August 21, 2014

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Ohio governer candidates’ race coming down to jobs

COLUMBUS — The candidates for Ohio governor seem to agree that their race comes down to jobs. But in their first debate this week, Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland and his Republican rival John Kasich were all over the place on the issue. The two disagreed on the extent of Ohio unemployment, how many jobs the Read More…

Last of Columbus-area sextuplets is finally home

COLUMBUS — An Ohio couple has all of their sextuplets at home for the first time since the four boys and two girls were born three months ago. Ohio State University Medical Center says the last of the McGhee children left the Columbus hospital Thursday morning. A medical center spokeswoman told The Associated Press that Read More…

Ohio college student gets 950-mile ambulance ride

LANSDOWNE, Pa. — A suburban Philadelphia college student is back home thanks to three firefighters who picked her up after she was stranded at an Ohio hospital. Three East Lansdowne Volunteer Firefighters made the 950-mile roundtrip last weekend to pick up 21-year-old Samantha Rementer. The Marietta College senior had suffered a head injury last month Read More…

Lung Association wants Ohio to double $1.25-per-pack cigarette tax

COLUMBUS — The American Lung Association is urging Ohio leaders to double the state’s $1.25 tax on a pack of cigarettes. The anti-smoking group released a study yesterday showing an increase to $2.50 would provide the state with at least $350 million in additional annual revenue. University of Illinois-Chicago economist Frank Chaloupka was the lead Read More…

State prison chief wants to reduce Ohio inmates by 3,000

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s new prisons chief has set a goal of reducing the number of inmates by 3,000 by the summer of 2013. Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Director Ernie Moore said today the ambitious proposal is necessary to avoid record population growth behind bars and to show officials around the state the system is Read More…

Ohio board rejects mercy for killer of girlfriend

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Parole Board has recommended no mercy for a condemned killer who beat his girlfriend with a pipe, threw her in a river and stole $400 from her bank account. The nine-member board today unanimously rejected the clemency request of 48-year-old Michael Bengeof Butler County, who’s scheduled to die Oct. 6. The Read More…

Jimmy Dimora pleads not guilty to bribery, mail fraud charges

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CLEVELAND — The former Democratic Party chairman in Cleveland was led away from his home in handcuffs by FBI agents today and indicted on charges of bribery and mail fraud, signaling investigators are nearing the end of a federal corruption investigation that has led to more than 30 arrests. Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, the Read More…

Ohio State football: Buckeyes taking OU seriously

COLUMBUS — There’s no need to preach to Ohio State offensive lineman Justin Boren about how good an underdog can be. You see, Boren has firsthand knowledge of one of the biggest upsets in college football history. On Sept. 1, 2007, Boren played for Michigan when the fifth­ranked Wolverines were shocked 34-32 by championship-subdi­vision Appalachian Read More…

Strickland, Kasich accuse each other of being bad for workers

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COLUMBUS — Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland and Republican rival John Kasich accused each other in their first debate Tuesday of failing to have the best interests of Ohioans at heart. Kasich, a former congressman and Lehman Brothers managing director, said Strickland has failed to support policies that have attracted business to the state and forced Read More…

Ohio State wants 4 percent enrollment boost in 5 years

COLUMBUS — Ohio State, already one of the nation’s largest universities, has announced a goal to boost enrollment by 4 percent or more within five years. Officials say in a statement that the university wants to attract not only more freshmen but also more transfer and graduate students. By 2015, the school wants to increase Read More…