Associated Press

Three of five kids killed in a fire at a home child care center in Pennsylvania were the children of a volunteer firefighter who was responding to another call, an official said Monday.

The owner of the Columbus Dispatch is purchasing the owner of the Cincinnati Enquirer, in a merger of two of the country's largest newspaper companies. It’s the latest media deal driven by the industry's struggles with a decline of printed editions.

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

 Ohioans who had their driver's license suspended for certain violations may be able to have their license reinstatement fee waived or reduced under a new program going into effect this week.

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles says the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative goes into effect Thursday. It allows drivers six months to apply for a fee reduction or a waiver. 

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CITY CLUB OF CLEVELAND

Republican Congressman Jim Renacci has selected a former Procter & Gamble executive and Cincinnati councilwoman as his running mate in the Ohio governor's race. The Wadsworth Republican announced at an event in Cincinnati today he's selected Councilwoman Amy Murray; he plans to introduce Murray in Cleveland later this afternoon.  

An auxiliary bishop from New York will become the next bishop in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

The diocese says Pope Francis' appointment of Bishop Nelson Perez was announced Tuesday by the Vatican's emissary in Washington. He will be installed Sept. 5 in Cleveland.

The man most seriously hurt in a machete attack at an Ohio restaurant has been released from a hospital.

Musician Bill Foley was among four people injured in the dinnertime attack Feb. 11 at Nazareth Restaurant and Deli in Columbus. The attacker fled and was later fatally shot by police.

Foley tells WCMH-TV he was repeatedly sliced when he jumped on the attacker and tried to hold him down.

He tells The Columbus Dispatch he plans to again visit the restaurant when it reopens. Foley says: "I refuse to be terrified."

Authorities say police fatally shot a man in a standoff in Fairborn when he pointed a handgun at officers after tear gas was used to force him from a house.

Fairborn police Sgt. Mark Stannard told the Dayton Daily News that the man shot Monday night was a suspect in several area robberies.

Police say the man was located at a house in Fairborn but refused to come out, saying he had a loaded handgun.

Ohio's higher education leader says Governor John Kasich's administration will seek in its upcoming budget to expand partnerships that allow students to take three of four years of their bachelor's degree coursework at a community college.

Governor John Kasich has signed legislation to strip government money from Planned Parenthood in Ohio.

A southwest Ohio wastewater treatment plant has been told it failed to use proper emissions filtering equipment for the second time in less than two years.

County officials have unveiled a proposal that would merge the government for a southwest Ohio city and surrounding Montgomery County.

An Ohio bill seeks to ensure that public school students who want to express their religious viewpoints can get the same access to school facilities as secular student groups.

A proposal to add the historic Wright Flyer to Ohio's state seal has cleared a House committee.

 

The House State Government Committee approved the measure by unanimous vote Tuesday. The idea has been proposed before without getting anywhere.

 

This marks the latest effort in the Wright brothers' home state to reinforce their place in history as aviation pioneers.

 

Ohio's environmental agency leader says federal rules on lead in drinking water need a complete overhaul.

Ohio-based Kroger Co. has announced they will sell the overdose antidote naloxone, beginning Monday, February 15th. 

An Ohio House committee has heard from some of those who favor of a bill that would allow churches in Ohio to deny performing same-sex marriages.

An Ohio bill that seeks to divert government money away from Planned Parenthood is headed to Republican Gov. John Kasich for his expected signature.

The GOP-led state House cleared the legislation Wednesday.

Stephanie Kight, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, says the federal money for preventative health care programs for low-income populations was awarded to Planned Parenthood after a competitive grant request process.

Health officials say Ohio has a second Zika virus case, involving a 21-year-old Stark County man who traveled to Haiti.

 

The state says the number of prescriptions being written for painkillers continues to fall as Ohio battles a deadly addictions epidemic.

Data released by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy Monday show 701 million painkiller pills were dispensed to Ohio patients last year, down 12 percent from a high of 793 million in 2012.

The data also show a 71 percent decrease in the number of patients going from doctor to doctor in search of drugs thanks to the pharmacy board's computerized reporting system.

The police on front lines of the nation's battle against deadly heroin are changing tactics and even redefining their roles in some communities.

Ohio's efforts to prevent and control smoking and other tobacco use got another failing grade in an anti-smoking group's latest national review.

The state's forensic scientists have tested more than 9,800 rape kits submitted by law enforcement agencies around Ohio to check for possible DNA matches.

Tighter security measures are expected at a southwest Ohio military base as it conducts training exercises to test base responses to emergency situations.

Residents in southwest Ohio are being warned to use caution after homemade explosive devices were found in three rural mailboxes.

The Journal-News of Hamilton reports that the devices were found Saturday in mailboxes in Gratis and Somers townships in Preble County. Sheriff's office officials say the devices were made using chemicals mixed inside 2-liter soda bottles. The townships are about 30 miles west of Dayton.

Cybersecurity security concerns are expected to increase Wright State University's anticipated costs for hosting the first presidential debate this fall.

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