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Local sheriff criticizes state funding, highway patrol

Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer, a Republican, sent a sharply-worded letter to Gov. John Kasich’s top cop, criticizing state funding cuts to local governments as well as the Ohio Highway Patrol’s efforts to curb drug use in high schools.“I am extremely disappointed and becoming more disenchanted daily over the antics ...

Legislators: Religious freedom bill would augment First Amendment

Two Ohio lawmakers want to ensure the state courts are equally protective of a person’s religious freedoms as the federal courts and introduced last month a state version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. And if passed by the General Assembly, and signed into law by Gov. John Kasich, ...

Former Ohio deputy treasurer admits to fraud

Former Ohio Deputy Treasurer Amer Ahmad pleaded guilty this afternoon in U.S. District Court to conspiracy and bribery charges for his role setting up his high school classmate to make $3.2 million in trading commissions off the state in exchange for $523,000 in kickbacks.Ahmad, who was charged in August, is ...

Division of Wildlife employees David Warner and Allan Wright (front row, center) are shown with deer they were later found to have killed while on the clock. This photo started an investigation into the practice of wildlife employees hunting on the clock, leading to allegations against 18 employees across the state. CONTRIBUTED

Wildife employees investigated for hunting on the clock

State wildlife employees in Butler and Champaign counties are among 18 across the state under internal investigation and facing possible criminal penalties for allegedly hunting deer while on the clock. The Ohio Inspector General issued a report Friday alleging a culture that lent itself to possibly dozens of Division of ...

Steve Huffman, Miami County Coroner, candidate for state House.

Miami County coroner announces run for state House

Miami County Coroner Steve Huffman announced Thursday he’ll run for the 80th District State Representative seat being vacated at the end of 2014 by three-term Rep. Richard Adams, a Republican from Troy. Huffman, a Tipp City resident in his first year as coroner, is a Republican. He is the first ...

Rep. Pete Beck, R-Mason

Criminal trial date for Rep. Beck expected to be set Wednesday

A trial date is expected to be set next week in the case that has a state representative fighting 16 securities fraud and theft charges.The attorneys for State Rep. Pete Beck, R-Mason, and his former business partner John W. Fussner are expected to set a trial date Wednesday in a ...

Former Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Eric Kearney, left, pictured here at a Dayton campaign stop last month. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, at right, selected Kearney as his running mate for the 2014 statewide race. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Dogged by debts, Dem candidate drops out

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is looking for a new running mate in the 2014 gubernatorial campaign after a disastrous introduction and abrupt withdrawal of state Sen. Eric Kearney as his lieutenant governor pick. Kearney stepped aside Tuesday, less than three weeks after FitzGerald announced him as his running mate. ...

Richard Adams

Local state lawmaker to retire, opening up seat

State Rep. Richard Adams, R-Troy, announced Friday he will retire at the end of next year. Adams, who represents the 80th district made up of Miami County and a portion of Darke County, is in his third term in the legislature. He was the first superintendent of the Upper Valley ...

Former Ohio State President Gordon Gee. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns)

Gee to take unpaid leave from OSU to lead W.Va. University

E. Gordon Gee will temporarily leave Ohio State University to take over as interim president of West Virginia University where his career as a college president began three decades ago. Ohio State and West Virginia University officials made the announcement Friday. Gee, 69, will take an unpaid leave of absence ...

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Eric Kearney, pictured here at a Dayton campaign stop last week, and his wife and their businesses owe nearly $1 million in back taxes, according to tax liens filed with the Hamilton County Recorder. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald selected Kearney as his running mate for the 2014 statewide race. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Democratic lt. governor candidate says he won’t leave race due to money issues

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Eric Kearney says he won’t step away from the ticket, despite the fact that he, his wife and their publishing company owe $644,143 in federal taxes and as much as $95,121 in state unemployment taxes. Kearney said he will not resign from the ticket. “I’m in ...

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