Democratic Ohio Rep. Ryan makes public switch on abortion

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democratic congressman who is weighing a U.S. Senate run in politically divided Ohio has publicly declared a position switch on abortion, saying Wednesday the decision is deeply personal and unrelated to any political aspirations.

  • Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press

House committee passes ban on plastic beads polluting lakes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana House committee unanimously passed a bill that would ban the sale and manufacture of soaps and cosmetics containing tiny plastic particles that environmentalists say are polluting water resources.

  • Written by LAURYN SCHROEDER, Associated Press

Charter school changes, student grants on House GOP's agenda

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Students seeking in-demand jobs in nursing, manufacturing and other industries could be eligible for grants up to $5,000 under a proposal Republicans in the Ohio House announced Wednesday as part of their legislative agenda.

  • Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press

Divided court rejects sealing criminal records after pardon

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Judges don't have the authority to seal the criminal records of offenders purely on the basis of a pardon by the governor, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

  • Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer