Gay Couples Find Uneven Access To Health Insurance

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly every day for three months, Carl Bechdel had to make calls or send emails to try to get family insurance coverage for his husband and himself under President Barack Obama’s landmark health law. The Harrisburg, Pa., couple had sent an insurer...

Former Officer To Fill In As SE Ohio Sheriff

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A southeast Ohio county has chosen a temporary replacement for a sheriff indicted in a corruption case. Athens County commissioners decided Thursday that Rodney Smith will act as interim sheriff until the local Democratic committee appoints a replacement next...

Ohio Prison Guards Union Seeks Additional Officers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The union representing Ohio prison guards wants an extra 400 officers to combat what it calls a sharp increase in the number of serious assaults by inmates on staff. The union says an upcoming state budget proposal of 89 officers at three individual prisons...

$1 Trillion Student Loan Debt Widens US Wealth Gap

Every month that Gregory Zbylut pays $1,300 toward his law school loans is another month of not qualifying for a decent mortgage. Every payment toward their student loans is $900 Dr. Nida Degesys and her husband aren’t putting in their retirement savings account. They...

Rustic selected as this year’s United Way distinguished volunteer

The United Way of Hancock County has announced that Jeanne Rustic will receive this year’s Jeri Bjorling Memorial Distinguished Volunteer Award. According to a press release from the organization, Rustic was selected because of the many volunteer positions she holds in the...

Some Of The Proposals For Tackling Student Debt

President Barack Obama and lawmakers in Congress are debating how to address the issue of rising student loan debt that experts say is contributing to the widening between the rich and everyone else. Some of the proposals: — Obama has proposed extending the Pay-As-You-Earn...

State Police To Join I-75 Crackdown

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police are teaming up with law enforcement from five other states along the Interstate 75 corridor to try to reduce traffic fatalities. The “I-75 Challenge” campaign is being conducted in support of a nationwide initiative by the...

$1M Prize Winner Tells Ohio Judge He’s Broke

CINCINNATI (AP) — Within months of being awarded a $1 million casino prize, a Cincinnati man got busted and went broke. Fifty-two-year-old Kevin Lewis got the money through a Horseshoe Casino giveaway last summer. But The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports that Lewis told Hamilton...

Vigil Honors 3 Teens Killed In Ohio Crash

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of friends and classmates gathered near a southwest Ohio high school to remember three students killed when their car ran off the road and hit a tree. The vigil took place Wednesday night at the Future Farmers of America barn behind Tecumseh High...

Ohio Man Dies After Space Heater Ignites Him

DIAMOND, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man has died after being burned by a space heater while painting a bathroom at a northeast Ohio park. The Summit County medical examiner’s office said 49-year-old Jon Blystone of Youngstown was painting a bathroom Wednesday at Green...