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University of Akron president to step down, rejoin faculty

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – The president of the University of Akron has announced plans to step down and rejoin UA’s law school, which he headed before he was tapped to help guide the school through financial struggles. President Matthew Wilson was named interim president in 2016 following the resignation of …

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New documentary tells story of black women pro wrestlers

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINSAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A new documentary explores the role of black women recruited as professional wrestlers beginning in the 1950s. The film includes interviews with surviving wrestlers, many of whom were based in Columbus, Ohio. Seventy-eight-year-old Ramona Isbell was in her early 20s when she …

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Prosecutor: Man accused of biting trooper deemed competent

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) – A prosecutor says a man accused of biting off part of a State Highway Patrol trooper’s ear has been deemed competent to stand trial in Ohio. Lorain County’s prosecutor said Thursday that doctors have determined 44-year-old Cornelius Carey Jr.’s condition has improved enough to enable him …

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Fired officer who killed unarmed black man to get back pay

By DAN SEWELLAssociated Press CINCINNATI (AP) – The University of Cincinnati has agreed to pay about $344,000 in back wages and legal fees to a white police officer the school fired after he fatally shot a black unarmed motorist. The school on Thursday announced the settlement of a union grievance …

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RNC leader scolds Taylor, embraces DeWine for Ohio governor

By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The co-chairman of the Republican National Committee is chastising one of the party’s Ohio governor candidates for an ad he calls “false and misleading” and disputing her claim to assume President Donald Trump’s mantle. In a statement Thursday, Robert Paduchik (peh-DOO’-chik) …

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Spending bill rejects Trump effort to gut water cleanups

By JOHN FLESHERAP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – Congressional leaders are rejecting President Donald Trump’s effort to kill or sharply cut funding of programs to protect and restore some of the nation’s prized waters, such as the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay. A wide-ranging 2019 budget bill negotiated …

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Algae leads to ‘impaired’ designation for western Lake Erie

By JOHN SEEWERAssociated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – Ohio says for the first time it’s declaring western Lake Erie impaired by the toxic algae that has fouled drinking water in recent years. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement Thursday comes amid a federal lawsuit over whether part of the shallowest …

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House OKs bill to cut state funding to cities using cameras

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio House has approved a bill to cut state funding to cities and villages by the amount they collect from traffic enforcement cameras. Cleveland.com reports the Senate will now consider legislation sponsored by Cincinnati Republican Rep. Bill Seitz. The House passed the bill Wednesday on …

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Great Lakes Commission hires new executive director

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Darren Nichols has been hired as executive director of the Great Lakes Commission. Nichols succeeds Tim Eder, who left last year to work for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The commission is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It represents the interests of the eight Great …

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2 teen brothers found dead inside submerged car in Ohio

WESTON, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say two teenage brothers have been found dead inside a submerged car in northwest Ohio. The Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune reports the Wood County Sheriff’s Office has identified the teens as 17-year-old Xavier Wensink, and 14-year-old Aidan Wensink, of Deshler. The Sheriff’s office says Xavier Wensink …

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