Umpire John Hirschbeck’s Son Dies

CLEVELAND (AP) — For the second time, veteran major league baseball umpire John Hirschbeck has lost a son. Michael Hirschbeck has died of unknown causes. No immediate details were available. Hirschbeck had been scheduled to work the interleague series between Cleveland and the...

GM auto workers vote to allow strike in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes voted Tuesday to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns, but a local union leader said he hopes the differences can be resolved without a walkout. Union members voted...

Ohio Lawmakers Strike Funding Cut Tied To Ballots

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A committee in the Republican-led Ohio House is removing language from Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) midterm budget bill that would have stripped counties of a portion of their local government funding if they mailed out absentee ballots in...

Ohio House Changes To Governor’s Midterm Budget

Key changes to midterm budget facing floor vote in the Ohio House on Wednesday: ECONOMY: — Extends maximum period for state transportation project obligations from 25 years to 45 years — Boosts venture capital technology credit cap from $20 million to $26.5 million — Provides...

Amy Poehler and brother Greg team on new comedy

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Another Poehler sibling is bringing his comedy to television. Greg Poehler, whose sister Amy stars on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” stars in “Welcome to Sweden,” debuting July 10 on the same network. He plays an...

Lawmakers Push For Continued Great Lakes Funding

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Members of Congress from the Great Lakes region are lobbying colleagues to continue funding a cleanup program for the inland seas. Forty-six House members from both parties recently sent a letter to leaders of a subcommittee that recommends spending on...

Ex-W.Va. College Worker Sentenced In Thefts

WELLSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former Bethany College employee who admitted stealing more than $1 million to keep two others from telling her husband about an online affair has been sentenced to two to 20 years in prison. WTOV-TV (http://bit.ly/1e8sstD) reports Shelly Lough of...

Body Found Near Lake Erie Shore In Northeast Ohio

MENTOR, Ohio (AP) — Authorities east of Cleveland say a birdwatcher spotted a body at a state park along Lake Erie. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says the body of an adult male of was discovered Tuesday afternoon at Headlands Beach State Park near Mentor. The...

NBC sets online talent search for comedy writers

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NBC is launching a national talent search for comedy writers. The initiative dubbed “NBC Comedy Playground” will give up to 10 finalists the chance to create pilots and a formal presentation. NBC said Tuesday that two winners will be...

Comic book character Archie to be killed off

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Not even Archie Andrews is immortal in the world of comics. Archie Comics says the famous comic book character will heroically sacrifice himself while saving the life of a friend in a July installment of “Life with Archie.” The comic book...