News Minute: Here is the latest Ohio news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A court filing indicates a plea agreement has been reached for a man charged with of providing the gun used to kill two central Ohio police officers. Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Gerald Lawson, of suburban Cleveland, bought the handgun that 31-year-old Quentin Smith used in the February slayings of Westerville officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli. A record of a plea agreement was filed in federal court Tuesday. A message was left for Lawson's attorney seeking comment.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A ballot proposal to cap Ohio's interest rates on payday loans has cleared its initial hurdle. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the "Short-Term Loan Consumer Protection Amendment" on Monday. The amendment goes next to the Ohio Ballot Board. Organizers, including the Ohio CDC Association, said in launching the ballot effort in February they want to see some of the nation's highest interest rates on short-term loans capped at no more than 28 percent.
REVERE, Mass. (AP) - Three new bidders have stepped in with offers to buy the bankrupt manufacturer of Necco Wafers, Sweethearts and other iconic candies. The Boston Globe reports there are now four offers for Massachusetts-based New England Confectionery Co. A bankruptcy auction is scheduled for Wednesday. Necco said in March is will close and lay off hundreds of workers if a buyer isn't found.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio inmate who has long maintained his innocence in the 1994 slaying of three people is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for a new trial based on evidence never heard by a jury. Lawyers for prisoner Kevin Keith say the personnel file of a state forensics investigator who worked on his case contains allegations she had a habit of providing police departments answers they wanted in cases. Prosecutors say there's no evidence the file would have made a difference at trial.
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