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Ohio gets funding to control tree-killing beetle

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 10:47 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ohio will get more than $140,000 in federal money to help control a tree-killing beetle and other pests threatening the state's ecology and forestry industry.

A Friday statement from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says the money is part of the 2014 Farm Bill. Brown says the funding will help with the study and control of the Asian longhorned beetle and other pests that are having devastating effects on Ohio's hardwood forests and harming the state's nursery industry.

Heavy rainfall around Ohio prompts flood warnings

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 10:11 AM

GRANVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Forecasters have put much of Ohio under flood warnings or related advisories as showers and thunderstorms continue throughout the state.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for parts of Adams, Pike and Scioto counties in southern Ohio because of heavy rain early Friday.

In central Ohio, a piece of a two-lane road near Granville collapsed over a stream, leaving a hole that stretched almost from one side to the other as rainfall washed away the pavement.

Boy struck on bike; hours later, fire damages home

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 09:34 AM

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio sheriff's spokesman says the family of a 10-year-old boy struck by a car while riding his bicycle endured a second tragedy hours later when a fire heavily damaged their home.

Butler County sheriff's spokesman Monte Mayer says Adam Lakin (LAY'-kin) was taken to a hospital with a severe head injury after the Thursday evening crash near his home in Reily Township. A Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center spokesman says the boy was in serious condition Friday.

University benefits from Dayton's NCAA tourney run

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:52 AM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials say Dayton's run deep into the NCAA men's basketball tournament has been a boon for the university in merchandise sales and may benefit the school in other ways.

The bookstore's accounting clerk tells WDTN-TV (http://bit.ly/1luft5w ) the campus has sold more than 14,000 Flyers items during the NCAA tournament. He says fans continued buying gear in commemoration even after the Flyers lost to Florida last week.

NASA program offers businesses consultation on R&D

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 08:28 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal program is giving companies from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan a chance to get free, confidential research and development insight directly from NASA experts.

The Blade in Toledo (http://bit.ly/1dXzDoA ) reports engineers and technical specialists from Glenn Research Center in Cleveland will consult with participants and may share declassified technology used by the space agency.

Ohio city patching potholes after snowiest winter

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 07:32 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Officials in northwest Ohio's largest city say road crews are still playing catch-up as they try to fill thousands of potholes left after an exceptionally cold, snowy winter.

Such weather can lead to road damage. WTOL-TV (http://bit.ly/1sgn9fF ) reports Toledo road crews have filled 40,000 potholes this year, and their work is far from over.

Ohio River village seeks cemetery upkeep funding

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 06:58 AM

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio River village lacking funding to maintain its cemeteries is seeking help from local voters through a levy on the May ballot.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/QKMIHz ) reports members of New Richmond's cemetery board were so unhappy with the cemeteries' appearance that they volunteered time to reset hundreds of toppled gravestones over the past two years.

Ohio city supports naming road for Neil Armstrong

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 06:30 AM

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Officials in a southwest Ohio city support a plan to name a new stretch of state highway for astronaut Neil Armstrong, who lived in the area after becoming the first man to walk on the moon.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1ltSTdh ) reports the proposal calls for labeling a newly rerouted part of state Route 123 as "Neil Armstrong Way." The rerouted section near Lebanon is under construction and is expected to be finished this summer or fall.

Former Ohio State player pleads to drug charges

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 06:03 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio State University football player previously caught up in the school's memorabilia scandal has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking.

The sentence issued Thursday in Franklin County for 27-year-old Ray Small is expected to run concurrent with a shorter sentence he received in a drug case in Meigs County.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1kvnjud ) reports Small apologized in court and told the judge he takes responsibility for what he did.

Ohio gay marriage ban challenged in federal court

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 03:02 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Civil rights attorneys are arguing that a federal judge should prohibit Ohio officials from enforcing the state's ban on gay marriage.

The attorneys will deliver closing arguments in the matter Friday before federal Judge Timothy Black in Cincinnati.

Their request goes far beyond their original and narrow February lawsuit asking Black to force Ohio to recognize gay marriage on birth certificates.

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