Police Wary Of Akron Program Meant To Ease Jail Overcrowding

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An effort to ease jail overcrowding in one northeastern Ohio county is drawing concern from police chiefs, who are wary of not immediately jailing people charged with nonviolent, low-level felonies. The Akron Beacon Journal ( ) reports that officials in Akron...

Trump Budget Cuts Would Affect All 7 Ohio Amtrak Stations

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would cut Ohio’s Amtrak passenger train service and seriously disadvantage those who rely on it, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says. The Republican’s budget calls for the elimination of federal subsidies for...

Man Pleads Not Guilty To More Charges In Ohio Trooper Death

CLEVELAND (AP) — A driver suspected of fatally hitting a state trooper along a Cleveland interstate has pleaded not guilty to additional charges that could bring a tougher sentence if he’s convicted. Thirty-seven-year-old Joshua Gaspar, of Columbia Station, remained free on...

Officials: Safety Violations Led To Fatal Mechanic Shop Fire

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials believe a trucking company engaged in serious safety violations prior to an explosion that killed a maintenance shop employee last year in Knox County. The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2nD8txd) reports 43-year-old mechanic...

US Rep Jim Renacci Enters 2018 Race For Ohio Governor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (reh-NAY’-see) has entered the 2018 Ohio governor’s race against a potential trio of GOP state officeholders. The 58-year-old Renacci, of Wadsworth in northeast Ohio, sought to position himself Monday as a...

Editorials From Around Ohio

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: The (Tiffin) Advertiser-Tribune, March 16 One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed...

Ohio Updating Liquor-tracking System Amid Stores’ Complaints

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio plans to update the relatively new computer system it uses to track liquor sales and distribution, amid complaints from retailers that the current system has been plagued by problems in its first two years. The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports distillers,...

Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Stop Amtrak In Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would cut Ohio’s Amtrak passenger train service if it passes. The Republican’s budget calls for the elimination of federal subsidies for long distance train routes. All seven of the Amtrak stations in...

Gas Prices Up A Bit In Ohio At The Official Start Of Spring

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio drivers are seeing slightly higher fuel prices at the official start of spring. The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.20 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s up from...

Tipping Off: On To The Second Weekend Of The NCAA Tournament

It’s on to the weekend that many consider the defining mark of a season. Reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and a season is a success. Two wins from the Final Four and all the weekday games are in prime time. “I just told everybody, just wait,”...