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Districts scramble as governor orders schools closed 3 weeks

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday ordered Ohio schools closed for three weeks beginning at the end of the day Monday to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. A look at the decision: LENGTH The order takes effect at the close of ...

Ex-jail officer who assaulted female inmates gets 20 years

POMEROY, Ohio (AP) — A former jail officer in Ohio convicted of sexually assaulting or trying to sexually assault a dozen female inmates and probationers has been sentenced to 20 1/2 years in prison. Former Meigs County corrections officer Larry Tucker was convicted in May on charges of ...

Progressive challenger seeks to unseat Ohio congresswoman

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four-term U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, a Democrat in a reliably blue central Ohio district, is facing one of her stiffest challenges Tuesday, from a political newcomer positioned at the party's far left. Democrat Morgan Harper, 36, has ...

Indicted Cincinnati council member resigns under pressure

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati City Council member resigned under pressure Monday less than a week after being indicted on federal charges alleging that she tried to sell her vote. Democrat Tamaya Dennard said in a statement released by her attorney that she ...

2 convicted in slaying of 3-year-old boy on Ohio interstate

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Two men face up to life in prison after being convicted in a shooting on Interstate 75 that killed a 3-year-old as his family headed home from a Thanksgiving gathering. A jury on Monday convicted K'veon Giles, 19, and Matthew Smith, 18, of aggravated murder, murder and ...

Klan group plans another rally in Dayton; mayor upset

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A Ku Klux Klan group that caused tensions with a rally in Ohio last year has applied to hold another one this year. The Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana recently asked for a permit for a Sept. 5 rally in Dayton. Montgomery County's administrator said the application ...

Ohio accepting applications for hemp cultivation, processing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Agriculture began accepting online applications Tuesday from those interested in growing and processing hemp, a strain of the cannabis plant with numerous industrial uses. Applications are for the 2020 growing season. Cultivators are required to ...

Universities follow similar playbook in sex assault response

By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As mass sexual assault scandals, some dating back decades, roil universities across the country, the schools are seemingly drawing from the same playbook in their responses. Whether a large state school like the University of Michigan, or ...

Fans seek John Glenn statue to mark milestones at Statehouse

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fans of the late astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn are working to bring a statue of his likeness to the Ohio Statehouse to mark major future milestones, such as his birthday and the anniversary of his famous space flight. Thursday ...

Ohio governments working to craft unusual opioid bargain

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor, attorney general and dozens of local governments are nearing agreement on divvying up proceeds of a potentially huge settlement with the opioid industry, hoping to avoid mistakes made with the national tobacco ...