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Man charged with ramming FBI office gate pleads guilty

PITTSBURGH (AP) – An Ohio man accused of ramming a dump truck through the security gate of the FBI’s Pittsburgh field office has pleaded guilty to one charge in the case. Forty-nine-year-old Thomas Ross entered the plea Wednesday to willfully injuring or committing depredation against property of the United States. …

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The Latest: Winning bid thrown out in casino license auction

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Latest on Pennsylvania’s casino license auction (all times local): 4 p.m. Pennsylvania gambling regulators are invalidating an auction for the rights to a mini-casino after Las Vegas Sands Corp. submitted the highest bid. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Wednesday hours after the auction that …

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Judge upholds state law allowing centralized tax collection

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A judge has upheld an Ohio law that allows the state to collect municipal business-profit taxes from cities, counties and villages. At issue is a move last year by Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) to streamline a system that required businesses to file taxes in every …

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The Latest: Report: Heavey short signatures in governor bid

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Latest on the Ohio Governor’s Race (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A news organization is reporting that a late entrant into the Ohio governor’s race appears to have fallen short of the signatures required to make the ballot. Cleveland.com reported Wednesday that its audit of …

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Gun stances of Ohio governor candidates run the gamut

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Want a governor who’s all-in on gun rights? How about one who supports a complete ban on assault-type weapons? In politically diverse Ohio, candidates’ responses to the deadly Florida school shooting have run the gamut. Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor reasserted …

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Flooding expected to persist this week along Ohio River

CINCINNATI (AP) – Forecasters expect rain to keep feeding flooded areas along the Ohio River this week. The National Weather Service says the river crested Tuesday evening at 55.3 feet (16.9 meters) in the Cincinnati region, 3 feet above flood stage. The river has begun falling, but flooding persisted Wednesday …

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8-year-old Ohio boy fears being hurt, takes gun to school

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) – An 8-year-old Ohio boy who had an unloaded gun in his backpack has told police he brought the weapon to his elementary school because he thought another student was going to hurt him. The Springfield News-Sun reports that a teacher at Springfield’s Simon Kenton Elementary School …

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Pastor accused in Sunday school robbery is held on $75K bond

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio judge has set bond at $75,000 for a man described by police as a gun-wielding pastor who helped rob a teacher during a Sunday school class at his church. The Blade in Toledo reports a judge set matching bond amounts Tuesday for 49-year-old Anthony …

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University offers scholarships to fallen officer’s daughters

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio university has offered full four-year scholarships to the children of a police officer fatally shot while responding to a 911 hang-up call. A representative from Otterbein University announced the scholarships to all three of Officer Eric Joering’s daughters during a Westerville City Council meeting …

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Police: 13-year-old stabbed school security officer

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – Police say they have arrested a 13-year-old for stabbing a school security officer in Ohio. The alleged stabbing took place at Jefferson Junior High School in Toledo around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. Officer Craig Hanna told police he heard a knock at his office door, but he …

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