State health officials are confirming Ohio's second human case of West Nile virus this year. A 48-year-old Cuayhoga County man is hospitalized with inflammation of the brain. The first case was confirmed last week in Clermont County involving an 85-year-old man who remains hospitalized. The state says more than 445 mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus so far this year, an increase from nearly sixty at this point last year. Ohio has recorded human cases of the virus each year since 2002. There were 21 cases last year.
Adam Scott returns to golf today as the defending champion at the Bridgestone Invitational at the historic Firestone Country Club in Akron. It's his first tournament since losing a four-shot lead with four holes to play at the British Open. Scott says after playing in the Bridgestone, he will focus on the final major next week at the PGA Championship in South Carolina.
An independent group supporting President Obama's re-election is preparing a 30 million dollar advertising blitz in Ohio and five other battleground states for the fall. Priorities USA Action has reserved television ad time in September and October. It was founded last year by two former Obama White House staffers in response to the proliferation of Republican-leaning independent groups that arose after the U.S. Supreme Court eased restrictions on campaign spending in its Citizens United ruling. The group has raised 21 million dollars since its inception.
The World's Longest Yard Sale will attract bargain hunters across parts of Ohio and five other states along 690 miles of road this weekend. The event begins today and runs through Sunday along U.S. route 127. This marks the 25th year of the yard sale, begun as a way to get travelers to get off the interstate highways to see the local sights and spend some cash in the rural areas.
Former Democratic Ohio Governor Ted Strickland is is accusing Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney of being secretive and says he should release more tax returns. Speaking with reporters during President Obama's visit to Mansfield Wednesday, Strickland questioned whether Romney was hiding something from the American people. Republican Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder has also suggested Romney would do well to release the forms.
President Obama says Republican challenger Mitt Romney's economic plan would give tax cuts to the richest Americans at the expense of popular tax breaks for most everyone else. On a campaign trip in Mansfield today, the president said Romney's tax proposal would force many people to give up popular tax deductions that allow them to buy a house, afford health care and send their kids to college. He pointed to a new report that concluded Romney's economic plan would shift the tax burden from wealthy taxpayers to low- and middle-class taxpayers.
Ohio homeowners could be eligible for a rebate for installing a safe room to protect themselves during a tornado or extreme winds. State officials say it will help in the construction of 150 safe rooms.
Akron-based Goodyear says second-quarter profit rose by more than 50 percent due to lower production costs. The tire maker reports a profit of 85 million dollars, compared with a 40-million dollar profit in the same period a year ago. Revenue fell 8.4 percent to 5.15 billion dollars as the poor European economy reduced tire sales. The results are below Wall Street expectations. Goodyear now expects full-year sales to decline by 5 to 7 percent from 2011 levels.
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board meets today to take the first step toward selecting an artist to design a Holocaust memorial at the Statehouse. The board is working with the Ohio Arts Council to determine the location and design. Governor John Kasich has said he wants construction to be completed by 2013. The state and private entities are funding the memorial.
Circleville firefighters say an early morning blaze has destroyed the Circle D Roller Rink on East Main Street. No injuries have been reported out of the blaze at the skating rink and bowling alley that has been in town for more than 50 years. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
Ohio Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette will not to seek re-election. State Party Chair Bob Bennett would not comment on LaTourette's reasons for retiring, but other party insiders say it is over a dispute with U.S. House leadership on committee assignments. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
A prosecutor in the Dominican Republic says 1990 World Series Most Valuable Player Jose Rijo has been charged with laundering money for a suspected drug trafficker. 80 percent of the assets of fugitive drug suspect Avelino Castro were in the name of the former Cincinnati Reds pitcher. Those assets allegedly include two hotels and a sports complex. Prosecutors asked a court to order Rijo to remain in the Dominican but did not seek his arrest. Authorities began investigating him after a Dominican journalist was kidnapped and killed, allegedly on the orders of Castro.
Franklin County Sheriff's deputies say a Columbus man was killed in a one-vehicle accident on 1-270 south of Georgesville road early this morning. Depuites say 47-year-old Alan Popowski went off the right side of the road, across a median into a road construction zone, and down an embankment. Drugs and alcohol are not considered to be factors in the crash.