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Wright State University faculty announce October strike date

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — The faculty union at Wright State University in Ohio has set Oct. 1 as a date to strike if its members reject a fact-finder's report. Union president and WSU Lake Campus professor Martin Kich says the strike will happen if at least 60 percent of the members reject the ...

Police agencies split $3M for drug education in schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — About 150 law enforcement agencies around Ohio are sharing in about $3 million in grants for drug use prevention education programs in public schools. The Ohio Attorney General's Office says that funding goes to police and sheriff's offices to create or maintain such ...

Police: Man struck, killed by train

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in northwest Ohio say a man has been struck and killed by a train. WTOL-TV reports 46-year-old Wayne Bell was found dead Sunday morning on CSX railroad tracks in Findlay. Police say a southbound train tried to stop before it struck the Findlay man, who was ...

Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all stores

CINCINNATI (AP) — The nation's largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their impact on the environment. Kroger Co. will start Thursday at its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at ...

Man sentenced for harassing voicemails left at synagogues

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of leaving harassing voicemails at Jewish houses of worship in two Cleveland suburbs has been sentenced to six months in jail and fined $700. Court records show Abdulrahman Abukhalil was sentenced Wednesday on telephone harassment charges. He ...

Ohio measure eases drug crime penalties, may trim sentences

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans will vote in November on whether to reduce penalties for non-violent drug crimes while allowing many current inmates to seek shorter sentences. Issue 1 would reduce purchase, possession or use of a host of drugs, including fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and LSD, from ...

Dad charged in death of baby in hot car pleads not guilty

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man whose 6-month-old daughter died after she was found unresponsive in a hot car last month has pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangering. Christopher Stewart entered his plea Thursday in county court. The 22-year-old Lodi man was indicted this ...

JOANN Fabric creates online petition over tariffs

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The national chain JOANN Fabric and Craft has created an online petition asking customers to support the privately held company's efforts to obtain exemptions for tariffs on products imported from China. A spokeswoman for the Hudson, ...

Anthem insurance will cover medical airlifts in some states

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Anthem health insurance is now covering emergency medical flights in several states, including Missouri. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports an agreement between Anthem and Air Methods transportation became effective Aug. 15. The agreement includes Anthem plan holders in ...

Agents with expired vests vented, prepared for ‘misfortune’

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents and supervisors raised repeated concerns about expired body armor for more than a year before a union grievance was filed this May, public records show. Emails released by Republican ...

Free amusement park admission for Ohio teachers this weekend

MASON, Ohio (AP) — An amusement park in Ohio is offering free admission to teachers for the last weekend in August to celebrate the beginning of the school year. Kings Island says teachers will receive free admission with valid school identification or teaching licenses from Aug. 24-26. ...

Police say 1 man killed, 3 injured in shooting

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a shooting in Cleveland has killed one man and injured three others. Cleveland police say the shooting in the city's Kinsman neighborhood occurred around 11:30 p.m. Monday and may have resulted from a fight over drugs. Authorities say a 26-year-old man was found ...

5 faith leaders arrested in immigration protest at prison

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Five clergy members protesting the detention of immigrants at a prison in Ohio have been arrested on trespassing charges. Organizers of the protest say the five wanted to give communion to detainees who have been denied spiritual services. About 40 people took part ...

Judge allows subpoenas for neo-Nazi website publisher’s dad

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal magistrate is allowing attorneys to question a neo-Nazi website publisher's father and accountant in connection with a lawsuit against the publisher. SiriusXM Radio show host Dean Obeidallah says Andrew Anglin falsely labeled him as the "mastermind" behind a ...

Prosecutor’s death penalty stance offends Vatican official

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Vatican official has encouraged an Ohio prosecutor to go to confession after defying the Catholic Church's new policy that the death penalty is never acceptable. Paul Mueller, a vice director at the Vatican Observatory, wrote a letter weeks ago to Hamilton County ...

Mural dedicated to famous baby hippo on display

CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials in Ohio have unveiled a mural dedicated to Fiona, the baby hippo at Cincinnati Zoo that beat the odds and survived, despite being born nearly two months early. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the mural featuring a smiling Fiona and her mother Bibi was revealed ...

Record-setting pilot to christen Goodyear’s newest airship

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The youngest woman to fly solo in a single-engine plane around the world will christen Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s newest airship. Akron-based Goodyear says 30-year-old Shaesta Waiz will christen the Wingfoot III airship on Aug. 30 at the tire maker's Wingfoot Lake ...

Police: Man beaten outside house he was visiting dies

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a man has been beaten outside a house in Cleveland and has died. Cleveland police say the 33-year-old man was beaten around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Police Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia (chach) says first responders found the man with blunt force injuries to his head and neck ...

Cincinnati homeless camp scatters after monthlong chase

CINCINNATI (AP) — An advocate for homeless people living in a Cincinnati encampment says they will go their separate ways after a county prosecutor ordered them to leave a private park. Advocate Josh Spring says the group has been "chased by the city and the county" and they don't have ...

Officials: 13-year-old boy drowns in Stillwater River

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in western Ohio say a 13-year-old boy has drowned in a river. WHIO-TV reports DeAngelo Casey was pulled from the Stillwater River in Dayton Sunday evening. Dayton Fire Department District Chief Brad Baldwin says the Dayton teen walked into the river, went ...