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$35M hangar at Air Force museum in Dayton nearing completion

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 12:25 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Workers are nearing completion of a 224,000-square-foot hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in southwest Ohio.

Project leaders tell the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1C2cqgS ) a cold winter and heavy spring rains delayed the $35.4 million expansion several weeks but that the building is expected to be completed by mid-September.

Museum officials say the new hangar will allow access to thousands more visitors to the world's largest military aviation museum each year.


Police: 2 children in critical condition after home shooting

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 11:57 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police are investigating a morning shooting that left two children in critical condition.

Police say the shooting occurred around 8 a.m. Saturday in a house on Cleveland's west side. Police spokesman Ali Pillow tells reporters a 9-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother were each shot in the torso. They were taken to a hospital in a private vehicle and were listed in critical condition.


Wildlife group: Bird ban hurts educational presentations

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 11:14 AM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Environmental educators and volunteers in Ohio say a recent ban meant to protect the state's poultry industry from a deadly bird flu virus has hampered educational wildlife presentations.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1GXjK9n ) the Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association has requested to meet with the state's agriculture department to find a compromise on the ban.


Revisions made in Ohio city's plan to cope with gun violence

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 10:31 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A plan to counter surging gun violence in Cincinnati is undergoing revisions, with some changes in response to negative feedback.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/1GRqHc7 ) that City Manager Harry Black says Cincinnati has made it a practice to seek community input.

The anti-violence plan was supposed to start last month, but the rollout was delayed for reasons including the fatal shooting of Officer Sonny Kim on June 19.


Toledo takes another step to buy state office building

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 09:29 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — City officials are taking another step toward buying a state-owned office tower in downtown Toledo that houses government offices.

The city council has given Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson the OK to begin negotiations with the state.

She tells The Blade (http://bit.ly/1Uduwm0 ) newspaper that she wants to find an independent, governmental entity to own and operate the building.

The 22-story building houses city, county and state offices in Toledo. But it needs at least $5 million in major repairs.


Court says parents of firefighter can continue with lawsuit

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 09:21 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio court says the parents of a firefighter killed seven years ago can sue the maker of an emergency radio and the homeowners growing marijuana in the basement where a fire started.

Colerain Township Fire Department Captain Robin Broxterman died from smoke inhalation after the first floor collapsed and she fell into the basement. Firefighter Brian Schira was also killed.

The 1st Ohio District Court of Appeals ruled last week that Broxterman's family can argue the homeowners' "willful or wanton" conduct led to her death.


Here's the latest Ohio sports news from The Associated Press

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 05:01 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Michael Bourn drove in three runs, Brandon Moss homered and Trevor Bauer pitched effectively into the seventh inning as the Cleveland Indians beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 last night in a rainy game that stretched past midnight. Bourn's two-run single in the eighth inning extended the Indians' lead to 5-2 after Cleveland loaded the bases on a walk to David Murphy and singles by Yan Gomes and Giovanny Urshela.


Military personnel can visit Cincinnati Zoo for free July 4

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 04:01 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Military personnel can visit the Cincinnati Zoo for free on July 4 in recognition of their service to their country.

Zoo officials say the free admission offered Saturday will be available to active-duty, retired and honorably-discharged military personnel. They must show government-issued identification. The offer also allows qualifying military personnel to purchase up to six half-price admission tickets for members of their immediate family.

The zoo is open on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.


Ohio city says park too soggy for fireworks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 03:05 AM

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A muddy mess left behind by heavy rains means no Fourth of July fireworks in one northwestern Ohio city.

Organizers in Lima say the city park where the event was to take place is too soggy and muddy for the annual fireworks show.

The event, instead, is being postponed until Labor Day weekend.

The organizers say it was a tough decision, but there was no way to get the park ready for all of the people who normally turnout for the fireworks.


Memorial honoring fallen officer dedicated in Twinsburg

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 12:05 AM

TWINSBURG, Ohio (AP) — A new memorial honors a police officer who was fatally shot in 2008 during a traffic stop in the northeast Ohio city of Twinsburg.

Relatives and fellow officers gathered Wednesday to dedicate the memorial outside Twinsburg's city hall for Officer Joshua Miktarian. The 1,500-pound memorial features a bronze plaque with a picture of Miktarian.


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