 2020 census early out of fear a premature finish would undercount minority communities. Now, that coalition is attempting to block the ...