News Minute: Here is the latest Ohio news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has endorsed Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor in the race for Ohio governor. Taylor's campaign announced the former Republican presidential candidate's backing Thursday. Cruz's endorsement comes as Taylor seeks to boost her conservative credentials against Attorney General Mike DeWine in the Republican primary. Taylor is working with Republican consulting firm Axiom Strategies, which has Cruz ties.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A man who confessed to killing three people and now wants to be released from an Ohio prison under a plea deal is due back in court. A judge plans to hold a hearing in Toledo on Thursday, when she could decide whether to release Nathaniel Cook. Cook's attorneys say a plea deal signed nearly 20 years ago says the court is bound to order his release this year.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge has rescheduled sentencing for an Ohio man convicted of trying to help the Islamic State group. U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus on Wednesday in Columbus rescheduled Aaron Daniels sentencing from April 26 to May 24. Daniels pleaded guilty last July to a charge accusing him of attempting to travel to Libya to join the group.
GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) - Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the death of a worker killed at a hospital construction site in central Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch reports emergency crews responded shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday after a man fell down an elevator shaft at a hospital being built in Grove City outside of Columbus. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name hasn't been released.
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