April 26, 2015

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Suicidal Pa. man sought in babysitting rape ruse

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — A suicidal western Pennsylvania man charged with duct-taping and raping a 15-year-old girl he lured to his home with the promise of a babysitting job was the focus of an intensifying interstate manhunt on Thursday. Todd Vocature, 52, is wanted on 10 charges including rape and aggravated indecent assault of a Read More…

Ohioans to get more details on redistricting issue

COLUMBUS — Ohio voters will see an expanded description of a proposed redistricting amendment on fall ballots, but the issue’s backers say the language is still cumbersome. The Ohio Ballot Board agreed in a party-line vote Thursday to new ballot language for Issue 2. The vote came a day after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Read More…

Accidents prompt OSU safety awareness blitz

COLUMBUS — Ohio State University has enlisted an army of volunteers to raise awareness of traffic safety on campus after a rash of crashes involving pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. The Columbus Dispatch reports that 200 volunteers in fluorescent green T-shirts will descend on the university’s busiest crosswalks and intersections Friday to distribute traffic-safety pamphlets. Four Read More…

Miller’s carries concern Cal … Ohio State, too

COLUMBUS — California linebacker Robert Mullins watched film of Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and quickly picked up on a theme for the Golden Bears’ defense on Saturday. “Anytime you have a dynamic quarterback like that you have to be disciplined,” Mullins said. “You can’t lose control because at any given moment he might take Read More…

Ohio House sends public pension changes to Senate

COLUMBUS — A package of bills that shore up Ohio’s five public pension funds with increased premiums, higher retirement ages and other changes has cleared the Ohio House. The proposals now head to the Senate, which is expected to approve them later today. The bills won bipartisan approval in the House. Representatives contended the changes Read More…

Ohio gas prices shoot up, nearing $4 a gallon in some places

COLUMBUS — Ohio motorists have seen gas prices shoot way up the past couple days. The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.92 in Wednesday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. At some stations around Ohio, it’s nearing $4 per gallon. The state average is Read More…

Tribe offers little resistance as Texas pitcher gets 16th win

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Matt Harrison got some extra rest and finally his 16th victory for the AL West-leading Texas Rangers. Harrison got into the sixth inning and Adrian Beltre was awarded his 31st homer after a replay review, leading the Rangers to a 6-4 victory over the struggling Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Harrison (16-9), Read More…

Beginning next year, 3rd-graders must pass test to move on

COLUMBUS — As many as 10,000 third-graders could be held back next school year if they fall short of new minimum scores set for the state reading test. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the state Board of Education set the new standard during its meeting yesterday. The “third-grade guarantee” was approved last summer by Ohio Read More…

Gov. Kasich to launch higher education funding effort

COLUMBUS — Ohio. Gov. John Kasich wants the state’s public colleges and universities to work together to identify how best to divide higher education dollars in the next state budget. Kasich has set a Tuesday news conference alongside higher education officials to kick off the process. His two-year budget comes out early in 2013. Earlier Read More…

Governor orders flags flown at half-staff to commemorate 9/11

COLUMBUS — Flags will be flown at half-staff at Ohio’s public buildings and grounds to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Gov. John Kasich has ordered that the flags be flown at half-staff today from sunrise to sunset. He also asked that Ohioans observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., Read More…