SCIO, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a house in a small eastern Ohio village was leveled by a large explosion while the family that lived there was at church. Firefighters said the explosion yesterday morning in Scio could be heard and felt miles away. Debris from the blast flew across the street into neighbors' yards. Nobody was hurt. Authorities are checking to see if might be related to a natural gas problem.
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a woman driving a minivan led troopers on an interstate highway chase that reached speeds of 125 mph. The patrol said it happened yesterday morning when a woman was found by a trooper sleeping in the stolen van in a rest area in Lebanon. She led troopers on a 23-mile chase. Officials say 43-year-old Benjie Pauline Brown was arrested yesterday morning when she crashed into a trooper's cruiser.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Democratic state lawmaker is announcing plans to challenge Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (man-DEHL') in 2014. Third-term state Representative Connie Pillich, of suburban Cincinnati, says she'll focus her campaign on fighting for working families, fellow small business owners and senior citizens. Pillich has been a lawyer, businesswoman and captain in the U.S. Air Force.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices have taken a big jump in Ohio. A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was listed at an average of about $3.84 in today's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That's up 27 cents from last Monday's average.
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