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News Minute: Here is the latest Ohio news from The Associated Press

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CINCINNATI (AP) - A trial date has been set in October for eight of nine Greenpeace activists facing felony charges for an eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble's headquarters in downtown Cincinnati. The trial date for the activists was set for Oct. 27 in Hamilton County court today.

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) - A former Ohio State University football player has pleaded no contest to attempted failure to comply in northeastern Ohio after being originally charged with felony cocaine possession. The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram reports that Tracy Sprinkle received a $500 fine, a 30-day suspended jail sentence and two years' probation today.

CINCINNATI (AP) - Cincinnati's mayor has introduced Baltimore's finance director as his nominee for city manager. Mayor John Cranley says Harry Black comes from a city that has also had to deal with budget and pension challenges and knows the issues facing urban areas. Cranley introduced Black to the public in a news conference today on the steps of City Hall.

CLEVELAND (AP) - A Georgia woman has been charged in federal court in Cleveland for her role in submitting 2,750 fraudulent tax returns for people referred to her by ministers in Arkansas and Ohio. The government says Zinara Highsmith and others filed tax returns in 2011 for mostly low-income people referred to her by the ministers, including one from Canton in northeastern Ohio. Investigators say the returns falsely claimed $4.8 million in stimulus-type credits that were available in 2010, with Highsmith allegedly receiving $500,000.

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