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Commissioners say counties should control opioid lawsuits

Sep. 21, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio county commissioners say counties should have control of any settlement money derived from lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies. The County Commissioners Association of Ohio voted unanimously Friday to oppose giving the state attorney general...

Ohio injured worker plans $1.5B in dividends for employers

Sep. 21, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's insurance fund for injured workers tells employers to watch their mailboxes as it prepares to send out dividend checks totaling around $1.5 billion. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation says strong investment returns, fewer injury claims and agency cost savings are behind...

Report: Ohio conducted executions after drugmakers' warnings

Sep. 18, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report says Ohio went ahead with executions in recent years even after drugmakers threatened to cut off supplies if medications were used for lethal injection. Copies of letters obtained by The Columbus Dispatch show drugmakers warned Ohio officials going back to at least 2015. The...

Over 3,600 Ohioans reach out to governor after mass shooting

Sep. 18, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than 3,600 people have written letters, emails and made phone calls to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in the month following the deadly mass shooting in Dayton. The Columbus Dispatch reports many of those contacting DeWine have personal connections to the Aug. 4 shooting in which the...

Ohio Senate committee to hear from gun legislation sponsors

Sep. 17, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio Senate committee will hear from Democrats and a Republican who are sponsoring legislation that includes expanding background checks for most firearm purchases and a "red flag" law designed to keep guns from people seen as a threat to themselves or others. Sen. Cecil Thomas, a...

Editorials from around Ohio

Sep. 16, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Parental behavior threatens high school sports The Canton Repository Sept. 15 Which highly successful high school coach will be the next to say, "I'm done. I've had enough of parents."? Equally as possible: Which coach, no matter the level...

Judge allows destruction of expired Ohio lethal drug supply

Sep. 16, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge is allowing an Ohio prison pharmacist to destroy the state's supply of expired lethal injection drugs. The decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Merz in Dayton on Friday follows the state's request to eliminate the three-drug supply. The state's request was...

Ohio receives $17.8 million to study self-driving vehicles

Sep. 15, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has received $17.8 million to generate data on self-driving vehicles, an area of research in which the state is already playing a prominent role, according to the state's U.S. senators. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican Sen. Rob Portman said the grant, announced this...

Death penalty hearing scheduled for 1985 murder of Boy Scout

Sep. 14, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments later this year about whether an Ohio man should be executed for the torture, rape and murder of a 12-year-old Boy Scout. Danny Lee Hill was sentenced to death for the 1985 slaying of Raymond Fife. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

Appeals court: Ohio lethal injection method constitutional

Sep. 11, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal appeals court says Ohio's current lethal injection system does not pose an unconstitutional risk of suffering to condemned inmates. The court says the potential for suffocation posed by the three-drug method does not qualify as the type of "severe pain and needless...