College credit program costing Ohio school districts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A statewide program in Ohio that offers free college credit to middle- and high-schoolers may save parents and students money, but taxpayers in school districts will be left with the tab.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Village police chief in spotlight of Ohio's heroin battle

NEWTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The veteran police chief in a bucolic Ohio village, where the last murder was two decades ago and he can just about count the number of drug cases on both hands, finds himself in the spotlight on the front lines against heroin overdoses in one of the nation's hardest-hit states.

  • Written by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press

Fake gun, real crime: Police notice uptick in replicas

Whether they shoot BBs, pellets, paintballs or nothing at all, imitation guns can be indistinguishable from the real thing — it's one reason why some criminals gravitate toward them. Plus they're cheap and easy to get.

  • Written by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press

Debate over whether Columbus is really the 'safest big city'

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Long stuck in the shadow of sister cities Cleveland and Cincinnati, Columbus is Ohio's city on the rise. Cranes dot the skyline, rising above blocks of new downtown condos. The population has been booming for years, while the numbers in the state's other major cities have fallen or remained steady.

  • Written by COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press, ANN SANNER, Associated Press