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Feds outline prosecution of MS-13 gang killings in Ohio

Jul. 29, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A long-running investigation into an Ohio branch of the violent El Salvador-based MS-13 gang, including the solving of eight homicides, neared conclusion Thursday with the sentencing of the last defendant in custody, central Ohio's top federal prosecutor announced. ...

Ohio offering $100 vaccination incentive to state employees

Jul. 29, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State employees will receive $100 for getting the coronavirus vaccine and their spouses will receive $25 if they also get vaccinated, under a new incentive program offered by Gov. Mike DeWine. The Republican governor announced the offer Wednesday...

Group seeks legislation to legalize recreational pot in Ohio

Jul. 27, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pro-marijuana group said it will submit signatures to the Ohio Attorney General's Office on Tuesday in an effort to have the Republican-led Legislature legalize recreational marijuana. Attorney Tom Haren, a spokesperson for the Coalition to...

Ohio University suspends another frat for hazing violations

Jul. 27, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio University has suspended another fraternity for violating hazing rules. The Athens-based school has notified the Delta Pi chapter of Sigma Chi that it has been suspended for four years following an investigation by the school that revealed...

FirstEnergy reevaluates denial of ratepayer funds in bribe

Jul. 26, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Utility giant FirstEnergy Corp. will reevaluate the company's previous denial that it used customer money to fund a $60 million bribery scheme to win legislative approval of a $1 billion bailout for two unprofitable nuclear power plants in Ohio. ...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jul. 26, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

The (Lorain) Morning Journal. July 24, 2021. Editorial: Creative measures for vaccinations must continue Health officials, government and business leaders have been creative when trying to get people to take one of the three novel coronavirus...

FirstEnergy to pay $230M in agreement in Ohio bribery case

Jul. 23, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The energy giant at the center of a $60 million bribery scheme in Ohio admitted Thursday to using dark money groups to fund the effort, and agreed to pay $230 million and other conditions so prosecutors won't forge ahead with a criminal case against the company. ...

Mayor indicted in public corruption case denies charges

Jul. 23, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

WAPAKONETA, Ohio (AP) — A mayor in western Ohio has been indicted on public corruption charges involving business deals with his family and his own company. A county grand jury on Thursday indicted Wapakoneta Mayor Thomas Stinebaugh on charges of theft in office,...

Trump's sway tested in race for open mid-Ohio US House seat

Jul. 23, 2021 07:45 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The crowded Republican primary for an open U.S. House seat in central Ohio is testing the ongoing political sway of former President Donald Trump as his choice in the race, a longtime coal lobbyist, is competing against candidates backed by other conservative leaders,...

TAKEAWAYS: Ex-utility regulator had outsized role in scheme

Jul. 22, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A statement of facts included with FirstEnergy's deferred prosecution agreement announced Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Cincinnati sheds new light on the role a former utility regulator played in a $60 million corruption scheme involving the Akron-based company....