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Singing Ohio inmates connect with ill South African children

By PATRICK COOLEY, The Columbus Dispatch MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — For a few brief minutes each month, two groups of very different people are able to bridge the thousands of miles between them and the life-altering circumstances that bind them. A flat-screen TV and a Skype connection links ...

Ohio waste district educates residents on proper recycling

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio solid waste district has launched a campaign to teach residents proper recycling techniques because of a growing amount of contaminated recyclables. Christie Snyder is a spokeswoman for the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Solid Waste District in northeastern Ohio. ...

Demonstrators oppose plan to demolish closed Toledo church

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Politicians, residents and community activists are fighting a plan to demolish a long-shuttered Roman Catholic church in Ohio. Demonstrators urged the Diocese of Toledo on Saturday to reconsider its decision to tear down St. Anthony Church, once the parish home for many ...

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 ...