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Zoo plan for baby hippo: More independence, nix lap naps

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo says its premature baby hippo, Fiona, is getting more independent and now tops 100 pounds (45.36 kilograms), meaning her days of napping on her human caretakers' laps are dwindling. She was born at the zoo in January and weighed just 29 pounds, far below ...

Ohio students tour Goodyear blimp hangar; explore careers

By MONICA L. THOMAS, Akron Beacon Journal MOGADORE, Ohio (AP) — Goodyear hosted a party at the blimp's house Thursday, and about 200 Akron students were the guests. The Akron Public Schools eighth-graders, who make up the LeBron James Family Foundation's first I Promise class, visited the ...

Many governors welcome demise of GOP health care bill

By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Governors of both parties had warned Congress for weeks that the Republican health care bill threatened to saddle their states with big costs and potentially leave millions of people without coverage, especially because of the ...

Judge: Case alleging Ohio ‘segregates’ disabled can proceed

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has rejected requests by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and several state officials to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges the state has effectively segregated people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in ...

Police: Ohio man charged in roommate’s stabbing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man accused of stabbing his roommate has been charged with felonious assault and harassment with a bodily fluid in Ohio's capital city. Columbus Police said Friday that 22-year-old Ezra Cason was charged in the stabbing Thursday of Melanie Chica in a house ...

No grand jury charges in fatal police shooting of Ohio man

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio grand jury on Friday declined to indict two plainclothes officers who fatally shot a man last year they said opened fire on them. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien announced the decision in the June 2016 shooting ...

Attorneys oppose request to schedule 2nd execution attempt

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for a convicted Ohio killer who survived a botched execution attempt in 2009 are opposing a request to set a new execution date. Death row inmate Romell Broom was sentenced to die for abducting, raping and killing 14-year-old Tryna Middleton in Cleveland in ...

Man, woman found shot to death inside Columbus home

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two people have been found shot to death inside a Columbus home. Police say a U.S. Postal carrier "observed signs of criminal activity on the front porch" Wednesday afternoon and called police. When officers arrived they found 39-year-old Donte Moorer and 33-year-old ...

Ohio auditor: Ex-worker didn’t comment on fraud allegations

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state auditor's office says a former deputy director at a southern Ohio halfway house facing fraud allegations didn't respond to an opportunity to comment on the charges. An audit of STAR Community Justice Center in Scioto (sy-OH'-tuh) County says center officials ...

Ohio court rejects request for autopsies of 8 slain

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — An appeals court has rejected a newspaper's request for access to coroner's office evidence regarding eight Ohio massacre victims. The Cincinnati Enquirer asked the Pike County Coroner for preliminary autopsy and investigative notes and other material for the victims ...

Man killed in 2-car crash in Ohio

GRANVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Licking County say a 31-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle crash. Police tell WBNS-TV (http://bit.ly/2naaPRn ) the crash occurred on state Route 661 in McKean Township around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Officials say Thomas Hagley's car was struck when he ...

Columbus area, not Cleveland, has most residents in new data

CLEVELAND (AP) — New U.S. Census Bureau estimates indicate that Ohio's most populous county is no longer the one that includes Cleveland but the one that includes Columbus. The estimates have Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County losing about 5,700 people last year while Franklin County gained ...

US Rep Jim Renacci enters 2018 race for Ohio governor

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci on Monday entered the 2018 governor's race against a potential trio of state officeholders. Renacci, of Wadsworth, sought to position himself as a political outsider alongside three Republicans he ...

Deadline set in case of Ohio mother accused of killing sons

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys in the case of an Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three young sons out of jealousy at the attention her husband gave them have been given a deadline for filing any additional motions. A judge set a May 15 deadline Monday in the case of Brittany ...

Ohio police officers who shot, injured teen won’t be charged

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Police officers who shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy who had an air gun won't face criminal charges. Montgomery County's prosecutor said Monday that a county grand jury declined to indict the two Centerville police officers after hearing testimony and evidence ...

Ohio municipalities challenge law allowing wireless antennas

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A law taking effect Monday that allows telecommunications companies to place wireless antennas on municipal buildings is an unconstitutional violation of cities' rights to control how they regulate such economic activity, ...

Ohio ex-lawmaker convicted of felony theft seeks new trial

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — An ex-lawmaker from northern Ohio who was removed from office after being convicted of felony theft in 2015 is making another attempt at getting a new trial. Sandusky real estate agent and auctioneer Steve Kraus was found guilty of taking antiques from a home ...

New Ohio law: Drivers leave 3-foot gap to pass bicyclists

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new Ohio law requires drivers to allow at least 3 feet of space when passing bicyclists on the road, though some cyclists say it's tough to enforce and not a strong enough deterrent to cars zipping past too closely. Some Ohio cities, including Cincinnati, Cleveland ...

Cleveland has doubts on body cameras for part-time work

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — City officials are wrestling with an order to devise a plan for a pilot project that would require police officers to wear body cameras while moonlighting, citing the potential overtime cost to the city. The city must submit plans for the ...

Ohio lawmakers again seek to eliminate renewable mandates

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Majority Republicans in the state Legislature are again seeking to eliminate the state's renewable energy requirements with a measure similar to one that Republican Gov. John Kasich vetoed last session. The House bill introduced this past week would get rid of mandates ...