March 4, 2015

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Ohio AG wants smoking removed from teen movies

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and 37 of his counterparts elsewhere are urging movie studios to take smoking out of films rated for youth audiences. DeWine’s office says those attorneys general have made the request in a letter sent to the leaders of ten major movie studios. They also want studios to avoid Read More…

Indians 8, Red Sox 3: Tribe batters Beckett

BOSTON — Derek Lowe has been booed off the field at Fenway Park, too. So as much sympathy as he had for Boston starter Josh Beckett on Thursday night, Lowe was happy to be in the other dugout as the Cleveland Indians rolled to an 8-3 win. “When you play here, you understand that’s part Read More…

Unemployed Ohio man finds signed Picasso print at thrift store

COLUMBUS — An unemployed Ohioan was browsing at his local thrift store for items he could restore and resell when he spotted a Picasso poster with the word “Exposition” written across the front, some French words, and the image of a warped round face. He handed over $14.14 for what he saw as a nice Read More…

Columbus mayor tells NBA he wants a team

COLUMBUS — Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has informed the NBA that Ohio’s largest city wants to become home to a professional basketball team now that the city and surrounding county have bought Nationwide Arena. The Columbus Dispatch reports Coleman sent a letter to NBA Commissioner David Stern expressing interest in moving a franchise to Columbus Read More…

Ohio’s tourism industry grew by $2 billion last year, officials say

COLUMBUS — State officials say Ohio’s tourism industry sales grew by $2 billion last year, reaching a total of $40 billion. Tourism Director Amir Eylon says that’s a sign that tourism in Ohio has returned to the level it was at before the recession. His office says tourism generated $1.6 billion in state taxes and Read More…

Phantom money flowing at Ohio’s soon-to-be casino

CLEVELAND — The phantom money was flowing today at Ohio’s first casino, with cashiers practicing for next week’s opening and no one going home a loser. Developers of Horseshoe Casino Cleveland opened the doors for a media tour, and there was plenty of non-gambling action. Lighting fixtures were adjusted, workers fine-tuned slot machines and dealers Read More…

Bill to repeal election law heads to Gov. Kasich

COLUMBUS — A bill in Ohio to repeal a contentious new election law in the presidential battleground state is headed to the governor’s desk. The Republican-controlled House passed the measure on a 54-42 vote Tuesday. It’s already cleared the GOP-led Senate, and Republican Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign it. The bill would get Read More…

AAA: Gas up 2 cents a gallon in Ohio, but well below last year’s prices

COLUMBUS — Ohio gas prices are hovering about 40 cents below the record highs reached a year ago. The state’s average price for regular gas is $3.76 a gallon in today’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That’s up 2 cents compared with the average a week ago. Read More…

Ohio to resume jail inspections every other year

COLUMBUS — Ohio prisons officials haven’t completed annual inspections of local jails since 2008 but plan to resume the checks soon on a biennial basis. The Columbus Dispatch reports the corrections department stopped doing the inspections after the number of inspectors dropped from four to one because of budget cuts. Administrator Roger Wilson says the Read More…

Stepped-up security planned for Public Square as Cleveland casino opens

CLEVELAND — Police are trying to discourage loitering in Cleveland’s Public Square ahead of the opening of the downtown casino next week. The opening will create new security challenges as thousands of casino visitors cross paths with public transit riders using a busy terminal nearby. Also in the mix will be panhandlers and homeless people Read More…