February 28, 2015

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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…

Cleveland Gay Games brings most revenue in event’s history

This Aug. 7, 2014 file photo shows a man looking over Gay Games T-shirts for sale in the downtown convention center in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Last summer’s Gay Games in northeast Ohio raised the most revenue in the event’s history, organizers said. The August event held in Cleveland and Akron raised $6.8 million in revenue, netting a small profit of nearly $150,000, said Gay Games 9 Executive Director Thomas Nobbe. Nobbe said at a forum held by Read More…

Court upholds Ohio’s power to regulate oil and gas drilling

This Aug. 13, 2013, file photo, shows a gas drilling rig at the Detweiler well in Salesville, Ohio. Certain local zoning laws can’t be used to supersede Ohio’s state-level system for regulating oil and gas drilling, a fiercely divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

COLUMBUS — Certain local zoning laws aimed at limiting fracking can’t be used to circumvent the state’s authority over oil and gas drilling, a fiercely divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a 4-3 decision with three written dissents, the high court said that the home rule clause of Ohio’s constitution doesn’t allow a municipality to block drilling activities otherwise Read More…

Ohio students first to begin taking new Common Core tests

Sixth-grade teacher Carrie Young, back center, answers questions from her students about an exercise on their laptops as they practice for the the Common Core State Standards Test in her classroom at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)

STOCKPORT, Ohio (AP) — Sixth-grader Kayla Hunter considers herself pretty tech savvy. She has a computer at home unlike about half her classmates at her elementary school. And it matches up well with the one she’ll use this week to take a new test linked to the Common Core standards. Still, the perky 11-year-old worries. During a recent Read More…

February aiming to be among top five coldest on record

Caula Harding, of Lazy Dog Siberians in Litchfield Township, gives a demonstration Monday at Cabin Fever Fun Day at Sandy Ridge Reservation in North Ridgeville. The celebration of winter included a self-guided scavenger hunt, snow games, campfire with s’mores and activities inside the Johnson Wetland Center. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Temperatures dropped to an all-time low Monday, breaking a previous record set more than a century ago. According to National Weather Service, temperatures at Cleveland Hopkins Airport fell to 12 below zero, breaking the previous record of 8 below zero for Feb. 16, set in 1904. On Tuesday, Cleveland’s Hopkins Airport reported a reading of minus 8 Read More…

Homeless woman begs, walks to face attacker in court

COLUMBUS (AP) — A homeless woman who was raped while sleeping under a bridge last March sometimes begged for bus money or walked up to 8 miles over the past year so she could face her attacker in court. Her determination to be in court helped win a conviction against the man, said a police Read More…

Blowing snow leaves chaos across Lorain County, Ohio

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Blowing snow led to whiteout conditions across Ohio on Saturday, causing numerous accidents and pileups that shut down interstates. At least three people were killed in separate afternoon crashes on the Ohio Turnpike and Interstate 71, while a wave of heavy snow limited visibility at the Columbus airport and forced all flights to be grounded Read More…