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Cincinnati area shaken by racial taunts, insults in schools

By DAN SEWELLAssociated Press CINCINNATI (AP) – Some schools have been plagued this winter by outbreaks of racism in and around a city that’s been revitalized in recent years following racial violence. From a middle-school teacher’s warning to a black student that he could get lynched to racially derogatory chants …

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Judge orders ex-Pilot Flying J president on house arrest

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A judge says the ex-president of the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain must wear an electronic monitoring device and be placed on house arrest while he awaits sentencing on his conspiracy and fraud conviction. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton on …

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Officers fill Ohio church, gym for funeral of slain officers

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio police chief says two veteran officers shot and killed last weekend were true heroes because they spent years working for others and their community. Hundreds of officers from across the nation are among the mourners at Friday’s funeral in the Columbus suburb of Westerville. …

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Gas well explodes, residents living nearby ordered to leave

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) – Residents living within a mile of an Ohio natural gas well that exploded and caught fire can’t return home until officials get it to stop spewing gas and brine. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the XTO Energy well in Belmont County’s York Township …

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Motion filed seeking release of Ohio serial killer

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – Attorneys for a man who helped his brother murder three people in a string of nine northwest Ohio serial killings decades ago have filed a motion seeking his release from prison. The Blade reports 59-year-old Nathaniel Cook’s attorneys filed documents Thursday saying Cook has complied with …

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Man convicted of beating boy to death, tossing body in river

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio man has been convicted of beating a 14-month-old boy to death and tossing his body into a creek with the help of the child’s mother. The woman told jurors that 27-year-old Kurt Flood repeatedly struck her son with a hairbrush to “beat the demons …

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Sheriff: Prisoner died of asphyxiation in jail suicide

TROY, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio county sheriff says a prisoner has died of asphyxiation after hanging himself in a jail cell. The Dayton Daily News reports Sheriff Dave Duchak in central Ohio’s Miami County has identified the prisoner as 41-year-old Shannon Gambill, of Piqua. Gambill was found dead in …

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Officials identify body found in concrete buried in backyard

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) – Officials have identified the body encased in concrete and buried in a backyard in Ohio. The Stark County Coroner’s Office said Thursday the body is that of 26-year-old Nicholas Stein, who was reported missing in February 2017. A search for Stein led authorities to home in …

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Ohio State Fair accident victims reach a settlement

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Those injured in a deadly accident last summer at the Ohio State Fair have reached a settlement with the state. The settlement was announced during an Ohio Expositions Commission meeting Thursday. According to the motion, the settlement’s terms include no money coming out of the state …

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State’s 2 largest solar-array projects receive approval

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio officials have approved permits for what would be the two largest solar arrays in the state. The Columbus Dispatch reports the two projects approved Thursday are the Hardin Solar Center in Hardin County and the Hillcrest Solar Farm in Brown County. If built, the combined …

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