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CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities say they have video and audiotapes of an Ohio man meeting with a confidential informant in a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol.

Prosecutor Timothy Mangan disclosed the planned evidence during a pretrial meeting in Cincinnati. U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith met with attorneys to discuss handling classified information in the case of 20-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich's proposed $72 billion budget would boost the number of state workers helping prison inmates beat drug and alcohol addiction.

The proposal shifts such treatment from the state prisons agency to the department that handles addiction services and boosts the number of staff members involved, currently about 120.

Tracy Plouck (plowk), director of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, says that while nearly six of every 10 inmates need some kind of addictions treatment, fewer than one in 10 receive it.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, Mayor Frank Jackson, Attorney General Eric Holder, Civil Rights Division head Vanita Gupta and U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio Steven Dettelbach were all present at a press conference Thursday announcing the DOJ's f
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say they will soon be issuing body cameras to police officers in the hope of reducing confrontations between officers and citizens, use of force and citizen complaints.

The city has ordered 1,500 cameras that will be distributed over several months to its five police districts. Officers are being ordered to use the cameras whenever they stop a pedestrian or motorist, are involved in a chase or are at crime and accident scenes.

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Governor Kasich’s proposed two-year budget makes big changes to the formula used to fund K-12 schools. He says those districts that have the highest property wealth and the highest income from taxpayers will get less money from the state.  And he knows that might mean many suburban schools will be flat funded, or even face cuts.

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Ohio's largest U.S military base has lost the competition to become the site of a new installation and mission support center that could result in hundreds of jobs for the host base.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was one of four final candidates for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Headquarters. Air Force officials said in a statement Wednesday that Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas was selected as the site of the new center.

The other bases competing were Joint Base-Langley-Eustis in Virginia and Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

Ohio State Ohio State fans gather before the national championship game in Texas in January, 2015. Fans in Columbus rioted after the game.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Columbus police spokesman says an internal investigation continues into officers' use of tear gas and pepper spray to disperse crowds following Ohio State's football championship victory.

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs called for the review last week in an email sent to police and some city officials.

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man arrested in an FBI sting and charged with plotting to set off bombs at the U.S. Capitol and shoot government officials is due in court.

Twenty-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell, who lived with his parents in suburban Cincinnati, is scheduled to appear in federal court for the first time on Friday afternoon.

Cornell was arrested Wednesday and charged with plotting to attack the Capitol with pipe bombs and guns.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence for a Cincinnati man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and two young children.

Mark Pickens was sentenced to die in 2010 after a jury found him guilty in the shootings of 19-year-old Noelle Washington, her infant son and a 3-year-old girl she was babysitting a year earlier.

The court's ruling issued Tuesday rejected Pickens' arguments that questioned testimony at the trial and how the jurors were selected.

Pickens was 19 at the time of the shootings.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio education officials say $10 million is available for a new school mentorship program.

Community organizations, faith-based groups and businesses are asked to develop partnerships encouraging mentorship in Ohio's schools and giving more students access to role models. Organizations and schools creating the partnerships can receive a maximum of $500,000 in state grants that provide a matching three dollars for every dollar spent.

The Las Vegas strip has an open alcohol policy, which is what Ohio legislators hope could become possible in some cities here.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate has passed a bill to allow people to carry alcoholic beverages outside as they visit restaurants and bars in certain designated areas.

The proposal would allow cities with populations of more than 35,000 to create entertainment districts, where Ohio's open container law wouldn't apply. Patrons with a beer or alcoholic drink from one of the district's establishments could carry it with them outside as they visit other district businesses. The size of the municipal entertainment districts could not exceed a half mile.

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