It was a year that saw a championship parade in Cleveland and came to a close with a somber funeral procession in Ohio’s capital for one of the state’s most beloved figures.

LeBron James and John Glenn came from much different backgrounds and grew up in far different eras yet both thrilled their home state with feats that will be remembered for generations.

The Cleveland Cavaliers victory in the NBA Finals, led by James, ended the city’s 52-year championship drought and was selected Ohio’s top story of the year by The Associated Press staff and its member newspapers and broadcasters around the state.

The other big stories in Ohio for 2016 included the death of Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth and Ohio’s longest-serving U.S. senator; the shooting of a gorilla to rescue a boy at the Cincinnati Zoo and the Cleveland Indians’ unlikely World Series against the Chicago Cu

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