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Ohio man convicted of killing 2 women

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) – A jury has convicted an Ohio man in the slayings of two women whose bodies were found underneath piles of clothes in what was thought to be a vacant home. Shawn Grate could be sentenced to death on the aggravated murder and kidnapping convictions. Jurors took …

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Some Ohioans seek pro-gun sign near anti-NRA billboard

CINCINNATI (AP) – A political action committee’s billboard calling the National Rifle Association a “terrorist organization” isn’t sitting well with some nearby Ohio residents, who are raising funds to put a pro-gun message on an adjacent billboard. WCPO-TV reports the billboard over northbound Interstate 75 in Middletown was funded by …

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Ray Szmanda, TV pitchman for Menards stores, dies at 91

ANTIGO, Wis. (AP) – The enthusiastic television pitchman who told viewers they could “save big money” at Wisconsin-based home improvement chain Menards has died. Ray Szmanda was 91. Szmanda’s son, Charles Szmanda, says his father died Sunday in home hospice care in Antigo, Wisconsin, of congestive heart failure. Ray Szmanda …

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Illinois seeks talks on keeping Asian carp from Great Lakes

By JOHN FLESHERAP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – Illinois says it will work with federal officials and other states on a strategy for fortifying a Chicago-area lock and dam to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan. Gov. Bruce Rauner has sent letters to his counterparts in the …

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Former jail officer accused of sexually assaulting females

POMEROY, Ohio (AP) – A former jail officer accused of sexually assaulting or trying to sexually assault 11 female inmates and probationers he supervised has been indicted in Ohio on charges including kidnapping, sexual battery and attempted compelling prostitution. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says 55-year-old Larry Tucker, of Pomeroy, …

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Deputies sent to escort man to hospital fatally shoot him

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio sheriff’s office says deputies sent to take a 73-year-old man to a hospital fatally shot him when he pointed a firearm at them through a window. Authorities say the deputies were called to the Fairview home on Sunday afternoon on a doctor’s order after …

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Prosecutor awaits forensic evidence in trapped teen’s death

CINCINNATI (AP) – A prosecutor in Cincinnati is awaiting more forensic evidence before publicly discussing his investigation into the death of a 16-year-old boy who became trapped in a minivan and twice called 911. The office of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE’-turs) said Monday he won’t comment on the …

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State election systems still waiting for security checkups

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDYAssociated Press With the midterm primaries about to go into full swing, the Department of Homeland Security is playing catch-up in helping to ensure that state election systems are secure against cybertampering by the Russians or others bent on mischief. The department says it has completed on-site …

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Cincinnati board to discuss revoking Cosby’s honorary degree

CINCINNATI (AP) – University of Cincinnati trustees will discuss revoking Bill Cosby’s honorary degree at a special meeting planned Tuesday. Yale, Temple and Carnegie Mellon universities are among those that have revoked honors for Cosby since the comedian’s sexual assault conviction last month. More than 20 colleges and universities across …

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A look at candidates running for Ohio governor in 2018

By The Associated Press A look at the candidates for governor in the Republican and Democratic primaries, whose winners will face off this fall for the chance to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich. Candidates are listed alphabetically by party: REPUBLICAN PARTY: NAME: Mike DeWine AGE: 71 HOMETOWN: Cedarville, Greene …

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