April 21, 2015

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Distracted driver fines may help pay for driver’s ed in Ohio

COLUMBUS (AP) — The state of Ohio is proposing more fines for distracted driving, with the money going to help subsidize driver’s education courses for those who can’t afford them. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Drive Toward a Safer Ohio initiative is part of the public safety agency’s budget and includes changes to driver Read More…

Man wanted in elderly Ohio pair’s slayings nabbed in Arizona

Robert Clark

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man wanted in the killings of an elderly Ohio couple and suspected of committing armed robberies in three states fled from sheriff’s deputies in Arizona in his van and then on foot before being arrested early Thursday after a nationwide manhunt, authorities said. The FBI had issued a federal warrant for Read More…

FBI offering reward for suspect in slaying of elderly couple

Robert Clark

CLEVELAND (AP) — The FBI has joined a manhunt for a suspect in the abduction and killings of an elderly Ohio couple who is also believed to have committed armed robberies in three states over the weekend. An FBI spokeswoman said Tuesday that the agency is offering a $25,000 reward for information about 29-year-old Robert Read More…

Kasich’s Ohio budget cuts income tax, speeds college access

Ohio Gov. John Kasich outlines details of his proposed two-year, $72 billion state budget that includes a $500 million net tax cut, on Monday in Columbus. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Larger businesses would see tax hikes and wealthier school districts would see less state aid under a proposed state budget that Gov. John Kasich described Monday as his most ambitious yet. The Republican governor’s $72.3 billion, two-year spending blueprint takes on the tobacco lobby with proposed tax increases on cigarettes, while directing record Read More…

Pipeline opponents seek strength in numbers

Paul and Elizabeth Gierosky stand in front of one of the small lakes on their York Township property that they purchased two years ago. They found out months ago that the lake is within the 600-foot study corridor of the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

CLEVELAND — The growing supply of natural gas being pulled from the Marcellus and Utica shale regions of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania has become a potential boon for businesses that build large interstate pipelines and a potential nightmare for people who don’t want massive amounts of gas surging through their property. Several underground pipeline Read More…

Fugitive treasure hunter says in court he is very sick

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A deep-sea treasure hunter who was a fugitive in one of the greatest hauls in American history has appeared in a Florida court and says he has an “extreme medical situation.” Tommy Thompson, 61, is accused of cheating investors out of their share of $50 million in gold bars Read More…

Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the US Marshals Service, Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than 2 years was arrested in Florida. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Lon Horwedel)

A fugitive treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over what’s been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday. The U.S. Marshals Service tracked Tommy Thompson to a hotel in Palm Beach County and arrested him Tuesday, Read More…

Legal pot backers in Ohio trickle out details of 2015 vision

A flower nearly ready for harvest sits atop a mature marijuana plant at the Pioneer Production and Processing marijuana growing facility in Arlington, Wash. (AP file photo)

COLUMBUS — The marijuana legalization movement has arrived in Ohio with high-flying ambitions: making it the first state to move from a complete ban to complete legalization with a single vote. ResponsibleOhio is one of two competing legalization campaigns pushing forward in the state. It released further elements of its plan this week, while again stopping short Read More…

Ohio income tax form to see changes

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s Department of Taxation is now accepting 2014 individual income tax returns, and taxpayers could see some changes. Tax Commissioner Joe Testa recently reminded residents that Ohio increased the personal exemption for those earning less than $40,000 annually. It rose to $2,200 from $1,700. For those with incomes between $40,000 and $80,000 a Read More…

Ohio University sets 4-year tuition rate for new students

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio University trustees are softening the blow of hefty tuition and campus housing increases for new students next year by guaranteeing the rates won’t rise again during the students’ four years on campus. Tuition for new students would go up 5.1 percent under the plan, with increases of 5.3 percent for Read More…