Associated Press

A Statehouse lobbyist is leading a new coalition representing Ohio's burgeoning hemp industry.

A Native American author whose work highlighted his culture and its traditions is this year's winner of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, a lifetime achievement award celebrating literature's power to foster peace and understanding. 

Columbus-based Mount Carmel Health System has named an interim CEO.

The Republican-led Legislature has passed a measure that would allow Ohio farmers and university researchers to grow industrial hemp and would legalize sales of hemp-derived cannabidiol oil, or CBD.

Ohio State University is reviewing donations it received from financier Jeffrey Epstein, who's now facing sex trafficking charges involving underage girls.

A magistrate judge has recommended the publisher of a Worthington-based neo-Nazi website pay the victim of an internet trolling campaign more than 14 million dollars and remove all posts that encouraged his readers to contact the Montana real estate agent. 

A Cleveland-area couple who sued a University Hospitals fertility clinic where more than 4,000 eggs and embryos were destroyed have settled their lawsuit.  

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers are warning another large toxic algae bloom will spread across western Lake Erie later this summer.

Columbus-based Mount Carmel Health System says it's firing 23 more employees and changing leadership after investigating fatal painkiller doses given to dozens of patients.

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader has accepted suspension in the aftermath of his indictment and a judge's restrictions. 

The Ohio Highway Patrol says 12 people were killed in 12 traffic crashes during the Fourth of July holiday reporting period. 

Ohio Public Radio

State officials Wednesday opened a 45 million dollar testing facility for self-driving vehicles in East Liberty.  

The state says Ohio finished in strong financial position at the end of the most recent fiscal year, a good sign for the upcoming two-year budget.  

Delaware County Sheriff's Office

Authorities in central Ohio say they have arrested a 24-year-old man on murder charges in the death of a woman whose body was found July 4 in a shallow grave in a state park. 

The state's semi-private economic development office has awarded a 30 million dollar grant to Asian companies considering building a petrochemical plant in Belmont County.

The parents of Otto Warmbier have filed a claim for a seized North Korean cargo ship in a bid to collect a multimillion-dollar judgment in their son's death.

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a 16 count indictment alleging theft in office and evidence-tampering for stealing money seized in drug cases and accepting thousand of dollars in loans from county employees and vendors.

A former Toledo pastor convicted of child sex trafficking after a woman said he groomed her for sex when she was 14 has been sentenced to life in prison. 

Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has signed a stopgap measure to continue state funding after lawmakers failed to meet a statutory deadline of Sunday on a two-year operating budget.

An Ohio sheriff has been indicted on felony charges including theft in office and evidence-tampering.

A judge has agreed with a prosecution motion to dismiss the charges against a woman accused of lying to a grand jury during an investigation into the fatal shootings of eight people in Pike County in 2016. 

The Coshocton County Coroner has identified the three children killed in a June 18 barn fire. 

Licking County Sheriff

Licking County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old Newark girl on Friday night.

 Cuyahoga County administrators say improvements have reduced the time inmates are locked down in their cells at the county jail, where a U.S. Marshal's Service report last November said conditions were unsanitary, inhumane and unsafe.

A Montana woman estimates she will have lost at least 1.3 million dollars as the result of a Worthington-based neo-Nazi website publisher telling his followers to unleash an anti-Semitic "troll storm" against her in 2016. 

Authorities have identified the victims of one of two fires Tuesday that killed a total of four children and two adults.

Rising water levels are making matters worse for a Great Lakes shorebird on the endangered species list.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is sending the federal government a second round of requests for assistance for farmers facing a financial disaster because of this year's heavy rains. 

A former Central Ohio police officer has been sentenced to a year in prison after a cellphone video showed him kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head.  

Fire authorities say four children and two adults died in two separate fires on Tuesday.