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Ohio AG backs tougher prison terms for gun crimes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans who repeatedly use guns to commit crimes would face tougher penalties under a proposed law backed by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and fellow Republicans.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015

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Ohio reports 5.1 percent unemployment rate for February

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in February, unchanged from the previous two months.

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Ohio sheriff is sentenced to 7 years for public corruption

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A suspended sheriff was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for public corruption over allegations that he bought food and clothes with county money, sold county property to a scrapyard and stole copper wire from a county garage.

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Police impersonator who pulled over real cop gets probation

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who pulled over a detective while impersonating a police officer has been sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

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Jury recommends life without parole in slaying of woman, son

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A jury in Akron has recommended that a man convicted of aggravated murder in the slaying of a woman and their 5-year-old son be sentenced to life without parole.

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New law will open access to adoptees' birth certificates

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands of Ohio adoptees are hoping to learn more about their history, including family medical information, thanks to a law granting them access to their adoption files and birth certificates.

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FBI seeks help finding 'Buckeye Bandit' serial bank robber

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The FBI and local police are asking for help identifying a suspect in up to 20 bank robberies in central Ohio who they've dubbed the "Buckeye Bandit."

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Ohio mother accused of decapitating baby held on $500K bail

CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge has set bail for an Ohio mother accused of decapitating her 3-month-old baby at $500,000.

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