Hancock County unemployment rate falls in February

Hancock County’s unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent in February from 5.7 percent a month earlier, the state reported. It was tied for fifth-lowest among Ohio’s 88 counties with Union County, south of Hardin and Marion counties. The reduced jobless rate was a result of 100 more...

Pharmacists Urged Not To Assist US Executions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Human rights groups are urging the American Pharmacists Association to ban members from assisting in executions. The groups include Amnesty International, the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union. They are targeting the use of so-called compounded...

Pharmacists Urged Not To Assist US Executions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Human rights groups are urging the American Pharmacists Association to ban members from assisting in executions. The groups include Amnesty International, the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union. They are targeting the use of so-called compounded...

Age At Center Of Ohio Teen School Shooting Appeal

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — The age of a teen gunman in a deadly school shooting two years ago in northeastern Ohio is at the center of an appeal over his life sentences. T.J. Lane’s defense attorneys and prosecutors will go before an appeals court Wednesday. They’re...

Murray Energy Sues EPA, Alleges Law Noncompliance

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio-based coal operator is suing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming that the agency has failed to comply with the Clean Air Act’s requirement to evaluate the potential impact of its regulatory actions on employment....

Ohio State Wrestler Wins NCAA Title, AD Gets $18K

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Athletic director Gene Smith will receive a bonus of more than $18,000 — one week of his base salary — for Ohio State’s Logan Stieber winning the 141-pound weight class at the NCAA wrestling championships. Smith signed a new contract this year that...

Officials Report Progress In Ohio Oil Leak Cleanup

CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials cleaning up thousands of gallons of crude oil that leaked from a pipeline into a southwest Ohio nature preserve hope to complete the emergency phase of cleanup in about a week. Federal officials estimate more than 20,000 gallons of oil leaked into the...

Downtown business owners disappointed with new traffic plan

Doris Schumacher felt like the rug was pulled out from under her when she heard reverse-angle parking and lane reductions were yanked from the Main Street plan this week. “I was absolutely sh-h-hocked this morning when I found out they went so opposite what they had been...

Blue Jackets Reassign Melart To AHL Springfield

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have reassigned defenseman Ilari Melart to their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass. Melart was loaned to HC Ugra of the Kontinental Hockey League on Dec. 17. In 24 games played with Springfield earlier this...

New Ohio Lawsuit Targets Traffic Cameras In Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The city of Dayton has become the latest front in the legal assault on traffic cameras in Ohio. Attorneys representing drivers filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Montgomery County. Dayton attorney Tom Manning was joined by the Cincinnati-based firm of Michael K. Allen...