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Republicans have picked an Air Force veteran to be the next leader of the Ohio House.
 
State Rep. Cliff Rosenberger, of Clarksville in southwest Ohio, is slated to replace term-limited House Speaker William Batchelder in January.
 
The GOP caucus elected its leadership team for the next General Assembly Wednesday.
 
House Finance chairman Ron Amstutz (AHM'-stuts) will be speaker pro tempore, the No. 2 ranking Republican. Other leaders will include Barbara Sears, Jim Buchy (BEE'-kee), Mike Dovilla and Dorothy Pelanda.
 

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Officials say a group of airmen in southwest Ohio who dropped supplies in West Africa to help with the Ebola outbreak no longer have to report their medical condition with authorities. 

The Dayton Daily News reports the six reservists at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton had to check their temperatures twice a day and report their health conditions to medical authorities twice a week for 21 days after returning from West Africa.  A base spokeswoman says none of the reservists showed any symptoms of the virus.

Republican Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French has held onto her seat in one of the year's toughest races.

The former Tenth District Court of Appeals judge turned back a challenge from Democrat John P. O'Donnell, a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge. O'Donnell drew late criticism for breaking a clean campaign pledge with a negative TV ad.

French was appointed to the seven-member high court in 2012 by Republican Gov. John Kasich. She acknowledged she was concerned O'Donnell's Irish surname would play better with voters than the name French.

Chris Redfern, the chair of Ohio's Democratic Party, lost his seat in the Ohio House of Representatives Tuesday and announced his resignation as party chair.
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Republicans how have a record number elected seats in the Ohio House, winning at least 65 districts. The GOP has held 60 seats in the current General Assembly. Since a constitutional amendment established the 99-member House in 1967, the most seats the party had won was 64.

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Ohio's congressional delegation will remain the same.  All 16 incumbents have won re-election in Tuesday's midterm elections. That keeps the delegation at 12 Republicans and four Democrats.

The sweep was expected, with most incumbents holding safe seats after U.S. House districts were redrawn because of population changes in the 2010 U.S. Census.

In partial, unofficial returns, nearly all the incumbents had more than 60 percent of the vote.

Republican Josh Mandel has defeated Democratic state Rep. Connie Pillich for a second term as Ohio's treasurer.

Mandel successfully campaigned on his accomplishments of investing safely and cutting office costs. His win Tuesday came in one of the year's most competitive contests.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown had defeated Mandel two years ago after a bruising campaign. Revelations during that race that Mandel hired friends into state jobs and repeatedly failed to attend meetings of a key board he chaired contributed to his loss and were seen as advantageous to Pillich.

Republican Sharon Kennedy has been re-elected to the Ohio Supreme Court by defeating Democratic state Rep. Tom Letson.

Kennedy was first elected as one of the high court's seven members in 2012. Before that, she was an administrative judge on the Butler County Domestic Relations Court, a magistrate and a warrant officer.

The 52-year-old from Liberty Township was endorsed by the Ohio affiliates of the National Rifle Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business, among others.

State Auditor Dave Yost announced results of a charter school attendance audit Thursday.
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Republican Dave Yost has defeated Democrat John Patrick Carney to win a second term as Ohio's state auditor.

Yost had been seen as one of the year's most vulnerable incumbents, after winning by a narrow margin four years ago.

He elevated the office's profile during his four-year term through efforts to audit Republican Gov. John Kasich's privatized job-creation office, JobsOhio, and through a statewide investigation of potential attendance tampering at public schools across Ohio.

Preliminary results of exit polls have found that about half of the voters in Ohio are giving President Barack Obama a failing grade for his job performance.

Also, about half of Ohioans say they think Obama's federal health care law went too far while just 2 in 5 thought it didn't do enough.

But about half say Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich has done a good job of handling implementation of the law. The governor has been criticized by some conservatives over his decision to expand Medicaid under the new law. He faced Democrat Ed FitzGerald.

Jeffrey Fowle returned home in late October after nearly six weeks in North Korea.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An American arrested and detained in North Korea is headed back to the job he lost while abroad.

The city of Moraine in suburban Dayton agreed to give Jeffrey Fowle his street department job back beginning Monday, but said risky travel in the future would result in his firing.

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