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SCHOOL SHOOTING-OHIO

CHARDON — One day after a teen gunman pleaded guilty in a school shooting that left three teens dead, students mark the anniversary of the attack with hugs, supportive messages and a somber march through town. By Thomas J. Sheeran.

AP Photos OHMD101, OHMD104-105, OHMD108-109, OHCLE103.

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— SCHOOL SHOOTING-OHIO-LAWSUIT — PAINESVILLE — The families of the three students killed at an Ohio high school a year ago are suing the teenage gunman and his family.

— XGR--SCHOOL SHOOTING-OHIO LAWMAKERS — State lawmakers are wearing red and black ribbons in remembrance of three northeast Ohio students fatally shot a year ago by another teenager.

OHIO SCHOOL RATINGS

COLUMBUS — Ohio's latest ratings of public school performance show that schools made strong academic gains in 8th-grade math and science, but the assessments also find that the performance of minorities and economically disadvantaged students remains low in the state.

CONCEALED WEAPONS-LICENSES

CINCINNATI — Ohio's attorney general reports the number of licenses issued for carrying concealed weapons reached a record of more than 76,000 in 2012. By Lisa Cornwell.

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TEACHER-BIBLE

COLUMBUS — An Ohio school board lawyer says a now-fired public school science teacher waved a Bible at his students, handed out religious pamphlets and espoused creationism in his evolution lessons. The attorney for ex-teacher John Freshwater says such accounts are exaggerated and that Freshwater was simply exercising his academic freedom to explore controversial ideas. Attorneys for Freshwater and the Mount Vernon School Board have left the Ohio Supreme Court with competing accounts on whether the teacher unconstitutionally inserted his personal religious beliefs into the classroom. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins and Julie Carr Smyth.

AP Photo OHMOU501.

CASINO-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI — The last of Ohio's four voter-approved casinos faces one more major hurdle — a dry run for up to 15,000 invited guests — before the $400 million Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati is allowed to open to the public next week. By Amanda Lee Myers.

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FOOTBALL PLAYERS-RAPE CHARGES

STEUBENVILLE — At least 40 witnesses could testify at the upcoming trial of two high school football players charged with raping a 16-year-old girl in eastern Ohio last year, and the case will likely last three or more days and stretch into a weekend, a court official says. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins.

AP Photo OHAW101.

POLICE OFFICER-CANNIBALISM

NEW YORK — An FBI agent testifies that a New York City police officer and a butcher in India chatted online about the officer's plans to torture and cook his soon-to-be wife and a Columbus, Ohio, woman he knew in college. By Larry Neumeister and Tom Hays.

AP Photos NYFF105, NYSW105.

Also:

— OHIO TURNPIKE — COLUMBUS — An Ohio House panel has signed off on Republican Gov. John Kasich's proposal to raise around $1.5 billion for state highway projects through Ohio Turnpike bonds.

— CRAIGSLIST-JOBSEEKERS KILLED — AKRON — A trial continues in the case of an Ohio man accused of killing three men and wounding a fourth after they replied to phony Craigslist job ads.

— UNION FIGHT-PENSION PANEL — COLUMBUS — The sponsor of an Ohio measure aimed at curbing the collective bargaining rights of public workers has been named to a panel that oversees the health of the state's public pension funds.

— FATAL FIRE — CELINA — Firefighters say intense flames and smoke kept them from saving a man who died in a mobile home fire in western Ohio.

— MUSIC-ROLLING STONES — CLEVELAND — The story of The Rolling Stones is so huge it takes 2½ floors of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to tell, in an exclusive exhibit opening May 24 that celebrates the archetypal rock band.

— OSU COMMENCEMENT-TICKETS — COLUMBUS — After a flood of complaints, Ohio State University says it will issue tickets for six guests instead of four to graduates participating in the May commencement ceremony featuring President Barack Obama.

— DOUBLE SLAYING-SENTENCE — WARREN — The alleged shooter in the 2009 northeastern Ohio slayings of a mother and her teen daughter has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 19 years in prison.

— DAYTON SLAYING — DAYTON — A newspaper reports an ex-convict accused of killing a 13-year-old girl over the weekend was denied parole four times before being released last August.

— HIGH SCHOOL-SEXTING — CINCINNATI — Police and officials at a Cincinnati-area high school say hundreds of students may have been involved in recent cases of "sexting."

— PHYSICIAN-SEX ABUSE — COLUMBUS — A 74-year-old retired central Ohio physician could face five years in prison after pleading no contest to charges that he had sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy.

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