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New Ohio poet laureate hopes to celebrate poetry in life

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Author readings in the hushed and reverent atmospheres of universities and libraries have their place, but they can also discourage potential readers, says Ohio's new poet laureate. "It becomes forbidding and intimidating for ...

Cleveland teenagers train to become future police officers

By ADAM FERRISE, Cleveland.com CLEVELAND (AP) — Rasheeda Ivory wants Cleveland residents to see police officers the way she sees her father. The 17-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. High School student hopes one day she'll show them by wearing a uniform and a badge herself. Ivory, whose ...

Helicopter for utility work crashes into field, killing 2

STONY RIDGE, Ohio (AP) — A utility company helicopter has crashed into a snowy Ohio field, killing the two people on board. A witness reported the crash around midday Monday just south of the Ohio Turnpike in Wood County. The county sheriff's office says the aircraft is affiliated with a ...

Fleeing man falls through frozen lake, is found unresponsive

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of fleeing a crash apparently ran onto a frozen Ohio lake, fell through the ice, and was unresponsive when rescuers pulled him from the water more than an hour later. The man was taken to a hospital Monday afternoon after rescue ...

Lt. Gov. Taylor names Procter & Gamble exec as running mate

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A Republican candidate for Ohio governor Wednesday introduced a veteran Procter & Gamble Co. executive with links to social-conservative causes as her running mate. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor chose Nathan Estruth, the CEO of a plastics ...

Man convicted of causing fatal crash amid suicide attempt

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man has been convicted of aggravated murder for causing a fatal crash in suburban Cleveland while trying to kill himself. Cleveland.com reports that 50-year-old Mark Rafter, of Brooklyn, was found guilty Wednesday. Prosecutors say Rafter was driving nearly 100 mph down ...

Loss of sponsor could close Ohio e-school of 12K students

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The sponsor of one of the nation's largest online charter schools says it's cutting that tie, which could halt the Ohio e-school's operations for its roughly 12,000 students within days. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow's staff and students already knew it might ...

2 men charged in fatal shooting of 9-year-old girl at home

CINCINNATI (AP) — Two young men have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old Cincinnati girl who was killed during a reported home invasion nearly a year ago. Authorities say 18-year-old Azuriah Hoskins Jr. and 19-year-old Ke'von Smith were being held Wednesday on murder charges ...

Tom Luken, Democratic power player in Cincinnati, dies at 92

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former Ohio congressman and Cincinnati mayor who was a Democratic force in a decades-long political career and known for mentoring young politicians such as Jerry Springer has died. Thomas Luken was 92. Luken's son, Charlie Luken, told reporters that his father passed ...

Coal executive’s ‘wish list’ finds success under Trump

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the Trump administration, the head of one of America's largest coal companies sent a four-page "action plan" to the White House calling for rollbacks of Obama-era environmental and mine safety regulations. "We ...

Campus sued over security cost for white nationalist’s visit

By DAN SEWELL and KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — White nationalist Richard Spencer's campus tour organizer is suing the University of Cincinnati's president, saying the school wouldn't rent space for Spencer to speak on campus unless a nearly $11,000 security fee was ...

Lawmaker touts life change since his impaired driving arrest

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker seeking re-election after being convicted of impaired driving says he hasn't had a drink since his early morning arrest 10 months ago. Republican state Rep. Wes Retherford, of Hamilton, tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News that he has made ...

Dennis Kucinich files paperwork to run for Ohio governor

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and DAN SEWELL, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Cleveland mayor and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich filed paperwork Monday indicating plans to join the race to become Ohio's next governor. The outspoken liberal Democrat's filing with the Ohio Secretary of State's ...

Police officer sentenced for drinking alcohol at gun range

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati police officer has pleaded guilty to a probation violation of drinking alcohol during firearms training at a gun range. WXIX-TV reports the judge told 46-year-old Officer David Jenkins "you need to get a handle on it," before sentencing him Monday to continue ...

Inmate, sheriff’s deputy injured amid fight at youth jail

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a sheriff's deputy and a juvenile inmate suffered cuts during a fight at a youth jail in Cleveland. Officers quickly responded to the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center late Monday after a report of a disturbance. A county spokeswoman says 12 inmates were ...

Cincinnati shot-tracker shows most gunfire isn’t reported

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati police say data from high-tech devices installed to track the sound of gunfire in the city show that people call 911 in only about one out of every six of those incidents. The city began using a ShotSpotter system in August that covers the Avondale neighborhood ...

Governor names second Ohio poet laureate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has named the state's second poet laureate to a two-year position. Dave Lucas of Cleveland Heights succeeds the first person to hold that job, Dr. Amit Majmudar, a doctor in suburban Columbus. Lawmakers created the laureate position in 2014. Lucas ...

Panel suggests ride safety review after fatal fair accident

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state advisory board has agreed to form a new committee to review the amusement ride inspection process in an effort to improve the public's perceptions about ride safety after a deadly accident last summer at the Ohio State Fair. Ride operators described the accident ...

City seeks dismissal of lawsuit by robber injured by cop

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland has asked a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a convicted robber who was shot in the back and paralyzed by a police officer because he'd lied during a deposition. Cleveland.com reports 24-year-old Alex Littlejohn said in the deposition he gave a gun used ...

Ohio woman charged for throwing live dog into trash bag

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio woman has been charged with animal cruelty for putting a sickly dog into a trash bag for collection. The Springfield News-Sun reports 53-year-old Tracy Brown, of Springfield, appeared in court Friday and asked for a public defender. Police say Brown ...