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“No place left to hide”: Ohio virus cases continue to surge

By FARNOUSH AMIRI and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gave a grave warning Thursday as nearly every county in the state was at a high-risk level for coronavirus infections. "There is no place left to hide," he said. The ...

Ohio utility at center of $60 million bribery case fires CEO

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A power company under investigation for its role in an alleged $60 million bribery scheme involving one of Ohio's most powerful politicians fired its chief executive following an internal review. FirstEnergy Corp. said its investigation ...

Ohio chief justice urges caution as coronavirus cases spike

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Judges must continue adhering to strict health precautions as Ohio sees record-high numbers of coronavirus cases, the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court warned Friday. Mask wearing, temperature taking, sanitizing and socially distancing are mandatory practices to ...

Man accused of killing wife, 2 kids acquitted on all counts

LONDON, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of killing his wife and two children in an arson fire at their Ohio home in 2008 was acquitted Thursday of all charges by a three-judge panel that heard the case. Peter Romans, 60, of London, faced aggravated murder, murder and aggravated arson charges. He ...

2 Ohio political operatives plead guilty in bribery probe

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio political operatives pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that they conspired as part of what another defendant called an "unholy alliance" aimed at bailing out two aging Ohio nuclear power plants, court documents ...

Boat parades, road rallies buoy Trump and his supporters

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — When a flotilla of pontoon and fishing boats decked out with "Trump 2020" flags cruised past him this summer, Dale Fullenkamp got an idea. "I figured I don't have a boat, but I do have a tractor," he said. Soon he was leading nearly 300 ...

Ohio files complaint on ex-House speaker’s campaign spending

By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a complaint Friday with the state Elections Commission over the former Ohio House speaker's use of more than $900,000 in campaign contributions to pay attorneys defending him in a federal racketeering ...

13-year-old girl shot, wounded inside vehicle parked at mall

SPRINGDALE, Ohio (AP) — A 13-year-old girl was found shot and wounded in a vehicle parked at a mall in southwestern Ohio, authorities said. The shooting in Springdale occurred Friday night, but it wasn't clear if it happened in the Tri-County mall lot or another location. Authorities ...

Democrats hope to break Republican hold on Ohio high court

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic challengers are hoping to upend Republicans' majority on the Ohio Supreme Court in a pair of races this November that feature familiar debates over the role justices should play in interpreting state law. A coalition ...

Vendor says Ohio, Pennsylvania ballot backlogs caught up

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The printing and mailing of 2.4 million delayed ballots across Ohio and Pennsylvania is all caught up, the vendor responsible for the backlog announced Tuesday. Cleveland-based Midwest Direct said in a statement that extra staff, ...

Democrats ask Supreme Court to rule on elections board seat

By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court will consider whether Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose was justified in refusing to appoint a Democratic Party official to a county elections board seat, citing a voter fraud accusation from four years ...

Doctor asks court to dismiss murder indictment in 25 deaths

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers for the Ohio hospital doctor charged with murder in 25 patient deaths accused the prosecutor of misconduct and asked Tuesday that the court dismiss the indictment handed up by a grand jury. Former intensive care doctor William ...

Regents pick Bowling Green official to lead UW-Stevens Point

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System leaders on Tuesday announced they've selected a Bowling Green State University administrator to lead UW-Stevens Point. The Board of Regents announced it unanimously approved hiring Thomas to serve as chancellor at the central Wisconsin ...

Men abused by Ohio State doctor call for NCAA investigation

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some of the men alleging decades-old sexual abuse by an Ohio State team doctor are asking the NCAA and the Big Ten conference to investigate the university and force changes to protect student-athletes in the future, suggesting that ...

Ohio voter registration hits near record, led by Dem surge

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly 8.1 million Ohioans are signed up to vote in the November election, a near record, the latest figures from the state elections chief show. The presidential battleground state has never seen more registered voters, other than in 2008, when Democrat Barack Obama ...

Ohio inmates’ gun penalties under review after court ruling

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An undetermined number of Ohio inmates who are serving additional time because firearms were involved in their crimes could see their sentences reduced in light of a recent court ruling, a top lawyer for the state prison system told ...

Campaign for Holocaust education for students, public

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — Two organizations in Ohio are providing public discussions, material for educators and a documentary series about the Holocaust to educate residents and students. The Maltz Museum in Cleveland and the Holocaust & Humanity Center in Cincinnati are calling the ...

Voters to receive replacements after wrong Ohio ballots sent

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voters in the county that is home to Ohio's capital who received the wrong absentee ballots will be mailed corrected replacement ballots, the county elections board said Wednesday. The Franklin County Elections Board in Columbus ...

Ruling on Ohio ballot boxes contradicts GOP elections chief

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge in Cleveland on Tuesday broadly interpreted a new Ohio directive allowing ballot drop boxes at locations "outside" boards of elections as permitting them at multiple locations within a county, a finding that runs ...