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Ohio GOP Senate hopeful: Middle class doesn’t pay fair share

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mike Gibbons, a leading Republican Senate candidate from Ohio, said at a media event last fall that middle-class Americans don't pay "any kind of a fair share" of income taxes. "The top 20% of earners in the United States pay 82% of federal income tax — and, if you do ...

Ohio Right to Life backs JD Vance for open US Senate seat

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican JD Vance received the coveted endorsement Thursday of Ohio's oldest and largest anti-abortion group, Ohio Right to Life. The announcement could distinguish the venture capitalist and author of "Hillbilly Elegy" with GOP primary voters in the crowded race to ...

Cleveland seeks to expunge 4K minor marijuana convictions

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland officials have asked city judges to expunge 4,000 minor misdemeanor marijuana convictions, joining other U.S. cities, counties and states that have made similar moves. City officials filed motions with the Cleveland Municipal Court on Wednesday to expunge the ...

Motion to disqualify judge filed in doctor’s murder trial

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The weekslong trial of an Ohio doctor charged in multiple hospital deaths hit a bump in the road this week after a motion was filed seeking to disqualify the judge overseeing the case. Dr. William Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkillers for 14 patients in the ...

Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs retires abruptly, blames fight over maps

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs announced his sudden retirement on Wednesday, declaring himself a casualty of "the circus" over Ohio's still-unresolved congressional map. The six-term congressman from Amish Country exits a primary race in northeast Ohio that, under new ...

FACT FOCUS: Josh Mandel Senate campaign ad scrutinized

As early primary voting began in the Midwestern battleground state of Ohio on Tuesday, social media users questioned the authenticity of a photo used in a campaign ad by U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel. In the ad, the former state treasurer invokes Martin Luther King Jr. and his own time as a ...

Ohio legislation eases state regulation of some streams

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State regulation of streams that flow temporarily after rainfall would be restricted under proposed Ohio legislation months in the works. Construction companies, the mining industry and other business groups say removing so-called ephemeral streams from regulation would ...

Ohio GOP lawmakers push sexual orientation discussion ban

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio educators would be banned from teaching about sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, under newly introduced Republican legislation that mirrors a recently passed Florida law dubbed "Don't Say Gay" by critics. The Ohio legislation ...

Hundreds line streets at funeral of fallen Marine

LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — Residents of a Massachusetts city turned out in force Tuesday for the funeral of a U.S. Marine officer who died last month during a NATO training exercise in Norway and was known for his infectious smile and commitment to serve. Capt. Ross Reynolds' casket was ...

GOP leaders: No contempt in 4th set of Ohio legislative maps

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's two most powerful legislators told the Ohio Supreme Court on Monday that they should not be held in contempt for leading the charge to push through a fourth set of GOP-drawn legislative maps to meet a court-imposed deadline. In a filing by Republican Attorney ...