April 25, 2014

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Joan Rivers refuses to apologize to women held captive

Joan Rivers, left, and daughter Melissa Rivers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Joan Rivers refuses to apologize for comparing living in her daughter’s guest room with the captivity of three women kidnapped in Cleveland. Rivers and her daughter discussed their reality show Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show and she complained about her living arrangements, saying, “Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more Read More…

Officials seek input on upgrades to Ohio state parks

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  COLUMBUS (AP) — State officials are preparing to invest $88.5 million to upgrade and modernize trails, campgrounds and recreational facilities in Ohio’s state parks over the next two years. The outlay headed to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources through the state capital budget is more than four times larger than average. Details were Read More…

Football coach pleads no contest in Steubenville rape case

Matthew Belardine, right, sits with his attorney, Dennis McNamara, during a hearing in court Tuesday in Steubenville. Belardine, a volunteer football coach whose house was the scene of a party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players, pleaded no contest to one count of making a false statement and one count of enabling underage drinking. (AP Photo/Steubenville Herald Star, Mark Law)

STEUBENVILLE (AP) — A volunteer football coach whose house was the scene of an underage drinking party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players in 2012 pleaded no contest to two charges on Tuesday, the Ohio attorney general’s office said. Defendant Matt Belardine entered no contest pleas in Jefferson Read More…

Health agencies try to counter Ohio mumps outbreak

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COLUMBUS (AP) — Health agencies trying to stem a large and growing mumps outbreak are advising college, school and even day care leaders to make sure central Ohio students are immunized and to separate them from those who haven’t been vaccinated and those who are infected. More than 260 cases of the contagious viral illness Read More…

Cleveland Hopkins airport plans $20 million in improvements

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland’s main airport is planning $20 million in upgrades, including renovations to the ticketing lobby, exterior of the terminal and baggage area. The Plain Dealer reports that work at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is expected to begin next spring and be completed in 2017. Airport officials and project designers are slated to hold a Read More…

Cleveland among 15 cities Democrats eyeing for 2016 convention

WASHINGTON (AP) –€” President Barack Obama’s hometown and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s home base as a senator are among the 15 cities the Democratic National Committee is considering to host the party’s presidential nominating convention in 2016, officials said Tuesday. The DNC is inviting cities from Miami to Las Vegas to bid to host the party Read More…

Ohio sees record high heroin overdose deaths

Heidi Riggs talks about the 2012 heroin overdose death of her daughter, Marin Riggs, 20, who died only 18 months after first becoming addicted, in Upper Arlington, Ohio.  (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A record number of Ohioans died from heroin-related overdoses in 2012, the state Department of Health said as it released the newest available figures for a problem that’s been called an epidemic and a public health crisis. The state says 680 people died of heroin overdoses in 2012, up from 426 Read More…

Search resumes for 2 missing in Lake Erie

TOLEDO (AP) — Authorities have resumed the search for two missing men in western Lake Erie, a day after finding the bodies of a woman and a teenage girl off the Ohio shoreline. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victims as Amy Santus, 33, of Perrysburg, near Toledo, and Paige Widmer, 16, of Read More…

Bodies of 2 missing boaters found; search continues in Lake Erie for 2 others

TOLEDO (AP) — Authorities say the bodies of two of four missing boaters in western Lake Erie have been recovered off the Ohio shoreline. Officials say they recovered the bodies of two females Thursday. Both were wearing life jackets. The U.S. Coast Guard and other crews have been searching the lake most of the day Read More…

Judge stays most of Ohio gay marriage ruling

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  CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio officials must immediately recognize the same-sex marriages of four couples who sued over the state’s gay marriage ban, a federal judge said Wednesday, while staying the broader effects of his ruling to avoid “premature celebration and confusion” in case it’s overturned on appeal. Judge Timothy Black stayed his ruling ordering Read More…