Plane returns for emergency landing in Ohio
CINCINNATI (AP) - An airplane heading from Cincinnati to Dallas-Fort Worth has made an emergency landing at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
An airport spokeswoman says American Eagle Flight 3162 returned to the airport and landed safely Monday night. She says there were no injuries among the 53 passengers and crew. Passengers have been taken back to the terminal.
American Eagle did not immediately return a request for comment.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (cin.ci/1iRpGL5) that the plane landed at about 7:30 p.m. because of smoke coming from a "main gear." It says it was unclear what caused the smoke.
TRUCK STOP SHOOTING-OHIO
Police: man fatally shot at Ohio truck stop
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Police say an Illinois man was fatally shot by a security guard at a southwest Ohio truck stop over the weekend.
Dayton police Lt. Wendy Stiver (STEYE'vur) said Monday that witnesses reported 48-year-old Goran Sojic was acting erratically prior to the shooting around 7:30 Sunday night at a Love's Travel Stop.
Stiver says witnesses report Sojic returned to the truck stop a few minutes after he was asked to leave and was running toward the security guard when he was shot. Stiver said there was no indication Sojic was armed.
Stiver says Sojic died at the hospital. The Montgomery County coroner's office said Sojic was from Naperville, Ill.
Oklahoma City-based Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores said in a statement that it is working with authorities.
Ohioans can sign up online for Medicaid program
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio is seeing an uptick in online applications for Medicaid now that many low-income residents can sign up for the health program through a new website.
The online enrollment option became available Monday to children, pregnant women and adults who are newly eligible under an expansion of the federal-state program.
The state's Medicaid department said applications through the website reached 1,165 by mid-afternoon Monday.
Greg Moody, director of the Governor's Office of Health Transformation, says most of the initial applications still have to be finalized by county caseworkers, though the state expects the enrollment process to be more automated and seamless in the months ahead.
Advocates say they are sending potential Medicaid enrollees to the website in addition to giving them paper applications.
BAND DIRECTOR-SEX CHARGES
Prison time for ex-Ohio band director in sex case
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A former western Ohio high school band director found guilty in a case involving sexual conduct with female students has been sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.
A Logan County judge handed down the sentence for 35-year-old John Shook following his conviction after a trial that ended last month.
The Bellefontaine Examiner reported the DeGraff resident could have faced up to 39 years at sentencing.
A jury found Shook guilty of six counts of sexual battery, one count of attempted sexual battery and five counts of gross sexual imposition. It acquitted him on one count of attempted sexual battery.
Shook was accused of misconduct with three students. His attorney hasn't returned a message seeking comment.
OHIO CAR CRASH
Ohio callers report speeding vehicle before crash
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Recordings indicate at least a half-dozen shocked travelers called emergency dispatchers to report a speeding car on the Ohio Turnpike before a double-fatal crash.
The car hit the back of a van Nov. 28, killing a Toledo couple.
In one of the call recordings released Monday by the State Highway Patrol, a woman says the car whizzed past and side-swiped her vehicle. Another caller estimates the driver was traveling "well over 100 mph."
A dispatcher also received an accident notification from a company that monitors Infiniti cars. The patrol says the speeding vehicle was an Infiniti sedan.
The patrol says troopers spotted the car but couldn't catch or keep up with it.
The driver, a 24-year-old Kent man, was charged with vehicular homicide. He's in jail on $1 million bond.
Ohio state school board member who lobbied resigns
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A member of Ohio's state school board has resigned after questions arose over his work as a lobbyist.
Bryan Williams, an Akron-area Republican, said in an email to board President Debe (DEH'-bee) Terhar (TAYR'-hahr) Monday that recent media reports drew his attention to an Ohio Ethics Commission opinion saying elected members of state boards shouldn't be registered lobbyists.
Williams was one of four board members identified by the Akron Beacon Journal as having ties to businesses with a stake in education funding overseen by the 19-member panel.
A message was left for Williams, who is a lobbyist for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio, a group of non-union contractors.
Williams pushed recently for a bill establishing a contractor apprenticeship program paid for by school districts.
OHIO PRISON RIOT-INTERVIEWS
Lawsuit seeks interviews with Ohio riot inmates
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio wants the state prisons agency to drop a ban on media interviews by inmates convicted in the 1993 Lucasville prison riot.
Four reporters and five inmates represented by the ACLU say the long-standing ban is unconstitutional and meant only to stifle public discussion of the riot.
The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Columbus asks a judge to overturn the ban and allow interviews with the inmates, including four prisoners sentenced to death for their role in the riots.
Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said the agency can't comment on pending litigation.
Nine inmates and a guard were killed during the 11-day riot, the nation's longest deadly prison uprising.
RUBY TUESDAY-AGE DISCRIMINATION
Ruby Tuesday agrees to $575K settlement
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday, Inc. is paying $575,000 to settle a federal age discrimination lawsuit over five locations in Pennsylvania and one in Ohio.
The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement on Monday. The EEOC had alleged that the company engaged in age discrimination against job applicants 40 years of age or older. Ruby Tuesday is based in Maryville, Tenn., and it strongly denied wrongdoing in the case.
The EEOC filed the lawsuit in 2009. The restaurants were located in West Mifflin, Greensburg, Altoona, Du Bois, and Indiana, Pa., and in Beachwood, Ohio.
EEOC attorney Debra M. Lawrence says they're pleased Ruby Tuesday agreed to work on a comprehensive settlement.
Ruby Tuesday says it settled the lawsuit to reduce business disruption and avoid litigation costs.
Moderate revenue changes for Ohio's 4 casinos
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Revenues at Ohio's four casinos changed only moderately last month.
Data released Monday by the Ohio Casino Control Commission shows that Cleveland's casino saw the most fluctuation, with a revenue increase from $19.5 million in October to $20.2 million in November. That's an increase of 3.5 percent.
Cincinnati's casino saw the largest drop, going from $18.2 million in October to $17.6 million last month. That's a drop of 3.3 percent.
Revenues at Columbus' casino dropped by 1 percent, to $17.5 million, while the Toledo casino's revenues went up by 1.2 percent to $14.8 million.
Statewide, casino revenues totaled $70.2 million in November. That's a 0.1 percent increase over October revenues.
Overall, the casinos have drawn more than $758 million so far this year.
WRIGHT BROTHERS-WATCH AND BIKE
Company offering Wright brothers watch and bicycle
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Shinola will begin offering a limited-edition Wright brothers wristwatch and bicycle for sale online as well as at its stores in Detroit and New York starting on Tuesday.
Each timepiece comes in a gift box with a certificate of authenticity, leather carrying case and hickory watch box. Also included is a leather-bound coffee table book that delves into the background and achievements of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright.
Shinola is building 25 customized bicycles featuring The Runwell frame with a black finish, bamboo fenders and headlamp.
A private launch event to unveil the watch and bike was being held Monday at The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, which is home to the Wright brothers' bike shop and childhood home.
Shinola makes watches and bikes in Detroit.
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