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Peace museum to honor Ohio conscientious objector

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 10:34 AM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio conscientious objector killed 44 years ago in Vietnam is being honored by the Dayton International Peace Museum.

The museum is honoring Ted Studebaker with an exhibit that opens Sunday and with the Peace Heroes Walk on May 2.


Cleveland schools to get special audit after rebate failure

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 10:14 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) —

The state plans a special audit after a Cleveland schools panel determined the district didn't collect $8.5 million in federal rebates for which it was pre-approved.

A watchdog panel found the district missed out on money to help pay for Internet equipment and technology put in new schools from 2006 to 2011.

State Auditor Dave Yost's spokeswoman tells The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/1DlsxA6 ) his office will try to follow the complicated paper trail, but there's no timetable for that review.


Northeast Ohio college gets $6M donation for scholarships

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 10:08 AM

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — John Carroll University outside Cleveland has received one of the largest donations in the school's history from an alumnus and his wife.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/1ESAoec ) that Timothy Donahue, former executive chairman of the Sprint Nextel Corp., and his wife, Jayne, have given the school $6 million to provide scholarships for low-income students who demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to service.

Recipients will be known as "Donahue Scholars."


Ohio airport to continue $110 million improvement project

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 09:55 AM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio airport will expand parking and make other improvements as part of its $110-million upgrade.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1E9TzBc) that the president of the Akron-Canton Airport says construction will soon begin on an $11.6-million project to widen the entrance road loop, giving customers more room for drop-offs and additional space for covered parking and short-term parking.


Man convicted of robbing pair leaving Ohio casino sentenced

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 09:30 AM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A man found guilty of robbing a couple at gunpoint as they left a southwest Ohio racino has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Montgomery County's prosecutor says 54-year-old Douglas Hughes was sentenced Friday in Dayton. Hughes was convicted earlier this month on two counts each of aggravated robbery and kidnapping.

A message seeking comment was left Friday at the office of Hughes' attorney.


Union urges Obama to fund Ohio uranium site cleanup

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 07:01 AM

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — The local president of the union representing some of the workers decontaminating and decommissioning a southern Ohio uranium plant is urging President Barack Obama to fully fund the project.

In a letter to Obama this week, United Steelworkers local president Herman Potter asked for continued funding for work at the Cold War-era uranium plant in Piketon.

Potter says in the letter that the people working at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant deserve full, stable funding of the project.


Ohio's Buckeye Lake has small-scale evacuation drill

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 06:46 AM

BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio (AP) — A small-scale evacuation drill is among the ways officials are reviewing emergency procedures at central Ohio's Buckeye Lake after warnings that its deteriorated dam could fail.

An Ohio Emergency Management Agency spokesman says Saturday's evacuation exercise was planned to focus on populations with special needs, such as the elderly and residents bringing pets. Emergency responders were to walk through the steps of evacuation and sheltering with volunteers playing the role of residents.


Trial delayed in 125 mph Ohio Turnpike crash that killed 2

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 06:30 AM

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A trial has been pushed back again for a man accused of driving more than 125 mph and causing a crash that killed two people on the Ohio Turnpike nearly two years ago.

The trial for Andrew Gans, of Kent was scheduled to begin this past week.

The News-Messenger (http://ohne.ws/1PpBvoG ) in Fremont reports that a judge had to delay the start because a witness was not available to testify.

A new trial date hasn't been set.


Cleveland man pleads not guilty in firefighters' slaying

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 06:16 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A 20-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges in the slaying of a veteran firefighter who crashed his truck after being shot in Cleveland last May.

The death of 58-year-old Theodore Wright initially was believed to an accident after he crashed his truck into a pole. Later it was determined that he'd been shot in the left arm before the crash. The gunshot caused internal injuries and his death.


Museum to honor "Flying Housewife" who flew around the world

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 06:11 AM

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio museum is going to honor the first woman to fly solo around the world.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1GmdcUp ) reports that The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology in Newark announced plans for a permanent exhibit that will commemorate Jerrie Mock, who flew from Columbus around the world. She returned 29 days and 23,000 miles later.

Mock was born in Newark and died in September at 88. She was dubbed the "Flying Housewife."


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