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Lawmakers fail to meet deadline for passing state budget

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lawmakers failed this weekend to meet a statutory deadline for agreement on a two-year operating budget for Ohio for the first time since 2009. With time running out to meet Sunday's deadline, the Ohio Senate late Saturday night approved a 17-day stopgap measure ...

Former prisons chief is 1 of 2 new Ohio school board members

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio prisons director is one of two new appointees to the state school board that governs the Department of Education. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has appointed Reginald Wilkinson to join the Ohio Board of Education for a term that runs through 2022. Wilkinson ...

City’s new ticket taxes to help fund arts, arena repairs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two new 5% taxes on arts, sports and entertainment ticket sales are set to take effect Monday in Ohio's capital city. One Columbus tax is expected to raise $6 million annually for arts groups. It will apply to performances and sporting events costing more than $10 a ...

Report: Texts show extent of alleged university hazing

By KEITH BIERYGOLICK The Cincinnati Enquirer CINCINNATI (AP) — The student had an exam on Monday. He needed to study but was also a new member of a fraternity at Miami University. He asked another fraternity member at the Southwest Ohio college what time they would be done with an event in ...

Police: 14-year-old boy shot and killed in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say a 14-year-old boy has been shot and killed in Cincinnati. Cincinnati police say the shooting occurred in the city's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood just north of downtown early Sunday morning. Police haven't identified the teen or released any details on a possible ...

Democratic candidate Sanders to speak at black press meeting

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders will be the featured speaker at a black press convention that begins Tuesday evening in Cincinnati. National Newspaper Publishers Association organizers expect hundreds of people to join ...

Police: Motorcyclist in fatal crash had suspended license

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a motorcyclist in Ohio who fatally struck a 15-year-old boy on a bicycle was driving with a suspended license. Akron police also have said that speed was a factor in Friday's crash that killed 15-year-old Damiyon Frazier. Police said witnesses told them three ...

State, Planned Parenthood seek delay in Ohio abortion case

CINCINNATI (AP) — Republican Attorney General Dave Yost has joined Planned Parenthood in asking a federal judge to postpone information-gathering in a legal challenge to Ohio's law banning a common second-trimester abortion procedure. In a joint filing Monday, the parties asked U.S. District ...

Tension brews between cities, states over opioid lawsuits

By GEOFF MULVIHILL and MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Tension is emerging between lawyers representing state and local governments over the path forward in a set of lawsuits seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for the toll of the nation's opioid crisis. A federal ...

Sheriff’s office offers reward to help solve man’s homicide

XENIA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff's office has offered a reward for information in the death of a man whose body was found in a nature preserve in April. The Greene County Sheriff's Office said in a release Tuesday that it is offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and ...

Court provides beacon of hope for human trafficking victims

By HOLLY ZACHARIAH The Columbus Dispatch COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At the very end of a long municipal court hallway that mostly smells of sweat and despair, Vanessa Perkins turns slowly as she tries to decide where to sit for a quick afternoon break. She looks to the left, to the right and ...

Case on hold for man charged with posing as missing child

CINCINNATI (AP) — The case of a 24-year-old Ohio man charged with impersonating a long-missing child is on hold in federal court. U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett earlier granted a sealed motion filed by Brian Michael Rini's (REE'-neez) attorney and canceled a scheduled final pretrial ...

Final budget talks expected to address coal reclamation cuts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate decision to cut funding Republican Gov. Mike DeWine budgeted for reclaiming abandoned coal mining sites is expected to arise during budget compromise talks this week. The Senate version of Ohio's two-year state budget trimmed the $4 million DeWine ...

County officials say improvements ongoing at troubled jail

CLEVELAND (AP) — County administrators in Cleveland say improvements have reduced the time inmates are locked down in their cells at a troubled jail where a U.S. Marshal's Service report said conditions were unsanitary, inhumane and unsafe. Cleveland.com reports Cuyahoga County Executive ...

Officials name victims of deadly barn fire

COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials have identified the three youths who died in one of two Ohio fires that killed a total of six people. The Coshocton County coroner says 15-year-old Gabriella Hunley, 12-year-old Joshua Hunley and 15-year-old Cody Smith died June 18 in a barn fire in the ...

‘Burning river’ loses sting in Cleveland 50 years after fire

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and TONY DEJAK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Fifty years after the Cuyahoga River's most famous fire, a plucky new generation of Cleveland artists and entrepreneurs has turned the old jokes into inspiration and forged decades of embarrassment into a fiery brand of ...

Ex-teacher charged with inappropriately touching young girls

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A former physical education teacher accused of inappropriately touching dozens of first-grade girls in incidents captured on school surveillance video has been indicted on charges of gross sexual imposition in Ohio. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell says ...

Ohio man pleads guilty to defrauding local governments

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $750,000 from state and local governments by submitting phony invoices to them. Fifty-nine-year-old Robert Mutua Muli of Carrollton, Ohio, struck a plea bargain Monday with federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia. ...

Senate budget proposal includes 17% tax on vaping products

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal in the Senate version of Ohio's two-year budget would place a 17% tax on the invoice price of vaping products. Senate Finance Chairman Matt Dolan, a Republican from Chagrin Falls, says he's concerned that vaping has filled a niche in Ohio that is attracting ...

New program could cut time spent in line at BMV

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is testing a program that could reduce the time people spend in line at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. People who need to renew their driver's license or auto registration can check-in online and advance in the queue without physically waiting in a BMV ...