September 23, 2014

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State Senate to consider union issue

COLUMBUS – Several Republican state senators are troubled by a provision in the House-approved budget bill that would allow Ohio court workers to form employee unions, a spokeswoman for the GOP-led Senate said Friday. But it`s unclear what action the Senate will take on the issue over the next few days, said Maggie Ostrowski, spokeswoman Read More…

Wood figures it out: Indians closer starts wobbly again, but this time saves win over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For a few tense moments, Kerry Wood and the Cleveland Indians seemed destined to relive the agony of the night before. Then he found his cutter. Then he located his breaking ball. And after walking the bases full in the ninth, the Cleveland closer struck out Mark Teahen and David DeJesus Read More…

Prosecutors try to combat witness intimidation

CINCINNATI – Prosecutors have increased efforts to press charges in suspected cases of witness intimidation and retaliation since a witness-protection program was eliminated earlier this year due to the tough economy. Hamilton County had spent about $30,000 over the past four years to help witnesses who had been threatened move to another neighborhood or to Read More…

Another disaster: Wood can’t close, blows three-run lead, game as Indians fall to Royals in ninth inning

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With two swings, the Kansas City Royals went from another deflating loss to a thrilling victory. The Indians, meanwhile just got another deflating loss out of the deal. Mike Jacobs and Mark Teahen hit back-to-back home runs off Indians closer Kerry Wood and Willie Bloomquist capped the four-run ninth inning with Read More…

New auto emission standards save on oil, but hit the wallet

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama`s new fuel and emission standards for cars and trucks will save billions of barrels of oil but are expected to cost consumers an extra $1,300 per vehicle by the time the plan is complete in 2016. Obama on Tuesday planned to announce the first-ever national emissions limits for vehicles, Read More…

More police join forces to save costs

CLEVELAND – A growing number of cash-strapped counties, townships and cities are combining police forces, going beyond the traditional practice of mutual aid to perform drug investigations and carry out regular patrols. In Summit County, for example, most of Lakemore`s police force will be absorbed into neighboring Springfield Township`s department by June 1. And the Read More…

NBA Playoffs: Magic rolls in Boston, next up for Cavaliers

BOSTON – Dwight Howard remembers the reaction when he first talked about bringing an NBA championship to Orlando. “Everybody laughed,” the Magic center said after helping Orlando beat the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics 101-82 on Sunday night and advance to the Eastern Conference finals. “I believe we can win a championship. We`re not going Read More…

Indians: Game’s unusual, but Tribe loss isn’t

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Andy Sonnanstine thought the last time he batted third was in Little League, maybe. Sonnanstine, a Wadsworth High School graduate, delivered after a pregame mistake forced the pitcher to bat Sunday, hitting an RBI double in the Tampa Bay Rays` 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians. The game was delayed 13 Read More…

Indians notes: Huff, Aquino called up; Grady given break

The Cleveland Indians purchased the contracts of pitchers David Huff and Greg Aquino from Triple-A Columbus. Huff made his major league debut as Sunday`s starter in a 7-5 loss to Tampa Bay. Aquino will work out of the bullpen. To make room on the roster, Cleveland optioned reliever Tony Sipp and outrighted right-hander Masa Kobayashi Read More…

Golf roundup: Johnson defends title in Texas shootout

James Driscoll didn`t see where Zach Johnson`s approach landed on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday. He didn`t have to. Thanks to the gallery, he heard it. “I figured it was about 10 feet,” Driscoll said. The crowd got even louder when Johnson sank the birdie putt to successfully defend his Texas Open Read More…