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Oklahoma AG calls company ‘kingpin’ in state’s opioid crisis

By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson was a "kingpin" company that helped fuel the most devastating public health crisis in Oklahoma history, the state attorney general argued Monday during the close of his case against the opioid ...

Trial starts for supervisors in Ohio police shooting

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — A trial is underway for a Cleveland police supervisor accused of failing to properly manage a chase that ended with two unarmed black people being killed in a barrage of police gunfire. The supervisor is facing misdemeanor charges related to the 2012 chase that ...

Court says Catholic school can challenge competition rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is keeping the door open for a court challenge of reforms aimed at leveling the playing field for public and private school sports teams. The court on Tuesday ruled that a Hamilton County judge can properly consider a challenge by a Catholic ...

Ohio lawmakers hashing out state budget are set to reconvene

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers who have been negotiating Ohio's next two-year state budget were set to reconvene Tuesday, a day before the extended deadline for the House and Senate to pass the $69 billion spending plan. The conference committee was scheduled to meet late Tuesday afternoon ...

Judge overseeing opioid lawsuits orders release of some data

MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — A look at how the opioid crisis grew and spread may be much clearer soon after a federal judge overseeing nearly 2,000 lawsuits filed against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of prescription painkillers ordered the release of data ...

Coroners raise new concerns after July overdose death spike

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio coroners are raising new warnings following a spike in drug overdose deaths. Ten overdose deaths were reported through Wednesday in Montgomery County, which is home to Dayton. That number compares with a total of 18 deaths in all of June. Montgomery County Coroner ...

States, provinces OK plan to protect Great Lakes from carp

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — U.S. states and Canadian provinces have endorsed a plan to build up defenses on an Illinois waterway in hopes of keeping invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. A resolution issued Wednesday by the region's eight governors and two premiers supports a U.S. ...

Expect another huge blob of algae on Lake Erie this summer

Expect another huge blob of algae on Lake Erie this summer By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Scientists are likely to warn that another massive harmful algae bloom will blanket western Lake Erie this summer when they release their forecast on Thursday. Researchers are ...

Lottery: Ohio racinos’ slots revenue tops $1B for first time

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lottery officials say annual gambling revenue from slot machines at Ohio's seven racinos has topped $1 billion for the first time. The Ohio Lottery Commission recently reported that revenue from the video lottery terminals at racinos for fiscal year 2019, which ...

New memorial would honor slain journalists

By The Associated Press Three U.S. senators want a new memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor journalists killed in the line of duty. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is joining Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland and fellow Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio on legislation that ...