Fish Kill Reported Near Ohio Gas Well Fire Site

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A fish kill has been reported in a Monroe County creek near the site of a weekend fire at an eastern Ohio gas well. The state is investigating the fish kill. Ohio Environmental Council deputy director Jack Shaner tells The Columbus Dispatch ( ) he was told...

After 50 Years Of Letters, Pen Pals Meet In Person

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Two longtime pen pals have met face-to-face for the first time in a 50-year friendship that began when they were girls, long before cellphones and Facebook became commonplace. Wendy Teeter of Staunton, Virginia, tells the Akron Beacon Journal ( ) she got teary...

Train Hits, Kills Ohioan In Wheelchair At Crossing

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in northeast Ohio say a 52-year-old man in a motorized wheelchair was struck by a train at a railroad crossing and died. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office says the gates at the Akron crossing were down at the time, and witnesses...

Boy, 4, Shot In Leg At Cleveland School Playground

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say a drive-by shooting wounded a 4-year-old boy at an elementary school playground. Police say witnesses reported that one of several people in a passing blue car opened fire as the boy and an older sibling were at the playground late Sunday...

Ohio Gas Prices Drop As Fourth Of July Week Starts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gas prices are down in Ohio at the start of this Fourth of July holiday week. The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.63 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s 11 cents cheaper...

Obama Taps Business Exec To Oversee Troubled VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead a Veterans Affairs department gripped by reports of treatment delays and cover-ups. An administration official says Obama plans to nominate McDonald on Monday. If...

New Ohio State University President Arrives

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University’s new president is ready to start his first day on the job. A seven-month search ended in January with the selection of University of California-Irvine chancellor Michael Drake as the 15th president of Ohio State. Drake, the...

Ohio Conferences Will Examine Anti-drug Programs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s judges, county and state officials, and drug experts are examining treatment programs and other ways to fight opiate abuse in upcoming conferences in Columbus. Judges from across the state have been invited to an Ohio Judicial Symposium on...

Girl Who Came Out Of Coma Meets Bruno Mars

CLEVELAND (AP) — An 11-year-old Cleveland-area girl who came out of a coma after listening to Bruno Mars songs throughout her recovery got to meet the singer that doctors say helped save her life. Zumyah Thorpe had a private meeting with Mars before his concert in Cleveland this...

Girl Who Came Out Of Coma Meets Bruno Mars

CLEVELAND (AP) — An 11-year-old Cleveland-area girl who came out of a coma after listening to Bruno Mars songs throughout her recovery got to meet the singer that doctors say helped save her life. Zumyah Thorpe had a private meeting with Mars before his concert in Cleveland this...