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At least 11 overdoses in two days might point to tainted heroin batch

A dangerously potent batch of heroin, or one tainted with other drugs, could be responsible for at least 11 overdoses — two fatal — within 24 hours in Marion and Union counties. The problem is so severe that paramedics nearly ran out of the drug typically used to save people from an overdose.

Bellefontaine man charged with murder of his 5-year-old son

Murder has been added to charges against a Bellefontaine father in connection with the beating death of his son this week. Anthony Allen Michael Barton, 24, was charged with felony child endangering on Monday after police and paramedics responded to his girlfriend’s house on a report that 5-year-old Michael Barton had stopped breathing.

Gov. John Kasich rescinds orders allowing collective bargaining for care workers

Making good on a promise from 2010 as he was first taking office, Gov. John Kasich rescinded executive orders made by former Gov. Ted Strickland today. The orders made two kinds of independent, self-employed contractors eligible for collective bargaining with the state even though they are not state employees: home health care contractors and in-home child care contractors.

Scott certified to oppose Ginther for mayor in November

Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott will face City Council President Andrew J. Ginther in the November election to become Columbus’ next mayor. The Franklin County Board of Elections certified its votes yesterday, confirming unofficial totals that showed Scott edging Republican Terry Boyd for the second spot on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Field of Heroes honors those who have served

Every so often this morning, as the field of white crosses before him grew ever larger, Don Denton had to stop and take another look. As row upon row popped up under the steady tap tap tap of dozens of hammers, it became increasingly difficult to take in, this visual representation of all the American troops who have died in the modern wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sobriety checkpoint scheduled for tonight

Columbus Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tonight on Gender Road at Winchester Pike from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

610 children missing in Ohio, report shows

Ohio reported 18,097 missing children last year, but fortunately the vast majority were recovered safely, a new state report shows. However, 610 children are currently still missing, Attorney General Mike DeWine said today in releasing the Missing Children Clearinghouse 2014 annual report.

Buckeye Lake businesses want water level raised after new report

BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio – Business people here like the recommendation of a engineering firm hired by the Buckeye Lake Region Chamber of Commerce to restore the water level to 5 feet while the dam project is under way. Now, the question is whether the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will endorse the recommendation by Rizzo Associates.

Oil and gas industry fighting back on possible tax increase

The American Petroleum Institute has started running statewide radio ads and making robo-calls this week in hopes of beating back an anticipated fracking tax proposal by Senate Republicans. Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, has said an increased severance tax on shale fracking is likely to be included in the Senate-passed version of the two-year, $71.5 billion budget. The Kasich administration also has expressed some confidence that the Senate will propose a “fair” tax.

Memorial Day parades, events

Memorial Day events around central Ohio

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