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The State Auditor and the State Education Department say they will investigate allegations that Columbus schools administrators manipulated attendance records to improve the district's state report card. The district has two weeks to turn over records and communications related to the issue. The records affect state aid to the district. 

The family of an Ohio man who died after his losing his leg at West Virginia's Shoemaker Mine has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Consol Energy. 

Officials have identified a worker fatally injured in an accident at a General Motors plant in suburban Cleveland.

A central Ohio judge has blocked the state from moving forward with tentative Medicaid contracts it awarded to five managed-care organizations.

The American Red Cross says it has reached a deal with employees in northwest Ohio that will end a three-month strike. 

One of five suspects charged with plotting to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio wants to exclude trial evidence that he threatened to bomb his seventh-grade principal. Attorney Anthony Vegh told a federal judge in Akron that information about the threat by Douglas Wright of Indianapolis when he was 12 years old would prejudice the jury. The judge said Thursday he will take up the issue next month. All five men have pleaded not guilty. They allegedly tried to detonate what turned out to be a dud bomb provided by an informant.

A new report by Columbus-based Battelle and the Biotechnology Industry Organization finds the bioscience sector expanding as the overall job market struggles. 

The state is appealing a judge's decision that an Ohio man is too mentally ill to be executed for killing his estranged wife and brother-in-law in a courtroom basement. 

Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams Friday, adding a second wild-card in each league.

The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners, meaning a third-place team could win the World Series.

This is the only change in baseball's playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.

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