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Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:36

Athens County to Seek Interim Sheriff

   ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Commissioners in a southeast Ohio county plan to appoint a temporary replacement for a sheriff indicted in a corruption case.
   Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly has denied wrongdoing and vowed to fight the charges at trial in September.
   The Ohio Supreme Court had a panel of judges consider whether Kelly should be suspended in the meantime. In a statement provided to local reporters Wednesday, Kelly says he won't challenge the recommended suspension.
   Commissioners are expected to choose a temporary replacement Thursday.  
   The charges against Kelly include theft in office, tampering with records and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Kelly is suspected of improperly using public funds to buy meals and personal apparel, selling county property to a scrapyard and stealing wire from a county garage, among other allegations.

Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:35

Even More Mumps Cases Reported

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A dozen more Ohio State University students and one staff member have been added to the list of cases in a central Ohio mumps outbreak.
   Public health agencies for Columbus and surrounding Franklin County on Wednesday reported 82 total cases of the contagious viral illness.
   Sixty-nine of those are linked to Ohio State. Fifty-three involve Ohio State students.
   The people infected range in age from 4 to 55. The cases span from early January to this week.
   Health officials urge residents to make sure they have properly received two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, or MMR.
   Mumps often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. Those infected are urged to stay home for a few days, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing and frequently wash their hands.

Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:33

Calamity Day Bill Signed

 Schools officially given four more snow days
Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:30

Tax Law Could Benefit Payers


State would be required to be more communicative

Columbus growing, Cleveland shrinking

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio automobile dealers have struck a deal that will allow Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars in the state.
   The agreement with the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association was negotiated on Tuesday and approved by a Senate panel.
   The bill allows Tesla to keep its existing stores in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and allows a third to open in Cleveland, but prohibits the company from opening any other stores.
   The bill allows no other automaker to operate manufacturer-owned stores in the state.
   Ohio was among states proposing to block Tesla from setting up additional direct-sales galleries on grounds they undercut traditional auto dealerships.  Dealers saw Tesla as a threat to a system in which nearly all dealerships are independently owned franchises that are separate from manufacturers.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:13

Space Simulator Studying Climate

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A research laboratory in Ohio is simulating extreme day and night temperatures in Mars to test the power generators used in NASA'S Mars rover.
   Researchers at the University of Dayton were chosen to test to the performance of the generators on the Curiosity Mars rover as part of an ongoing five-year, $3.75 million contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.
   The Dayton Daily News reports  the two Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators being tested at UD's Research Institute lab are the only ones on Earth. A third is powering the Curiosity rover on Mars.
   The generator is the power system used to recharge the batteries on the Curiosity rover.
   University officials dedicated the new testing laboratory on Tuesday.


Touted to create over 30,000 jobs
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 10:13

Oil Leak Under Investigation

   CINCINNATI (AP) - Federal environmental officials estimate more than 20,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from a pipeline into a nature preserve in southwest Ohio.
   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doubled initial estimates in its latest update. Meanwhile, Sunoco Logistics reports that its pipeline has been repaired and oil flow has resumed.
   Sunoco shut off a stretch of the Mid-Valley Pipeline from northern Kentucky to Lima, Ohio, early March 18 after a leak was confirmed. A company spokesman says the cause of a 5-inch pipeline crack is still being investigated.
   The oil leaked into an intermittent stream and acre-sized marshy area in the Oak Glen Nature Preserve just west of Cincinnati.  Officials say no problems have been found with air quality or local water wells, but some small wildlife has been affected.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The only woman on Ohio's death row is set to be sentenced a third time for plotting the killing of her ex-husband.
   Sixty-nine-year-old Donna Marie Roberts was sentenced to death in 2003 for plotting with her boyfriend to kill her husband in 2001 in Howland, near Youngstown.
   The Ohio Supreme Court for the second time overturned Roberts' death sentence - but not her guilty verdict - last October and sent the case back for resentencing.
   The Columbus Dispatch  reports that the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied an appeal arguing that she should be allowed to offer mitigating evidence at sentencing about why she should not receive the death penalty.
   She's scheduled to stay on death row until she's sentenced again.

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