March 5, 2015

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Ohio unemployment drops for 9th month in a row

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s unemployment rate has dropped for the ninth month in a row, a trend that continues to place the state below the national rate, officials said Friday. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said that seasonally adjusted joblessness inched downward from 7.5 percent in March to 7.4 percent in April, while Read More…

OSU football: Leaders need to emerge to have big year, coach says

COLUMBUS — A new coach is relying a lot on team leaders to drive the ballyhooed “Urban Renewal” project at Ohio State. Urban Meyer, hired in November to oversee a massive reconstruction of the Buckeyes’ troubled program, revealed his two-deep roster Wednesday but said if the squad’s best and brightest don’t take ownership then his Read More…

Derek Lowe rolls on for Indians in 5-0 win over Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Lowe has lasted 16 seasons in the major leagues with one of the sharpest sinkers around, a simple pitch that has helped stabilize Cleveland’s rotation. It was working so well Tuesday against Minnesota’s languishing lineup that Lowe threw it a whole lot. About 120 times. Lowe posted his first shutout in nearly Read More…

Welfare drug testing plan removed from Ohio bill

COLUMBUS — A Senate committee has pulled a pilot program that would tie welfare benefits to clean drug tests from a swiftly moving budget bill. The move came Wednesday after Gov. John Kasich’s administration intervened. The proposal was broadly criticized as discriminatory to the poor, ineffective in other states, and potentially unconstitutional. A Senate spokeswoman Read More…

State Senate considering pension changes for teachers, police and other public workers

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate is getting ready to take up legislation aimed at shoring up several of the state’s five public pension funds. The Senate fast-tracked the legislation last week with bipartisan support. Accounting and performance audits of the pension funds have showed their long-term solvency could be at risk because of an influx Read More…

Gov. Kasich honors top Ohio college basketball teams

COLUMBUS — Ohio college basketball teams that made the final rounds of their postseason tournaments have been honored with a reception at Gov. John Kasich’s residence. This year, Ohio became the first state to send four teams to the Sweet 16 during the NCAA men’s tournament, which included Cincinnati, Ohio, Ohio State and Xavier. They Read More…

Girl shot by dad at Cracker Barrel dies

CLEVELAND (AP) — Family members say a 10-year-old girl critically injured in April in an Ohio restaurant shooting by her father that killed her mother and her sister has died. A Cleveland area hospice has released a family statement saying Kayla Allen died on Tuesday. Police say Kayla was shot April 12 when her dad, Read More…

Ohio Senate considering pilot program to drug test welfare recipients

COLUMBUS — The Republican-controlled Ohio Senate is nearing approval of a pilot program that would tie welfare benefits to clean drug tests. The Senate Finance Committee set a vote for today on a provision allowing three Ohio counties to volunteer to administer drug tests to prospective welfare recipients. Those who failed would get treatment and Read More…

Ohio texting ban, new teen cell phone laws headed to governor’s desk

COLUMBUS — A statewide texting ban that could be tricky to enforce cleared the Ohio Legislature on today and was headed to the governor’s desk for his expected signature. The House cleared the measure on a 82-12 vote. The Senate passed it earlier this month. All drivers would also be banned from texting, though young Read More…

Tribe snaps skid despite losing lead

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Cleveland Indians had lost three in a row and five of six, with another strong start to the season threatening to start swirling down the drain. They appeared headed toward another loss when the bullpen faltered in the eighth inning, but Shin-Soo Choo came to the rescue. Choo hit the go-ahead RBI Read More…