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Ohio governor pushes gas tax hike, water quality in speech

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine used his first State of the State speech Tuesday to push lawmakers to raise the Ohio gas tax by 18 cents to fix crumbling roads and dangerous bridges and to announce plans to focus on the state's deadly ...

A look at General Motor’s Lordstown assembly plant

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Some facts and figures about northeast Ohio's Lordstown assembly plant, which General Motors is idling Wednesday after the final U.S.-made Chevrolet Cruze sedan rolls off the assembly line, eliminating the jobs of nearly 1,700 hourly workers: — The plant opened in ...

Zoo, foundation agree on plan to return gorilla Ndume to zoo

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio zoo and a California group the zoo loaned a male silverback gorilla to in 1991 have agreed on a plan for the gorilla's court-ordered return to the zoo. Documents in federal court in San Francisco state the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Gorilla ...

Pence to headline oil-and-gas industry event in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is headed to Ohio to headline a fundraiser for the oil-and-gas industry. The Republican vice president is to appear Friday at the annual meeting of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a trade association for companies that explore, produce and ...

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine promises focus on health issues

Gov. Mike DeWine has promised a new push to address health issues in Ohio including opioid overdose deaths and infant mortality. The Republican governor announced in Tuesday's State of the State speech the creation of a new public health fund that will use public and private dollars on ...

New Ohio governor to deliver 1st State of the State speech

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to bolster arguments for raising the Ohio gas tax by 18 cents, promote programs to improve children's lives and discuss plans for fighting the opioid epidemic in the Republican governor's first State ...

Ex-sheriff admits taking bribes; could get 15-year sentence

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff who resigned amid an FBI investigation has pleaded guilty to taking bribes from people arrested in prostitution and gambling stings. Authorities say former Allen County sheriff Sam Crish also took $50,000 from someone who was later hired to work at the ...

Patrol made more drug arrests in 2018 than in previous year

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol has reported it made more drug arrests in Ohio in 2018 from the previous year. A patrol statement says troopers made 16,956 drug arrests last year for about a 2 percent increase compared with 16,653 in 2017. The patrol says the quantities of ...

Mayor supports bill that would increase state gas tax

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The mayor of Ohio's capital city and other area leaders are supporting a bill that would increase the state's gas tax by 18 cents a gallon to help maintain roads and bridges. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and other central Ohio leaders said in a statement Monday they ...

Document: Councilors admit to breaking law on secret texts

CINCINNATI (AP) — Five members of the Cincinnati City Council are admitting they broke the law by holding secret text conversations about city business. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the city will pay $101,000 to settle a lawsuit brought over a series of texts between five council members, ...

Autoworker upheaval: Families split, children left behind

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Hundreds of workers at four General Motors plants slated to close by January are facing a painful choice: Take the company's offer to work at another factory — possibly hundreds of miles away — even if that means leaving behind their ...

Federal judges to hear challenge to state’s US House maps

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal trial set to begin in Cincinnati will examine whether Ohio's congressional map is constitutional. Voter rights groups who sued the state say Republicans used a "partisan gerrymander" to ensure a 12-4 majority in Ohio's ...

Donor endows curator position at Cleveland museum

CLEVELAND (AP) — A retired businessman and his wife have donated $3 million to endow the position overseeing American art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Retired former president and CEO of Westlake-based Nordson Corp. William Madar and his wife Amanda Madar made the donation that ...

Union appeals firing of officer who fatally shot boy

CLEVELAND (AP) — A police union says it has appealed the firing of a white Cleveland police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old black boy playing with a pellet gun. Henry Hilow, an attorney for the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, and union President Jeff Follmer say the appeal ...

Northeast digs out after storm closes schools, slows commute

NEW YORK (AP) — Businesses and homeowners across the northeastern U.S. are digging out after an overnight snowstorm that closed schools and slowed the morning commute. The storm was expected to drop about 5 to 8 inches on much of the region, with northern New England expecting up to 10 ...

Suspect in multiple slayings pleads not guilty to charges

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Arizona man who authorities say has been linked by DNA to the slayings of four women at truck stops in Ohio and Illinois during the 1990s has pleaded not guilty to charges in one of the Ohio slayings. Forty-nine-year-old Samuel Legg III, a former long-haul trucker, ...

UAW sues General Motors to stop plant closings in 3 states

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The United Auto Workers has sued General Motors from closing three plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland, claiming the union's current contract forbids the company from idling them, according to the suit filed Tuesday. GM announced plans in November to end production ...

County considers using casino tax revenue for communities

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio county officials are looking into distributing over $1 million in casino tax revenue toward community development. The Cuyahoga County Council says it will hear legislation on the matter Tuesday through the Community Development Committee. Cleveland.com reports the ...

Doc, hospital now face 22 lawsuits over drug doses, deaths

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More families are suing an Ohio hospital and a critical-care doctor accused of ordering excessive doses of pain medication for dozens of patients who died. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System and now-fired Dr. William Husel (HYOO'-suhl) face at least 22 ...

Authorities: Judge pleads guilty to charges including fraud

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a judge accused of stealing at least $100,000 from a former client has pleaded guilty in Ohio to related federal charges including mail fraud and making false statements to law enforcement. A U.S. attorney's office news release said Mahoning County ...