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Ohio official says e-school’s founder should repay millions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Ohio seeks to recover over $60 million from a giant online charter school that closed, the attorney general says the school founder and his two businesses should be on the hook for that public funding. Founder Bill Lager's for-profit companies were paid to provide ...

Payday loans, guns among stalled issues at Ohio Statehouse

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Legislature is on summer break after a flurry of activity that included passage of dozens of bills, many sent to the governor, and a few key proposals left in limbo. The pace of the action was accelerated because ...

Trucker dies in fiery collision on I-84 in southern Idaho

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio truck driver was killed in a fiery explosion when two tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 84 in southern Idaho. The Idaho Transportation Department says all lanes of I-84 east of Twin Falls have reopened following Tuesday's collision that ...

Police: Mom drove over baby in car seat in apparent accident

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police near Cincinnati say the mother of a 10-month-old girl sat her down in a car seat on a driveway and then apparently forgot she was there and backed a vehicle over the child, who later died. Police say it appears to be a tragic accident that occurred midday Tuesday in ...

Columbus opens learning center with ‘Smart City’ message

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's capital wants to get smart — and it's launched an interactive learning center to get people to buy in. The Smart Columbus Experience Center opened to the public Saturday. The showroom-style gallery, located in a reclaimed ...

Ohio bill seeks to require notification on transgender kids

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill introduced in the Ohio House would require state teachers and school counselors to notify parents whose children identify as transgender. The Dayton Daily News reports the bill sponsored by two southwest Ohio Republicans seeks to give parents the right to ...

University trying to save its iconic ash trees from borers

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Miami University is attempting to save some of its most iconic ash trees on its idyllic southwest Ohio campus from the destructive emerald ash borer. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports more than 650 ash trees have been infected by the invasive beetle that has ...

Black Ohio lawmaker files complaint over security treatment

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A black Ohio lawmaker who says security at the Statehouse has inappropriately stopped her has filed a complaint with the state Civil Rights Commission. The Columbus Dispatch reports Rep. Emilia Sykes, a 32-year-old Akron Democrat in her second term, says she filed the ...

Store fires worker for message on homeless woman’s cup

CINCINNATI (AP) — An employee at a downtown Cincinnati Dunkin' Donuts who wrote a disparaging message on a homeless woman's cup has been fired. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the disjointed message was first posted on Instagram by a customer and then shared on Facebook by others. It says: ...

Cleveland on pace to hire hundreds more police officers

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — While police departments deal with a shrinking pool of job candidates, Cleveland plans to add several hundred new officers over the next year thanks to an aggressive recruiting plan aimed at making its department look more like the ...