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Online renewal of driver’s licenses, IDs coming to Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Many Ohioans will be able to renew their driver's licenses or state IDs online instead of at state motor vehicle offices under a measure in the state's new transportation budget. Eligible for the new program are people ages 21 to 65 whose current licenses or IDs were ...

Ohio AG to probe allegations against Columbus Zoo ex-execs

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's top law enforcer placed one of the nation's largest zoos under investigation Thursday after a newspaper reported misuse of assets by two top executives who later resigned. Republican Attorney General Dave Yost placed his ...

Asian neighbors pen letter of fear to Ohio’s lieutenant gov

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of Asian American residents of the suburb that Ohio's Republican lieutenant governor calls home penned a letter to him Wednesday, citing their concerns over a tweet he sent referring to the "Wuhan virus" and ...

FirstEnergy refunds $26M as nuclear bailout repeal is signed

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and JOHN SEEWER Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio electric company under scrutiny for its role in what federal authorities say was a $60 million bribery and corruption scheme said it will refund $26 million to customers that it collected through a tainted ...

Columbus mayor vows next police chief will come from outside

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Columbus confronts a years-in-the-making reckoning over claims of police brutality and racism, its next police chief will be able to hire their own leadership team, a first for the department in Ohio's capital and largest ...

A look at Ohioans facing charges in the US Capitol siege

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than 300 supporters of former President Donald Trump have been charged in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, including members of far-right extremist groups. At least 17 of those cases, including one announced Monday, involve Ohio residents identified ...

Pandemic masks ongoing child abuse crisis as cases plummet

By SALLY HO and CAMILLE FASSETT Associated Press LANSFORD, Pa. (AP) — Ava Lerario lived in a home marked by both love and chaos, even before the walls of the pandemic started closing in on her fractured family. Sandwiched between two brothers, the 9-year-old was her father's princess, and ...

Former governor, 2 ex-mayors to lead new policy foundation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Republican governor of Ohio and two former big-city mayors who are Democrats have come together to lead a new foundation that will provide policy and research help to a group of Ohio's largest cities and suburbs. Republican Gov. Bob Taft, former Columbus Mayor ...

‘That lady is drunk!’ Court weighs citizen tip validity

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The legal authority of a shouted tip to a state trooper about an impaired driver — "That lady is drunk!" — is before the Ohio Supreme Court in a question over constitutional protections from illegal search and seizure. At ...

Cops: Man who spurred deadly chase was wanted on warrants

BETHEL TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — A driver who led police on a high-speed chase before he crashed into another vehicle, killing himself and the other driver, was wanted for felonious assault and child abuse/endangering charges, authorities said. The crash occurred around 8 a.m. Tuesday at the ...