Ohio seeks to boost early childhood mental health services

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio initiative seeks to boost access to mental health consultants in an effort to curb the number of children expelled or suspended from kindergarten, preschool and other early childhood education settings.

  • Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press

CORRECTION: Justices side with energy firm on Ohio drilling leases


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a story Jan. 21 about an Ohio Supreme Court decision on Beck Energy Corp. oil-and-gas drilling leases, The Associated Press erroneously reported the ruling's effect on the leases. Justices deemed the leases valid; they didn't void them.

A corrected version of the story is below:


Ohio agency seeks criminal probe into water plant problems

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio is sending pallets of bottled water and testing kits to several communities after environmental officials said the operator of a small water system failed to notify the public for months that unsafe levels of lead had been found in some homes.

  • Written by MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press

Ex-chief who called criminals 'mopes' convicted of 4 charges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former small-town Ohio police chief who developed an outsize Facebook following for blunt, humorous commentary about the criminals he calls "mopes" found himself grouped with them Monday as he was convicted of four misdemeanors, including assault of a female officer who accused him of sexual harassment.

  • Written by KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press