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Dayton college becoming leader in drone technology

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A Dayton community college has taken another step toward positioning itself as a leader in drone technology research. Sinclair Community College officials on Tuesday announced plans for the renovation of an existing downtown Dayton campus building into a $5 million training and certification center for unmanned aerial systems. Despite the region being passed over for an FAA drone testing site last year, Sinclair has moved full speed ahead on the development, teaching and ... More>>

Ohio delays geese hunt at state parks

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WAYNESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - The state of Ohio has decided to delay a special hunting season on Canada geese at nine southern Ohio parks that was scheduled to begin on Labor Day. The two-week season, during which hunters reduce the population of migrant Canada geese at select state park beaches, will begin on Tuesday instead. The Dayton Daily News reports that the beach hunting program began after state officials exhausted alternative remedies to managing the geese, which live year-round live at... More>>

Lake Erie island warned not to use well water

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Residents of a small Canadian island are being warned not to drink their well water because of potentially toxic algae in Lake Erie. The blue-green algae blooms causing the warning are the same stuff that contaminated the drinking water of about 400,000 people in the Toledo area earlier this month. Health officials say people who live on Canada's Pelee Island should stop bathing and cooking with the water from their private wells that draw Lake Erie. The Windsor-Essex Cou... More>>

Court: Threat records on Ohio governor not public

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state of Ohio acted legally in withholding records documenting threats against Republican Gov. John Kasich from a political blogger who requested them, the Ohio Supreme Court decided Wednesday. In an unsigned opinion, the high court rejected the Democratic-leaning blog Plunderbund's arguments that the state Public Safety Department had improperly denied its request for public records under a "security records" exception to state law. "(A) public office cannot functio... More>>

Ohio's largest county records 90 heroin deaths

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CLEVELAND (AP) - The medical examiner in Ohio's largest county says 90 people died of heroin-related overdoses in the first half of the year, a slight decrease from the same time period a year ago. Dr. Thomas Gilson says he's encouraged the numbers in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County have dropped from 97 deaths during the first half of 2013 but remains concerned about the large number of young victims. Data released by Gilson Tuesday show women accounted for about one in every five heroin-re... More>>

Ohio man sentenced to up to 135 years for 7 rapes

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CLEVELAND (AP) - A northeast Ohio man who pleaded guilty to raping seven women between 1993 and 2002 has been sentenced to up to 135 years in prison. Sixty-nine-year-old Robert Green of Cleveland Heights pleaded guilty to the rape charges in May. He was tied to the crimes through DNA testing done as part of the Ohio attorney general's initiative to process previously untested rape kits. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Pamela Barker sentenced Green to serve at least five years for ea... More>>

Girl's eye impaled by hook in fall at Ohio store

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a girl suffered a serious eye injury when she tripped and fell onto a piece of a shoe rack in a clothing store at a southwest Ohio shopping mall. The accident happened Sunday afternoon inside the Dayton Mall. Lt. Ray Eaton from the Miami Valley Fire District tells the Dayton Daily News the girl fell into a 7-inch hook used for hanging shoes, and it impaled her eye. Eaton says the girl was taken to Dayton Children's Hospital. Her injury wasn't believed to b... More>>

Van forces horse-drawn buggy to stop in robbery

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LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Police say someone forced an Amish horse and buggy off a central Pennsylvania road to pull an armed robbery. Lancaster Newspapers reports the buggy was carrying three people early Monday morning when a white minivan pulled into its path and forced it to stop. East Lampeter police say a masked man demanded money, after which the three threw their wallets to him. The buggy driver then drove into a field to get away. No one was injured. Information from: Intelligencer Jour... More>>

Obama administration offers new rules for religious objections to health care law

Responding to a Supreme Court ruling handed down late in June, the Obama administration proposed a compromise path that it said would allow women to obtain contraceptives through their health plan. More>>

River in Ohio turns red after accidental dye dump

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ST. MARYS, Ohio (AP) - A city official says mistakenly dumped dye was to blame when part of a western Ohio river turned red earlier this week. St. Marys Safety-Service Director Greg Foxhoven tells The Lima News about 55 gallons of food-grade red dye were dumped into the city's wastewater system because of an equipment failure. The water was then discharged into the St. Marys River, turning part of it red on Thursday. Foxhoven says environmental and emergency management officials were notifie... More>>

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