News Minute: Here is the latest Ohio news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
ALTON, Ill. (AP) - After last year's deadly clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, the federal government quietly spent millions of dollars to hire private security guards to stand watch over at least eight Confederate cemeteries. That's according to government documents obtained by The Associated Press. The effort at Department of Veterans Affairs-operated cemeteries was aimed at preventing the kind of damage that befell other Confederate memorials across the U.S.
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - A prosecutor says an inmate accused of strangling his Ohio prison cellmate has been indicted on an aggravated murder charge and could get the death penalty if convicted. Warren County's prosecutor says 33-year-old Jack Welninski was indicted Monday in Kevin Nill's death at the Lebanon Correctional Institution in April. Investigators believe he killed Nill to get transferred to another prison. Court records don't list an attorney for Welninski. He's serving 69 years for a 2015 attempted murder.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police say a man has been shot and killed during a drug investigation in Ohio's capital city. The shooting happened Monday morning on the west side of Columbus and involved a Franklin County Sheriff's deputy. Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin said officers had come to the house as part of an undercover drug investigation. The name of the male victim was not released.
(AP) - A pioneer in Ohio's school choice movement who also was an influential Republican donor has died. The family of David Brennan says he died Sunday. The Akron native founded a for-profit charter school operation in 1998 that went on to become one of the largest operators of charter schools in the nation. The schools struggled financially in recent years as the market became more competitive. The company sold off its last contracts to run charter schools in August.
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