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10 Things That Happened This Week of of March 20
Mar 24, 2017 11:34 AM

10 Things That Happened This Week of of March 20

COLUMBUS — Lawmakers continue to move legislation, including the biennial transportation budget, health officials are urging residents to take precautions against the Zika virus and the director of the Ohio Department of Health is moving on.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Bye, Michigan - time for new lovable underdogs Xavier, SC
Mar 24, 2017 11:09 AM

Bye, Michigan - time for new lovable underdogs Xavier, SC

The Musketeers are a No. 11 seed after losing their starting point guard to a knee injury in late January and finishing seventh in the Big East. They stomped No. 3 Florida State by 25 points to make the Sweet 16 and are in a regional final for the third time since 2004 after a stunning 73-71 win over No. 2 Arizona on Thursday night.

Mar 24, 2017 10:35 AM

Ohio unemployment rate rises to 5.1 percent, above US rate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say Ohio’s unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent in February, slightly higher than the 5 percent reported for January and for February 2016.

Melting business: Warmer US winter hurts small companies
Mar 22, 2017 2:10 PM

Melting business: Warmer US winter hurts small companies

NEW YORK (AP) — The big snowstorm in the U.S. Midwest and East last week was a respite for some small business owners, after a generally mild winter that has nipped into the revenue of many companies and forced them to rethink their cold-weather strategies.

By Joyce M. Rosenberg Ap Business Writer
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Mar 22, 2017 1:31 PM

Man accused of having gun at Ohio college indicted

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An 18-year-old man accused of displaying a gun in a community college building in Ohio’s capital city and causing a lockdown at the college has been indicted on charges including inducing panic and aggravated menacing.

Mar 22, 2017 12:28 PM

Ohioans seek residency requirement for marijuana cultivation

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Some Ohioans wanting to start a medical marijuana business are urging regulators to add a residency requirement, at least initially, for businesses getting the state’s few lucrative cultivator licenses.

Mar 21, 2017 4:07 PM

Cleveland-area pastor cancels his Chicago 'gang summit'

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cleveland-area minister who told President Donald Trump that Chicago’s “top gang thugs” wanted to meet with him to find ways to reduce gun violence said the decision to cancel the event had nothing to do with criticism from activists in the city.

By Don Babwin Associated Press
Mar 21, 2017 12:09 PM

Ohio farmers sending help to Kansas ranches hit by wildfires

BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio farmers are sending hay, fencing materials and other supplies to Kansas to help ranches that were devastated by wildfires this month.

Mar 21, 2017 11:34 AM

Report: Halfway house officials paid for alcohol, strip club

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state audit says officials at a southern Ohio halfway house illegally spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on alcohol, hotels, travel costs for family members and a strip club.

US Rep Jim Renacci enters 2018 race for Ohio governor
Mar 20, 2017 11:39 AM

US Rep Jim Renacci enters 2018 race for Ohio governor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci entered the 2018 Ohio governor’s race on Monday against a potential trio of GOP state officeholders.

By Julie Carr Smyth Associated Press
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Mar 20, 2017 11:22 AM

Ohio updating liquor-tracking system amid stores' complaints

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio plans to update the relatively new computer system it uses to track liquor sales and distribution, amid complaints from retailers that the current system has been plagued by problems in its first two years.

Mar 20, 2017 11:02 AM

Trump's proposed budget would stop Amtrak in Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would cut Ohio’s Amtrak passenger train service if it passes.

Mar 20, 2017 9:52 AM

Police wary of Akron program meant to ease jail overcrowding

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An effort to ease jail overcrowding in one northeastern Ohio county is drawing concern from police chiefs, who are wary of not immediately jailing people charged with nonviolent, low-level felonies.

Mar 17, 2017 11:21 AM

Ohio judge receives 10 days jail for improper campaign spending

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge in Ohio’s capital city has been sentenced to 10 days in jail after pleading guilty to charges related to improperly spending campaign funds.

Mar 17, 2017 10:44 AM

10 Things That Happened This Week of of March 11

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House continued work on the biennial budget, lawmakers moved several more bills and Gov. John Kasich announced another billion dollar workers’ compensation rebate, with payments expected by mid-year, pending final approval by the BWC board.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau
Mar 17, 2017 9:58 AM

Pilot, wife found dead from apparent fentanyl overdose

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a commercial airline pilot and his wife have died of an apparent overdose from the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl.

Mar 16, 2017 3:50 PM

Somali refugees await relatives amid travel ban uncertainty

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Somali refugees in Ohio continue their wait for overseas relatives amid uncertainty created by the proposed White House travel ban and new court decisions blocking that ban.

By Andrew Welsh-huggins Associated Press
Mar 16, 2017 11:29 AM

Dozens submit proposals for Ohio's government data effort

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of companies have submitted proposals to help Ohio with an effort to restructure its vast stores of government data so they can be mined for possible solutions to complex problems.

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Mar 16, 2017 10:46 AM

Trump seeks elimination of Great Lakes restoration funding

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump wants to eliminate federal support of a program that addresses the Great Lakes’ most pressing environmental threats.

By John Flesher Ap Environmental Writer
Mar 15, 2017 6:06 PM

Ohio abortion clinic case to be heard by state Supreme Court

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute over whether to shut down Toledo’s last abortion clinic.