October 22, 2014

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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…

U.S. Supreme Court delays early voting in Ohio

Voters wait in line outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland on Nov. 5, 2012, the final day of early voting.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

COLUMBUS — A divided U.S. Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been slated to begin today. The justices’ order by a 5-4 vote Monday granted a request from Ohio officials who wanted to delay a judge’s ruling lengthening the swing state’s early voting schedule. Ohioans can vote Read More…

Former Ohio congressman James Traficant dies

James Traficant

CLEVELAND — James Traficant, the colorful Ohio politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War, died Saturday. He was 73. Traficant was seriously injured Tuesday after a vintage tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it inside Read More…

2 FBI employees killed in Ohio River collision

Emergency personnel and investigators gather by the Ohio River on Thursday night after an accident near Cincinnati. Two off-duty FBI employees were killed in a collision between a barge and a boat on the Ohio River the agency said Friday.  (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Carrie Cochran)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Two off-duty FBI employees were killed in a collision between a barge and a boat on the Ohio River near Cincinnati, the agency said Friday. Cincinnati District Fire Chief Lou Arnold said the accident happened late Thursday when the men’s pleasure boat hit a 600-foot barge in the river between Cincinnati and Read More…

Career criminal gets life for 3 1980s LA killings

Samuel Little

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Samuel Little has a rap sheet across half the continental U.S. but has little time in prison to show for it. That changed Thursday. Little, 74, was sentenced to three consecutive terms of life in prison without parole for murdering three women in the late 1980s during the crack cocaine scourge, Read More…

Man who raised $55K is throwing potato salad party

Zack Brown, the man behind the potato salad Kickstarter campaign is photographed in Columbus.  Brown is planning PotatoStock 2014, an all-ages, charity-minded party Saturday in downtown Columbus featuring bands, food trucks, beer vendors, potato-sack races and definitely potato salad. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Chris Russell)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man who jokingly sought $10 from a crowdfunding website to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad and ended up raising $55,000 is making good on his promise to throw a huge party. Zack Brown is planning PotatoStock 2014, an all-ages, charity-minded party Saturday in downtown Columbus featuring Read More…

No indictment in Ohio Wal-Mart police shooting

About 100 people rally in support of John Crawford Jr. and his family in their pursuit for answers into the Aug. 5 shooting of John Crawford III, in Beavercreek,, Ohio, Monday.  (AP Photo/The Daily News, Ty Greenlees)

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio grand jury found officers’ actions were justified in last month’s fatal shooting of a man holding an air rifle at a Wal-Mart store, a special prosecutor said Wednesday. Special Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier said the Greene County grand jury in Xenia opted not to issue any indictments in the Aug. 5 Read More…

Former Ohio Rep. Traficant injured in accident

James Traficant

YOUNGSTOWN(AP) — Former U.S. Rep. James Traficant Jr., who spent time in prison on corruption and racketeering charges, has been critically injured in a tractor accident at his northeast Ohio home. Traficant’s wife, Tish, told The (Youngstown) Vindicator that the 73-year-old former congressman was in “very critical condition” on Wednesday following the Tuesday night accident on Read More…

Expert: Western Lake Erie algae winding down

APTOPIX Toledo Water Problems

TOLEDO (AP) — The likelihood of another algae outbreak this year on Lake Erie with the potential to contaminate drinking water is winding down. Algae on the lake will stick around into October, but the threat of a large harmful algae bloom developing again this year appears to be over, said Jeff Reutter, director of Read More…