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Craft brewers in Ohio now have the freedom to make boozier beers.

A new state law takes effect Wednesday, scrapping caps on alcohol content for beer.

Ohio is following the lead of other states in getting rid of its 12 percent cap that has been on the books since just after Prohibition.

Craft brewers have flinched at anything restricting their ability to be creative and make stronger ales.

Legislators say the law levels the playing field and makes Ohio even more attractive to smaller breweries looking to locate to the state.

President Barack Obama has commuted the prison sentences of 111 federal inmates convicted of nonviolent drug offenses, including three from northeast Ohio.

Obama has called for phasing out strict sentences for drug offenses.

The White House says Obama has granted a total of 673 commutations. More than a third of the recipients were serving life sentences.

Hal Mincy, of Cleveland, was serving a 20-year sentence for possession with the intent to distribute crack. His sentence was commuted to expire in December.

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A leading Democratic political action committee is canceling ad buys in the Ohio Senate race. It's the second major group to do so as Democrats increasingly appear to be losing hope of winning back the key state.

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A group that preserves historically significant aviation sites is trying to buy the Wright brothers' former factory buildings in Ohio.

The Dayton Daily News reports the National Aviation Heritage Alliance is in negotiations with the private entity that owns the property in Dayton and the surrounding land.

Orville and Wilbur Wright built the airplane production buildings in 1910 and 1911. More than 100 planes were built there.

The aviation group says it plans to sell some land to the Dayton Metro Library for a new branch.

The National Weather Service says four tornadoes touched down in one western Ohio county during a storm that moved across Indiana and Ohio.

Emergency officials in Van Wert County near the Indiana state line say they're fortunate that the tornadoes rolled across mostly rural farmland during the storms Wednesday night. They say six properties had just minor damage.

The weather service also confirms that it was a tornado that damaged eight homes in Putnam County.

A county official says the homes lost siding, shingles and have a few broken windows.

Police in Cincinnati are asking for the public's help in finding the source of the suspected heroin behind an estimated 78 overdoses in just two days this week.

Authorities believe the same batch is linked to three recent deaths.

They say there were an estimated 78 overdoses on Tuesday and Wednesday and a total of 174 overdoses in emergency rooms within the past week.

Local officials are calling it a public health emergency.

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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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