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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date nearly five years in the future for a man sentenced to death for killing a Cleveland police officer. Quisi Bryan was convicted of shooting officer Wayne Leon in 2000 at a Cleveland gas station after the officer stopped Bryan for a traffic violation. Bryan's execution date is now set for Oct. 26, 2022. He is one of more than two dozen Ohio death row inmates with execution dates over the next few years.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Connie Pillich is getting the backing of former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, and the two plan on hitting the campaign trail. Pillich's campaign announced the Democratic stalwart's backing Tuesday. Rendell could be an important asset to Pillich as she seeks to distinguish herself from the crowded Democratic field. Six Democrats are vying for the chance to succeed Republican Gov. John Kasich, who's term-limited

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) - Police say the driver who ran the "Sherman's Safe Ride" taxi service for students at Ohio's Miami University is accused of sexually assaulting two female students in his vehicle. Oxford police say 38-year-old Sherman Jackson II was jailed on suspicion of rape and kidnapping after two young women separately alleged that he assaulted them when they used the taxi service last weekend. It wasn't immediately clear whether Jackson has an attorney.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's adult and youth prison services agencies say they're merging back-office functions like payroll to improve efficiency and find some financial savings. The planned collaboration means the agencies will move to a single headquarters in Columbus. The Juvenile Justice Coalition, a youth advocacy group, is concerned about the increase in total rent. It says the extra money could pay for programs to decrease the number of kids entering the justice system.

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