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The group behind this fall’s proposed amendment to legalize marijuana has a controversial new mascot.

The new ResponsibleOhio mascot is named Buddie, and he looks like a cross between Oscar the Grouch and Popeye the Sailor man – a green bushy head, meant to resemble a “bud” of pot, atop a bodybuilder’s physique.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's public school superintendent has named a three-member panel to advise the department on evaluating charter school sponsors.

Superintendent Richard Ross says the state is committed to creating a system that evaluates charter school sponsors fairly while adhering to complex legal requirements. He says the independent panel will help do that.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for the Republican presidential nomination, saying he has the executive level experience and background necessary to lead.

Kasich joined Bentley for an event Monday at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in Birmingham.

Bentley says he called Kasich to offer his support after seeing him in a recent debate. Bentley cites Kasich's experience and compassion as factors in his decision to endorse him.

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HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A financial services company is opening a call center and promising to create 1,500 jobs in southwest Ohio. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports that Barclaycard US confirmed Monday that it's opening the center in Hamilton, at Vora Technology Park.

Hamilton’s mayor says the company will have a profound impact on the area's economy. Employees of the center will provide customer service support for people who participate in credit card programs. The company expects to hire up to 250 people next year.


(AP) — A motorist's fatal shooting by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing front license plate has prompted state legislation to prevent police from pulling drivers over for only one plate.

Ohio law requires front and back plates. The bill introduced Thursday by Democratic state Sen. Cecil Thomas would make driving without a front license plate a secondary violation. Drivers couldn't be cited for lacking front plates unless there was another reason to stop them.

(AP) — A teenager accused of trying to steal Nike sneakers from a mall shopper who fatally shot another teen with him has been sentenced to two years in prison on reckless homicide and grand theft convictions.

The 17-year-old was sentenced Tuesday on his adult convictions involving a Dec. 20 fatal shooting outside the Dayton Mall.

Defense attorney L. Patrick Mulligan had asked for community control instead of prison. He said Tuesday that the teen didn't have a gun or cause the death and had no prior record.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voting rights advocates say recently passed Ohio voting laws create new hurdles for black and Hispanic voters casting absentee and provisional ballots.

The advocates argue these laws and similar orders by the state's elections chief unconstitutionally allow votes to be thrown out for ID errors.

The advocates say the laws let absentee ballots be rejected for mistakes such as the wrong birth month even though the voter supplied the correction information when requesting the ballot.


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(AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has made the cut of 10 for the first Republican debate.

Following Fox News' announcement yesterday that he would be among the GOP White House hopefuls taking part, Kasich issued a statement welcoming his fellow participants to Ohio. The first formal debate of the 2016 campaign is set for Thursday night in Cleveland.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of school librarians in Ohio has dropped by nearly half in the past 10 years despite studies showing students do better when those jobs are filled.

Ohio Department of Education data shows 923 school librarians in the 2013-2014 school year, down 43 percent from 1,628 in the 2004-05 school year.

(AP) — A sheriff says a man killed in a shooting by deputies had pointed a gun at them as they responded to a vehicle crash near Dayton.

The Montgomery County sheriff's office says a 911 caller reported around 12:45 a.m. Thursday that a maroon car had crashed into another vehicle off of a Harrison Township road.