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Patient’s widow: Hospital safeguards ‘failed tremendously’

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The 44-year-old excavator was taken to the emergency room with shortness of breath. Breathing trouble also sent a 64-year-old woman to the same hospital. A third patient, a 79-year-old woman with health problems, was transferred from ...

Attorney: New racist threats at GM plant where nooses found

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Workers who sued General Motors after nooses and racist graffiti were found at its largest U.S. transmission plant nearly two years ago are still facing racial harassment, their attorney said Thursday. Just this week, one of the workers ...

Man convicted of killing 2 women gets life sentence

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A man convicted of fatally shooting two women before shooting himself after a police standoff has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole. Authorities said James Geran (GEHR'-uhn) killed a woman they described as a business associate in a ...

New suits filed over pain meds given to near-death patients

By KANTELE FRANKO and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man said Wednesday he was stunned to learn of allegations that his wife's hospital death last year was caused by a doctor's order for a fatal dose of pain medication. David Austin said he called an ...

Authorities: Space heater caused fire that killed teen

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Fire officials say a house fire that killed a 14-year-old boy in Ohio was caused by a space heater. The Repository in Canton reports Plain Township fire officials have ruled that the fire that killed Christian Werstler on Monday was an accident. Firefighters were called ...

Lieutenant governor to speak at Martin Luther King Jr. event

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's new lieutenant governor will be the featured speaker at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in the state's capital city. Republican Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) is speaking at noon Thursday at the event at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown ...

Federal judge allowing open phone line during execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge is once again allowing the use of an open phone line to his courtroom during an Ohio execution. Tuesday's decision by Judge Michael Merz permits use of a system created in 2017 when defense attorneys tried unsuccessfully to stop an execution based on the ...

Ohio man sentenced in terrorism funding case

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — One of two brothers from Ohio who admitted giving money to a friend who sent it to an al-Qaida leader has been sentenced to five years in prison. A federal judge in Toledo sentenced Sultane Salim on Tuesday after he earlier pleaded guilty to concealing the financing of ...

First dispensaries in state ready to sell medical marijuana

CLEVELAND (AP) — Four dispensaries are ready to begin selling medical marijuana for the first time in Ohio. Two of the dispensaries opening Wednesday morning are in the southeast Ohio community of Wintersville, outside Steubenville. The other two dispensaries set to open are in Sandusky in ...

Federal food assistance arriving early because of shutdown

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohioans who receive food stamps are getting February's benefits this week. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asked states to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program aid no later than Jan. 20 for the nearly 40 million Americans in the program. The Trump ...

New governor sworn in at home before public inauguration

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Flanked by family and close friends, Mike DeWine became Ohio's 70th governor shortly after midnight today in private ceremony at his farm near Cedarville. Sworn in by his son, Ohio Supreme Court Judge Pat DeWine, the governor, 72, took the oath of office with his hand ...

Gambling revenue tops nearly $1.9 billion statewide

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's casinos and racinos recorded 1.86 billion in revenue last year, marking a record profit for the industry that launched in the state in 2012. Gambling revenue — the amount of money kept by the facilities after paying out winnings — rose more than 7 percent at the ...

Fire breaks out at apartment building, 6 hospitalized

CINCINNATI (AP) — Six people have been hospitalized after a large fire broke out at a Cincinnati apartment building. Fire crews responded to the blaze that started in the middle of the multi-story apartment building around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Resident Cheryl Dennis tells WCPO-TV neighbors ...

DeWine era to mark shift away from volatile Kasich, Trump

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The inauguration of Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine will mark a shift away from volatility in a state buffeted in recent years between the shifting ambitions of an outspoken governor and the frequent outbursts of an unpredictable ...

WWII vet who got degree delayed by nearly 7 decades has died

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A World War II veteran who flew planes for the Navy and received his college degree last spring nearly 70 years after he last sat in a classroom has died, his family said. He was 97. Bob Barger died Wednesday at a Toledo retirement ...

Shoplifting suspect killed after brief police chase

FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a shoplifting suspect who was leading officers on a brief chase crashed her car and died. Franklin police say the chase began Thursday after a Walmart manager told authorities a woman left the store without paying and left in a pickup ...

Bevin says he can work with new Ohio governor to fix bridge

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he can work with Ohio's incoming governor on a solution to fix a 57-year-old bridge the federal government has labeled obsolete. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Bevin told news outlets Thursday that he's confident he and Gov.-elect Mike ...

Defense challenge confession of mom charged in sons’ deaths

By HOLLY ZACHARIAH, The Columbus Dispatch BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — The woman sat emotionless, never once glancing at the images as photos from the autopsies of the three young sons she is accused of killing flashed on a giant screen. She didn't look when doctors pointed out the bruises on ...

Friday kicks off inaugurals for new Ohio officeholders

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The swearing-in of Ohio's next state treasurer kicks off a long weekend of inaugural events for new statewide officeholders. All five of the state's executive offices opened up this year as a result of term limits. Republicans maintained control of all five. State Rep. ...

Attorney general files motion to toss redistricting lawsuit

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine in his current role as the state's attorney general has filed a motion seeking dismissal of a lawsuit attempting to force Ohio to redraw its 16 congressional districts in time for the 2020 election. The lawsuit is scheduled for trial in March ...