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Lawyer for Ohio terrorism suspect seeks reduced sentence

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A reduced prison sentence is appropriate for an Ohio man who tried to help the Islamic State group, a defense attorney argued ahead of a June 7 sentencing, citing the defendant's youth, his remorse and his mental health ...

Ohio medical marijuana program to bring $11 million in fees

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report says Ohio's medical marijuana program will bring in about $11 million in fees even before the system is up and running. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that figure includes about $5.2 million in non-refundable application fees already collected from more than ...

Columbus workers start signing up for free bus passes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Workers in downtown Columbus have begun signing up for free bus passes under a program aimed at boosting bus usage to address traffic and parking issues in Ohio's capital city. The Central Ohio Transit Authority approved what's known as CPASS in March. The $4.5 million ...

Key laws, residents vexed when legislative leaders resign

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When legislative leaders resign midterm, things can get messy. In Ohio, a speaker's departure has led to a stalemate that's brought lawmaking to a standstill. In Kentucky, lawmakers face a lawsuit over a bill they passed while a ...

Auditor wants to be part of case over e-school closure

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's auditor is asking to formally get involved in court proceedings over the dismantling of what used to be the state's largest online charter school. Republican Auditor Dave Yost's office took steps to preserve computer data from the now-closed Electronic Classroom ...

Ohio man guilty in stabbing death of mom with Alzheimer’s

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of his 76-year-old mother who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Michael Gleisinger pleaded guilty in an Akron courtroom on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and failing to care for someone who's impaired. Police ...

Former officer sentenced in assault of 13-year-old boy

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former Cleveland police officer accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy when she worked as a teacher's aide has been sentenced to two years in prison. The boy's mother called Maria Velez a disgrace at her sentencing Tuesday. Velez pleaded guilty in ...

Live grenade found inside home under renovation

MENTOR-ON-THE-LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man renovating a home in Ohio found a live hand grenade inside one of the walls. The man was working on the home in Mentor-on-the-Lake Sunday afternoon when he discovered the grenade. Police say the device was likely from World War II or the ...

Cleveland police plan to recruit more women, minorities

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Police Department plans to hire more women and people of color to better reflect the city's demographics. Cleveland.com reports the recruitment plan draft released Tuesday calls for the department to hire 75 women and 75 minorities by the end of next ...

Kasich signs order promoting technology for disabled

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed an executive order that will ensure disabled people receive more help from advanced technology. Kasich was flanked by a robot named Milo when he signed the order this past week. The initiative is designed to help those who use ...