Duke Energy rate request being negotiated with regulators

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The nation's largest electric company agreed Monday to seek a smaller rate increase on more than a million North Carolina customers, with a smaller potential profit margin, but still wants nearly $200 million a year to clean up the toxic byproducts of burning coal.

  • Written by By EMERY P. DALESIO , Associated Press

Modest growth forecast for Ohio holiday retail sales

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ahead of Black Friday and the December sales season, researchers are expecting a modest 2 percent increase in Ohio holiday retail spending compared with last year, according to an annual forecast released Monday.

  • Written by By JOHN SEEWER , Associated Press

GOP official quits, says move unrelated to Senate misconduct

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The chief of staff to Ohio Senate majority Republicans said Monday he will leave his post in a move unrelated to allegations of inappropriate conduct roiling the chamber.

  • Written by By JULIE CARR SMYTH , AP Statehouse Correspondent

Convicted killer: Civil rights violated when dreadlocks cut

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A convicted killer in an Ohio prison claims in a federal lawsuit that his civil rights have been violated by the repeated cutting of his dreadlocks.

  • Written by By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS , Associated Press