Divided court rejects sealing criminal records after pardon

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Judges don't have the authority to seal the criminal records of offenders purely on the basis of a pardon by the governor, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

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

Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday.

  • Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press

Advocates push for maintaining Medicaid expansion in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coalition of behavioral health groups say an extension of Medicaid has benefited low-income Ohioans living with mental health disorders and addictions, and lawmakers should continue it.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

GOP legislative caucuses in Ohio spent more than Democrats

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republicans in each of Ohio's legislative chambers spent more in direct donations to candidates and other causes in 2014 than the state Democratic party spent on all its candidates combined, according to a new analysis by the Center for Public Integrity.

  • Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent