May 4, 2015

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich ‘seriously considering’ 2016 presidential candidacy

Gov. John Kasich

Gov. John Kasich told business leaders in Detroit on Monday that he was “seriously considering” a race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination but isn’t setting a timetable for a decision. The second-term Ohio governor said he wouldn’t rush the decision, even as other Republicans join the race. GOP U.S. Sens Marco Rubio of Florida, Read More…

Veterans Affairs clinics rated for wait times, Lorain ranks among best

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Staff and wire reports The Veterans Affairs medical facility in Lorain ranks the best among 11 Northeast Ohio treatment centers when waiting times are measured for patient care. An Associated Press nationwide review of appointments and wait times at VA facilities was conducted from August 2014 through February. The data was compiled for total number Read More…

Poll reveals majority of Ohio voters favor marijuana legalization

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Staff and wire reports As advocacy groups collect signatures for legalization efforts, a poll reveals the majority of Ohio voters support marijuana legalization. The latest measure, set for the 2016 ballot, is championed by Cleveland-based Ohioans to End Prohibition, which began collecting signatures Monday. If approved by voters, the Cannabis Control Amendment would extend the Read More…

Indicted Cleveland cop: I can’t remember shooting suspects from hood of car

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His footprints were found on the hood of a beat-up Chevy Malibu that had been strafed by police gunfire, killing its two unarmed occupants after a high-speed chase over streets and freeways in and around Cleveland. Yet Officer Michael Brelo told investigators he couldn’t remember standing on the hood and firing the final 15 rounds Read More…

Critics call on Gov. John Kasich to leave out voter item in transportation budget

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Out-of-state college students in Ohio who want to vote in the swing state could be required to get an Ohio driver’s license and register their vehicles here under a provision tucked into a state transportation budget that Gov. John Kasich has before him. Democrats, the League of Women Voters and the American Read More…

Ohio leaders aim to capitalize on criticism of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence takes a question during a news conference, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Indianapolis. Republicans hoped to avoid a debate over social issues heading into the next presidential contest. Yet the backlash over a so-called religious freedom law in Indiana is highlighting the party’s overwhelming opposition to same-sex marriage and forcing the GOP’s leading presidential contenders to weigh in. "It’s been a tough week," Pence said at the news conference. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

DAYTON, Ohio — Officials in Ohio are aiming to capitalize on backlash against a religious-objections law in neighboring Indiana that critics say could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. Dayton officials are working to attract companies and individuals looking to leave Indiana because they oppose the new law, touting the southwest Ohio city’s recognition for Read More…

Conservative youth group visits Ohio to urge Republicans to accept gay marriage

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CINCINNATI — Activists who don’t want the Republican Party’s 2016 platform to oppose same-sex marriage will promote their effort in a swing through Ohio. The Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry will have representatives in Cincinnati on Tuesday, followed by Columbus and Cleveland later this week. They’re talking about their “Reform the Platform” campaign Read More…

State to deny Archie the bear request

Archie the bear enjoys the mild weather from his cage on Debbie and Jeff Gillium’s property in Lodi. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

State officials plan to deny a permit application for a Lodi couple to keep their pet black bear, according to a letter sent to the family this week. Debbie and Jeff Gillium have until April 22 to request a hearing to contest the decision. After that, Archie the bear could be taken from their property, Read More…

Two suspects charged in animal shelter break-in, more charges to follow

The Norwalk Police Department in Huron County released this still of burglars, captured by security cameras at the Huron County Humane Society. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Two Morrow County men have been arrested in connection with a series of break-ins at animal shelters across Ohio, including one in Medina County. James Blankenship, 29, of Mount Gilead, and Corby Creech, 36, of Cardington, were charged last week with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony. The charge comes out of Morrow County, where Read More…

Medina County population continues to rise, according to census data

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Medina County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the region and state, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Estimates for 2014 put the county’s population at 176,029, a rise of 2.1 percent since 2010 figures. Change since 2010 Census How counties have grown over the last four years: 2010 census Read More…