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Ohio's governor sees progress in the state's anti-drug efforts, despite a new report that shows another record death toll from accidental overdoses.

Accidental drug overdoses killed a record 3,050 people in Ohio last year.

Republican Gov. John Kasich says he feels "terrible" about the deaths, but believes lives are being saved by steps taken, including increased monitoring of drug prescriptions and crackdowns on "pill mills."

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The head of Ohio's toll road says it is moving closer to opening up the highway for the testing of self-driving vehicles.

The Ohio Turnpike's executive director tells The Associated Press that testing is likely to begin within 12 months, and possibly before the end of the year.

Randy Cole says the route that takes Interstate 80 from Pennsylvania to Indiana is set up well for it because it already has a fiber network along the entire roadway.

Ohio is among several states competing to play a role in the testing of self-driving vehicles.

A car has slammed into a crowd at an outdoor concert in Ohio injuring nine people, two of them seriously.

It happened Sunday night in Parma Heights, about 10 miles south of Cleveland.

Police say a 74-year-old woman who was leaving the community concert accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake as she was pulling out of her parking space. Police say she then drove onto a small dance floor in the parking lot at the concert and crashed into a crowd.

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An Ohio board that oversees attorney conduct says attorneys aren't allowed to help someone establish a legal medical marijuana-related business in the state because using, growing and selling marijuana remains a federal crime.

 The advisory opinion released Thursday by the state Supreme Court's Board of Professional Conduct also says Ohio attorneys aren't legally permitted to use medical marijuana.

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A man accused of causing two buildings to be evacuated at Ohio's largest military base after driving through a security gate is set for trial this fall.

Records show 32-year-old Edward Novak's U.S. District Court trial has been scheduled for Oct. 19 in Dayton.

Authorities say the unarmed Beavercreek man entered a secure building at Wright-Patterson Air Force base Nov. 24 after driving past sentries.

Teachers, school administrators, lawmakers and others are preparing to participate in Ohio's first charter school summit.

The two-day event begins Thursday in Columbus. It is designed to provide opportunities to take financial, professional and academic training; to listen to national experts; and to learn more about board governance, record-keeping and best enrollment practices.

Republican State Auditor Dave Yost is hosting the event. He says the idea is an expansion on trainings his staff has been providing to charter schools.

Ohio troopers say they seized about seven times as much heroin during the first half of 2016 as they did during the same period last year.

The State Highway Patrol attributes the increase at least in part to several large drug busts.

The rise comes amid other signs that Ohio's opiate problems continue to grow. The Cleveland area saw 15 overdose deaths in a recent three-day span that were attributed to heroin, the synthetic opiate fentanyl or a combination of those.

Customs officials in Cincinnati seized 10 pounds of heroin in one summer shipment.

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Ohio's Wright State University says it has no plans to repay the $220,000 in state money it received to upgrade security for the first presidential debate, which it pulled out of last month due to increasing security costs.
 

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Ohio to prevent dual payments to publicly funded preschools

Ohio plans to prevent publicly funded preschools from receiving overlapping payments from multiple sources for services.

Cleveland.com reports a memo from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services director to advisers to Gov. John Kasich says some preschools have incorrectly received "dual payments" from the state and from the federal Head Start program.

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Pilloried by negative attacks and lagging in funding and some polls, ex-Gov. Ted Strickland is airing the first television ads of his campaign against U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.

The multi-million ad buy began airing across Ohio Wednesday. The 60-second spot focuses on Strickland's hard-scrabble childhood in Appalachian Ohio, his blue-collar roots and the campaign's working-class focus.

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