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Tom Hanks dedicates motion pictures center

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks proves again he excels at taking directions.

Hank wielded oversized scissors Tuesday and, on a count of three, he led a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a newly renovated motion pictures center named for him at Wright State University in Ohio.

Hanks said that when he was a teenager, he couldn’t have gotten into the university. He joked about his performance on the SATs, asking his audience to guess what he got on the tests. His answer: “Spilled Coca-Cola.”

The Oscar-winning star isn’t an alumnus, but has connections with teachers and alumni of the public school.

Hanks is national co-chair of a fundraising campaign for the university. He planned to attend a fundraising gala and talk with theater, dance and motion picture students during his Tuesday visit.

Thousands attend funeral for slain Ohio police officer

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Law enforcement officers from as far away as Colorado have joined thousands of mourners at funeral services for an Ohio police officer who was killed when a man opened fire on a SWAT team.

Columbus SWAT Officer Steven M. Smith was shot during the April 10 standoff and died two days later. Authorities say the SWAT team was trying to arrest him when he began shooting.

Funeral services for the 54-year-old Smith were held Tuesday at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Westerville, a Columbus suburb.

A ceremony following the main service included a 21-gun salute. A flag was given to Smith’s family.

Lincoln Rutledge is charged with aggravated murder in the slaying. A public defender assigned to the 44-year-old Rutledge has declined to discuss the charges.

Judge dismisses suit from backers of drug-price plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Ohio’s elections chief by backers of an effort aimed at controlling prescription drug prices.

Supporters of the so-called Drug Price Relief Act sued Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted after he ordered a further review of their petition signatures before sending the proposal to state lawmakers to consider.

Backers claimed the delay hurt their chances of getting the issue before voters this fall. They asked the court for more time to gather the signatures needed to appear on November’s ballot.

The proposal is aimed at keeping state entities from buying drugs at prices higher than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays.

The judge found that the supporters couldn’t show sufficient harm and therefore lack standing at this point.

Man accused of fatally beating child wants charges dropped

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for a man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter want charges against him dropped because they say his constitutional rights were violated when attorney-client phone calls at a southwest Ohio jail were recorded.

Attorneys for 26-year-old Bradley Young filed the motion Monday in a Hamilton court to drop charges of murder, felony endangering children and involuntary manslaughter.

Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser argues there’s no indication of any wrong-doing in the case. Gmoser says no one in his office listened to the calls or even knew they existed prior to the motion.

Young has pleaded not guilty to all charges in the December death of Kinsley Kinner. His trial is scheduled to begin Monday.

A hearing on the defense motion is set for Friday.

Imprisoned Ohio official settles lawsuit over slip and fall

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former Cuyahoga County commissioner serving 28 years for bribery has settled a lawsuit against the operators of a private prison where he claimed he slipped and fell in a puddle.

Cleveland.com reports a federal judge signed an order last week that says Jimmy Dimora and Corrections Corporation of America had settled the suit. Terms weren’t released. Dimora sought at least $50,000 in damages.

Dimora claimed he fell in April 2012 at a Youngstown prison while awaiting sentencing. A federal court jury convicted Dimora, a central figure in a wide-ranging corruption probe, of bribery and racketeering the previous month.

Attorneys for Dimora and the company couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

Dimora was transferred last month from a prison in California to one in West Virginia.

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