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Browns, Cleveland and Canton hoping to host NFL draft

By TOM WITHERSAP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) – Cleveland’s recent success in hosting major events has the Browns hopeful they will be awarded an NFL draft. In partnership with the city’s sports commission and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, the team submitted a joint bid to …

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Gunshots fired, car crashes at wedding reception; 4 arrested

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A wedding reception at a New Hampshire hall has turned chaotic, with gunshots fired and a deliberate car crash outside. The Concord (KAHN’-kard) Monitor reports police officers arriving at the Bektash Temple in Concord on Sunday found numerous fights breaking out among more than 300 people …

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The Latest: Ohio auditor interviewed ECOT whistleblower

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Latest on a whistleblower’s claims of data manipulation by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (all times local): 2 p.m. A spokesman for Republican Auditor Dave Yost says state auditors also have interviewed a whistleblower who claims a now-shuttered online charter school misused software to calculate …

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GOP Ohio Gov. Kasich signs order on gun background checks

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINSAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sihk) has signed an executive order intended to improve compliance with gun background check reporting. The Republican governor has asked a committee that last met in 2015 to reconvene and study how well police departments and clerks of …

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Driver held on $150,000 bond in fatal Amish buggy crash

SIDNEY, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio driver accused of hitting an Amish buggy in a crash that killed a woman and critically hurt a man and two young children has been jailed on charges including aggravated vehicular homicide. Steven Hunter, of Sidney, also is charged with failing to stop after …

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Dems’ chances may rest on flipping GOP strongholds in cities

By WILL WEISSERTAssociated Press DALLAS (AP) – If Republicans lose control of the House, the swing may be built on wins in places where until recently Democrats couldn’t even muster credible candidates, but which have slowly become younger, more diverse and well-educated. Now considered battlegrounds are exclusive Dallas and Houston …

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Whistleblower: School used software to get more state money

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Education regulators are reviewing a whistleblower’s claims that Ohio’s then-largest online charter school used new software that it installed in 2016 to intentionally inflate attendance figures. The individual who brought the Ohio Department of Education the information is a former employee of the now-shuttered Electronic Classroom …

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Compromise Ohio bill allows wireless antennas on buildings

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A compromise has been reached on an Ohio bill allowing telecommunications companies to place wireless antennas on municipal buildings within city limits. The legislation followed lawsuits filed around the state last year by municipalities who said a previous law prohibited cities from effectively managing where wireless …

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Racketeering, gambling trial for ex-Ohio mayor to begin

NILES, Ohio (AP) – A former longtime Ohio mayor accused of taking bribes in exchange for jobs and running an illegal gambling house is about to go on trial. Former Niles Mayor Ralph Infante has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including tampering with records, theft in office, illegal gambling …

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1 northeast Ohio county sees drop in drug overdose deaths

CANTON, Ohio (AP) – A newspaper reports that drug overdose deaths decreased in one Ohio county last year, contrary to the overall trend in the state. The Repository in Canton reports Stark County in northeastern Ohio saw 86 overdose deaths, a 27 percent decrease from 2016. Officials say the drop …

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