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The Ohio Attorney General's office says more than 131 thousand conceal-carry licenses were issued last year, down 34 percent from the record set in 2016 and below the five-year average.

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Jackson Township police chief Mark Brink say the Massillon-area seventh-grader who took his own life at school last week had planned a school shooting that would harm others before killing himself. 

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment capping interest rates on payday loans at 28 percent have delivered petition signatures to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Wednesday to get the measure onto the November ballot. 

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The Ohio Department of Public Safety says starting July 2, the state will end the same-day issuing of driver's licenses and will mail them instead.

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Republican Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine has recused himself from hearing a Democratic gubernatorial candidate's lawsuit challenging his disqualification from the ballot.

Ohio economic development officials say Cincinnati lost its bid to host Amazon's second headquarters because the city lacks enough tech workers.

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The U.S. Supreme Court says it won't hear an appeal by Ohio's only female death row inmate.

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Ohio Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine has filed a new lawsuit against four major drug distributors, including Dublin-based Cardinal Health, for their alleged roles in the opioid crisis.

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Bowling Green State University has named Rodney Rogers to replace former President Mary Ellen Mazey.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich has issued an emergency declaration for 17 counties in the southern and eastern parts of the state amid concerns about continued flooding and forecasts of more rain. 

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A bipartisan group of governors says the two parties can and should work together to improve the nation's health care system. 

Columbus Division of Police

The man convicted of beating and killing a 14-month-old boy was sentenced this week to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 19 years. 

Grove City police say one man has died following a shooting at  a big-box store. 

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Clermont County officials say county and local police and fire departments and other emergency officials will set up tomorrow at the New Richmond Middle School, more than 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati. 

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A Democratic state lawmaker from Columbus says security officials did not follow protocol when they allowed a man now charged with raping, torturing and killing a woman into her office without proper identification.

Existing home sales in January declined on the local, state and national levels. 

More police will be patrolling the Springfield High School area today amid word of a threat.  

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A late entrant into the gubernatorial race has fallen short of collecting the required number of petition signatures to make the May primary ballot. 

Ohio Public Radio

State Auditor David Yost says Ohio should continue its medical marijuana program despite "multiple" flaws in selecting applicants for cultivation licenses. 

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Police in Jackson Township near Massillon say a seventh-grader who shot and wounded himself inside a middle school bathroom Tuesday also had a long gun in his backpack and a molotov cocktail  meant to cause a distraction. 

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Two Democratic state lawmakers are proposing legislation to ban  assault weapons in the wake of recent mass shootings.

Clark County Sheriff's Office

The Springfield teen charged as an adult for killing his younger brother after an argument over Halloween candy has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

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A lawsuit filed by some unsuccessful applicants for medical marijuana cultivation licenses claims state regulators failed to follow their own rules last year during the process.

Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio Ballot Board has approved placing before voters in May a congressional redistricting plan.

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Franklin County and Columbus Public Health officials plan to distribute bags that deactivate prescription drugs as part of the fight against the opioid epidemic. 

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Kentucky's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Dublin-based Cardinal Health, which has been linked to an opioid pipeline. 

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The Ohio Department of Health says nearly 11 thousand people have been hospitalized for influenza this season. 

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A judge's custody ruling opens up the possibility a transgender teen in Hamilton County will receive hormone therapy despite his parents' opposition. 

Knoxville News-Sentinel

A federal magistrate judge says the former-president of the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain must wear an electronic monitoring device and be placed on house arrest while he awaits sentencing on his conspiracy and fraud conviction. 

Statehouse News Bureau

The state says human error led to a Hilliard company's inadvertent exclusion from the proposed list of the dozen large-scale growers for Ohio's medical marijuana program.

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