Latest Ohio state government News

Ohio official: Opioid settlement should be spent locally

Sep. 18, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Any money Ohio might receive from a settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and other drugmakers should be spent at the local level, the state's top lawyer said Wednesday. Republican Attorney General Dave Yost told reporters that so many of the agencies that are responding to...

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...

Statehouse adds 'ghost posts' to annual haunted tours

Sep. 16, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ghostly apparitions will again descend on the Ohio Statehouse during this year's Haunted Statehouse tours. Ticket sales are underway for the celebration of state history and legend, which features staff members and costumed volunteers leading visitors on a family-friendly excursion...

Wright State agency to lead Air Force partnership effort

Sep. 16, 2019 1:46 AM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A university research corporation in Ohio says it will be the lead agency in a $49 million effort to strengthen the relationship between the Air Force and businesses and universities. Wright State Applied Research Corporation says in a release that it's been selected to lead the U.S....

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...

Lighthouse closes while exterior repaired

Sep. 15, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

MARBLEHEAD, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Department of Natural Resources says one of the state's lighthouses has been closed for exterior repairs. Agency spokeswoman Maureen Kocot says the renovation project at the Marblehead Lighthouse Tower about 50 miles (81 kilometers) east of Toledo began Sept. 3. Kocot says...