Storms Forecast For Ohio, Mississippi Valleys

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Storm Prediction Center says a portion of the Ohio and Mississippi valleys could see strong winds and perhaps tornadoes Thursday afternoon. The Oklahoma-based forecasters warned there is a “moderate risk” of severe weather in an area from...

No Charges In Ohio Fatal Police Shooting

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Ohio say a grand jury has cleared a police officer who fatally shot an 18-year-old who was firing an assault rifle. Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser (MOH’-zur) said Thursday that a grand jury found no wrongdoing by...

Pair Of Election Bills Head To Ohio Governor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Democratic Party chairman says he expects the organization to file a federal lawsuit over an absentee-ballot measure passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. State Rep. Chris Redfern, the party’s chairman, says Democrats believe...

Senate Dems Raise School, Tax Issues With Ohio Gov

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democrats in the Ohio Senate say they’ll push Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) to include more preschool funding, expanded drug addiction services and a steeper tax hike on oil-and-gas drillers in his upcoming midterm budget. Senate...

Ohio Driver Who Killed Man Opts To Stay In Prison

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio man who killed a state trooper in a 2001 drunken driving crash has chosen to serve five more months in prison rather than getting out early and addressing his drinking problem under a judge’s offer. The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that...

Officer Not Charged In Ohio Crash That Killed 6

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police officer whose cruiser slammed into a stopped car in the middle of an intersection tried to veer away but couldn’t avoid the crash that killed six members of a family, and there is no basis to charge him, authorities announced Thursday....

House Speaker Boehner Buys Florida Condo

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner and his wife have bought a luxury condominium on Marco Island in southwest Florida. The News-Press of Fort Myers (http://newspr.es/MevNdk) reports that the $835,000 condo is in a 14-story tower known as The Tampico. Boehner...

Michigan Snowmobile Crash Kills 1, Injures Another

MCMILLAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say one snowmobiler was killed and another seriously hurt in a crash in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Luce County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Kellogg said two groups of snowmobiles were riding a trail in McMillan Township on...

Ohio Voters Pick Clinton Over Kasich For President

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is among prospective Republican challengers lagging Democrat Hillary Clinton in an independent poll of prospective 2016 presidential matchups. A Quinnipiac (KWIHN’-ih-pee-ak) University survey released Thursday...

Cincinnati’s Latest Parking Plan Is New Meters

CINCINNATI (AP) — The latest proposal for Cincinnati’s parking system calls for buying new meters, instead of higher rates and longer hours. Mayor John Cranley is ready to ask city council to buy $2 million worth of new meters that accept credit cards and also to hire more...