October 21, 2014

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Autumn colors near peak in Ohio

Fall colo returns at Vermilion River Reservation on Oct. 12.   Steve Manheim

CLEVELAND — Autumn colors are expected to approach their peak throughout Ohio in the next few weeks. Casey Burdick, the fall color forester for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said mid- to late October is generally prime leaf-peeping season in the state. “We’re pretty much on time,” Burdick said last week. Trees at the Read More…

Authorities acquire system to prevent K-9 deaths

The death of a police dog due to heatstroke has prompted the Montville Township Police Department to purchase a sophisticated new temperature control and monitoring system. At least one other department in Medina County is considering similar safety equipment. The Montville system, which costs $2,500, will be installed in all designated K-9 cruisers, The Associated Read More…

Green Day, Sting, Withers among rock hall nominees

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day appears on stage at the iHeart Radio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

NEW YORK (AP) — The punk trio Green Day, the short-lived British band The Smiths, “Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers and Sting are among the first-time nominees for enshrinement in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Six of the 15 nominees for the hall’s Class of 2015 announced Thursday are on the ballot Read More…

Heroin epidemic turns into campaign issue

COLUMBUS — As Ohio’s heroin epidemic worsens, the state’s response to the problem blamed for killing hundreds of residents a year has become a campaign issue. In the race for attorney general, Democratic challenger David Pepper has accused GOP incumbent Mike DeWine of a slow response to the heroin problem since taking office in 2011. Read More…

Ohioans to vote in 5 statewide races this fall

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, left, and his Democratic challenger, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio voters are electing candidates this fall to five statewide offices, including governor, and picking two Supreme Court judges. Republican Gov. John Kasich is running largely on Ohio’s improved economy under his watch, a bounce tied at least in part to recovery from a national recession. Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, says he would restore money Read More…

Bumper pumpkin crop expected in Ohio

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COLUMBUS (AP) — The perfect carving pumpkin should be easy to find in Ohio. Growers say pumpkins across Ohio’s fields have been plumped by a moderate summer and just enough sun and rain in August and September. So there should be no shortage of the big orange fruit as it comes into season this week, Read More…

Ohio State student who ran on turf loses scholarship

Ohio State strength and conditioning coach Anthony Schlegel tackles a person who ran onto the field during the second quarter Saturday in Columbus. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A student who ran onto the field during an Ohio State football game and was body-slammed by a coach is losing his scholarship amid his court case. Defense attorney Mark Collins says officials on Tuesday started removing 21-year-old Anthony Wunder from the Evans Scholars program, which covers tuition and housing for Read More…

Man who ran on Ohio State field pleads not guilty

Ohio State strength and conditioning coach Anthony Schlegel tackles a person who ran onto the field during the second quarter Saturday in Columbus. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A student who ran onto the field during an Ohio State football game and was body-slammed by a coach has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor criminal trespassing. An attorney entered the plea Tuesday in Franklin County Municipal Court on behalf of 21-year-old Anthony Wunder. Wunder didn’t appear in court. A message Read More…

Road salt supply low, demand high as winter looms

In this Sept. 16, 2014 photo salt is unloaded at the Scio Township, Mich. maintenance yard. The rewards for surviving last year's punishing winter are tight supplies of road salt and some drastic price spikes for the commodity across much of the U.S. as the next cold season approaches. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) — The reward for surviving last winter’s frigid temperatures and record snowfall, several states are learning, is drastic price increases for road salt — and that’s if they can even get it. Replenishing stockpiles is proving challenging, especially for some Midwestern states, after salt supplies were depleted to tame icy roads last winter. Read More…

Ohio 3rd-graders face high-stakes reading targets

Joshua Rowell, right, laughs during a performance of "The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf" at Clinton Elementary School in Columbus. At left is Ta'Nyah Burbage. This was the final part of a five-week summer reading program to help failing third-graders improve their skills so they can be tested again and move on to the fourth grade.  (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The games, ice cream and play rehearsals that 9-year-old Joshua Rowell experienced during summer school this year weren’t just for fun. Joshua, like thousands of Ohio third-graders, had missed a state literacy target on a standardized test. He faced being held back in third grade unless his reading skills improved. As fellow Read More…