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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Ohio Secretary of State Frank Larose speaks at the Ohio Republican Party event, in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio Democratic Party filed a lawsuit against LaRose on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in an attempt to force an expansion of ballot dropboxes ahead of the November election. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Dispute over Ohio drop box limit ends as advocates drop suit

Oct. 23, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coalition of voter advocacy groups dropped a lawsuit Friday against Ohio's strict rule limiting ballot drop boxes to one location per county, a coup for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign in a key battleground state less than two weeks before the election. The A. Philip...

Manager killed, employee wounded in shooting at Ohio eatery

Oct. 23, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A shooting at a White Castle restaurant early Friday left the manager dead and an employee wounded, police said. The manager, Amanda Rush, 30, was pronouced dead at the scene at the restaurant on West Broad Street. The other employee was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not...

7 plead guilty ito pharmacy break-ins in Tennessee, Ohio

Oct. 23, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Seven people have pleaded guilty in a string of dozens of pharmacy burglaries in Tennessee and Ohio, federal prosecutors said. The U.S. attorney's office said six of the seven defendants will serve between three years and six months to 15 years in prison after they pleaded guilty to...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2017, file photo, Jeanne Moser, center, of East Kingston, N.H., watches as President Donald Trump reaches out to touch a photo of her son, Adam Moser, during an event to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Adam was 27 when he died from an apparent fentanyl overdose. The coronavirus outbreak and the Trump administration's response to the pandemic have been a dominating theme in this year's presidential race. That has overshadowed debate over how to handle the nation's drug overdose crisis, which has contributed to the deaths of more than 470,000 Americans over the last two decades. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race

Oct. 21, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Like millions of Americans, Diane Urban watched the first presidential debate last month at home with her family. When it was over, she turned off the television and climbed into the bed her 25-year-old son Jordan used to sleep in. It was where she found Jordan's lifeless body after...

FILE - In this April 27, 2010, file photo, U.S. Senate candidate Jennifer Brunner, D-Ohio, speaks with supporters in Toledo, Ohio. Brunner, a state appeals court judge in Columbus, is a former county court judge who served as Ohio Secretary of State from 2007 to 2011. Brunner is running against Republican Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French. (AP Photo/John Seewer, File)

Democrats hope to break Republican hold on Ohio high court

Oct. 21, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

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 of major business groups have endorsed the two Republican...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Oct. 20, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: New Bexley rent rule makes a statement about diversity and inclusion The Columbus Dispatch Oct. 20 As central Ohio struggles with a persistent shortage of affordable housing, it’s good to note how far we’ve come from...

Governor: spiking virus cases endanger in-person learning

Oct. 20, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's spiking coronavirus cases could endanger in-person learning for schoolchildren, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine warned Tuesday in his latest effort to encourage people to take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. At least 16 school districts have scaled back to either hybrid...

FILE - This June 5, 2019 file photo, provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, shows former critical care doctor William Husel. Lawyers for the fired hospital doctor, who has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in 25 patient deaths, have accused the prosecutor of misconduct and asked that the court dismiss the indictment handed down by a grand jury. (Franklin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Doctor asks court to dismiss murder indictment in 25 deaths

Oct. 20, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

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 Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkillers...

FILE — This July 21, 2020 file photo shows former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaving the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme, in Columbus, Ohio. A court hearing is set for Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 for five people, including Householder, following their indictment on a racketeering charge. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Ohio GOP lawmakers favor remake of tainted energy bill

Oct. 19, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There has been limited progress made by Ohio lawmakers who lined up to repeal and possibly replace a tainted $1 billion bailout for two nuclear plants more than two months ago, increasing the likelihood that around 90% of electric customers in the state will see charges for the...

Crew top NYCFC 3-1; clinch playoff spot, end winless streak

Oct. 19, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Artur de Lima Junior and Pedro Santos scored and the Columbus Crew beat New York City FC 3-1 on Sunday night, ending a four-game winless streak and clinching a playoff spot. Artur opened the scoring in the 26th minute with his second career MLS goal and first in the regular season....