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Wright State University faculty announce October strike date

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — The faculty union at Wright State University in Ohio has set Oct. 1 as a date to strike if its members reject a fact-finder's report. Union president and WSU Lake Campus professor Martin Kich says the strike will happen if at least 60 percent of the members reject the ...

Police agencies split $3M for drug education in schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — About 150 law enforcement agencies around Ohio are sharing in about $3 million in grants for drug use prevention education programs in public schools. The Ohio Attorney General's Office says that funding goes to police and sheriff's offices to create or maintain such ...

Police: Man struck, killed by train

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in northwest Ohio say a man has been struck and killed by a train. WTOL-TV reports 46-year-old Wayne Bell was found dead Sunday morning on CSX railroad tracks in Findlay. Police say a southbound train tried to stop before it struck the Findlay man, who was ...

Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all stores

CINCINNATI (AP) — The nation's largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their impact on the environment. Kroger Co. will start Thursday at its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at ...

Man sentenced for harassing voicemails left at synagogues

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of leaving harassing voicemails at Jewish houses of worship in two Cleveland suburbs has been sentenced to six months in jail and fined $700. Court records show Abdulrahman Abukhalil was sentenced Wednesday on telephone harassment charges. He ...

Ohio measure eases drug crime penalties, may trim sentences

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans will vote in November on whether to reduce penalties for non-violent drug crimes while allowing many current inmates to seek shorter sentences. Issue 1 would reduce purchase, possession or use of a host of drugs, including fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and LSD, from ...

Dad charged in death of baby in hot car pleads not guilty

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man whose 6-month-old daughter died after she was found unresponsive in a hot car last month has pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangering. Christopher Stewart entered his plea Thursday in county court. The 22-year-old Lodi man was indicted this ...

JOANN Fabric creates online petition over tariffs

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The national chain JOANN Fabric and Craft has created an online petition asking customers to support the privately held company's efforts to obtain exemptions for tariffs on products imported from China. A spokeswoman for the Hudson, ...

Anthem insurance will cover medical airlifts in some states

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Anthem health insurance is now covering emergency medical flights in several states, including Missouri. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports an agreement between Anthem and Air Methods transportation became effective Aug. 15. The agreement includes Anthem plan holders in ...

Agents with expired vests vented, prepared for ‘misfortune’

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents and supervisors raised repeated concerns about expired body armor for more than a year before a union grievance was filed this May, public records show. Emails released by Republican ...