Statewide News en Ohio Candidate Sees Economic Plus In James' Return <p>Ohio's Democratic candidate for governor says LeBron James' return to Cleveland boosts more than the Cavaliers' title chances.<br />&nbsp;<br />Ed FitzGerald is the chief executive of Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, and was visiting Cincinnati on Friday. FitzGerald says after James left for Miami four years ago, it hit Cuyahoga County's revenues because of reduced attendance and downtown activities.<br />&nbsp; Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:16:12 +0000 Associated Press 52655 at Ohio Court To Hear Former Death Row Inmate's Claim <p>The Ohio Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of a former death row inmate trying to clear his name in a pair of slayings he didn't commit.</p><p>Dale Johnston of suburban Columbus was sentenced to die in 1984 for the shooting deaths of his teenage stepdaughter and her fiance two years earlier.</p><p>The case against him fell apart on appeal, and he was freed in 1990. Another man confessed in 2008 to killing the couple.</p><p>Two years ago, a Franklin County judge declared the 80-year-old Johnston innocent in the slayings, allowing him to seek compensation from the state.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:40:53 +0000 Associated Press 51909 at Algae Toxin Prompts Warning At Southwest Ohio Lake <p>BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) - An advisory has been issued for swimmers at East Fork Lake in southwest Ohio because of a toxin produced by blue-green algae.</p><p>The advisory recommends that visitors who are very young, elderly or have compromised immune systems avoid swimming or wading at the lake in Clermont County, east of Cincinnati. The advisory issued Monday applies to the main beach and the campground beach.</p><p>Officials say state testing there found the toxin in concentrations higher than the levels at which it has been shown to affect the liver.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:12:52 +0000 Associated Press 51843 at Ohio's Property Tax Burden Shifts From Businesses To Homes <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffcfc2a5-cda0-8cd7-8cce-4df67deb783c"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Verdana; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A new study shows Ohio’s property taxes have been shifting from business to residential and agricultural for 35 years, a shift that’s accelerated over the last 20 years.</span><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span></span></p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:31:02 +0000 Lewis Wallace 51805 at Ohio Supreme Court Case Will Affect Local Traffic Camera Suits <p></p><p></p><p>You open your mail and there it is – a picture of your car allegedly speeding through town or sailing through the red light at an intersection.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ready to proclaim your innocence, you wait for your day in court. But, if you reside in any of the 15 Ohio communities that use traffic enforcement cameras, that’s not what you get. In most cases, you’ll get an administrative hearing.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:06:19 +0000 Jerry Kenney 51451 at Ohio Supreme Court Case Will Affect Local Traffic Camera Suits