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Ohio prison system investigates suspected inmate overdoses

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says it's investigating a series of nonfatal drug overdoses of inmates at a central Ohio prison this weekend. Grant Doepel (DOH'-puhl), a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, on Tuesday confirmed the investigation at Pickaway ...

Bipartisan effort launched to update Ohio crime laws

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers are teaming up with the Ohio prisons agency to announce a bipartisan effort to update the state's criminal justice laws. The announcement coming Wednesday is one of a series of efforts over the past few years to change how Ohio punishes offenders as a way of ...

Ohio University board to officially choose 21st president

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio University trustees are ready to officially choose the school's 21st president. Three of four finalists withdrew their candidacies, leaving former Texas Tech University President Duane Nellis as the only remaining candidate. Nellis also served as president of the ...

Costs may go up for Ohio license plates, driver’s licenses

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio drivers may be paying more to get their license plate or driver's license under proposed changes to the state transportation budget. One change proposed Tuesday by the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Committee would allow county commissioners to levy a new $5 ...

Fiery crash leaves 1 dead, 3 hurt in Akron

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Akron say a multiple vehicle crash has left one person dead and three injured. Fire officials say an accident involving four vehicles caused another collision involving two cars near the U.S. Route 224 and Interstate 77 exit ramp around 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday. ...

Toledo City Council votes to fund more police body cameras

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toledo city officials have voted to fund the purchase of more body cameras for police. WTOL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2kL1zFg ) that Toledo City Council voted unanimously to allocate $156,000 in grant money toward body cameras for the police department late Tuesday. Lt. ...

Court considers constitutionality of Ohio execution process

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday over the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again. At issue is whether a contested sedative, ...

Police: 4 teens wounded in 2 separate shootings in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Four teenagers have been wounded in two separate shootings in Cleveland. Police say two 14-year-old girls and a 17-year-old boy were shot Monday night in the city. Witnesses tell police that the shots were fired from a car with tinted windows. The teens were taken to area ...

Ohio bill would require teaching cursive writing in schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some state lawmakers want to bring back cursive handwriting as a requirement in Ohio's elementary schools. Republican Reps. Andrew Brenner and Marilyn Slaby have proposed legislation that would again make cursive instruction mandatory between kindergarten and fifth ...

Ohio State museum asks public to help buy dinosaur skeleton

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A geological museum at Ohio State University wants to buy a new dinosaur skeleton for its collection, and it's hoping the public will pitch in to make that happen. The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2m0tIIv ) reports the Orton Geological Museum is aiming to raise ...