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Ohio bill would bar towing services from hiring “spotters”

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has approved a bill that would prohibit towing services from hiring "spotters" to report illegally parked vehicles. A spotter as described in the bill is a person whose task is to report the presence of vehicles not authorized to park in designated spaces ...

Lawmakers consider 2 plans to change Ohio graduation rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers are considering competing proposals to change high school graduation requirements again, after already easing rules for students earning diplomas this year and next year. A plan backed by the State Board of Education would let students qualify for ...

House Speaker Pelosi to headline state Democrats’ fundraiser

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be the featured speaker at the annual fundraising dinner for Ohio Democrats. The California Democrat is scheduled to speak at the state Democratic Party's "legacy dinner" at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Friday. Tickets ...

Report: Ohio State team doctor abused 177, leaders knew

By KANTELE FRANKO and JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At least 177 men were sexually abused by an Ohio State team doctor who died years ago, the university said Friday as it released findings from a law firm that investigated the accusations, concluding that school ...

Jury recommends death for man convicted in car lot slayings

CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury has recommended that a man who represented himself at trial be sentenced to death for the slayings of a couple at a Cleveland used car lot. The jury in Cleveland deliberated less than an hour before reaching its decision Thursday. Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County ...

Ohio governor: new lethal injection policy coming in ‘weeks’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he expects Ohio to present a federal judge with a proposed new lethal injection system within several weeks. The Republican governor says the system will be different than the previous protocol. But he wouldn't say whether it would contain the ...

Ohio’s unemployment rate dips slightly in April

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly from March to April. State officials on Friday said the unemployment rate was 4.3% in April, compared with 4.4% the previous month. Ohio's unemployment rate stood at 4.6% in April 2018. The national rate was ...

Ohio capital still has a few bike couriers, despite e-filing

By KEN GORDON The Columbus Dispatch COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When he answered a newspaper ad for a bicycle courier in 1999, Kevin Cash figured he was embarking on a short-lived adventure. "I thought it would be something I would do for a year," he said, "or not even that — maybe just for the ...

Space exploration exhibit for Apollo 11 opens at Ohio museum

CINCINNATI (AP) — A new permanent exhibit focusing on space exploration and the Ohio native who was the first person to walk on the moon has opened at a Cincinnati museum. The Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery opened May 6 in the Cincinnati Museum Center. It celebrates the legacy of ...

Police: Minivan strikes, injures police motorcycle officer

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say the driver of a minivan failed to yield at an intersection, striking and seriously injuring a motorcycle officer. Akron police say the officer was attempting to stop another motorist when the minivan pulled out in front of the officer around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. ...

Port of Cleveland plans new US Customs facility for cruises

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Port Cleveland is planning to develop a more permanent U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility to process cruise passengers disembarking in the city on Lake Erie. The Cleveland port is planning to spend $600,000 to develop the facility for an increasing number of ...

75 years later, French ‘HistoPad’ offers new view of D-Day

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The French and the Americans are working together again on a D-Day project — this time to give museum visitors the opportunity to travel back in time and experience the milestone World War II invasion 75 years later. From the viewpoints ...

School of fish? Pupils raise rainbow trout eggs into fry

By MATT MARKEY The (Toledo) Blade CASTALIA, Ohio (AP) — Just before the tiny rainbow trout they raised for the past few months swam off and disappeared into the chilly, dark reaches of one of the aging raceways that funnel into Cold Creek on the state hatchery grounds, the seventh- and ...

Jury acquits former Ohio officer of using excessive force

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal court jury has acquitted a former northern Ohio police officer of charges related to allegations of using of excessive force and writing a false report about the incident. The Blade reports the jury in Toledo reached its verdict Thursday on deprivation of ...

Federal judge keeps UAW lawsuit over plant closings in Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by the United Auto Workers against General Motors over the closing of three plants should be heard in Ohio. The Warren Tribune Chronicle reports U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson in Youngstown, Ohio, on Thursday ...

Items belonging to Neil Armstrong sell at auction

DALLAS (AP) — Pieces from the Wright brothers' 1903 Flyer that Neil Armstrong took with him to the moon have sold for about $890,000 at an auction of memorabilia that belonged to the astronaut. They were among items Heritage Auctions offered Thursday that were owned by Armstrong, the first ...

Ohio appeals ruling finding House map unconstitutional

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is seeking to stay an order requiring a new congressional map be drawn by next month after a court ruling found its Republican-drawn congressional districts unconstitutional. An appeal was filed Monday on behalf of GOP Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Republican ...

Great Lakes water levels surge, some record highs predicted

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Water levels are surging in the Great Lakes and likely will set records this summer, forecasters said Monday — a remarkable turnaround from earlier this decade that's bringing welcome relief to shippers and marina owners, ...

Nurses, staff go on strike at Ohio hospital

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Nurses and technicians and support staff at an Ohio hospital are on strike after an agreement was not reached with management on issues including overtime policies and health care costs. More than 2,000 health-care workers at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center in ...

Sheriff’s office investigates woman’s death as homicide

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a woman's body has been found near a park in Ohio and the death is being investigated as a homicide. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says the body of 42-year-old Carianna Faye Beery was found April 25, about 20 to 30 feet off a street in Mifflin ...