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Ohio State Fair ride inspections to begin Monday

Safety has been a major focus since an accident at the fair two years ago led to the death of an 18-year-old.

Vandal painted railings with toothbrush to fulfill ‘creative sentence’

State lawmakers vote to allow growing hemp, selling CBD oil

Special commission to review Pike County sheriff’s suspension from office

Ohio budget raises minimum age for cigarettes, vaping products to 21

Hummus sold at stores nationwide being recalled due to possible bacteria contamination

Undocumented immigrant arrested on jet ski near Port Clinton, turned over to ICE

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The Latest: 4% tax cut, pharmacy compensation in Ohio budget

4 people rushed to the hospital after possibly overdosing at Cedar Point, police say

Hyperloop: Cleveland to Chicago in 28 minutes is on track and picking up speed (Video)

Court says Catholic school can challenge competition rules

Cleveland man, woman drive up to motorcycle crash scene and steal victim’s wallet

Iguana thrown at a Painesville restaurant manager reunited with original owner

Investigators confirm remains found are those of Savannah Spurlock

Kentucky State Police officials are expected to announce new details Thursday in their investigation into the disappearance of Savannah Spurlock.

Tall Ships Festival sails into Cleveland this weekend

The Tall Ships Festival returns to Cleveland’s waterfront this week.

  Ohio babysitter accused of beating children with belt, breaking toddler’s back

After staying with a family friend, a 1, 2, and 4-year-old all had suffered injuries, including fractures to the 1-year-old’s back.

Church eliminates $6.2M worth of medical debt in Indiana

Stories of medical debt from within the church’s own congregation motivated members to give.

UPDATE: 2 children and woman murdered in Slavic Village home near field where man was gunned down; community in shock

Cedar Point says ‘50th anniversary’ promotion offering 4 free tickets per family is a scam

Man sentenced to 30 months in prison for beating man he believed to be Jewish outside Cincinnati restaurant

Amy McGrath to run for Mitch McConnell’s US Senate seat

Massive trail of dead fish flows into Ohio River following Jim Beam warehouse fire

  (We’re pretty sure) we have identified the ‘mystery bug’ in this viewer photo

  Korean War veteran’s remains, unidentified for decades, to be laid to rest in Goshen Twp

“We are hoping to spread the word to the community since this is a very unique and special story."

Woman with serious illness sees daughter’s wedding with help from University Hospitals caregivers

A University Hospitals patient was able to attend her daughter’s wedding, thanks to help from her caregivers.

Man who killed off-duty officer in head-on crash sentenced to 13 years

Justin Watts pleaded guilty last month to a felony count of aggravated vehicular assault in the January crash on Ohio 125 in Batavia Township that killed Jerrid Lee, 27

NKY man among 3 runners gored racing with bulls at Pamplona’s festival

Five people were hospitalized after the opening bull run of this year's San Fermin festival in Pamplona, including two Americans and a Spaniard who were gored by bulls, officials in the northern Spanish city said Sunday.

14-year-old Ohio boy found in ‘shallow grave’ died of fentanyl intoxication, coroner says

Following a complete autopsy and toxicological testing performed at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, the coroner released a cause of death for Jonathan Minard.

Black bear spotted roaming around Pike County

The Waverly Police Department started getting calls about the bear shortly before 11 a.m.

  Child rescued after falling down pipe

Shortly after 10:30 p.m., our reporter Evan Gorman was on scene and reported the young boy has been rescued.

Centenarians wed after meeting at Ohio assisted living facility

Two Ohio newlyweds proved that it’s never too late to find love.

Lake Erie second deadliest Great Lake for drownings; total deaths down from last year

A scary statistic for lake-lovers in Northeast Ohio: Lake Erie is the second deadliest Great Lake for drownings through the first six months of 2019.

  The iboga tree affair: A confiscated shrub, hallucinogenics and suspended professors rile Miami University campus

The iboga tree is skinny, short – more like a shrub – and grows fruit that looks like orange peppers. But inside the tree’s roots is something called ibogaine – a controlled substance that causes a hallucinogenic reaction if consumed.

  Jared Lorenzen, Highlands star, UK football quarterback, and NFL player has died

Jared Lorenzen’s family confirmed Wednesday that the former NFL player has passed away.

Federal judge temporarily blocks ‘heartbeat abortion’ ban

Senate Bill 23 was signed by Governor Mike DeWine on April 11, 2019, and was scheduled to take effect in July.

Health department investigating ‘possible case of measles’ in Cincinnati

The Health Department and partners are making sure people who may have been exposed are notified and given information on what to do.

  Man who pleaded guilty in baby’s death punched by family member after sentencing hearing

Kwin Boes had just been sentenced to 25 years, 20 in prison and 5 years on probation after he is released.

Two Jim Beam bourbon warehouses catch on fire in Woodford County

The warehouses caught on fire at the Jim Beam aging facility, located on McCracken Pike near the Franklin County line, around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Woodford County Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler.

14-year-old girl Cleveland girl found safe after being seen leaving gas station with older man

She has been returned to her family

Harmful algae already detected in Lake Erie and it’s expected to be a bad year

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its first bulletin of the season that picked up on a cyanobacteria, or harmful algal bloom, in Lake Erie this week.

Daylight saving time may become permanent in Kentucky if lawmakers have their way

Year-round DST means Kentuckians would see an extra hour of darkness in the morning and an extra hour of daylight in the evening.

Ohio ditches sales tax for glasses and contact lenses

Corrective eyeglasses and contact lenses purchased in Ohio are no longer subject to state sales taxes

Sandmann in court for $250M defamation suit against WaPo

Nick Sandmann, a Covington Catholic student seeking more than three-quarters of $1 billion against several media companies, was in court for one of the pending lawsuits for the first time on Monday.

Jared Lorenzen hospitalized, battling several health issues, per report

Former UK quarterback Jared Lorenzen is currently in intensive care battling several ailments.

Talk show host Steve Harvey to cover students’ college costs

Talk show host, comedian and game show host Steve Harvey has committed to cover to cover the college costs for eight incoming freshmen at his alma mater in Ohio

Cedar Point named ‘Best Amusement Park’ in the US

Once again, Cedar Point has been named the “Best Amusement Park” in the country.

  Wild Parsnip, Poison Hemlock on the rise in Ohio: What to watch for

We all know to look for poison ivy -- we need to look for these weeds, too.

No new maps for Ohio till 2022 after U.S. Supreme Court gerrymandering decision

Ohio won’t draw a new congressional map until 2022 after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled federal courts shouldn’t play a role in fixing partisan gerrymandering.

Indiana girl contracts flesh-eating bacteria on vacation in Florida

The 12-year-old got Necrotizing Fasciitis, which her mom thought happened because of a scrape on her big toe.

Borden’s milk returns to Ohio store shelves for first time in 24 years

After a 24-year absence, Borden’s milk is coming back to Ohio.

Unbelievable: Swarm of mayflies covers car near Port Clinton, Ohio

Swarms of mayflies invaded Northeast Ohio’s lakeshore overnight, blanketing cars and homes that were in their path.

$1M winning Powerball ticket sold in NKY

One Florence retailer is celebrating Thursday morning - they sold a $1,000,000 Powerball ticket for Wednesday night’s drawing.

  Bill relaxing concealed carry law takes effect in Kentucky

Kentucky already recognized the right to carry a firearm openly without a permit.

House Bill 178 would eliminate the need for a permit to carry a gun in Ohio

Ohio House Bill 178 would abolish the state law requiring Ohioans to obtain a concealed carry permit, and now, it’s a step closer to real debate in the House.

  Bill relaxing concealed carry law to take effect in Kentucky on Thursday

People who are at least 21-years-old may carry a concealed firearm without a permit or training.

Ohio man lied about robbery to avoid telling wife about lost wedding ring, police say

Police in Ohio said a man fabricated a report about being robbed so that he didn’t have to tell his wife that he actually lost his wedding ring.

Ohio’s new 10 cent gas tax increase goes into effect July 1

A new state tax on gas and diesel signed off by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in April will begin July 1.

Girl Scout dies after ‘freak accident’ at Indiana camp

The Perry County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call around 11:30 a.m. Monday that a tree had fallen on campers at Camp Koch.

LongHorn Steakhouse introduces Cleveland to Steak & Bourbon Ice Cream this summer

The boldly seasoned dessert item contains bits of steak mixed with bourbon caramel.

  Video shows the moment a tornado damaged a KY marina

The National Weather Service in Paducah said the damage appeared to be from an EF-1 tornado.

Youth football fundraiser raffling off 9mm Handgun

A little league football fundraiser raffle has some parents in Lorain County upset.

‘The Office’ making its way to Broadway stage at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square

The numbers won’t be performed by ‘Here Comes Treble’ but they should be solid nonetheless.

  Cleveland Clinic performs first in utero fetal surgery to repair birth defect (video)

Cleveland Clinic doctors performed their first surgery on a baby still in her mother’s womb to repair a spina bifida birth defect.

Group reminds owners not to flush pets after 14-inch goldfish found in river flowing from Lake Erie

A water conservation group has made a request to all pet owners: Don’t flush your fish!

Delayed Kentucky internet project faces new squirrel setback

A project that would bring high-speed internet across Kentucky will be delayed because company representatives say an "abundance" of squirrels have chewed through wiring

Elderly man threatens to shoot Get Go employee over lotto number mistake

Giant Eagle loss prevention did file a trespass order, which prohibits the man from returning.

Chagrin Falls named best city in Ohio to live in

Hudson, Beachwood and Mentor also made the top 10.

Real ID: Date announced for first Kentucky county rollout

The state issued a release Tuesday announcing the news, adding that a phased, county-by-county rollout for the rest of the state will begin later in the summer following the pilot period.

Ohio man accused of breaking into woman’s home and rubbing her feet

An Ohio man is behind bars after allegedly breaking into a home and stroking a woman’s feet.

Louisville drag queen featured in new Taylor Swift video

A familiar face around Louisville was featured as a famous face in a new music video.

  Pike County Massacre: Grandmother trial postponed

All four attorneys have agreed to turn over files associated with the case Friday

Do you know him? State investigators working to ID slumped over body found in Ohio parking lot

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz are seeking assistance to identify a man who was found dead on April 28.

$20,000 reward now offered for tips leading to arrest in Rocky River Reservation murders

The FBI and Cleveland Metroparks Police announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect responsible for murdering two people at the Rocky River Reservation.

Cleveland earthquake shakes ODOT cameras violently (video)

Video gives a glimpse of intensity of Northeast Ohio earthquake

  Jake Wagner’s last pre-trial hearing date set

Wagner’s older brother George IV appeared in Pike County court Monday morning where a trial date of Sept. 4 was set.

Kentucky community joins search to find suspect of brutal pig beatings

The owner of two pigs who were beaten to death in Bullitt County is on the hunt for answers.

$1 million winning Powerball ticket sold in Louisville claimed

One Louisville shopper is $1 million richer after purchasing a winning ticket somewhere in town.

  Jeffersonville Fire soars above the call of duty, rescuing rare bird from tree

A green wing macaw named Ruby, who found herself in a tricky spot.

  Brown School student graduates as small business owner

One member of the class of 2019 already has an impressive resume.

  Surprise! Soldier returns from deployment to surprise daughter at Brook Park Memorial School (video)

“I was so nervous, I was shaking, just so surprised to see her”

Teenager with special needs wanders into a home, South Euclid resident helps him return to group home

“It was a very heartwarming moment, it really was."