Ohio News

State tells insurers they can’t block lower drug price talk

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's insurance regulators are telling health insurers not to enforce gag orders that stop pharmacists from telling customers about the lowest drug price available. The Ohio Department of Insurance also is prohibiting charging customers more for their prescription ...

Barge owners: Human error caused Ohio River fertilizer spill

CINCINNATI (AP) — A barge that cracked in half on the Ohio River released more than 400,000 gallons (1.5 million liters) of fertilizer, and now the boat's owners say "human error" caused the spill. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Wednesday that Kentucky issued three environmental violation ...

Kasich renews Ohio membership in bipartisan governors’ group

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Gov. John Kasich restored Ohio's membership in the National Governors Association as he seeks to shore up credibility for bipartisan deal-making that could bolster a 2020 bid for president. An invoice produced in ...

Feds asks to join settlement talks over opioid lawsuits

CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice wants to join settlement talks in federal court involving hundreds of lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers. The government says it can provide information and expertise to parties in the case and facilitate ...

Officials hope youth center inspires, helps students

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Community leaders in suburban Columbus hope a new youth center will help at-risk teens. WBNS-TV reports the Foundations 4 Youth center in Circleville will open Tuesday. The program is a partnership between Circleville City Schools, the Circleville Police Department ...

Teen accused of shooting 2 students opts for trial by judge

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — A teen accused of shooting two students at an Ohio high school will be tried in front of a judge, not a jury. The Springfield News-Sun reports 18-year-old Ely Serna recently waived his right to a jury trial. Serna has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges, ...

Ohio treatment center owner target of Medicaid fraud probe

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — A man viewed as a local superhero with a matching car collection and a penchant for completing daring feats for charity is under investigation for his alleged involvement in a multi-million dollar Medicaid fraud scheme at his two Ohio ...

Marshals arrest Ohio man wanted in ex-girlfriend’s slaying

CLEVELAND (AP) — A fugitive task force has arrested a man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and dumping her body in a garbage can at an abandoned house in Cleveland. A U.S. Marshals Service spokesman says 35-year-old Yaphet Bradley rammed a task force vehicle and tried to flee before ...

Bond reduced for Ohio woman accused in stepfather’s slaying

BELLAIRE, Ohio (AP) — A judge has reduced the bond for an eastern Ohio woman charged with using money from her stepfather's bank account to pay for his murder. The Martins Ferry Times Leader reports a judge on Friday reduced 35-year-old Meredith Broome's bond from $1 million to $20,000 in an ...

Ohio sets catch limits for Lake Erie walleye, yellow perch

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has set its Lake Erie catch limits for walleye this season. The department says that from May 1 until March 1, 2019, the daily bag limit will be six walleye of at least 15 inches in length. The limit is four until April 30. The ...