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Woman achieves childhood dream, wins Flying Pig Marathon

CINCINNATI (AP) – A former Cincinnati resident who watched her hometown Flying Pig Marathon on television as a child and dreamed of winning it one day has achieved her dream. Caitlin Keen captured the women’s division in 2:46:41 before record crowds at Sunday’s 20th anniversary event. The 25-year-old Keen now …

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Miniature pony brings joy to pediatric patients

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – A new miniature pony is helping pediatric patients at two northeast Ohio hospitals. The Akron Beacon Journal reports Willie Nelson made his official debut Tuesday at the Akron Children’s Hospital. The miniature pony is replacing longtime favorite Petie the Pony. Petie died in October after nearly …

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Cop responding to ‘violent confrontation’ shoots, kills man

KETTERING, Ohio (AP) – Police are investigating an Ohio suburban community’s second fatal shooting of a suspect by an officer in a year. Kettering Police Chief Christopher Protsman said Sunday that police were responding to a report of a “violent confrontation” at an apartment complex around 11 p.m. Saturday when …

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Kidnapping survivor continues advocacy work

CLEVELAND (AP) – One of three women who escaped a Cleveland house after being held for years is helping kidnapping survivors through an advocacy group. WJWT-TV reports Gina DeJesus (deh-HAY’-soos) recently joined the Northeast Ohio Amber Alert Committee. Newburgh Heights Police Chief John Majoy says DeJesus will work with victim …

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Dairies shutter over low milk prices

CELINA, Ohio (AP) – Low milk prices are forcing dairy farms in northwestern Ohio to either close or liquidate a large portion of their herds. The Daily Standard of Celina (suh-LEYE’-nuh) reports six dairies in Mercer County and four dairies in Auglaize County have closed or reduced their herds in …

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Ohio State’s spring 2018 class tops 11,900, setting record

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State University’s spring class has broken another record. The university says it will award 11,907 degrees during spring commencement Sunday, setting a record for the fourth consecutive year. The event is being held in Ohio Stadium at noon. Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & …

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Should girl who killed pimp get a break for being sex slave?

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINSAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court is deciding whether a juvenile judge should have considered the impact of a teenage girl’s forced prostitution on her role in a fatal robbery. At issue is the 2013 slaying of an Akron man and the wounding of …

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Ohio county marks 200th anniversary with costumes, fireworks

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio county is celebrating its 200th birthday, and it’s not just a one-day party. The Springfield News-Sun reports that the Clark County Commission held its first meeting April 25 in 1818 that established the 10 townships of the county. The county held a Bicentennial Bash …

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Cedar Point allows employees to have colorful hair, beards

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) – Cedar Point is doing away with some of its grooming guidelines for employees and allowing them to have colorful hair, beards, visible tattoos and more piercings. A spokesman for the amusement park in Sandusky says many of these styles are becoming more normal. Tony Clark tells …

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Man’s body found in Ohio river

SIDNEY, Ohio (AP) – Police in Ohio say a man’s body was pulled from the Great Miami River. The Dayton Daily News reports a man who was fishing on Saturday spotted a body halfway submerged in the river in Sidney. It was recovered around 7:15 p.m. The body was taken …

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