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Ohioans encouraged to dispose of medications

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 07:31 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy is encouraging Ohioans to participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's "Drug Take-Back Day" next weekend.

The event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday allows people to drop off expired or unused prescription medications. The DEA is coordinating with local law enforcement agencies, which will accept the discarded controlled substances at various places around the state.

Drop-off sites can be found here: http://1.usa.gov/PmDUpQ .

Ohio theme parks building on record revenue

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 07:03 AM

MASON, Ohio (AP) — A new roller coaster at southwestern Ohio's Kings Island theme park is expected to contribute to another year of record revenue and attendance for its parent company.

Sandusky-based Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. owns the park in Mason, as well as Cedar Point in northern Ohio.

Net revenues last year reached $1.14 billion. A record-breaking 23.5 million visitors in 2013 attended Cedar Fair's 15 amusement and water parks in Ohio, eight other states and Canada.

Ohio Historical Society updating name

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 06:33 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The 129-year-old Ohio Historical Society is being rebranded as the Ohio History Connection, after many state residents said they saw the organization as "inaccessible and antiquated."

The switch will happen on May 24, following public-opinion polls that showed "a disconnect between the quality of services we're providing and the image," says executive director Burt Logan.

Police hunting shooter of Ohio high school student

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 06:09 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Police say they are still hunting the person who fatally shot a standout high school athlete during a parking lot dispute over the weekend in western Ohio.

Springfield Police Chief Stephen Moody said the killing of 17-year-old Jeff Wellington early Sunday was a "cowardly act." He's asking for the public's help in capturing the shooter.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1lutmnC ) reports that Wellington was shot when he tried to resolve a dispute in the parking lot of an apartment complex at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

Ohio gas prices up again to start work week

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 05:53 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gas prices in Ohio are up slightly to start the work week.

The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.70 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about 2 cents from a week ago.

Monday's Ohio price is 16 cents higher than a month ago, and about 5 cents higher than last year at this time.

The national average Monday was 3.67 per gallon. That's up 3 cents from last week, and it's 15 cents higher than a month ago.

Mom faces trial in McDonald's play area overdose

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 03:16 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman police say overdosed on heroin with her boyfriend at a McDonald's play area near Cincinnati is facing trial.

Thirty-three-year-old Tamica Jeffers was scheduled Monday for a nonjury trial in Hamilton County. She is charged with two misdemeanor counts of child endangering.

Ohio fire, police running in memory of 2 killed

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 03:01 AM

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Firefighters and police officers from northern Ohio are planning to run in Toledo's Glass City Marathon on Sunday in memory of two Toledo firefighters killed earlier this year.

At least one of the firefighters plans to run the entire marathon in his gear, adding an extra 40 pounds. Perkins Township firefighter Brian Hackenburg worked with James Dickman near Sandusky for 10 years before Dickman joined the Toledo fire department.

Boy, 5, critical after being pulled from Ohio pond

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 11:52 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 5-year-old boy is in critical condition after being pulled from a pond in Columbus.

Police Sgt. Chris Odom tells The Columbus Dispatch (bit.ly/1eW5UNp) that family members found the boy floating in a pond behind some houses on the city's far east side around 5 p.m. Sunday. He says the child had been visiting someone and family members began looking for him after realizing he was not there.

The boy is being treated at a hospital. His name has not been released.


Invasive carp's DNA found in eastern Ohio river

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 03:35 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Bighead carp DNA has been discovered in eastern Ohio's Muskingum River, raising concerns the invasive fish might have found a new route to Lake Erie.

A report released Friday indicated the genetic material was found in 10 of 222 water samples taken from the river last fall, various news outlets reported.

Researchers found the DNA 80 miles upstream of the river's mouth at Marietta, along the Ohio River. No fish have been found.

Communities rally to fight back against heroin

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 03:11 PM

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Some communities are trying to fight back against the scourge of heroin, with rallies, town halls, and social media.

In southwest Ohio's Butler County, heroin deaths are increasing at stunning rates and communities have turned to a task force, town halls, and poster-waving rallies. Some activists are using a northern Kentucky group that formed two years ago as a model.

One activist leader in Butler County says heroin is "a 360-degree problem" that is impacting everyone.

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