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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The son of former Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste says he's backing Democrat Betty Sutton in next year's race for Ohio governor. Christopher Celeste announced his role as co-chairman of the former congresswoman's campaign Wednesday. The Columbus entrepreneur sided with Sutton over three other announced Democrats and a fourth considering a run. Celeste's father also is a Democrat.

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio sheriff says a deputy who allegedly sent sexually explicit photos to two women has been arrested on misdemeanor charges of telecommunications harassment. Hamilton County's sheriff says 25-year-old Deputy Joshua Noel was taken to jail Wednesday. Court records don't list an attorney for him. Sheriff Jim Neil says Noel is on administrative leave pending the criminal case's outcome.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The giant online charter school locked in a legal fight with Ohio officials over millions of dollars is moving to be designated as a dropout prevention school if the state approves that change. The Columbus Dispatch reports Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow board officials on Tuesday approved switching the designation. A document says the change would begin immediately with the 2017-18 school year, but would be subject to state approval by December.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A new study shows the 25 million people who live among the Appalachian mountains have struggled to keep up with the health gains of the rest of the country, falling behind in most major public health categories. The report released Thursday shows the 13-state region lags behind the rest of the country in 33 out of 41 public health indicators, including seven of the leading 10 causes of death in the U.S.

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