September 16, 2014

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Economy key as Ohio governor candidates enter final months

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

CINCINNATI — Looking at a wide view of Ohio’s economy, there are clear signs of economic progress during Republican John Kasich’s time as governor. Zooming into the kitchen tables of typical Ohioans brings a fuzzier picture. In the broad view, the state has added jobs and reduced unemployment, and overall state income and consumer spending Read More…

Ohio absentee ballot requests on way for voters

COLUMBUS — Ohio voters with up-to-date addresses will soon get an absentee ballot application for the November election. Residents should start receiving the applications around Labor Day, Secretary of State Jon Husted announced. Voters can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person without giving any reason. During the last presidential election, 6.9 million Read More…

Westlake cardiologist accused of $7.2 million medical fraud

CLEVELAND (AP) –€” A cardiologist referred patients for cardiac bypass surgery they didn’t need so he could be paid for follow-up visits, federal authorities said Thursday. Dr. Harold Persaud, of suburban Westlake, was indicted in federal court on charges of health care fraud, making false statements and money laundering. FBI agents raided his offices in Read More…

Officials: 2 Ohioans diagnosed with West Nile virus

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio health officials have confirmed that two women have been hospitalized with the West Nile virus in state’s first human cases. The Ohio Department of Health said Wednesday a 24-year-old woman in Muskingum County and a 78-year-old woman in Cuyahoga County have been hospitalized with encephalitis. That’s an inflammation of the brain Read More…

Cleveland, Missouri city stage peaceful protests

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  FERGUSON, Mo. — The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot by an officer. The intervention, ordered by Missouri Gov. Jay Read More…

Greg Oden faces October trial on battery charges

Former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden arrives for court in Indianapolis on charges alleging that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden is free to leave Indiana while he awaits trial on charges he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face as long as he remains on GPS monitoring, a judge ruled Wednesday. Marion County Superior Court Judge Steven Rubick entered a routine not guilty plea on Read More…

UPDATED: Football player convicted of rape returns to team

Ma'Lik Richmond

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio high school football player found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party two years ago returned to the field Tuesday with his old team. Ma’Lik Richmond played for Steubenville High School in a scrimmage against Cambridge, WTOV-TV reported. Richmond and fellow athlete Trent Mays were Read More…

Judge extends temporary halt to Ohio executions

The Sept. 18 execution of Ronald Phillips, convicted for the rape and death of Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in 1993, has been put on hold following a ruling by federal Judge Gregory Frost to delay executions. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)

COLUMBUS (AP) — A federal judge has extended a months-long moratorium on executions in Ohio into next year as questions mount about the effectiveness of a new, two-drug combination being used to carry out the death penalty. The ruling by federal judge Gregory Frost will delay executions scheduled for September, October and November and highlights Read More…

ODOT establishing bee-friendly areas in route medians

COLUMBUS — A state agency is turning a highway median in southern Ohio into a honeybee paradise in an effort to create habitats for a bee population that has been declining in recent years. The Ohio Department of Transportation planted wildflower seeds in two, 1-acre lots along state Route 207 in Ross County in June Read More…

Changes would make it easier to obtain headstones, markers for unidentified graves of soldiers

CLEVELAND — A U.S. Senate bill that would make it easier to get headstones for historic unmarked veterans’ graves has drawn support from historians in Ohio. Senators Rob Portman, R-Ohio and Jon Tester, D-Mont., recently introduced a bipartisan bill to enable veterans’ service agencies, military researchers, historians or genealogists to request free headstones or markers Read More…