WYSO

Associated Press

Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
User: Paradox 56 / Flickr/Creative Commons

Public school superintendents from around Ohio are raising concerns that a large number of high schoolers are in jeopardy of not graduating as expected next school year because of new requirements tied to more demanding tests.

 

Some of those administrators and other supporters rallied Tuesday outside the Statehouse as the state school board discusses potential changes to address the issue. Several superintendents addressing the crowd urged supporters to keep the conversation going with lawmakers and board members to bring about change.

Minority Democrats in the state Legislature say removing the freeze on Ohio's renewable energy mandates is among their priorities as this year's session winds down.

The standards took effect in 2008 and say electricity utilities must meet annual benchmarks for renewable energy and for finding ways to help customers reduce energy use.

Time is running out on a measure Republican Gov. John Kasich signed placing a two-year freeze on the standards.

The Ohio Republican selected by president-elect Donald Trump to lead his domestic transition is an outspoken conservative with a history as a party maverick.

Ken Blackwell prevailed in an intra-party feud in 2006 to become Ohio's first black nominee for governor. He also took on fellow Republicans in the state Legislature while serving in statewide office.

StatehouseNews

Incumbent Republican Senator Rob Portman has defeated former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

Portman was first elected to the Senate in 2010. He ran a strong campaign tying his opponent to Ohio's sinking economy during Strickland's governorship, which coincided with the national recession.

Portman kept Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a distance leading up to today's election. Portman didn't campaign with Trump and withdrew his endorsement when a 2005 tape of Trump making lewd comments about kissing and groping women surfaced last month.

Potential jurors are due in court for the murder trial of a white former university police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man during a traffic stop in Ohio.

Twenty-six-year-old Ray Tensing has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of 43-year-old Sam DuBose near the University of Cincinnati last year.

Flickr Creative Commons User Penelope Perkins

Vice President Joe Biden is returning to Ohio to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The Clinton campaign says Biden is scheduled to attend events Monday at a convention center in Cleveland, a public library in Toledo and Sinclair Community College in Dayton.

The vice president's visit comes on the heels of Clinton's stop in the state on Friday and a Saturday rally by her Republican opponents, Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

Pence is back Tuesday with three events scheduled.

Naloxone
www.drugs.com

The state pharmacy board says two-thirds of Ohio's retail pharmacies now offer the drug overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription.

Giant Eagle and Rite Aid stores were recently added to the list, increasing the number to 1,374 pharmacies in 84 of Ohio's 88 counties. The counties not represented are Holmes, Morgan, Noble and Vinton counties.

An Ohio judge is reviewing recorded police interviews of a woman accused of suffocating her three young sons as he considers her lawyers' request to exclude her confession.

 

Attorneys representing 24-year-old Brittany Pilkington in the potential death penalty case say the statements were obtained unconstitutionally. They say authorities pressured her into confessing and she didn't understand what she was doing when she agreed to be interviewed without a lawyer.

 

Andy Chow

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman, who recently rescinded his support for Donald Trump, and his Democratic challenger Ted Strickland are set to hold their first debate.

The candidates will square off on Friday in Youngstown.

The debate comes amid renewed attention to the Senate race after Portman pulled his endorsement of Trump following the release of a 2005 video, which captures the Republican presidential nominee making lewd comments about women.

Portman said he had hoped to support Trump out of respect for the millions of people who voted for him.

Two books focused on the aftermath of 20th century wars are winners of awards from an Ohio group that celebrates the power of literature to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize nonfiction winner is "Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War," Susan Southard's examination of the enduring impact of the U.S. use of the atomic bomb on the Japanese city in World War II.

Viet Thanh Nguyen won for fiction with "The Sympathizer," featuring a double agent in the Vietnam War aftermath.

Pages