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Ohio News

Lines long as early voting begins amid pandemic precautions

By DAN SEWELL and JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press NORWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Long lines developed early and stayed that way at election boards as early voting began Tuesday in Ohio, which again was in play as a potential swing state, but this time in a pandemic-altered election. Hundreds waited ...

Judge: Energy company can continue donations to lawmakers

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An effort by Ohio's attorney general to block an energy company and its affiliated entities from donating to lawmakers is an infringement of First Amendment rights, a judge ruled Friday. A Franklin County judge ...

Court: Ohio elections chief has leeway to expand drop boxes

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — If Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose wants to expand the number of ballot drop boxes beyond one per Ohio county, he can. But a state appellate court won't force him to do so. That was the essence of a ruling Friday that ...

Ohio voting begins Tuesday, with registration cutoff Monday

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Monday is the deadline for Ohioans to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election, which includes a high-profile contest between Republican President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee. Once registered, voters have the option to vote ...

Judge: Ohio can’t stop nuclear bailout money from being paid

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general can't block the state's nuclear plants from collecting fees on electricity bills even though the law that authorized the bailout money is at the center of a $60 million federal bribery probe, ...

Conservative hoaxers face charges over false voter robocalls

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press Two conservative operatives were charged Thursday in connection with false robocalls that aimed to dissuade Black residents in Detroit and other Democratic-leaning U.S. cities from voting by mail, Michigan's attorney general announced. Jacob Wohl, 22, and ...

Authorities: Man killed, 2 people hurt in Columbus shooting

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A shooting in Ohio's capital city early Friday left a man dead and two other people injured, including a woman who was hospitalized in critical condition. Columbus police responded to the area of Parsons and Woodrow avenues around 2 a.m. after getting an alert through ...

Limit of 1 ballot box per county reaches Ohio appeals court

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio secretary of state's evolving public statements and erratic actions prior to issuing a directive limiting ballot drop boxes to one per county prove his order is not reasonable, the Ohio Democratic Party's lawyer told an ...

Authorities identify driver killed by falling highway sign

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a driver killed on a Cleveland highway when a large metal sign fell on his pickup truck. The crash happened around 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the westbound lanes of Interstate 480 at the State Road exit. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said a ...

Crash kills 2 university students, injures 2

DIAMOND, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a single-car crash on an interstate in Ohio claimed the lives of two university students from Sierra Leone and injured two others. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the car was heading east on IR-76 in Palmyra Township shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday when ...