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Ohio’s Strickland To Focus US Senate Bid On Opportunity

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Democrat Ted Strickland says his run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Rob Portman will focus on expanding job and educational opportunities for average people. The former governor announced the run, as expected, on Wednesday. His entry adds a...

Sheetz Opens 500th Convenience Store, With Plans For 1,000

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania-based Sheetz convenience store chain is looking to double its store total after opening its 500th location. Sheetz executives cut a ceremonial ribbon Tuesday at the Altoona company’s latest location in Thomasville, North Carolina. The...

Youngstown State Faculty, Trustees Approve New Contract

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Faculty members at a northeast Ohio university have a new contract after months of negotiations. Trustees at Youngstown State University on Tuesday approved the contract that calls for a wage freeze this year, then 1 and 2 percent raises over the next two...

Cruise Ship Returns To Tampa Bay After Day-long Fog Delay

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Heavy fog delayed a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico from returning to the Port of Tampa for more than a day. Port spokesman Andy Fobes says a “freak weather event” kept Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas and several cargo ships...

Ohio Protests Carry On As Refinery Strike Continues

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Workers in northwest Ohio continue to protest as the first nationwide oil refinery strike since 1980 moves into its fourth week. The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports ( ) about 200 people demonstrated Tuesday outside the Marathon Petroleum Corp. headquarters...

Ohio Protests Carry On As Refinery Strike Continues

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Workers in northwest Ohio continue to protest as the first nationwide oil refinery strike since 1980 moves into its fourth week. The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports ( ) about 200 people demonstrated Tuesday outside the Marathon Petroleum Corp. headquarters...

Cuyahoga County Confirms New Clerk Of Courts

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio’s most populous county has a new clerk of courts. The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports ( ) Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Council on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Nailah Byrd for the position. Byrd was appointed by County Executive Armond...

Cuyahoga County Confirms New Clerk Of Courts

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio’s most populous county has a new clerk of courts. The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports ( ) Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Council on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Nailah Byrd for the position. Byrd was appointed by County Executive Armond...

Advocates Urge Congress Not To Cut Great Lakes Funding

Advocates for the Great Lakes are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week to push for continued funding of cleanup programs and discuss water quality issues such as algae blooms and oil transportation. The Great Lakes Commission representing the region’s eight states and two...

DHS Bill Exposes Holes In GOP’s Congressional Coordination

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are facing a dilemma. After winning control of both congressional chambers, Republican leaders vowed to keep the government funded and to block President Barack Obama from overhauling...