CATHOLIC TEACHER CONTRACTS
Ohio marchers protest Catholic teacher contract
CINCINNATI (AP) - Demonstrators gathered in Cincinnati's Fountain Square to protest new language in contracts for teachers in southwest Ohio Roman Catholic schools that place more restrictions on personal behavior.
About 60 people showed up Tuesday to march to the offices of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to hand-deliver petitions protesting the new contracts, which specify behaviors and actions that can get them fired. That includes such things as abortion, artificial insemination and "homosexual lifestyles."
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the march drew a mix of parents, students, former teachers and others who support their cause.
All teachers in the 19-county archdiocesan school system are required to sign the contracts for the 2014-15 school year. The archdiocese has said it has no plans to change it.
EARNS-PROCTER & GAMBLE
Procter & Gamble 3rd-quarter results mixed
CINCINNATI (AP) - Procter & Gamble's fiscal third-quarter net income rose 2 percent, bolstered by some lower expenses and a reduced tax rate.
Its adjusted earnings topped analysts' estimates, but revenue fell short.
The world's biggest consumer products maker also cut its 2014 adjusted earnings forecast on Wednesday.
For the three months ended March 31, the maker of Tide detergent and Gillette razors earned $2.61 billion, or 90 cents per share. That compares with $2.57 billion, or 88 cents per share, last year.
Excluding restructuring charges and other items, earnings were $1.04 per share. Analysts' forecast $1.02 per share.
Revenue totaled $20.56 billion, down slightly from last year's $20.6 billion on foreign currency fluctuations. Wall Street expected $20.68 billion.
P&G now foresees full-year adjusted earnings climbing 3 percent to 5 percent. Its prior outlook was for 5 percent to 7 percent growth.
The stock fell slightly in premarket trading.
Speaker Boehner works his home Ohio district
GREENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - With a contested primary election less than two weeks away, House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-ner) is making the rounds of his western Ohio district.
The West Chester Republican was set Wednesday for a breakfast speech to the Darke County Chamber of Commerce in Greenville, followed by a visit to Hartzell Propeller in Piqua (PIK'-wuh). Boehner on Tuesday toured an auto parts business in Eaton.
Boehner faces an unusually crowded primary field in the 8th District he first won in 1990. Three Republicans oppose him May 6.
While Boehner is expected to handily win nomination, his campaign began early this month running television commercials in the Cincinnati and Dayton markets. They were his first TV campaign ads at home since 2010. Aides have said Boehner's ads will help other Ohio Republicans.
DEAD BOATER FOUND
Body of missing boater found in Ohio lake
JAMESTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say the death of a boater reported missing on a southwest Ohio lake appears to be an accident.
Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer tells the Dayton Daily News that the body of the 63-year-old man was found Tuesday afternoon near the boat dock at Shawnee Lake near Jamestown, southeast of Dayton.
The man, whose name hasn't been released, was found a few yards from his truck and boat trailer. An autopsy was planned.
Authorities began searching for the man Tuesday morning after a resident heard calls for help from the area of a boat ramp and responders spotted an empty boat floating on the lake.
Pete Dodge, who lives on the lake, says the man also lives on the lake and does maintenance work on the property.
DEAD BABY-METH LAB
Ohio police probe baby death in alleged drug lab
MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) - Police in northern Ohio are investigating the death of a 3-month-old baby who lived in a home where they say a drug lab was operating.
Mansfield police Lt. Doug Noblet says officers began investigating after the infant was taken to a hospital Monday. The coroner has not announced a cause of death, and the child and mother have not been identified.
The Mansfield News Journal reports that investigators who searched the house found the makings of a methamphetamine lab.
The mother's live-in boyfriend, 29-year-old Alexander Dickson, was jailed on charges of illegal manufacture of drugs and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals. He is not the father of the child.
Dickson is being held on $250,000 bond. Online jail records did not list an attorney for him.
WOMAN DEAD-SON SENTENCED
Ohio man, 23, gets 20 years for strangling mother
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A judge has sentenced a 23-year-old central Ohio man to 20 years in prison for strangling his mother during an argument over money last year.
Tyler Dunkle was sentenced Tuesday in Columbus after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges in the death of 44-year-old Terri Menendez. The sentenced was approved by both sides as part of a plea agreement.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Dunkle's attorney told the judge the former high school honor student was suffering from alcoholism and mental illness. Police say he strangled his mother and hid her body in a closet at their apartment in suburban Hilliard on March 29, 2013.
Dunkle told police they were arguing about finances.
Family members agreed to the plea bargain to avoid a trial.
CANCER SCAM-MOM CHARGED
Ohio mom plans plea change in cancer scheme case
NEWARK, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio woman accused of faking a cancer diagnosis for her 4-year-old son intends to change her plea to either no contest or guilty on felony charges of child endangering and theft.
A filing by Emily Creno's (CRAY'-nohs) attorney in Licking County court indicates the Utica woman decided to change her plea on both counts after reviewing information from the prosecution's case. She initially had pleaded not guilty.
Creno's attorney Christopher Cooper said Tuesday that it's not been decided whether she will plead guilty or no contest. A hearing is scheduled for May 6.
Authorities allege Creno shaved her son's head in a scheme that convinced him and others he was dying and bilked people out of donations.
A judge had found Creno competent for trial.
OHIO CHURCH BREAK-INS
Man pleads guilty to breaking into Ohio churches
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to kicking in the doors and looting more than two dozen central Ohio churches to help feed his drug habit.
Twenty-six-year-old Cash Yoakem on Tuesday pleaded guilty in Chillicothe, south of Columbus, to 44 counts of felony breaking-and-entering. Prosecutors said he broke in and stole from at least 27 Ross County churches, some more than once, from October through January.
The churches reported the theft of everything from televisions and copper wire to heirloom communion trays. Yoakem is also charged with breaking into two car washes.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that prosecutors are pushing for four years in prison when Yoakem is sentenced June 6. His attorney is urging the judge to stick to sentencing guidelines, which call for probation.
Ohio state park facilities to be modernized
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State officials are preparing to invest $88.5 million to upgrade and modernize trails, campgrounds and recreational facilities in Ohio's state parks over the next two years.
The outlay headed to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources through the state capital budget is more than four times larger than average. Details are to be announced at news conferences Wednesday in Grand Lake St. Mary's and Indian Lake.
Natural resources department director James Zehringer told The Associated Press in an interview that the money will be shared among Ohio's 74 state parks. Ohio's is one of only seven park systems nationally that charges no entry fees.
Through a website, parks visitors will help decide which camp sites, cabins, lodges, restrooms, shower houses, trails, roads and wastewater treatment facilities see improvements.
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