May 5, 2016

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Central Ohio to get new 380 area code in existing 614 region

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Central Ohioans will see a new 380 area code introduced in their area because the available phone numbers for the existing 614 code are expected to run out next year. Regulators plan to use both codes for the same geographic area, meaning even local phone calls eventually will require dialing the Read More…

Ohio won’t withhold school funding for those skipping tests

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state will not withhold funding to penalize Ohio schools for students opting out of standardized testing this year, the state’s superintendent has told districts. A growing number of parents are letting kids skip mandated exams amid complaints that new testing linked to the Common Core standards is too time-consuming and Read More…

Lawyer: Filing blaming boy for his own death was insulting

CLEVELAND (AP) — The mother of a 12-year-old who had a pellet gun when he was fatally shot by Cleveland police said Tuesday that the city was disrespectful of her son by suggesting he died as a result of his own actions. Tamir Rice’s mother addressed the city’s response to her family’s lawsuit a day Read More…

Amish to be resentenced for remaining charges in attacks

CLEVELAND (AP) — Sixteen members of a breakaway Amish community from eastern Ohio are scheduled to be resentenced in Cleveland after a federal appellate court overturned their hate crime convictions. The resentencing Monday afternoon is necessary because their original sentences did not distinguish between the hate crimes convictions that were overturned and other charges related Read More…

UPDATED: Ohio bill would expand access to drug overdose antidote

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

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

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

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

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…