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For many, Red, White & Boom is a family tradition

4 hours 28 min ago
From her canopy at North Bank Park, 5-year-old Payton can see people playing Frisbee, erecting tents and laying tarps on the ground. She can see the Scioto River, the bridge and the tall buildings behind them. Next to her feet and all around the park are rolls and rolls of caution tape -- a sign that a certain space has been claimed. “I like that I’m going to see the fireworks,” Payton said.

West Virginia rafting company offers relief for Ohio beach users

5 hours 48 min ago
A West Virginia rafting company is taking advantage of Ohio's contaminated water problems by offering discounts to Ohio residents unable to use their local beaches. River Expeditions, located in Fayetteville, will give Ohioans a 20 percent discount off the cost of its whitewater rafting trips.

Ohio looks overseas in search for lethal drugs

10 hours 18 min ago
Ohio has explored overseas options in its search for lethal injection drugs no longer available in the U.S. despite a court ruling that banned such purchases, records show.

Oh, brother! Sister tipped police to wrong man in bank robbery

13 hours 21 min ago
When a relative tells police a family member may be a bank robber, investigators tend to listen. So when Michael G. Barton’s sister told Columbus detectives her brother could be the man who robbed a PNC Bank in Hilliard on May 1, police checked it out.

Renovation of auto dealer’s building OK’d

13 hours 51 min ago
POWELL — The Powell Planning and Zoning Commission has given Germain Motor Co. the go-ahead to renovate a 12,000-square-foot building on its Powell campus.

High St. project shuts southbound lanes

13 hours 53 min ago
NEW ALBANY — The southbound lanes of High Street (Rt. 605) through New Albany are expected to remain closed until Aug. 12 while the city installs a traffic signal at the Chatham Green Drive intersection.

UCC agrees to boycott

13 hours 55 min ago
The nearly 1-million-member United Church of Christ voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to divest from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and to boycott products of Israeli companies based there.

People can now buy a pope bobblehead

13 hours 56 min ago
The World Meeting of Families Congress, a gathering of Roman Catholics in Philadelphia on Sept. 22-25, rolled out its official merchandise website this week.

Two Ohio theme parks free to those in military during holiday

14 hours 37 min ago
CINCINNATI (AP) — Two amusement parks in Ohio are offering free admission for U.S. military personnel over the Fourth of July holiday period.

Four accused of trafficking slave labor at egg farms

14 hours 44 min ago
A federal indictment unsealed on Thursday accuses four people of running or aiding a slave-labor ring that smuggled Guatemalan teenagers as young as 14 into the United States, forcing them to live in horrible conditions and taking the money they made working at central Ohio egg farms.

Cleveland police bosses charged again

14 hours 47 min ago
CLEVELAND — Five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to stop a chase that ended with a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire and the deaths of two black suspects were charged on Thursday with misdemeanors in the predominantly black suburb where the shooting occurred.

Organizers, attendees prepare for city’s annual Red, White & Boom celebration

14 hours 53 min ago
It could be your first summer in Columbus — you didn’t know about Red, White & Boom before this week — or you could be a grizzled veteran with a favorite viewing spot and a perfectly timed exit route. It doesn’t make a difference if it’s your first or your 21st Boom: You’re in for a wild ride, event director Mike Collins said. Each year, organizers try to outdo themselves. Still, beware of possible snags.

Woman charged in fatal crash on I-71

14 hours 57 min ago
An East Side woman has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of a 61-year-old woman in a Downtown crash. Erin J. Overturf, 28, of E. Deshler Avenue, also was charged with failure to stop after an accident.

Wrongly convicted brothers sue city of Cleveland

15 hours 1 min ago
CLEVELAND (AP) — Police detectives threatened a 12-year-old witness to make him offer false testimony in a murder case and fabricated statements by him, according to a federal lawsuit filed on Thursday by two brothers who spent decades in prison for a crime they didn’t commit.

Man dead, four juveniles wounded in knife attack in Cincinnati

15 hours 10 min ago
CINCINNATI (AP) — A stabbing attack at an apartment complex in a Cincinnati suburb left one person dead and four young people, including children, injured, authorities said on Thursday.

DeWine grant goes for landing-craft shelter at Groveport museum

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:44pm
A World War II landing craft that ferried soldiers to battles in the Pacific is being preserved with a $25,000 boost from Attorney General Mike DeWine to Motts Military Museum in Groveport.

Renovations planned for Newark courthouse, which gets historical marker

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:35pm
NEWARK, Ohio — Licking County celebrated its past and its future in a dedication ceremony on the courthouse square Thursday morning. The ceremony included the unveiling of an Ohio historical marker granted by the Ohio History Connection to honor the ornate, 139-year-old courthouse located in the center of Newark.

State program aims at reducing infant mortality

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:33pm
The Ohio Department of Health has selected four community-health centers – including one in Columbus – to share a $900,000 grant aimed at enhancing prenatal care and infant health. CenteringPregnancy is a nationwide program that has proved to increase live-birth rates and decrease infant mortality, said Dyane Gogan Turner, a health-planning administrator with the health department.

Contractor hired to fix I-70 bridge; temporary repair planned

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:27pm
Traveling Downtown from the West Side is going to take longer for the next month. Maybe a lot longer. The Ohio Department of Transportation has hired a contractor to replace the 60-foot section of the eastbound I-70 bridge over the I-270 interchange that was cooked by an ethanol tanker fire on Wednesday. That should be done in about 30 days.