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Governor: Ohio plan to clean Lake Erie will work, take time

Nov. 14, 2019 6:35 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s new strategy to combat the toxic algae plaguing Lake Erie will focus on reducing agriculture runoff that feeds the yearly outbreaks by offering farmers financial incentives to change their practices, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday. The plan is the first time the state has...

State agency says Ohio suicide deaths rose 45% since 2007

Nov. 14, 2019 12:22 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of suicides in Ohio increased 45% from 2007 to 2018 amid a growing national public health crisis, according to a report released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Health. Health Department Director Dr. Amy Acton said suicide has also increased by more than 50% in young...

Police chief says 'hearts are broken' over slain detective

Nov. 12, 2019 6:34 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police chief says hearts are broken over the death of a detective shot while serving a drug-related warrant. Dayton Chief Richard Biehl called Det. Jorge Del Rio a "noble, selfless public servant" during funeral services Tuesday for the 30-year police veteran at the University...

Editorials from around Ohio

Nov. 11, 2019 4:45 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Democrats should support DeWine's better-than-nothing gun bill The Columbus Dispatch Nov. 9 Gov. Mike DeWine's "STRONG Ohio" gun-control plan isn't all we hoped it would be. It isn't all that most Ohioans want. But if it were to become...

Ohio governor signs repeal of state sales tax on tampons

Nov. 7, 2019 5:27 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has signed into law a measure repealing Ohio's sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products. The Republican governor signed the measure Wednesday. It was included in another bill that provides a tax credit to teachers who buy school supplies....

Governor signs measure to strengthen amusement ride safety

Nov. 7, 2019 1:31 AM EST

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...

Editorials from around Ohio

Nov. 4, 2019 8:02 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Why is 'stand your ground' necessary? Akron Beacon Journal Nov. 2 The numbers are staggering. In 2017, the most recent year for which we have complete data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39,773 people died in the...

Class of 2019 to be inducted in Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame

Nov. 4, 2019 6:47 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame will honor 20 veterans at this year's annual induction ceremony. Members of the 2019 class will be inducted Thursday, at the Radiant Life Church in the Columbus suburb of Dublin. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine and the Deborah Ashenhurst, director of the...

State must talk to Medicaid recipients before coverage drop

Nov. 2, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio residents who will face work requirements to continue receiving Medicaid health care coverage won't lose their benefits until after they have spoken to a caseworker, according to a proposed state plan. And if case workers determine eligibility should be terminated, a review will...

Ohio prison inmate pleads guilty to spree of mailed threats

Oct. 31, 2019 2:01 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio inmate has pleaded guilty in federal court to mailing more than a dozen threatening letters he claimed contained anthrax or fentanyl but proved to be harmless powder. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Columbus said 36-year-old Sean Heisa offered his plea Wednesday to charges of...