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8:16 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Briefcases Cause Scare at Boehner's Ohio Office

WEST CHESTER, Ohio - Briefcases with handwritten signs attached were left at the front door of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner's Ohio office, bringing out a bomb squad.

Investigators in the Cincinnati suburb of West Chester tell multiple media outlets that the bomb squad blew the cases apart on Sunday and found they contained only papers. No one was hurt.

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7:17 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Increased Retirements Costs Southwest Ohio County

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CINCINNATI, Ohio - The southwest Ohio county that includes Cincinnati had $1.3 million set aside this year for pension costs but has used it up as more workers retire.

County officials tell The Cincinnati Enquirer many recent retirees are worried state lawmakers will try to cut their pension benefits to save money, so they're retiring early. The increase in retirements surprised the county, and it had to cover payouts for vacation and sick time using its general fund.

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8:09 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Ohio State AD says NCAA Probe has Cost $800K

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The NCAA investigation into Ohio State's football program has cost the school's athletic department $800,000.

OSU Athletic director Gene Smith confirmed the figure on Wednesday in an email to The Associated Press. The Buckeyes football program has been embroiled in a memorabilia-for-cash scandal that broke late last year and has resulted in coach Jim Tressel losing his job after 10 years. Star quarterback Terrelle Pryor also has left the school.

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4:35 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

War Dog Memorial Unveiled in Springfield

When Dave Bauer was serving in the Vietnam War, he worked alongside human and canine soldiers. When Bauer got injured on the battlefield, he became aware of the sacrifices of the war dogs.

"I was laying there in the hospital, and they were operating on me and when I looked over on the other gurney, they were operating on a dog," he says.

Bauer received a Purple Heart for his service and is now a Clark County Veterans Commissioner. In 2009 he began raising funds to construct the War Dog Memorial, which honors dogs who serve a in a variety of capacities.

 

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8:37 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Ohio Woman Sky Dives 50 Times in 1 Day

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - An Ohio woman had a day of thrilling ups and downs as she took a series of 50 sky dives from a small plane Tuesday.

Andrea Kemp calls her feat at southwest Ohio's Hook Field Middletown Regional Airport "a total adrenaline rush."

The Middletown Journal reports it's believed that she set an Ohio record for the most sky dives in one day by a woman.

Kemp compares it to eating chocolate, because she says "you can't stop."

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