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Judge orders Ohio to recognize out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Ohio must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples wed legally outside the state, a federal judge ruled on Monday in the latest in a string of decisions supporting an expansion of gay rights. District Judge Timothy Black in Cincinnati had said earlier in April…

GM wants to ban direct Tesla sales in Ohio

In the battle between Tesla Motors and entrenched car dealers, reinforcements have arrived for the status quo in the form of General Motors. With the recent setback in New Jersey, the battlefield has shifted to Ohio, where……

Ohio Governor John Kasich delays execution using controversial two-drug combo

Ohio on Friday delayed its next scheduled execution to complete a review of a new two-drug combination that left a condemned inmate convulsing and appearing to struggle for breath for several minutes as he was put to death in January. Gregory Lott, 52, had been scheduled to die March 19…

More than 10,000 lose food stamps as Ohio resumes enforcement of work requirement

More than 10,000 Ohio residents lost food stamp benefits this month because they failed to meet newly enforced work requirements. About 140,000 adults who don’t have dependent children can receive assistance only if they spend at least 20 hours a week working, attending school or job training, or volunteering. Advocates…

Grand jury indicts superintendent and three others in Steubenville rape case

A grand jury has indicted a school superintendent and three others in connection with the rape of a teenage girl last year in Steubenville, Ohio. Superintendent Michael McVey was charged Monday with one count of tampering with evidence and two counts of obstructing justice, as well as two misdemeanor counts.…

Ohio man finds 300 pound load of marijuana stashed in gun safe he bought on the Internet

By George Tanber TOLEDO, Ohio (Reuters) – A man in western Ohio found nearly 300 pounds of marijuana stuffed into a Mexican-made gun-storage safe that he recently purchased on the Internet, authorities revealed on Sunday. The 1,000-pound steel safe, ordered from Champion Safe Co. of Provo, Utah, was made in…

Registered sex offender Michael Madison arraigned in case of suspected serial murders in East Cleveland

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (Reuters) – An Ohio man suspected of killing three women whose bodies were found wrapped in plastic bags was arraigned on Monday on three counts of aggravated murder and three counts of kidnapping. Michael Madison, 35, a registered sex offender who pleaded guilty to attempted rape in…

Ohio executes man convicted of raping 6-month-old child

An Ohio man convicted of raping and murdering a six-month-old baby was executed by lethal injection on Wednesday after a last-ditch plea for mercy was dismissed. Steven Smith, 46, was declared dead at 10:29 am (1429 GMT), prison authorities in Lucasville, southern Ohio, confirmed after the execution. Smith was sentenced…

Ohio governor signs bill capping voter petition drives

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has signed a bill that would impose new restrictions that could cut more than two weeks from voter repeal drives against state law. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported on Monday that SB 47 would require groups petitioning for the repeal of a state law to a…

Watch live: Steubenville rape trial

A juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio, hears testimony from witnesses in the trial of two high school football players accused of raping a 16-year-old girl last summer. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on March 13. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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