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Alison Lundergan Grimes

Court Document Says Computer Seized from Grimes’ Office

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Attorneys for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes say Kentucky State Police seized a computer from her office this week in an investigation of how she and her aides used voter data. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports a motion filed in Franklin County Circuit Court says the computer is that of the… Read More

Stormy Daniels

Chief Recommends Firing 2 Officers in Stormy Daniels Arrest

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The interim police chief in Ohio’s capital city is recommending two officers from the department’s now-disbanded vice unit be fired for their roles in an undercover strip club operation last year that resulted in the arrest of porn actress Stormy Daniels. An internal investigation focused on allegations that Columbus officers who… Read More

Attorney General Dave Yost

Yost: Purdue Settlement Money Should be Spent Locally

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says any money the state receives from a settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should be spent at the local level. Yost, a Republican, went “on the record” with his position at an unrelated news conference Wednesday. He said he doesn’t want Ohio’s efforts to exercise… Read More

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Number of Abortions in US Falls to Lowest Since 1973

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NEW YORK (AP) — The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted 862,000 abortions in the U.S. in 2017…. Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Report: Ohio Conducted Executions After Drugmakers’ Warnings

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report says Ohio went ahead with executions in recent years even after drugmakers threatened to cut off supplies if medications were used for lethal injection. Copies of letters obtained by The Columbus Dispatch show drugmakers warned Ohio officials going back to at least 2015. The paper reported Wednesday that London-based Hikma Pharmaceuticals… Read More

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State Patrol: 1 Person Dies in Plane Crash at Madison County Airport

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Update 4:25 p.m. LONDON, Ohio (AP) – State troopers say a single-engine plane attempting to land at a county airport in Ohio has crashed and the pilot has died. The State Highway Patrol says 79-year-old Donald Apple, of Piqua (PIHK’-wah), was pronounced dead at the crash in a field just west of the Madison County… Read More

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New West Virginia Delegate Appointed to Fill Vacancy

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Trenton C. Barnhart to a vacant state House of Delegates seat. Justice’s office said in a news release that Barnhart is a lifelong resident of Pleasants County and lives in St. Marys. His was among three names that the West Virginia Republican Party submitted… Read More

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Investigation: IT Company Used to Launder $12M in Contracts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Investigators say over $12 million in state contracts was improperly laundered through a shell company to benefit a group of companies. The Inspector General’s Office investigation found nearly $12.3 million of $15.8 million that TSG Partners Ltd. received in state contracts for information-technology work from Jan. 2015 to Aug. 2017 went to Advocate… Read More

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Lawsuit Seeks to Remove Kentucky AG Candidate from Ballot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A lawsuit is alleging the Republican nominee for Kentucky attorney general has not been a practicing attorney long enough to serve. The suit filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court by Joseph L. Jackson of Louisville asks that Republican Daniel Cameron’s name be removed from the ballot. The complaint says the state… Read More

In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses protest outside Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn.

‘Blood Money?’ Purdue Settlement Would Rely on Opioid Sales

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The tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma would raise money to help clean up the opioid mess by … selling more OxyContin. That would amount to blood money, in the opinion of some critics. And it’s one reason two dozen states have rejected the deal. “The settlement agreement basically requires the settlement payments… Read More