August 1, 2014

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Ohio woman critical after rock dropped on car

AKRON (AP) — An Ohio teacher was in critical condition Tuesday after police say some teenagers deliberately dropped a rock from a highway overpass onto the windshield of the family’s car as they drove through Pennsylvania on their way to New York City. Sharon Budd, 52, was struck in the face by the rock dropped Read More…

Michelle Knight says fame comes with complications

Michelle Knight smiles during an interview in Cleveland on June 26. Knight, 33, was one of three women who captivated the world in 2013 when they emerged from Ariel Castro’s squalid Cleveland home after years of captivity. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Michelle Knight has discovered that the fame that followed her escape from Ariel Castro’s house of horrors cuts both ways. There has been some obvious good. The girl who grew up without a toothbrush and spent nearly 11 years in captivity can provide for herself. She has her own apartment. Her book, “Finding Me,” spent Read More…

Sen. Rob Portman to run in 2016, but for what?

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CINCINNATI— Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday he has definite plans to run in 2016 — at least for re-election. Whether he decides to aim higher, he said, will depend on the field of presidential candidates and the issues they campaign on. Questions about Portman’s plans cropped up anew this week after the announcement Read More…

Ohio overpaid $88 million in food stamps in 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state of Ohio’s overpayment of food-stamp benefits last year exceeded the national average. The Columbus Dispatch reports the state overpaid more than $88 million in tax-funded benefits last year. In all, Ohio misspent 4.1 percent of the nearly $3 billion received from the federal government for food-stamp benefits in 2013. The Read More…

Theme park CEO says job is about making memories

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SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Standing in the shadows of a $30 million roller coaster that flips, drops and spins its riders, the head of the nation’s fourth-biggest amusement park company points to another addition at Cedar Point he’s proud of too — a shady spot to relax and munch on taffy and fudge. It’s not Read More…

Lorain County stands to benefit from Cleveland’s hosting of GOP convention

Lorain County will reap benefits that come with Cleveland’s selection to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, local political and tourism officials said Tuesday. Helen Hurst, chairwoman of the Lorain County Republican Party, said she is excited by the prospect of the greater Cleveland area having a chance to display all it has to offer Read More…

Panel recommends Cleveland as site of 2016 Republican National Convention

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleveland won the backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP’s 2016 presidential pick will accept the party’s nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio. The Republicans’ site selection committee backed Cleveland over donor-rich Dallas, and the full 168-member RNC is expected to ratify the choice next month. Read More…

Republican National Committee panel to recommend site for 2016 convention today

Republican National Committee Cchairman Reince Priebus, right, holds a news conference in Denver last month. From left are Pete Coors; Denver Mayor Micheal Hancock; and Enid Mickelesen, chairwoman of the Convention Site Selection Committee. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican National Committee panel is about to choose between Dallas and Cleveland to host the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential convention. The Republicans’ site selection committee was slated to meet Tuesday to review the two remaining cities’ bids. A recommendation could come as soon as Tuesday afternoon, and the full 168-member RNC Read More…

Columbus man’s online potato salad effort takes off

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who jokingly sought $10 to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad has raised more than $37,000 from a crowd-sourcing Internet site. Zack “Danger” Brown, of Columbus, says he’s now considering throwing a huge public potato-salad party with the money, which started pouring in after his Read More…

Hot-button issues fail to make 2014 ballot

COLUMBUS — Based on early vows, rumors and predictions, Ohio’s 2014 ballot was going to be rife with every hot voter topic of the day: gay marriage, right to work, medical marijuana, clean energy and voter rights. As of Wednesday’s signature deadline, not one issue survived — though many activists have vowed to try again Read More…