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The state at 1 p.m. All times EDT.

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AFGHANISTAN MASSACRE

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — The American soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages pleads guilty to avoid the death penalty, setting the stage for the Ohio native to recount the horrific slaughter in a military courtroom. By Gene Johnson.

AP Photo LA202. AP Audio.

OHIO STATE PRESIDENT

COLUMBUS — Retiring Ohio State University President Gordon Gee attempts to make his departure personal, citing everything from his age to his 7-month-old twin granddaughters to a California girlfriend as reasons for his abrupt departure next month. He continues to downplay furor over remarks first reported by The Associated Press jabbing Roman Catholics, Notre Dame and the Southeastern Conference, comments taken seriously enough by trustees that they threatened to fire him for further verbal transgressions. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins.

AP Photos. AP Audio.

With:

— OHIO STATE PRESIDENT-REACTION.

UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS-SPORTS

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — As he leaves the University of North Carolina after nearly five years as chancellor, Holden Thorp is done with big-time college sports and said many school leaders just don't have the training to handle a major athletics program. It's a message that may resonate at institutions that have lately faced scandals tied to athletics. By Aaron Beard.

XGR--OHIO BUDGET

COLUMBUS — A state budget that revamps Gov. John Kasich's school funding plan is passed by a Republican-led Senate panel. Schools would see an additional $141.6 million more in direct state aid, compared with the House-passed funding formula. By Ann Sanner.

With:

— OHIO BUDGET-SPEED LIMITS — COLUMBUS — More stretches of Ohio roadways could see 70-mph speed limits.

INDIANS-PEREZ

CLEVELAND — Drug agents are investigating a narcotics delivery to the home of Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez, authorities say. No charges have been filed. By Thomas J. Sheeran.

AP Photo NY151.

CHILD'S BODY FOUND

HILLSBORO — A southwest Ohio judge sets bond at $100,000 each for a Richmond, Ky., couple charged in connection with the discovery last week of a 1-year-old boy's body in woods near Hillsboro.

AP Photos OHHIL101-104.

CREATIONISM CURRICULUM

SPRINGBORO — A school board in southwest Ohio keeps alive a proposal to add creationism to the curriculum, despite an outcry from some parents and civil rights groups.

Also:

— SLEDGEHAMMER SLAYINGS — AKRON — An 18-year-old Ohio man charged in the sledgehammer slayings of a prominent couple pleads not guilty by reason of insanity.

— MISSING TODDLER — TOLEDO — An east Toledo neighborhood is trying to help a family deal with the weekend disappearance of their 1-year-old daughter. Neighbors held a candlelight vigil Tuesday night to pray for the return of Elaina Steinfurth, who went missing Sunday.

— GAS DRILLING-WASTEWATER — ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio officials say a company has been caught illegally dumping brine waste from the shale drilling process in eastern Ohio.

— COST OF LIVING-OHIO — COLUMBUS — A new report says the median income in Ohio hasn't nearly kept up with the cost of living in recent years.

— MURDER-SUICIDE — AKRON — An 18-year-old Ohio man charged in the sledgehammer slayings of a prominent couple has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

— UNIVERSITY-BOMBING THREAT — KENT — Authorities say a 58-year-old Colorado man was jailed after he allegedly told a cab driver to take him to a northeast Ohio university so he could set off a bomb.

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