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Few statehouses feature memorials to actual historical women

Jan. 16, 2020 12:20 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Statehouse would join a small number of others around the country with outdoor monuments dedicated to real women in U.S. history under a proposal Thursday to create a memorial to Ohio women who fought for voting rights. Currently, all statues of historical figures outside the...

Port Clinton Police Chief Rob Hickman talks Harley Dilly, 14, who has been missing since Dec. 20. during a press conference Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Port Clinton, Ohio Police say the body of Dilly, who had been missing for more than three weeks, was found stuck in a chimney of a vacant home in his neighborhood. (Jeremy Wadsworth/The Blade via AP)

Teen missing for weeks found dead in vacant home's chimney

Jan. 14, 2020 2:57 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A three-week-long search for a missing Ohio teenager who was last seen walking to school ended after authorities announced Tuesday they found his body trapped inside the chimney of a vacant house near his home. Authorities said 14-year-old Harley Dilly's death is currently being...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2019 file photo, Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley speaks to members of the media outside Ned Peppers bar in the Oregon District after a mass shooting that occurred early Sunday morning in Dayton.  With a period of around 10 weeks, Dayton dealt with a Ku Klux Klan rally, a string of devastating tornadoes, and a mass shooting that killed nine people.  Whaley says those events reflect a lack on action on national issues of white supremacist activity, climate change and gun violence. Her end-of-the-year reflections include searing memories of the natural disaster and attack as she looks ahead to a year dedicated to “healing and transformation.” (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Ohio mayor reflects on turbulent year of shooting, tornadoes

Dec. 27, 2019 3:51 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — As she considers all that has happened to her Ohio city in 2019, Dayton's mayor sees a cautionary tale for the rest of the country. “I think about how Dayton is the tip of the spear on national issues that have gone unabated,” Nan Whaley said during a recent interview. ...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016, file photo, Ohio Democratic Senate candidate and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland gives his concession speech during the Ohio Democratic Party's election-night watch party in Columbus, Ohio. Strickland is endorsing Joe Biden for president. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland endorses Biden for president

Dec. 17, 2019 12:00 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has endorsed Joe Biden for president, promising important support from the state's industrial working class regions while highlighting some of the former vice president's potential challenges in the state. Strickland, who led the state from 2007 to...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, voters cast their ballots, in Gates Mills, Ohio. An Associated Press review has found that thousands of Ohio voters were held up or stymied in their efforts to get absentee ballots by mail in 2018's general election because of a missing or mismatched signature on their ballot application. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

AP Exclusive: Thousands of Ohio absentee applications denied

Dec. 16, 2019 1:38 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands of Ohio voters were held up or stymied in their efforts to get absentee ballots for last year’s general election because of missing or mismatched signatures on their ballot applications, an Associated Press review has found. The signature requirement on such...

Abortion bill suggests doctors reimplant ectopic pregnancies

Dec. 4, 2019 1:36 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio proposal aimed at outlawing abortions would present some doctors with the choice between facing potential criminal prosecution or attempting a procedure considered medically impossible: the reimplantation of an ectopic pregnancy. A doctor who terminates a pregnancy could face...

In this Oct. 29, 2019, photo, Donnesha Cooper touches a photo of her daughter, Alianna DeFreeze, in Cleveland. Her daughter’s murder and the murder of Reagan Tokes had a lot in common. Yet only one victim got a law with her name on it, Tokes, who was white. An Associated Press analysis found that more than 8 in 10 stand-alone laws named for victims of violent crime identified since 1990 honored white victims or groups of victims that included at least one white person. That has left black victims such as DeFreeze underrepresented by such laws. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Black victims underrepresented in named violent crime laws

Dec. 3, 2019 1:35 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The slayings of Reagan Tokes and Alianna DeFreeze had much in common. Both were abducted, raped and killed in Ohio in 2017. Tokes was a 21-year-old college student, DeFreeze a 14-year-old seventh grader. Both their killers were previously convicted sex offenders. Yet only one victim got a...

In this Oct. 29, 2019, photo, Donnesha Cooper touches a photo of her daughter, Alianna DeFreeze, in Cleveland. Her daughter’s murder and the murder of Reagan Tokes had a lot in common. Yet only one victim got a law with her name on it, Tokes, who was white. An Associated Press analysis found that more than 8 in 10 stand-alone laws named for victims of violent crime identified since 1990 honored white victims or groups of victims that included at least one white person. That has left black victims such as DeFreeze underrepresented by such laws. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Black victims underrepresented in named violent crime laws

Dec. 3, 2019 1:31 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The slayings of Reagan Tokes and Alianna DeFreeze had much in common. Both were abducted, raped and killed in Ohio in 2017. Tokes was a 21-year-old college student, DeFreeze a 14-year-old seventh grader. Both their killers, previously convicted sex offenders, were subsequently found...

Report: Lobbyists aided lawmakers with health care columns

Dec. 2, 2019 4:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lobbyists were involved in drafting or revising opinion columns about health care written by state lawmakers in Montana and Ohio, officials said. Lobbyists were involved in producing the final versions of articles warning of the dangers of Medicare-for-all and other government involvement...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Minnesota players celebrate with the Paul Bunyan Axe trophy after beating Wisconsin 37-15 in an NCAA college football game, in Madison, Wis. More than Paul Bunyan’s Axe is on the line in college football’s most-played rivalry. The winner of Saturday’s game between No. 9 Minnesota and No. 13 Wisconsin wins a division title, and plays No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten title game. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)

Sorry, Ohio St-Michigan, Wisconsin-Minnesota is biggest game

Nov. 27, 2019 12:12 PM EST

No conference loves a good rivalry more than the Big Ten. There are 17 trophy games recognized by the conference, after all. No trophy is necessary for the biggest rivalry: Ohio State-Michigan is just known as “The Game.” This year, however, Wisconsin-Minnesota takes center stage. The game for Paul...