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County GOP officials join call for ex-Ohio speaker’s removal

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The former Republican speaker of the Ohio House, now under criminal indictment, should be expelled from the Legislature, a group of elected GOP officials said in a letter to the current House leader. It's the second such request ...

Ohio lowers age limit for vaccine to 16 years old and up

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The coronavirus vaccine will be available to anyone in Ohio 16 years and older by the end of the month, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday. A significant increase in vaccine supplies expected in the state warrants the ...

Extent of COVID-19 vaccine waste remains largely unknown

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As millions continue to wait their turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, small but steady amounts of the precious doses have gone to waste across the country. It's a heartbreaking reality that experts acknowledged was always likely to ...

Timing key in consulting deal between FirstEnergy, regulator

By MARK GILLISPIE and JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Shortly before a utility lawyer and lobbyist was appointed Ohio's top regulator of electric and power generating companies, he received $4.3 million from top executives at one of the companies whose fortunes would ...

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 ...

Scientists: Climate-whipped winds pose Great Lakes hazards

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Powerful gusts linked to global warming are damaging water quality and creating a hazard for fish in Lake Erie and perhaps elsewhere in the Great Lakes, according to researchers. Extremely high winds occasionally churn up ...

Timing key in consulting deal between FirstEnergy, regulator

By MARK GILLISPIE and JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Shortly before a utility lawyer and lobbyist was appointed Ohio's top regulator of electric and power generating companies, he received $4.3 million from top executives at one of the companies whose fortunes would ...

Ohio communities reel from stunning child deaths

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Two separate missing children cases, then two stunning deaths reported within five days of each other. Two children thrown from bridges into the same river, still not found as two communities within 40 miles (64 kilometers) of each ...

Man with weapon is fatally shot by police during standoff

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — A standoff that began after a man stabbed a relative inside an Ohio home ended when the man charged at police and was fatally shot by at least one officer, authorities said, Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies responded to the Harrison Township home around 2 ...

GOP-backed effort to rein in DeWine’s pandemic powers passes

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican lawmakers' latest in a yearlong attempt to rein in Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's authority to issue public health orders during the pandemic passed Wednesday in the House and faces a likely veto by the ...

Regulators expand audit to include payment to former chair

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's utilities commission on Wednesday expanded an ongoing audit to include examining whether customers funded a $4.3 million payment from FirstEnergy Corp. to an utilities attorney who was subsequently appointed chairman of the commission by Republican Gov. Mike ...

Police: Teen shoots at cops, fatally wounds man in drive-by

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A teenage boy fired shots at police officers and fatally wounded an elderly man during a drive-by shooting at a gas station in Toledo, authorities said. The shooting occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, as members of the police department's Gang Task Force were ...

Man dies in crash during Ohio police pursuit

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A man being chased by Ohio police officers died Wednesday night when he crashed his pickup truck, police said. Thirty-seven-year-old Randy Heater, of Mansfield, was killed in rural Richland County, the Mansfield News Journal reported. He was pronounced dead at the ...

Appeal by ex-officer who killed Tamir Rice dismissed

CLEVELAND (AP) — An appeals court in Cleveland ruled Thursday that the white Cleveland police officer who killed Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black child playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center, should not get his job back. The 8th District Court of Appeals in its ruling dismissed ...

Man linked to 3 Ohio homicides dies after Detroit shooting

DETROIT (AP) — A man suspected in three homicides in Ohio has died in Detroit, four days after he was shot by police outside a motel in the city, authorities said. Chandra Moore, 55, died Friday, Detroit police Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood said. Moore was shot while exchanging gunfire with police ...

Browns’ Switzer said 9-month-old son stable after surgery

By The Associated Press undefined CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Ryan Switzer said his 9-month-old son is stable after undergoing surgery to stop bleeding. Switzer chronicled son Christian's medical situation over the weekend on Twitter, prompting an outpouring of public ...

Indiana teacher fired after sex abuse charges in Ohio

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana School for the Deaf has fired a 42-year-old teacher after he was charged in Ohio with felony sexual misconduct charges involving a student in 2005. Jerry R. Claus was charged last month in Ohio's Erie County for allegations involving a 13-year-old girl in ...

Search of river resumes for bodies of 2 missing children

LAWRENCEBURG, Indiana (AP) — Crews resumed searching the Ohio River for the bodies of two missing children, including a 6-year-old boy who police say died when his mother tried to abandon him at a park and drive away but he grabbed for a door and was dragged. Crews are hoping to find the ...

College student dies, frat suspended after alleged hazing

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A Bowling Green State University student died after an alleged hazing incident involving alcohol, his family's attorney said. The death of Stone Foltz, 20, is "a tragedy," Attorney Sean Alto said in a statement released Sunday night. Alto said Foltz's family was ...

DeWine faces choppy political waters 1 year into pandemic

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS and JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At the beginning of 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was working on plans to battle algae blooms in Lake Erie, crack down on distracted driving, and figure out a way to save an Ohio minor league baseball team. ...