The top 10 stories in Ohio in 2008, as chosen by Associated Press member newspaper editors and broadcasters.
1. Ohio’s struggling economy leads to thousands of job losses and cuts in government services. Gov. Ted Strickland orders $1.27 billion in budget cuts.
2. Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s grassroots organizing helps him become first Democrat to win Ohio’s 20 electoral votes since 1996.
3. Attorney General Marc Dann resigns over sexual harassment scandal.
4. Foreclosure crisis.
5. September windstorm knocks out power for more than 2 million, some for several days.
6. DHL announces it plans to move from Wilmington, eliminating up to 8,000 jobs.
7. Early voting and ballot casting on Nov. 4 run smoothly amid numerous lawsuits, changes to voting systems.
8. Heavy rain follows large snowstorm in March, causing flooding throughout state.
9. Ohio Democrats pick up congressional seats, capture Ohio House.
10. The former CEO and other executives of failed National Century Financial Enterprises are convicted in a fraud case.
Stories that received at least two votes:
— Ohio’s largest bank, National City, bought by PNC after two-year decline related to credit and mortgage crisis.
— Joe the Plumber becomes a household name after he challenges Barack Obama’s tax plan and is later mentioned two dozen times during the final presidential debate.
— Body is found of Ohio soldier Matt Maupin, who had been missing in Iraq.
— A British citizen who spent two decades on Ohio’s death row is released from jail after entering a plea agreement and returns to Scotland.
— Ohio State loses to LSU in national championship football game.
— Former Canton patrolman sentenced to 57 years for killing pregnant girlfriend.
— Woman is convicted of killing her baby in microwave oven.
— Former U.S. Sen. Howard Metzenbaum dies.
— Ohio resumes executions after the end of an unofficial national moratorium on the death penalty.
— State school superintendent is replaced.