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Ed Zuercher Is Named Phoenix’s New City Manager

PHOENIX (AP) — Acting city manager Ed Zuercher has been named Phoenix’s new city manager. After a six-month national search, Zuercher was selected Wednesday afternoon to replace David Cavazos. Zuercher is a 20-year city employee and had been acting manager since Cavazos...

Ohio House Approves 2 Election-related Measures

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Proposals to trim early voting and set rules for mailing unsolicited absentee ballot applications have cleared the Ohio House. Ohioans can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person without giving any reason. Currently, early voting starts 35 days prior to...

Federal Suit Aims To Reverse Ohio Gay Marriage Ban

A gay married couple has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit asking a judge to overturn Ohio’s statewide gay marriage ban because they say it’s preventing them and their daughter from enrolling as a family under President Barack Obama’s health care law....

Ohio Lawmakers Approve Mental Illness Treatment

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have approved a bill that could lead to more people with severe mental illness receiving court-ordered outpatient treatment. The legislation clarifies that outpatient treatment is an option that judges can consider for patients along with...

Ohio House To Vote On 2 Election-related Bills

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House plans to vote on proposals to trim early voting and set rules for mailing unsolicited absentee ballot applications. Ohioans can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person without giving any reason. Currently, early voting starts 35 days...

Ohio House OKs 4 More Calamity Days Due To Weather

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has approved a plan to let schools take up to four additional days off this year because of the winter season’s extreme weather. A compromise requires teachers to report on two of those days for professional development. The measure...

Kasich Wants Kids To Think About Careers Early

NORWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s governor said Wednesday he wants schoolchildren to start thinking as early as first grade about what they want to be when they grow up, and he will urge expansion of vocational education before high school. Gov. John Kasich said he’ll go...

Intent Is Early Focus Of Ohio Slave Labor Trial

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Two people accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years were trying to help a homeless acquaintance, not weasel money away from her, defense attorneys said Wednesday. The defendants’ intent was the focus of opening arguments at the...

Lawsuit Seeks To Overturn Ohio’s Gay Marriage Ban

A gay married couple has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit asking a judge to declare Ohio’s statewide ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by Al Cowger Jr. and Tony Wesley Jr. of Gates Mills in suburban Cleveland. The couple, who have been...

Ohio Governor Hopeful Touts County Fiscal Record

CLEVELAND (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald said Wednesday that his administration has overseen a renaissance in downtown Cleveland construction not seen in a generation — including a new county administration building, convention center, development along...