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$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

CLEVELAND (AP) — The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the terrible toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting the first federal trial over the...

 

2 drug companies settle with counties in opioid-crisis suit

Two pharmaceutical companies have reached settlements totaling $15 million to avoid being defendants in the first federal trial on the drug industry's accountability for a nationwide opioid crisis. Dublin, Ireland-based Endo Pharmaceuticals...

 

Thousands of US kindergartners unvaccinated without waivers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — States are heatedly debating whether to make it more difficult for students to avoid vaccinations for religious or philosophical reasons amid the worst measles outbreak in decades, but schoolchildren using such waivers are...

 

Female lawmakers speak about rapes as abortion bills advance

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums — before her colleagues in South Carolina's legislature. A bill...

 

'Shocking': Ohio State doc abused 177, officials were aware

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A now-dead Ohio State team doctor sexually abused at least 177 male students from the 1970s through the 1990s, and numerous university officials got wind of what was going on over the years but did little or nothing to stop...

 

Some states seek to close loopholes in marital rape laws

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Witches were still being burned at the stake when Sir Matthew Hale came up with his legal theory that rape could not happen within marriage. The 17th century English jurist declared it legally impossible because wedding vows i...

 

Local jurisdictions pay the price for nation's opioid crisis

As the nation's opioid crisis has devastated thousands of families, it also has taken a crippling financial toll on cities, small towns and counties around the country. Packed jails, increased ambulance runs and overworked coroners, sheriff's...

 

Airports seeing rise in security screeners calling off work

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal agency tasked with guaranteeing U.S. airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees calling off work during the partial government shutdown . Employees of the Transportation Security Administrat...

 

Memorabilia from astronauts Armstrong, Glenn up for auction

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As the sons of a legendary astronaut, Matt Carpenter says he and his little brother "were blessed to grow up around some pretty interesting stuff." That included the extraordinary headgear the boys would wear during youthful...

 

Ohio, Kansas elections too close to call; Trump claims win

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Two high-stakes elections that tested President Donald Trump's clout and cost both parties millions of dollars were too close to call on Wednesday. Trump claimed victory in one nevertheless and proclaimed himself '5 for 5'...

 

Elections test Trump clout in Ohio, other battlegrounds

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Battleground Ohio was deciding the year's final special election on Tuesday, a congressional faceoff that tested anew President Donald Trump's political clout — and the appeal of his signature tax cuts. The Republican...

 

Ex-official now regrets bowing to National Rifle Association

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democrat who helped overturn local assault weapons bans as a state lawmaker and before being ousted as Ohio's attorney general said in a column published Sunday that he "was in the pocket of the National Rifle Association"...

 

5 ideas win $10,000 each in Ohio opioid technology challenge

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Virtual reality, neural feedback and digital therapy were among five ideas to help solve the U.S. opioid crisis that won a global technology challenge on Tuesday. Winners were selected from hundreds of ideas submitted by...

 

Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Governors in several states that opted to expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's health care law are wary of the Senate Republican plan to end the added federal funding for it within seven years. The proposal...

 

Ohio attorney general sues 5 drugmakers over opiate crisis

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio attorney general sued five drugmakers on Wednesday, accusing the companies of perpetrating the state's addictions epidemic by intentionally misleading patients about the dangers of painkillers and promoting benefits...

 

Ohio to start accepting pot grower applications this summer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Aspiring medical marijuana growers can begin applying for Ohio licenses in June, the Ohio Department of Commerce told a state advisory panel Friday. The department is overseeing selection of 24 qualified cultivators to start,...

 

Ohio drillers say 6 shale counties saw $43M tax bump

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Oil-and-gas drillers in Ohio have paid $43 million in property taxes to local governments and schools in six shale counties since 2011, according to a report released Thursday. The finding by the Ohio Oil and Gas Association...

 

Terrorism suspected in car-and-knife attack at Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man plowed his car into a group of pedestrians at Ohio State University and began stabbing people with a butcher knife Monday before he was shot to death by a police officer. Police said they are investigating whether it...

 

Clinton sparks interest in 1st woman nominated, in 1872

HOMER, Ohio (AP, posted Sept. 13, 2016) — Nearly a century and a half before Hillary Clinton, a fiery activist from Ohio became the first woman nominated for U.S. president. Victoria Woodhull's varied and colorful life makes her difficult to...

 

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