US Rig Count Rises 10 This Week To 857; Texas Up 6

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 10 this week to 857. A year ago, 431 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 688 rigs sought oil and 167 explored for natural gas this week. Two...

Authorities: Firefighter Said He Sexually Assaulted Teens

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio firefighter confessed to sexually assaulting four teenagers in his department’s cadet program, sometimes in paid sexual encounters, while he was an instructor. Twenty-three-year-old Jonathan Monroe is charged in Clark County...

Drugmaker Asked Arkansas Not To Use Drug In Executions

The Associated Press has obtained letters showing that a drugmaker last year asked Arkansas not to purchase its products for use in executions. The plea was made months before Arkansas prison officials accepted “donated” potassium chloride for its first executions in...

Proposed Sanctuary City Ban Plugged On Pro-white Host’s Show

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state lawmaker says she wouldn’t have promoted her proposed Ohio ban of “sanctuary cities” on a radio show if she’d known that its host advocates white culture and power. The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports Rep. Candice Keller, of...

Ohio Family Members Plead For Tips To Solve Massacre Of 8

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Family members are pleading for information that could help solve the massacre of eight people in Ohio a year ago. Geneva Rhoden, who lost two sons, three grandchildren and a nephew in the slayings, said she is begging anyone with information to come...

Family: Stadium Warned Of Faulty Locks Before Man Fell, Died

CLEVELAND (AP) — The family of a concertgoer believed to have fallen to his death through a garbage chute at Progressive Field alleges the Cleveland Indians had been repeatedly warned about faulty locks and doors leading to trash chutes at the ballpark. Attorneys for Cory...

Ohio Man Pleads Not Guilty In Killing Of His Baby Son’s Mom

WAUSEON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man accused of fatally shooting the mother of his infant son and abducting her stepmother and the child has pleaded not guilty in the potential death penalty case. Twenty-seven-year-old James Ramey, of Toledo, pleaded not guilty Thursday on 22 counts,...

Ex-officer Arrested In Cincinnati-area Armed Robberies

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former police officer suspected in a series of armed robberies in the Cincinnati area has been arrested. Investigators say they found evidence linking 30-year-old Jacob Goodwin to five robberies. They occurred over the past month at a restaurant, a pharmacy, a...

Ohio Pastor Convicted Of Murder In Young Foster Son’s Death

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio pastor has been convicted of murder and other charges in the death of his 2-year-old foster son. An attorney for Torace Weaver argued it was accidental. He says the boy hit his head on a wall while Weaver was spinning him around, playing what...