July 3, 2015

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Sources say Kasich will announce presidential bid July 21

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who’s spent the year testing his scrappy political style and pragmatic policy positions around the country, plans to formally enter the 2016 presidential race July 21. The two-term governor, who leads one of the nation’s premier swing states, is expected to formally join the crowded Republican primary field at Read More…

Ohio unemployment rate unchanged in May

COLUMBUS — State officials say Ohio’s unemployment rate remained at 5.2 percent in May, unchanged from April. The report today from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services showed Ohio’s May unemployment rate was down from the same month last year, when it was 5.7 percent. Ohio had 302,000 unemployed workers in May, up Read More…

Ohio and Michigan pledge to reduce algae-feeding runoff

TOLEDO — Ohio and Michigan have agreed to sharply reduce phosphorus runoff blamed for a rash of harmful algae blooms on Lake Erie that have contaminated drinking water supplies and contributed to oxygen-deprived dead zones where fish can’t survive. The two states along with Ontario, Canada, said Friday that they will work to cut the Read More…

Highway Patrol: 14 fatalities in Ohio over holiday weekend

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The State Highway Patrol says 14 people were killed on Ohio’s roadways over Memorial Day weekend — one more than last year. The patrol says three fatalities were related to impaired driving. Four of the 14 people killed between Friday and Monday weren’t wearing seat belts. The patrol made 544 arrests for Read More…

U.S. Supreme Court hearing historic arguments over same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land. The justices are meeting Tuesday to offer the first public indication of where they stand in the dispute over whether states can continue defining marriage as the union of a man and Read More…

Some in law enforcement getting body cameras on their own

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio — The dramatic body camera video shows the slaying suspect charging at the officer, screaming — pleading, even — for him to open fire. “Shoot me!” yells Michael Wilcox to the backpedaling officer, who keeps the suspect at bay until he ultimately surrenders when backup arrives. The widely circulated video from Officer Read More…

Dog flu surfaces in Midwest, including Ohio

MADISON, Wis. — A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other four-legged friends. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine says the virus has sickened at least 1,000 dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. Recent Read More…

Updated: Ohio board approves Medicaid expansion

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at the Cleveland Clinic, using one of the nation's best known hospitals to make a final public push for Medicaid expansion Friday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio legislative panel granted a request Monday from the governor to allow federal dollars to be spent on an expansion of Medicaid that would give health coverage to thousands more residents. Ohio recently received approval from the federal government to expand Medicaid, the federal-state health program for the poor and disabled. Read More…

Advocates push for medicinal marijuana in Ohio

Medical POt

OBERLIN — John Pardee didn’t see many good options after his son was involved in a near-death car crash in January 2008. Pardee’s son survived, but doctors said he would have to manage the pain from his injuries for the rest of his life. Pardee said his son only had one option — to take Read More…

Furloughs, closures begin as shutdown affects Ohio

John Carano, 65, walks on a trail at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Tuesday in Valley View. The effects of the federal shutdown began rippling across Ohio on Tuesday morning, with a national military museum and national park closing and thousands of federal employees going on furlough. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CINCINNATI — The impact of the partial federal government shutdown began rippling across Ohio on Tuesday, with a national military museum and national park closing and thousands of federal employees going on furlough. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron both closed Read More…