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Trick-or-treat times

3 hours 58 min ago
Most central Ohio communities have scheduled trick-or-treating for Oct. 30.

Panel approves spending $800,000 to combat Ebola in Ohio

4 hours 1 min ago
A legislative spending oversight panel today approved up to $800,000 in spending for the Ohio Department of Health to deal with lingering Ebola issues or future cases.

Classes resume in northeast Ohio district after Ebola precautions

5 hours 54 min ago
Two school buildings in suburban Cleveland are open again after undergoing a precautionary cleaning for Ebola.

Ohio lawmakers ask for CDC support after Ebola scare

5 hours 58 min ago
Ohio’s congressional delegation has asked the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to beef up its support to the state after an Ebola-stricken nurse flew from Cleveland to Dallas with a low-grade fever.

Bond set for man charged in wreck that killed Reynoldsburg couple

6 hours 2 min ago
An 18-year-old Ashland County man has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in the deaths of a Reynoldsburg couple on Friday. Authorities say Jason D. Bell, 18, of Ashland, ran a stop sign about 12:30 p.m. Friday and struck the car driven by Louann E. Widdoes, 53, and her husband, Robert D. Widdoes, 56, killing them instantly.

Licking County man pleads guilty in toddler’s death

6 hours 33 min ago
NEWARK, Ohio — A Licking County man pleaded guilty today to reduced felony charges of involuntary manslaughter and endangering children in the death of his then-girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter. Daniel D. Hall Jr., 25, of Croton, was indicted for murder a year ago in the Oct. 2, 2013, death of Jocelyn Runyons.

Pill mill doctor’s life sentence to be reconsidered, U.S. Supreme Court orders

8 hours 34 min ago
The U.S. Supreme Court today ordered a federal appeals panel in Cincinnati to reconsider its decision last year upholding the life sentence of a physician who had 12 of his patients die while he operated three pill mills in southeastern Ohio.

Columbus to pay more to clean up contaminated Saunders Park

9 hours 43 min ago
It will cost Columbus at least another $309,000 for a cleanup plan for a Near East Side park where contaminants were found in the ground. The Columbus City Council is expected to approve paying engineers more to plan how to effectively drain the new soil that will be dumped on Saunders Park within the next year.

Mandel not hitting road to campaign

13 hours 19 min ago
The most unusual spectacle of this unusual election year might be the campaign of state Treasurer Josh Mandel. He is running a noncampaign campaign, using a modified “Rose Garden strategy” — maintaining what aides say is a busy office schedule while eschewing the campaign trail.

Iconic Lazarus water tower spruced up

13 hours 48 min ago
The L-Ball recently got a polishing. Workers last week cleaned the exterior of the iconic water tower atop the Lazarus Building Downtown.

Arrests in Canton cocaine probe exceed 20

13 hours 55 min ago
CANTON — Police and agents arrested nearly two dozen men on Friday for their alleged roles in a drug ring that included four local street gangs and more than 66 pounds of cocaine.

Backers of bottle deposits in Ohio to push petitions

13 hours 57 min ago
A Cleveland group that wants to amend the state constitution to require deposits on bottles and other containers has been given the green light to begin circulating petitions.

Tom Hanks helps Wright State University with fundraising drive

13 hours 59 min ago
FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — In his latest starring role, Tom Hanks is the leading man in a $150 million fundraising campaign for Wright State University. The Rise.Shine campaign’s co-chairmen are Hanks and Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright, for whom the school is named.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park seeks input on new bike trails

14 hours 3 min ago
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is seeking public comment on a proposal to allow mountain biking in designated areas. It would be the first mountain biking permitted in the 33,000-acre federal park between Akron and Cleveland.

Larry Flynt’s daughter critically hurt in Dayton-area crash

14 hours 5 min ago
A woman who was critically injured on Friday in a two-vehicle crash in Riverside, Ohio, is the daughter of Hustler brand chairman Larry Flynt, family members said.

Cincinnati-area prosecutor’s son among five facing child porn charges

14 hours 7 min ago
Five men, including the son of Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser, face federal charges of operating a child exploitation and pornography enterprise, according to documents from the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.

Troopers say car stopped on Ohio Turnpike held 260 pounds of pot

14 hours 10 min ago
A Pittsburgh woman and a Las Vegas man were arrested on Friday after the State Highway Patrol found about

BBB issues warning on Ebola charity scams

14 hours 21 min ago
The Better Business Bureau is issuing a pair of warnings — one related to the Ebola scare and another involving door-to-door magazine sales.

Posting photo of ballot on Facebook could be a felony in Ohio

14 hours 46 min ago
You may be proud to cast your votes for particular candidates in Ohio — so proud, in fact, that you decide to take a picture of your ballot and post it on social media before mailing it in. Congratulations, you likely just committed a felony.

Ohioans in Congress cross U.S. to back party candidates

14 hours 50 min ago
WASHINGTON — For three Ohioans in Congress, this month has been at least partly made of frequent-flier miles, rental cars and hotel rooms. Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown and House Speaker John Boehner have spent a good chunk of the month on the road, with Portman and Boehner campaigning for Republicans, and Brown for Democrats.