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Governor signs measure to strengthen amusement ride safety

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a measure aimed at strengthening Ohio's amusement ride safety program. The bill signed by the Republican governor on Wednesday seeks to strengthen safety inspection standards, define qualifications for ride inspectors and outline ride owner ...

$100M deposited in Ohio accounts for those with disabilities

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Contributions to tax-advantaged savings and investment accounts that Ohio offers to eligible children and adults with disabilities have exceeded $100 million. Republican Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague said the STABLE Account program his office administers hit the mark ...

Exhibit celebrating military dogs’ heroism travels to Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A traveling exhibit celebrating the service and heroism of military working dogs and the sacrifices they make during battle will be displayed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio. The exhibit titled "Canine Warriors — Courage and Sacrifice, Always Beside ...

Cedar Fair says attendance, pass sales up at amusement parks

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Cedar Fair Entertainment says its amusement and water parks have seen another jump in attendance this year. The Sandusky, Ohio-based company says helping drive the increase are its popular Halloween and winter events along with new nighttime festivals at some of its ...

Ex-postal employee sentenced for stealing gift cards, cash

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former U.S. Postal Service worker in Cleveland found guilty of stealing gift cards and cash from mail has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Federal authorities say Jennifer Riccardi was sentenced this week to four years and eight months and must pay over ...

Buster Douglas to promote long odds against Tyson to inspire

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Buster Douglas will mark the 30th anniversary of his upset boxing victory over Mike Tyson with a campaign aimed at inspiring others who face long odds. Douglas, 59, joined organizers at the Ohio Statehouse Wednesday to announce a ...

2 more Ohio executions delayed amid lack of lethal drugs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed two more executions, citing Ohio's continuing struggles to find supplies of lethal injection drugs. James Galen Hanna was scheduled to die Dec. 11 for the murder of his cellmate in 1997. DeWine, a Republican, on Wednesday moved his execution ...

Air National Guard’s 178th Wing to get 1st female commander

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — The 178th Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard is set to get its first female commander. Col. Kimberly Fitzgerald is scheduled to assume duties as commander of the 178th Wing from Col. Gregg Hesterman during a ceremony Sunday at the Springfield Air National Guard ...

Mom charged in newborn’s death wants trial moved

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman who authorities say put her newborn baby boy in a garbage bag and left him in a wooded area in 1993 wants her upcoming trial moved to another county. Gail Eastwood-Ritchey pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges in Geauga (jee-AW'-guh) County in ...

Man accused of defrauding Cleveland Clinic receives 5 years

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man convicted of defrauding the Cleveland Clinic of $2.7 million has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison. Cleveland.com reports 44-year-old Wisam Rizk, of Westlake, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy, wire fraud and false statements. He was sentenced ...

2 people die, 2 injured after touching downed power lines

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's State Highway Patrol says two people have died and two have been seriously injured after touching power lines downed when a car crashed into a utility pole. The patrol's Elyria post says the car ran off a road in Lorain County around 3 a.m. Sunday and struck the ...

State lawmakers hope to prevent crashes with rumble strips

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some Ohio lawmakers say they hope to prevent numerous vehicle crashes by gradually installing rumble strips down the center of some roads. Ohio Rep. Timothy E. Ginter, a Salem Republican, is chief sponsor of a bill to require the state Department of Transportation to ...

Talks resume in lawsuits over sex abuse by Ohio State doctor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers are resuming mediation toward a potential settlement in lawsuits against Ohio State by men who collectively allege two decades of sexual misconduct by a now-deceased team doctor. Nearly 250 men are plaintiffs in about a dozen lawsuits against the university over ...

Wright State University names provost as its next president

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — Wright State University has named its provost as the school's next president. The university's Board of Trustees announced in a release Monday that Provost Susan Edwards will assume the presidency of the school in southwestern Ohio on Jan. 1. She will succeed President ...

British subsidiary to establish HQ for Americas in Cleveland

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A subsidiary of an international business headquartered in London plans to build its Americas headquarters in Cleveland. London Stock Exchange Group's ELITE business services initiative announced the deal Monday in collaboration with JobsOhio, a private nonprofit ...

Ohio plans to increase payments to relatives caring for kids

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio plans to increase payments to approved relatives caring for children who were taken from their parents even when the family members aren't licensed caregivers, as more kids are being removed from their homes amid the opioid ...

Developers plan luxury hotel in basket-shaped building

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — Developers plan to turn the iconic, basket-shaped building in Ohio that was once headquarters for The Longaberger Company into a hotel. One of the developers who bought the seven-story building in Newark in 2017 announced plans Monday to transform it into a luxury hotel ...

Man sentenced to 10 years to life in sex assault of girl, 11

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A man who authorities say sexually assaulted and impregnated an 11-year-old girl has been sentenced to 10 years to life in prison in Ohio. The Canton Repository reports 27-year-old Juan Leon-Gomez, a Guatemalan citizen in the country illegally, pleaded guilty to rape and ...

2nd ex-manager at plant sentenced in worker’s death

CLEVELAND (AP) — A second former manager at an Ohio manufacturing plant has been sentenced for what authorities say was an attempt to cover up circumstances surrounding a worker's 2012 death. The Warren Tribune Chronicle reports Paul Love, former safety coordinator at Extrudex Aluminum near ...

Ohio court hears fight about ‘takeovers’ of troubled schools

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A law that changed how Ohio intervenes in repeatedly poor-performing school districts should be found unconstitutional, a school board and school employees' unions argued Wednesday in front of the state's Supreme Court. At issue is a ...