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Ohio State marching band will visit London for NFL event

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 01:15 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University's marching band is ramping up to appear this fall at the NFL International Series in London. It is the group's first-ever trip abroad.

Interim Director Christopher Hoch (hohk) says the band is scheduled to perform a pregame show Sunday, Oct. 25, at the overseas match-up between the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars in Wembley Stadium. It's the second of three games in the series.


Plane diverts to Ohio airport after alleged threats by flier

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 12:21 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a plane headed from St. Louis to Washington, D.C., was diverted to a central Ohio airport after a pilot reported a disruptive passenger made threatening statements.

Airport spokesman David Whitaker says the United Express flight bound for Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia landed safely at Port Columbus International Airport on Thursday. It was isolated while the FBI removed the 53 people on board and used dogs to search luggage.


Judge won't delay awarding of Cincinnati streetcar contract

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 11:28 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge has denied two unions' request to delay the Cincinnati streetcar operations contract from being awarded by a transit authority.

Hamilton County Judge Steven Martin ruled Thursday after a hearing in the lawsuit filed by the Cincinnati branch of the Amalgamated Transit Union and the local AFL-CIO.

The Amalgamated Transit Union wants to run the streetcar and has sought to prevent the contract from going to a private company.


Ohio Medicaid plan would require enrollees to share in cost

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 11:25 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials estimate that about 1 million low-income Ohioans could be required pay a new monthly cost for Medicaid health coverage or potentially lose it under a Republican provision in the state budget.

The idea, which requires federal approval, was part of the $71.2 billion, two-year spending blueprint that Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) signed Tuesday.


Ohio prosecutor, judge, crash bikes in separate incidents

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 10:49 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio prosecutor and a judge are recovering from injuries suffered in separate bike accidents on the same day.

In an added twist, the prosecutor was riding a bike that once belonged to the judge.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1UaN6eF ) Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien was training for a triathlon Sunday when he crashed after riding over a traffic-calming device.


Court dismisses appeal of Cleveland officer's acquittal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 09:57 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio court has dismissed an appeal filed by prosecutors after the acquittal of a Cleveland police officer charged in the fatal shooting of two unarmed suspects in 2012.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutors conceded the verdict couldn't be reversed, but said there were serious legal errors and wanted the judge who acquitted 31-year-old Michael Brelo (BREE'-loh) to correct the court record.

Prosecutors filed the appeal May 29, six days after Brelo was found not guilty of two counts of manslaughter.


Kent State president proposes tripling university endowment

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 08:39 AM

KENT, Ohio (AP) — The president of Kent State University has proposed more than tripling the school's endowment to provide more student scholarships and add faculty positions.

Beverly Warren says she'd like to take the endowment from its current level of $118 million to $500 million, a goal she acknowledges is aggressive and can't be reached overnight.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1JAy63M ) Warren said in a speech Wednesday the school has done a good job focusing on construction projects but also needs to boost scholarships.


Interstate closure leads to rough central Ohio commute

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 06:37 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An interstate closure is leading to a rough morning commute for central Ohio drivers.

Transportation officials have closed a portion of eastbound Interstate 70 leading toward Columbus 24 hours after an overturned tanker truck carrying ethanol caught fire.

Workers on Thursday continued to construct a temporary lane to carry traffic along 70 as drivers were forced onto side streets.


State to block boats from Ohio's Buckeye Lake for fireworks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 06:24 AM

BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio (AP) — The state will close public boat ramps at Ohio's Buckeye Lake for Fourth of July fireworks to ensure people don't get stuck in shallow water while trying to watch the show.

The central Ohio lake is being kept low as the state makes plans to replace its deteriorated dam.

That isn't stopping the traditional fireworks show. But the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says officials from surrounding counties asked that the public boat ramps be closed Friday as a safety precaution.


Cleveland airport commemorates its 90th anniversary

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 04:54 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio airport thought to be science fiction when it was planned in the 1920s is celebrating a historic milestone.

The Plain Dealer reports (http://bit.ly/1HxW2Hv ) a bash was held at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport for its 90th anniversary. The party drew about 40 descendants of its founder, William Hopkins, Cleveland's first city manager.


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