July 5, 2015

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Ohio State football: Meyer hoping to make Cincy OSU country

COLUMBUS — After years and years of getting a cold shoulder from the city of Cincinnati, Ohio State’s football team is taking its act on the road to the Queen City. Call it a spring thaw. The Buckeyes will wind up their 15 spring practices Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Bengals, while Read More…

Mercy rejected for man who says he only planned to rape, not murder, 6-month-old

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Parole Board on Wednesday rejected a plea for mercy by a condemned Ohio man who says he intended to rape his girlfriend’s 6-month-old daughter but not to kill her, calling his crime “among the worst of the worst.” The board recommended unanimously that Gov. John Kasich allow the execution of Steven Read More…

3 Ohio prison riot convicts plan hunger strike

COLUMBUS — Three of five Ohio inmates sentenced to death for a historic prison riot plan a hunger strike starting on the uprising’s 20th anniversary Thursday to protest the state’s refusal to allow them sit-down media interviews on their cases. The state has had two decades to tell its side of the story and the Read More…

Ohio launches project to help former foster kids

COLUMBUS — Ohio is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters to launch a new initiative to help foster children who “age out” of the system. Ohio Job and Family Services and the nonprofit announced the project today to help young adults from the foster-care system make a smoother transition to adulthood and independent living. The Read More…

Cavaliers let 20-point lead vanish in fourth quarter

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INDIANAPOLIS — After the Pacers fell behind against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana coach Frank Vogel decided to fire his team up. Two quick technicals in the third quarter did the trick. “We didn’t want to let him down,” Paul George said after the Pacers rallied from a 20-point deficit for a 99-94 win over the Read More…

Ohio House trims Gov. Kasich’s proposed income-tax cut to 7 percent

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House has preserved a portion of the statewide income-tax cut proposed by Gov. John Kasich in its version of the state operating budget, marking a partial victory for the Republican governor. House budget changes released today included a 7-percent income tax reduction over two years. That compares to a 20-percent reduction Read More…

Ohio House to unveil changes to governor’s budget

COLUMBUS — A state house committee will unveil its version of the Ohio two-year budget today, and Gov. John Kasich’s plans to expand Medicaid under the federal health law won’t be included, The Associated Press has learned. A person with knowledge of the budget negotiations confirmed to AP on Monday that Republican House lawmakers will Read More…

Ohio Turnpike tolls going up

Ohio Turnpike tolls are expected to increase by 25 cents for cars and $1 for trucks for a cross-state trip next year. That’s according to a new 10-year toll plan proposed Monday by the turnpike commission. The Plain Dealer reports that tolls would rise 2.7-percent a year, which amounts to about 30 percent over the Read More…

Family accused of skimming money from Sandusky-area restaurants

SANDUSKY — Authorities say five members of a family have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that they skimmed $1.8 million from three restaurants they operated in northern Ohio. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the family members are accused of taking large amounts of cash from the Dianna’s Deli, Dianna’s, and The Read More…

Report suggests changes to Ohio foster care system

COLUMBUS — A new report says Ohio should reduce the number of times a child enters and exits the foster care system and give foster parents more input into court proceedings involving the children in their care. The Ohio Foster Care Advisory Group also recommends improving the system governing court-appointed lawyers who look out for Read More…