September 1, 2015

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State unemployment rate holds steady for third straight month

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.2 percent in June, unchanged from the previous two months. The Friday morning report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services showed Ohio had 296,000 unemployed workers in June, down 6,000 from 302,000 unemployed workers in May. Ohio’s June unemployment rate was down from the Read More…

Trout makes history as American League wins All-Star Game

CINCINNATI — Mike Trout flashed the skill that puts him at the front of baseball’s new generation, just moments after four of the all-time greats walked off the field. Trout became the first player in 38 years to homer leading off an All-Star Game, then became the first player to take home the Midsummer Classic’s Read More…

Fares, fees go up as airline consolidation reduces competition

DALLAS — The wave of consolidation that swept the U.S. airline industry has markedly reduced competition at many of the nation’s major airports, and passengers appear to be paying the price in higher fares and fees, an Associated Press analysis has found. Over the past decade, mega-mergers reduced nine large U.S. airlines to four — Read More…

Rift among Democrats puts redistricting plan in jeopardy

COLUMBUS — Divisions inside the Ohio Democratic Party have placed the party’s endorsement of a fall ballot redistricting issue in question. Fair Districts for Ohio formally launched its campaign Wednesday with support from a who’s who of Statehouse interest groups on right and left, including business, labor, environmental and good government groups and the Ohio Read More…

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…