Ohio

Trump’s Rust Belt revival is fading. Will it matter in 2020?

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump once promised that coal and steel would be the beating heart of a revived U.S. economy — a nostalgic vision that helped carry him to victory three years ago in the industrial Midwest.

But a year away from Election Day, that promised renaissance is not materializing and both sectors are faltering in ways that are painfully familiar and politically significant.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez endorses Bernie Sanders for president

USA (AP) -- Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is endorsing Bernie Sanders for president and will appear with him at a rally in her home district this weekend.

Sanders deputy communications director Sarah Ford confirmed the news Tuesday.

The endorsement is a major boon for the 78-year-old Vermont senator, who has faced questions over his health since suffering a heart attack two weeks ago.

Is Ohio in play? GOP tilt working against Democrats

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Chris Gagin says he hasn’t changed much politically, even as so much around him has.

The attorney from rural Belmont County, Ohio, became a Republican in 2013 after Democrats embraced environmental policies that he believed were detrimental to the area’s coal mining and fracking industries. As an anti-abortion-rights, pro-gun conservative, he felt unwelcome.

Coroner: Gunman had drugs in system during firefight

CINCINNATI (AP) — The gunman in Dayton who killed nine people had cocaine, an antidepressant and alcohol in his system during the mass shooting, and was cut down by a barrage of at least two dozen police bullets that penetrated gaps in his body armor, a coroner said Thursday.

Montgomery County coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger said authorities found a pipe device and a baggie of cocaine on 24-year-old Connor Betts. Harshbarger also reported in his preliminary autopsy findings that Betts had more than 50 entry and exit wounds.

Did the Dayton terrorist target his sister? Police can’t agree

DAYTON (AP) —  One of the first victims struck by the Dayton shooter during his 32-second rampage that left nine people dead was his younger sister, but whether he intentionally killed her remains unknown more than a week later, the Ohio city’s police chief said Tuesday.

Investigators have “radically different views” on whether Connor Betts targeted his 22-year-old sister, Megan, two hours after they arrived with a friend at a popular strip of nightclubs, Chief Richard Biehl said at a news conference.

Friend of Ohio shooter due in court for detention hearing

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A longtime friend of the Dayton gunman is due in court after authorities accused him of buying the body armor and helping assemble the weapon used in last week’s mass shooting.

A judge scheduled a detention hearing for Ethan Kollie of Kettering in suburban Dayton on Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators say there’s no evidence that Kollie knew what gunman Connor Betts had planned. But they say Kollie lied on a federal firearms form while buying a pistol not used in the shooting.

Feds: Friend of Ohio gunman bought body armor, ammo magazine

13 August 2019; AP: A longtime friend of the Dayton gunman bought the body armor, a 100-round magazine and a key part of the gun used in the attack, but there’s no indication the man knew his friend was planning a massacre, federal agents said Monday.

Ethan Kollie told investigators that he also helped Connor Betts assemble the AR-15-style weapon about 10 weeks ago, according to a court document.

Ohio terrorist interested in violent ideology: FBI

07 August 2019; DW: Armed with a semi-automatic gun, the Ohio shooter killed nine people including his own sister. Friends of the man told news outlets he had troubling behavior around women. The FBI has opened a probe into his motives.

The man who shot dead nine people in the US state of Ohio had been exploring violent ideologies, US investigators announced on Tuesday.

Ohio governor set to talk policy in wake of mass shootings

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Facing pressure to take action after the latest mass shooting in the U.S., Ohio’s Republican governor plans to outline his proposals designed to deal with gun violence and mental health.

Gov. Mike DeWine said he’ll discuss those ideas in detail on Tuesday, a little more than a day after hundreds of people chanted “Do something!” while he spoke at a vigil for nine people killed in Dayton over the weekend by a gunman with an AR-15 style gun.

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