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Ohio Senate proposes 6-cent increase to state gas tax

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate on Thursday voted in favor of a proposal to increase the state's gas tax by 6 cents a gallon, down from the House's planned increase of 10.7 cents a gallon and well below the governor's proposed 18-cents a gallon to maintain roads and bridges. The ...

City manager vows to help fix flooded backyard problem

TRENTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio city manager has vowed to fix an issue that is causing some residents' backyards to become ponds of mucky collected rainwater. Trenton resident Sheila Sessler and her neighbors first complained in February that a pair of dry wells for rainwater drainage had ...

Man pleads not guilty in hit-and-run death of pedestrian

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A driver accused in a hit-and-run crash that killed an Ohio man who was outside retrieving his newspaper has pleaded not guilty to charges including vehicular homicide. Fifty-six-year-old Monte Porter III, of Bath Township, also pleaded not guilty Thursday in Akron ...

Caregivers for disabled to see pay increase under proposal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Caregivers for Ohio residents with developmental disabilities could see a higher paycheck under a state-budget proposal. The Columbus Dispatch reports pay for home care workers would increase 11 percent over the next two years to $12.38 an hour. Jeff Davis, director of ...

Trump says GM should re-open Lordstown Plant, sell it

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press LIMA, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday brought his re-election campaign to Ohio — a state essential to his 2020 strategy — touring a military tank plant and telling many of its cheering workers: "You better love me. I ...

Drug doses, deaths spur 26 lawsuits against doctor, hospital

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At least 26 wrongful-death lawsuits are now pending against an Ohio hospital system and a doctor accused of ordering excessive doses of painkillers for dozens of patients who died. The newest cases allege Dr. William Husel (HYOO'-suhl) ordered outsize fentanyl doses for ...

Federal court hearing set for accused police vice officer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A hearing is set in federal court for a vice squad officer in Ohio held without bail on charges of forcing women to have sex with him under threat of an arrest. A federal indictment also accuses Columbus police officer Andrew Mitchell of witness tampering and lying to ...

Police: Human skeletal remains found in ravine

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say human skeletal remains have been found in a ravine in suburban Cincinnati. Assistant Chief Jeffrey Braun of the Delhi Township Police Department says someone who frequently hunts in the area for any antlers shed by deer found the few pieces of human bone ...

Gerrymandering lawsuits are pending in a dozen states

By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press Gerrymandering is on trial as the U.S. Supreme Court and judges in a dozen states consider whether mapmakers — typically state lawmakers — have gone too far in manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts for their own advantage. The high court is ...

House Speaker Pelosi to headline Ohio Democrats’ dinner

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will headline an Ohio Democratic Party fundraising dinner. The state party announced Tuesday that the California Democrat will speak at the annual "legacy dinner" in Columbus on May 17. The Democrats' statement came the day before ...