December 19, 2014

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Drinks on the House? Ohio Statehouse considers bar

COLUMBUS — After spending their days serving the public, Ohio lawmakers soon might be able to head to the basement and get served at the pub. State officials are debating a proposal to establish what would be the nation’s only statehouse bar — a venue where lawmakers and even members of the public could tip Read More…

Only 28 percent of Ohio grads are ready for college, ACT shows

COLUMBUS — Results of ACT college-admission tests suggest that nearly three-quarters of Ohio high school graduates aren’t completely prepared for college. Test results released Wednesday show that only 28 percent of test-takers in the Class of 2011 at Ohio public and private high schools met college readiness standards in English, reading, math and science. The Read More…

New airport scanners protect privacy, TSA says

CLEVELAND — People flying out of some Ohio airports don’t have worry anymore about security personnel seeing images of them without their clothes on. The Transportation Security Administration has installed new technology in Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo that allows travelers to go through checkpoint security and have full-body scanners show a generic outline of the Read More…

Indians falter in 14th against White Sox, fall three games behind Tigers in AL Central

CHICAGO – Indians manager Manny Acta unofficially ran out of relief options as a series opener with the White Sox drifted into the bottom of the 14th inning. So it all came down to rookie left-handed pitcher David Huff – the ninth Cleveland pitcher of the night. Huff, called up from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday, Read More…

Sheriff’s deputy ‘disgusted’ after no one shows up for jail tour

CANTON — Jail say no one showed up for a public tour intended to demonstrate why voters need to approve a sales tax that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. Chief sheriff’s Deputy Michael McDonald oversees the Stark County jail and says he was “pretty disgusted” by Monday’s lack of turnout. He tells The Read More…

Richland County Fair’s first beer sales profitable, incident-free

MANSFIELD — Officials say an Ohio county fair’s first-ever beer sales were profitable and problem-free, despite criticism. Religious leaders and others had objected to the beer garden that was part of this year’s Richland County Fair. Its weeklong run ended Saturday. Fair manager Dean Wells tells the News Journal of Mansfield that the beer concession Read More…

School bus crashes on the decline, Highway Patrol reports

DAYTON — Children are returning to school in Ohio during an era of safer school bus travel in the state. State Highway Patrol records show crashes involving school buses have declined steadily in recent years, from 1,671 in 2006 to 1,579 last year. Patrol Sgt. Aaron Gentry tells the Dayton Daily News that in most Read More…

Anthony Sowell’s attorneys plan to request a new trial

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CLEVELAND — A document filed in a Cleveland court shows attorneys for a serial killer sentenced to death last week plan to request a new trial, alleging juror misconduct. A motion filed Friday says the jury forewoman was prejudiced against 51-year-old Anthony Sowell. He was convicted of killing 11 women whose remains were found in Read More…

Gas prices down a nickel per gallon, AAA reports

COLUMBUS — Ohio gas prices are down a nickel after a week that saw oil prices dip to their lowest levels this year. Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express shows regular-grade gasoline is averaging $3.56 a gallon statewide, compared to $3.61 a week ago. Gas was still Read More…

Youth movement: PGA leaderboard filled with players without big names or big wins

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Brendan Steele and Jason Dufner at least can make a name for themselves in the PGA Championship. Until that big trophy is handed out today, however, this major remains very much a mystery. How will they handle the pressure of the final round? Can they safely navigate through the four-hole finish, Read More…