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COLUMBUS — The state expands its inquiry into alleged misconduct inside an embattled charter school chain to two additional Ohio cities, even as hundreds of parents and alumni descended on the state capital to share their positive experiences at the schools. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 700 words. Pursuing photos.


CLEVELAND — A man who stepped in front of a truck and set himself on fire in front of three children by the side of a highway is a suspect in a woman's death, authorities say. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 220 words.



COLUMBUS — A wrongful death lawsuit accuses local officials of not properly maintaining the northeast Ohio road where a one-vehicle crash killed six Warren teenagers last year. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4:30 p.m.


CLEVELAND — A bus rolls over and kills a driver who saved a 10-year-old girl from the moving vehicle during a safety drill for charter school students. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 310 words.


RALEIGH, N.C. — Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon will receive probation and undergo a substance-abuse assessment after pleading guilty to a drunken-driving charge in North Carolina, a prosecutor said. SENT: 310 words, photo.


COLUMBUS — Ohioans have a greater chance of running into a deer on the road over the next year. SENT: 260 words.


CINCINNATI — City officials pledge to help a crime-victim advocate produce decks of playing cards featuring cold-case homicides. SENT: 210 words, pursuing photo.


NEW YORK — Washington Prime Group Inc. is buying Columbus, Ohio-based rival Glimcher Realty Trust. The cash-and-stock deal is worth about $2.06 billion. SENT: 240 words.


— LEBRON-CEDAR POINT — SANDUSKY — Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park is partnering with the LeBron James Family Foundation instead of renaming a roller coaster for the basketball superstar.

— EARLY VOTING DISPUTE — COLUMBUS — Ohio officials argue in a court filing that the state's early voting schedule exceeds the time allowed in most states and does not burden voters.

— FOSTORIA HOUSE FIRE — TIFFIN — A woman accused of setting a house fire that killed two deaf people has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to charges including aggravated murder.

— STUDENT SHOT — AKRON — Police say an argument over a girl led to a 16-year-old high school student being shot and three schools locked down.

— FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH-CHARGES — LANCASTER — A 20-year-old central Ohio woman has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges in a weekend crash that left a motorcyclist dead and his 7-year-old passenger with serious injuries.

— HOSPITAL-STERILE SURGERIES — CHILLICOTHE — A southern Ohio hospital that halted surgeries for three days because of concerns about sterilizing tools has resumed those procedures.

— RIVER-ALGAE — ZANESVILLE — State environmental officials have determined that a mysterious sheen covering a central Ohio river is an algae bloom.

— POLICE CHIEF-PEPPER SPRAY — DAYTON — Dayton's police chief is defending his use of pepper spray on a 15-year-old girl accused of assaulting people at a downtown street fair last weekend.

— STUDENTS INJURED-CRASH — RAYLAND — Three high school students have suffered serious injuries after the car they were in struck a culvert and an embankment in southern Jefferson County.

— LAW SCHOOL-TUITION — TOLEDO — The University of Toledo's law school says it's cutting in-state tuition to try to remain competitive.


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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Ohio and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click "All" or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.