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Ohio News

Governor: fines to remain for COVID rule-breaking businesses

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Refunding fines to Ohio businesses cited for violating public health orders during the coronavirus pandemic would send a "horrible" message to the vast majority of companies that followed the rules, GOP Gov. Mike DeWine said ...

Columbus officer who killed Andre Hill wants trial moved

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Extensive publicity about the December police killing of Andre Hill makes it impossible to convene a fair jury locally and so the trial should be moved, an attorney representing Adam Coy, the ex-Columbus officer charged in Hill's ...

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author JD Vance joins US Senate campaign

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press The venture capitalist and author of "Hillbilly Elegy" officially joined the crowded Republican race for the Ohio U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Rob Portman. JD Vance, whose book was widely seen in 2016 as helping explain Republican Donald Trump's appeal to ...

Dogs on display: Museum fetes 200 years of cartoon canines

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a 1970 Beetle Bailey comic strip, the character known as Sarge berates his uniform-wearing dog, Otto, for a paperwork mistake. "Think, Otto, think!!" Sarge says. "We can't all be Snoopy," a dejected Otto replies. This ...

Chief seen putting KKK note on Black officer’s desk retires

SHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police chief seen in a surveillance video putting a note saying "Ku Klux Klan" and a jacket displayed like a KKK robe and hood on a Black officer's desk has retired. Anthony Campo resigned shortly after Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring confronted him on ...

DeWine criticizes GOP advancing transgender girl sports ban

By FARNOUSH AMIRI and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Republican governor questioned Friday the need for a legislative ban on transgender girls competing in sports, pushing back on GOP lawmakers attempt to pass the controversial ...

EXPLAINER: Ohio’s uneven response to moratorium challenges

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire July 31, after the Biden administration extended the date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in ...

Ohio proposals would let high schoolers redo pandemic year

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The pandemic made Jake Gregg's senior year of high school very different than anticipated. He got by enough to graduate, but now the 19-year-old Ohioan wants a redo. The Wheelersburg quarterback aspires to play football in college ...

GOP-backed bill clamping down on protesters in Ohio advances

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A GOP-backed bill aiming to expand the definition of obstructing justice in Ohio to include failure to follow a lawful order or diverting a law enforcement officer's attention moved forward Thursday. Republican ...

Teen killed in shooting outside Columbus recreation center

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A shooting outside a recreation center in Ohio's capital city has left a teenage girl dead, authorities said. Makenzi Ridley, 17, was shot around 8:45 p.m. Thursday at the Far East Community Center in Columbus. She was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead there a ...