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

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A volunteer football coach whose house was the scene of a party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players has pleaded no contest to two charges. The Ohio attorney general's office says Matt Belardine (BELL'-ahr-deen) entered no contest pleas yesterday in Jefferson County court to one count of making a false statement and one count of enabling underage drinking.

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is among three finalists in the University of Akron's search for a new president. Tressel has been an administrator there for two years. He took the job after being forced out at Ohio State following a scandal in which his players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

CINCINNATI (AP) - An appeals court says a Sandusky man whose false distress call triggered a massive, 21-hour search on Lake Erie must pay $489,000 to the U.S. and Canadian agencies involved in the needless rescue effort. The appeals court in Cincinnati says a lower court properly ordered Danik (DAN'-ick) Kumar (KOO'-mahr) to pay back all costs associated with the 2012 search for a boat in distress.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A judge has denied a former state lawmaker's request for early release from prison, saying he agreed to serve three years. Under a plea deal, former state Representative Clayton Luckie of Dayton was sentenced in January of 2013 to the three-year prison term after pleading guilty to election falsification, grand theft and other charges.

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