August 31, 2014

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Ohio lawmakers want Common Core standards repealed

COLUMBUS (AP) — Republican lawmakers in the state House are beginning a push to repeal Common Core learning standards by year’s end, citing widespread discontent they’re hearing from parents, teachers and communities. Reps. Matt Huffman, of Lima, and Andy Thompson, of Marietta, said Monday that Ohio made a mistake four years ago in pursuing the Read More…

UPDATED: Ohio inspectors won’t investigate Cedar Point ride accident

In this May 4, 2006, file photo, people ride the Skyhawk at Cedar Point. The ride has been closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two visitors. (AP Photo/The Sandusky Register, Jason Werling, File)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s amusement ride inspectors won’t be conducting an official investigation into an accident at Cedar Point that injured at least two people, but will have to give the OK for the swing ride to reopen. The state only investigates accidents when someone is admitted to a hospital or stays overnight. Two Read More…

Reports: Skyhawk cable snaps

SANDUSKY — Cedar Point officials have not confirmed online reports that stated a cable snapped on Skyhawk late Saturday. It is not known whether any injuries occurred. Calls to Cedar Point officials went unanswered Saturday.

Fall elections all about economy

Barb Allen leans on the railing of her front porch in Warren. The 50-year-old has been employed, laid off, re-employed and jobless in a single year’s span, illustrating the complicated nature of jobs statistics. (AP Photo)

COLUMBUS — Ask politician, pundit and voter alike, and they all will tell you: The November election is about jobs. Job growth is both a key economic indicator and an easy issue for politicians to talk about when campaigning. Yet when the claims of Republican Gov. John Kasich and Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald conflict, Ohioans Read More…

Woman hit in face with rock faces long recovery

This undated photo shows Randy Budd and his wife, Sharon Budd, a middle school language arts teacher. They live in Uniontown, south of Akron.  (AP Photo/Randy Budd)

DANVILLE, Pa. — Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass in Pennsylvania had shattered Sharon Budd’s skull: To keep her alive. After nearly two weeks, including surgery lasting more than 13 hours that involved removing damaged parts of her brain, they are cautiously optimistic. Read More…

UPDATED: Ashland man accused of enslaving woman gets 30 years

Jordie Callaha

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man convicted along with his girlfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years through intimidation, threats and abuse was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in federal prison. The man, Jordie Callahan, 28, and his girlfriend were convicted in March of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and Read More…

Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

David Vernon, 18, takes a break while reading on his porch in Columbus. Both Republicans and Democrats are seeking voters like Vernon, a self-described moderate and an avid social media user who says he has seen a steady increase in tweets from both parties aimed at attracting younger African-American voters to get involved in political campaigns. (AP Photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio’s eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the once-dominant bloc. Nationwide, working-class whites — defined as those ages 18 to 64, with Read More…

Solutions sought for silt dredged from harbors

TOLEDO — There’s enough sand, soil and mud scooped out of Toledo’s and Cleveland’s harbors each year to fill Progressive Field to the top of its upper deck. All the silt dredged to keep open the shipping channel in Toledo is dumped into Lake Erie, while the sediment from Cleveland goes into disposal facilities that Read More…

Tuitions rising again at Ohio public universities

COLUMBUS — Tuition at 11 of Ohio’s 13 traditional, four-year public universities will rise this fall. Most of the universities chose to boost tuition as much as state limits would allow this year: 2 percent or $188, whichever is higher. Some students complain that the increases are too much, but university advocates say the state’s Read More…

Ohio woman’s injuries show cars’ vulnerability to rocks

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A rock-throwing attack that left an Ohio woman with serious injuries is a reminder of how vulnerable motorists are when someone decides to target random victims from a highway bridge or overpass. As 52-year-old middle school language arts teacher Sharon Budd recovers at a central Pennsylvania hospital, some may be wondering whether Read More…