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Recreational marijuana would be legalized in Ohio for adults 21 and older under Republican legislation coming in the Ohio House that would levy a 10% sales tax on the product, a lawmaker announced Tuesday.

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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has lost its most important accreditation, a major blow to an institution once widely admired in its industry and by the general public.

The zoo said it plans to appeal the decision announced Wednesday by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, considered the nation’s top zoo-accrediting body, one day after the institution announced its new leader.

The Ohio school board’s order requiring a giant, now-defunct online charter school to repay the state $60 million over inflated enrollment figures is final and cannot be appealed, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

The Ohio police officer who shot and killed Andre Hill will stand trial next spring, a judge decided Monday.

Two Columbus narcotics officers have been arrested by the FBI on charges connected to the distribution of fentanyl and attempts to smuggle other drugs.

The top lobbyist for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a man linked to an ongoing federal bribery probe but never charged, has resigned after three years on the job.

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Andy Douglas, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice who was part of the court’s liberal “gang of four” coalition that forced changes in the state’s school-funding system, died early Thursday. He was 89.

The announcement that the federal government will review the Columbus police department and provide technical assistance in areas such as training and recruitment is a far cry from the last time the Justice Department examined the agency and signals the city’s willingness to cooperate, analysts say.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called President Joe Biden’s newly announced vaccine mandate affecting millions of American workers “a mistake” on Friday.

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The panel charged with redrawing Ohio’s state legislative districts for the next 10 years will miss its Sept. 1 deadline, triggering an extension until the middle of the month.


An effort to legalize marijuana use and sales in Ohio has cleared another hurdle on the path to getting the proposal submitted to the Legislature.

The Ohio Ballot Board, a panel of legislative appointees led by Secretary of State Frank LaRose, voted Monday to approve the proposed statute from the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol as a single issue.

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Ohio’s correctional agency terminated seven employees Friday after officials say prison guards used excessive and unjustified force against a Black inmate before he died in custody in February.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction sent a notice of removal to five corrections officers, a supervisor and a licensed nurse following an investigation into the in-custody death of 55-year-old Michael McDaniel.

A Republican-backed bill that would prohibit Ohio employers from requiring workers to receive vaccinations heard additional testimony Tuesday from supporters and opponents.  

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The Ohio Attorney General’s Office on Friday approved summary language in a petition to legalize marijuana use and sales in the state. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol wants to make it legal for adults 21 and older to buy and possess 2.5 ounces (71 grams) of marijuana and grow as many as six plants inside their homes.

Extensive publicity over last year’s fatal shooting of Andre Hill by a Columbus police officer won’t prevent the now-fired officer from receiving a fair trial in central Ohio, a judge ruled Wednesday in denying a request to move the trial.

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The Franklin County coroner Monday released autopsy results in the case of a 16-year-old girl shot and killed by police earlier this year.

A bipartisan bill in the Ohio Legislature would once again allow power companies to offer energy efficiency programs such as smart thermostats or appliance rebates.

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A judge in Columbus has frozen $8 million in assets of Sam Randazzo, a former Ohio utility regulator and current target of an FBI investigation, to preserve the assets for future collection.

New census data shows the heavily Democratic state capital, Columbus, grew significantly over the past decade, even as Ohio’s traditionally Republican rural and Appalachian regions lost residents.

The federal government has withdrawn its approval for an Ohio plan to enact work requirements for Medicaid recipients.

The state says nearly 900 employees have taken advantage of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's $100 vaccine incentive offer since he rolled it out last month.

The Ohio attorney general announced a state investigation into the fatal police shooting of a Black man in a Central Ohio emergency room is being referred to the county prosecutor. 

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Political newcomer Mike Carey has won the crowded Republican primary for an open U.S. House seat in central Ohio.

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by advocates for Ohio children cared for by adult relatives seeking higher payments from the state. At issue are people who take custody of children they’re related to but who aren't licensed foster parents.

Ohio University has suspended another fraternity for violating hazing rules.

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Lordstown Motors has received an investment of up to $400 million as the struggling electric truck maker continues to push toward production of its new pickup this fall.

The Ohio company, which has been under scrutiny over the claims it has made about the number of orders it has received for its trucks, said in a filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission that hedge fund YA II PN Ltd agreed to to buy up to $400 million worth of its shares over three years.

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The energy giant at the center of a $60 million bribery scheme in Ohio admitted Thursday to new details of its role in the conspiracy as part of a deal with federal prosecutors, including how it used dark money groups to fund the effort and paid a soon-to-be top utility regulator to write the legislation it got in exchange.

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A three-day celebration of what would have been history-making astronaut John Glenn’s 100th birthday began Friday in his birthplace and childhood hometown in Ohio, even as additional events were announced to mark the occasion.

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Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks was hailed as a friend and hero during a memorial service held Thursday for the player who died on the Fourth of July from an errant fireworks mortar blast.

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Six state juvenile detention agency employees were disciplined following an investigation into the death of an incarcerated 17-year-old last year, including two guards who failed to immediately let medical staff know the teen was unresponsive in his cell, the agency director said Wednesday.