WYOMING, Ohio (AP) - Mourners have paid their respects to an American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after returning home to Ohio in a coma. About 2,000 people packed into a school for Otto Warmbier's funeral Thursday in Wyoming, near Cincinnati. A bagpiper played as the casket of the 22-year-old University of Virginia student was carried to a hearse, and mourners lined the street.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A jury has found the man accused of fatally shooting a Columbus SWAT officer during a stand-off last year guilty of aggravated murder. Lincoln Rutledge had pleaded not guilty to charges of shooting officer Steven Smith in the head as officers tried to arrest Rutledge on an arson warrant in April 2016. A Franklin County jury returned the guilty verdict Thursday. The case carries the possibility of the death penalty.
BEIJING (AP) - The death of American student Otto Warmbier, who fell into a coma during his detention in North Korea, has raised questions about whether his tour agency was adequately prepared for its trips. Young Pioneer Tours built up its business attracting young travelers with cut-rate, hard-partying adventures, but it's also become associated with a string of cautionary tales.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Final estimates place Ohio's projected budget shortfall at more than $1 billion. Legislative budget analysts told the opening day of a conference committee working to meet a June 30 budget deadline that tax revenues are expected to lag projections by $1.02 billion over the two-year budget cycle. The state is also expected to see its share of Medicaid caseload costs exceed estimates by $59 million over the period.
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