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State approves language for ResponsibleOhio marijuana amendment

Under ResponsibleOhio’s proposal, one of those 10 locations would be in Lorain, while Oberlin would likely see a marijuana testing facility if voters approve the measure. CHRONICLE FILE

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has approved ballot language proposed by ResponsibleOhio that would legalize marijuana in the state. It’s the first hurdle the investor-backed organization needs to clear in its effort to put a constitutional amendment before voters in November. Although DeWine opposes legalization, his role in the certification process was to determine if Read More…

School: Boy brings moonshine to class; teacher in trouble

DE GRAFF (AP) — Officials say a 13-year-old Ohio boy was suspended for bringing moonshine to school, and a science teacher who knew he was making the illegal alcohol was reprimanded for not reporting that the boy brought it to class. The boy brought the liquid to school in De Graff, about 50 miles northwest Read More…

Central Ohio to get new 380 area code in existing 614 region

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Central Ohioans will see a new 380 area code introduced in their area because the available phone numbers for the existing 614 code are expected to run out next year. Regulators plan to use both codes for the same geographic area, meaning even local phone calls eventually will require dialing the Read More…

Ohio won’t withhold school funding for those skipping tests

Practice test books sit on a table in the Sixth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies classroom at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state will not withhold funding to penalize Ohio schools for students opting out of standardized testing this year, the state’s superintendent has told districts. A growing number of parents are letting kids skip mandated exams amid complaints that new testing linked to the Common Core standards is too time-consuming and Read More…

Lawyer: Filing blaming boy for his own death was insulting

Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir, a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer, speaks during a news conference Tuesday in Cleveland. Rice and her attorneys talked about the city's response to the lawsuit, a day after Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson apologized for wording in a court document in which the city said the boy died as a result of his own actions.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — The mother of a 12-year-old who had a pellet gun when he was fatally shot by Cleveland police said Tuesday that the city was disrespectful of her son by suggesting he died as a result of his own actions. Tamir Rice’s mother addressed the city’s response to her family’s lawsuit a day Read More…

Amish to be resentenced for remaining charges in attacks

In this Oct. 10, 2011 file photo, Sam Mullet Sr. stands in the front yard of his home in Bergholz, Ohio. Sixteen members of a breakaway Amish community from eastern Ohio are scheduled to be resentenced in Cleveland after a federal appellate court overturned their hate crime convictions. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Sixteen members of a breakaway Amish community from eastern Ohio are scheduled to be resentenced in Cleveland after a federal appellate court overturned their hate crime convictions. The resentencing Monday afternoon is necessary because their original sentences did not distinguish between the hate crimes convictions that were overturned and other charges related Read More…

UPDATED: Ohio bill would expand access to drug overdose antidote

A Narcan kit.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Doctors could authorize individuals to hand out a drug overdose antidote to addicts, their friends and family members without requiring a prescription under an Ohio bill aimed at expanding the drug’s availability. The bill approved by the House Health and Aging Committee on Wednesday also would allow pharmacies to distribute the Read More…

Ted Strickland to focus US Senate bid on opportunity

In this Sept. 4, 2012, file photo, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Strickland jumped into the U.S. Senate race against Republican Rob Portman on Tuesday.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

COLUMBUS (AP) — Democrat Ted Strickland says his run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Rob Portman will focus on expanding job and educational opportunities for average people that have been denied by GOP policies in Washington and Ohio. Strickland formally announced his bid Wednesday, instantly escalating attacks on his record as Ohio’s Read More…

Fires kill 15 children in Ohio in 2014, 11 so far this year

COLUMBUS (AP) — Fires killed 15 children in Ohio last year and have claimed at least 11 young lives in just the first two months of 2015, according to the state fire marshal’s office. Many factors affect those statistics, but the chief of the state Bureau of Fire Prevention notes that age is among them. Read More…

Documentary on late congressman James Traficant set to premiere in March

In this Feb. 25, 2010, file photo, former congressman Jim Traficant talks about politics at a diner in Boardman, Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN (AP) — A documentary about James Traficant, the colorful Ohio politician whose conviction for taking bribes made him only the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War, is set to premiere at a film festival next month. The documentary, “Traficant: Congressman of Crimetown” will premiere at the Cleveland International Film Read More…