Drones pose new contraband, smuggling challenge for prisons

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Wily inmates and their associates on the outside are deploying drones to deliver drugs, cellphones, and other contraband to prison yards, leaving prison guards and correctional authorities trying to decide how to deal with the new technology.

  • Written by IVAN MORENO, Associated Press

Cincinnati pays former councilman $55,000 to end contract

CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials in Cincinnati paid a former councilman $55,000 to end a contract that might have been "inappropriate," in another example of questions raised by a newspaper's investigation of lack of oversight of a city-run sewer district while it was spending hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ohio's EPA chief says new rules needed for lead in tap water

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Federal rules for testing lead in drinking water and notifying residents when high levels are coming out of their faucets are in need of a complete overhaul, the state's environmental agency director said.

  • Written by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press

Ohio sees more people driving at excessive speeds

CLEVELAND (AP) — Each year, about 1,000 people are nabbed by Ohio state troopers speeding 100 mph or more and that number has been rising, according to an analysis of State Highway Patrol tickets.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Trial under way in $100 million lawsuit against Venezuela

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal trial over a $100 million investors' lawsuit against Venezuela includes allegations of fraud, hints of an international criminal conspiracy, and references to diamonds, German junk bonds and a mysterious house fire in Switzerland.

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