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Northern Ohio city fights algal bloom in reservoir

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 08:57 AM

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) — Officials in a northern Ohio city say its drinking water is safe as they battle a harmful algal bloom in a reservoir.

The Sandusky Register reports (http://bit.ly/1vgYtE6 ) that test results released Tuesday for the body of water in Norwalk showed 22 parts per billion of microcystin toxin, up from an initial result of 10 parts per billion.

The city's public works director Josh Snyder says the EPA's limit for recreational use is 6 parts per billion.

Youngstown State sees drop in student enrollment

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 08:19 AM

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The freshman class at Youngstown State University has nearly 300 fewer students than last fall's class.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator reports (http://bit.ly/1vgRdrX ) that preliminary enrollment is down 6.5 percent from last year, but officials say the new class is the strongest academically it's ever had.

The new class has 1,717 students. They have an average grade point of 3.12, compared to 2.97 in 2013. Their average ACT score is 21.05, compared to 20.48 last year.

Police: 2nd man has died after Cincinnati shooting

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 07:50 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati police say a second man found wounded after a gun battle at a street intersection has died.

Police say 18-year-old Tywaune Thomas was hospitalized in critical condition after the shooting Tuesday afternoon and succumbed to his injuries Wednesday.

Twenty-one-year-old Antwon Ward was found dead on the scene from apparent gunshot wounds when police responded to the shooting Tuesday.

Ohio police say man was shot in back while in car

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 07:17 AM

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in southwest Ohio say a man was shot in the back while sitting in the front passenger seat of a vehicle.

Middletown police are investigating what led to the shooting of the 20-year-old man, who has been hospitalized for treatment. His condition was not immediately known Wednesday.

Police say multiple people were in the vehicle at the time of the Tuesday night shooting, and they are working to identify those in the back seat who might be responsible.

Bailiff comes to man's aid in Ohio traffic court

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 06:54 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland man says he owes his life to a court bailiff and officers who performed CPR after he collapsed from a heart attack in traffic court last month.

Donald Austin tells WKYC-TV (http://on.wkyc.com/1qplEYB ) that he has a second chance at life thanks to the quick action of those in the courtroom.

Austin was waiting on a friend at traffic court on July 29 when he collapsed.

Ohio's pharmacy board director to leave post

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 06:29 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The director of Ohio's pharmacy board is leaving his post in September and a new change in state law could impact his replacement.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1qpheRr ) that Kyle Parker will step down as executive director of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy on Sept. 1.

The General Assembly approved a provision in a budget bill this June that eliminated the requirement that the pharmacy board's director be a pharmacist.

Kasich mum on Democratic challenger's campaign

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 05:49 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio's governor is staying mum on his Democratic challenger's recent campaign problems.

Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) told reporters Tuesday at a campaign stop in Cincinnati that he pays no attention to the other side.

Two top aides to Democrat Ed FitzGerald have left his campaign, forcing the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County executive to readjust his strategy less than 50 days before early voting begins.

1 person injured in small plane crash in Ohio

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 06:39 PM

BETHEL, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 72-year-old man is recovering from injuries after crash-landing his plane on his own property in southwest Ohio.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says Roland Franke was piloting the homebuilt aircraft Tuesday evening when he experienced engine trouble.

Authorities say he had just taken off from a field on his property in Clermont County's Tate Township, about 30 miles southeast of Cincinnati.

They say he crashed while attempting to make an emergency landing back onto the field.

Ohio university accused of housing discrimination

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 05:51 PM

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Government officials are accusing Ohio's Kent State University of housing discrimination, alleging it refused to let a student with disabilities keep a dog as an emotional support animal in her campus apartment.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the charges Tuesday against the university and four employees. The complaint says the student got a dog in 2009 to help with panic and anxiety disorders.

$2M offered to Ohio farmers to help reduce algae

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 03:41 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The federal government is offering $2 million to Ohio farmers to help prevent farm runoff that contributes to potentially harmful algae blooms.

Farmers in 20 counties in the western Lake Erie watershed can apply for some of the funds to plant cover crops to reduce nutrient runoff and erosion. The federal money, provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, is aimed at reducing future algae blooms.

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