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A look at policing settlement terms between Cleveland, DOJ

Cleveland agreed to overhaul its police department under the supervision of an independent monitor in a settlement announced Tuesday with the U.S. Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and other abuses by officers. Some of the settlement's terms: ___ COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT A citywide community police commission will be ...

Powdered alcohol added to Ohio bill banning pure caffeine

A legislative panel in Ohio has changed a bill banning the sale of pure caffeine products to also ban powdered or crystalline alcohol. The House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee amended the caffeine measure Tuesday to include powdered alcohol. The powder is sold online and can be added to any ...

Congress members back bills to phase out plastic microbeads

Two Michigan lawmakers say they and other members of Congress are sponsoring bipartisan legislation to protect the Great Lakes from the damaging effects of plastic microbeads found in some soaps and personal care products. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Rep. Gary Peters announced the measures Tuesday to phase out microbeads in ...

Cleveland, Justice Department reach deal to overhaul police department under federal monitor

Cleveland, Justice Department reach deal to overhaul police department under federal monitor.

Dems look to Ohio budget to restore certain union rights

Democrats in the Ohio Senate say they plan to offer changes to the state budget to allow independent home health care and child-care workers under contract with the state to unionize. Their proposal comes after Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) on Friday rescinded a pair of directives issued by his ...

Senate panel passes bill to move date of Ohio's 2016 primary

An Ohio legislative panel has approved a plan to push back the swing state's 2016 presidential primary election by a week. The bill passed Tuesday by the Senate's State and Local Government Committee would move that primary to March 15. The election is currently set for March 8, the first ...

Ohio legislative proposal would back Pete Rose reinstatement

A resolution urging baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to reinstate former Cincinnati Reds star Pete Rose and make him eligible for the Hall of Fame has had its first hearing in the Ohio Legislature. The Senate State & Local Government Committee heard sponsor testimony on the measure Tuesday. Rose agreed to ...

AP source: Cleveland reaches settlement with US Justice Department over policing

AP source: Cleveland reaches settlement with US Justice Department over policing .

Ohio roadway project to cost nearly 3 times estimated figure

Ohio's largest single roadway construction project and first public-private partnership for a highway will cost taxpayers nearly three times its announced price tag of $429 million, according to financial documents. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1LyKLUA ) the state will pay about $1.2 billion over the life of a 35-year agreement ...

GOP-dominated Ohio county attracts key Democrats for dinner

Ohio's Democratic U.S senator and two candidates trying to join him in Washington will venture into a Republican-dominated county for a party fundraiser. The Warren County Democratic Party says Sen. Sherrod Brown, former Gov. Ted Strickland and Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld are scheduled to speak at its event in Mason ...

Ohio bill would allow patients to get STD meds for partners

A bill in Ohio seeks to expand access to treatment for certain sexually transmitted diseases by allowing doctors to prescribe medication to their patients' partners without examining them. Licensed health professionals in Ohio must first see patients before prescribing them antibiotics. But legislation before state lawmakers would create a limited ...

Editorials from around Ohio

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: The Akron Beacon Journal, May 20 ... For the past 50 years, state law has barred discrimination no matter the number of the housing units. Now there is an effort at the Statehouse to reverse course, the timing ...

Army veteran Jim Farrell, owner of Lawson Flag Supply Co., stands at the register of his business, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. New legislation introduced in Ohio state’s House Ways and Means Committee aims to assist veteran entrepreneurs by providing a 5 percent or $5,000 bid preference to their businesses when competing for state contracts. A joint sponsor of the bill says there is a moral obligation to help those who served their country. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Ohio bill would give state boost to veteran entrepreneurs

Navy veteran Mike Nichols says veteran-owned businesses aren't asking for handouts from the state, but they could use a little help leveling the playing field in competing with non-veterans who may have had more time to get on-the job-experience. Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill to provide a bid preference ...

Ohio lawmakers want to speed up trauma emergency transport

Two Ohio legislators are pushing for changes to how emergency workers deal with trauma victims in hopes to improve patient transportation. Their bill, which is expected to be introduced in the Ohio House soon, would require victims to be transported directly to the closest appropriate trauma center immediately following an ...

A sampling of efforts to fight blight in Appalachia

Efforts to rehabilitate vacant or dilapidated property have sprung up around Appalachia, with states in the region taking varying approaches. While it's common for big cities to have efforts to fight urban blight, it's less common to find extensive networks aimed at remedying abandoned or dilapidated buildings in small towns ...

Ohio bridge project designed to protect endangered mussel

Ohio has designed an $11.8 million construction project to protect a federally endangered mussel species — a creature that's barely the size of a human fingernail. Department of Transportation officials say they accommodated the rayed bean in their plans for re-decking and widening the Interstate 475/U.S Route 23 bridge over ...

Cleveland police chief asks parents to keep kids close, says city will not tolerate violence

Cleveland police chief asks parents to keep kids close, says city will not tolerate violence.

Aeromedical evacuation trainer arrives at Ohio military base

A military transport aircraft fuselage to be used for aeromedical evacuation training has begun arriving at an Air Force base in southwest Ohio. Officials say the C-17 Globemaster III fuselage was dismantled into sections for transportation to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. The sections will be reassembled to provide ...

Marine reserve unit reflects 10 years after Iraq tour

Keith Wightman can tell how much time has passed since his only child was killed in Iraq by looking at a blue spruce he planted in the Marine's honor. The once 3-foot-tall tree in Wightman's yard now stands at 12, maybe 15 feet tall. "The 10 years have flown by," ...

FILE - In this May 16, 2015 file photo, displaced Iraqis from Ramadi cross the Bzebiz bridge after spending the night walking towards Baghdad, as they flee their hometown, 65 km west of Baghdad, Iraq. Islamic State militants seized the center of Ramadi in western Iraq local officials said. Veterans of the Iraq War watched in frustration as Republican presidential contenders have distanced themselves from the original decision their party enthusiastically supported to invade that country. Some veterans say they long ago concluded their sacrifice was in vain, and are annoyed that a party that fervently lobbied for the war is now running from it. Other say they still believe their mission was vital, regardless of what the politicians say. And some find the gotcha question being posed to the politicians _ knowing what we know now, would you have invaded? _ an insult in itself.  (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban, File)

Veterans frustrated by presidential debate on Iraq war

Veterans of the Iraq War have been watching in frustration as Republican presidential contenders distance themselves from the decision their party enthusiastically supported to invade that country. Some veterans say they long ago concluded their sacrifice was in vain, and are annoyed that a party that lobbied so hard for ...

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