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LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Death penalty opponents have begun a week-long walk from a prison in Lucasville to the Statehouse to protest capital punishment.

The 83-mile walk started Sunday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, where Ohio executes prisoners.

The walk is sponsored by Ohioans to Stop Executions and other groups. They plan to finish the protest in Columbus on Saturday, which is World Day Against the Death Penalty.

State Superintendent Richard Ross takes questions from the Ohio Board of Education during its meetings this week.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has received a $71 million federal grant to expand charter schools even as state authorities review possible data scrubbing by a former school choice director and lawmakers push fixing charter oversight.


The U.S. Department of Education grant announced Monday represents the largest single portion of a new $157 million to expand charter school opportunities. Evaluators found "no weaknesses" in Ohio's grant application.


The Dayton City Commission has updated the city's water ordinance.

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The cost of maintaining pipes and treatment plants to keep drinking water flowing across Ohio is projected at $12 billion over the next two decades.


The staggering price tag dwarfs the $550 million that the U.S. government has given Ohio since the mid-1990s under the largest federal loan program for improving the nation's drinking water systems.


State Lawmaker Seeking Confederate Flag Ban

Sep 25, 2015
State Rep. Sykes doesn't want to see any Confederate flags flown outside public buildings or businesses in Ohio.
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A state lawmaker wants to send a strong message to Ohioans who continue to display the Confederate flag.

Democratic State Rep. Emilia Sykes of Akron says the Confederate flag has become a symbol of hate that has no place flying outside of any government-related entity or business.

Sykes, who’s black, wants the Republican-dominated House to vote on a resolution that would urge people to remove the flag from any public property.

Retired U.S. Army Col. Chip Tansill will take over as director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich has named a new director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services after the agency's previous head resigned last week.


Kasich's office announced on Monday that retired U.S. Army Col. Chip Tansill was taking over as the department's leader. He replaces retired U.S. Army Col. Tim Gorrell, who left on Friday.


SPRINGBORO, Ohio (AP) — A Springboro school board has planned a vote to raze a former school building where more than 5,000 people vote.


The Dayton Daily News reports the board is expected to decide Tuesday evening on the former Jonathan Wright School building, which now houses the Living Waters Lutheran Church and Springboro Community Action Center.


If the building is demolished, the election on Nov. 3 would be the last time voters from seven precincts could cast their ballots at the former school.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper analysis has found that payroll for the 14 Ohio public universities grew by nearly $1.4 billion over the past decade.


The Dayton Daily News reports pay for vice presidents, deans and lower-level administrators has swelled during that time, which experts say has contributed to inflated tuition and taxpayer expense.

The largest spike came in institutional support, or administrative jobs, which grew 25 percent with inflation. Instructional payroll and benefits also increased.

Biden Visits OSU To Talk About Reducing Sexual Assault

Sep 18, 2015
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Vice President Joe Biden used his visit to the Ohio State University campus to push for a change in American culture when it comes to sexual assault.

Biden was promoting the “It’s On Us” campaign which challenges everyone to stand up against rape and domestic violence. He said one way is to stop assigning blame with insulting questions. 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Data shows that less than half of Ohio students met the academic standards on new Common Core tests taken the last school year.

Preliminary results shared with the Ohio Board of Education show that passage rates have dropped from previous standardized testing. About 26 percent to 40 percent of elementary and middle school students met or exceeded expectations on math and English exams.

Debate Over State's Charter Schools Flares

Sep 15, 2015
Superintendent Richard Ross during the July meeting of the Ohio Board of Education.
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Four members of the state board of education walked out of the group’s meeting Monday. They wanted to ask questions about a data-rigging scandal at the Department of Education and a takeover of Youngstown schools by the state.


But board member Ann Jacobs says she and the others were told they would not be permitted to talk to the public over what was said in executive session.