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Montgomery County prosecutors have charged a 16-year-old for his connection with the attempted robbery of a shopper and the fatal shooting of another teenager.

A photograph of Justin Back, signed in memorial by friends and community members, hangs in the home of Sandy and Mark Case.
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A bill known as “Justin’s Law” will be introduced to the Ohio legislature soon.  The bill would allow for stiffer penalties for adults and juveniles convicted of aggravated murder.

About a year a ago, two 19-year-old men broke into the Warren County home of 18-year-old Justin Back. They stole some minor possessions and murdered Back.    

wright-patterson air force base gates
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Ohio's largest U.S military base has lost the competition to become the site of a new installation and mission support center that could result in hundreds of jobs for the host base.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was one of four final candidates for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Headquarters. Air Force officials said in a statement Wednesday that Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas was selected as the site of the new center.

The other bases competing were Joint Base-Langley-Eustis in Virginia and Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

Aimee Noel reads her poem, "Inverted Water."

Highway Work To Resume After Deadly Ohio Overpass Accident

Jan 21, 2015
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Ohio transportation officials say northbound I-75 will be shut down overnight in Cincinnati as bridge work resumes in the aftermath of a deadly accident Monday night.
 
Interstate 75 southbound re-opened Tuesday night, nearly 24 hours after a worker was killed during work to demolish an overpass exit ramp. The overpass collapsed, covering southbound I-75 with tons of concrete and steel.
 

The superintendent of the Tecumseh School District in Clark County was suspended without pay following allegations he used school funds to support a gambling habit. A school official states that superintendent Brad Martin is likely to lose his job.

Interim superintendent Paula Crew declined to go on air, but did state that an investigation by law enforcement revealed Martin apparently stole money from the school to spend more than 100 days gambling at a casino.

Akron Sgt. From left, Brian Armstead, former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes and former State Sen. Nina Turner.
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A state task force on police-community relations that includes lawmakers, pastors and police held its first meeting Tuesday night in Cleveland.

Out of an audience of dozens, about 20 people testified – some shared stories about treatment by police. Others recommended collecting data on racial profiling in Ohio, training officers to respond to people with mental illness, and setting up an independent panel to review police shootings. Many speakers urged the task force to consider race in its final proposals.

The Music Center at the Heights is expected to open in the spring.
Huber Heights City Website

The city of Huber Heights will receive $4 million over the span of 20 years in exchange for the lifetime naming rights to its new music center.
 

Selling naming rights has been lucrative for some in the past. The Dayton Dragons have received $325,000 from Fifth Third Bank every year since 1999. And the Schuster Center got its name after Dr. Benjamin and Marian Schuster donated $8 million. But the market has slowed down in the last few years.

Economy Could Also Be Affected By 1-75 Collapse

Jan 21, 2015
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Monday night’s exit ramp collapse in Cincinnati caused headaches for commuters, but it also may have trucking companies and manufacturers looking at their wallets and that could have implications statewide.

Ohio State Ohio State fans gather before the national championship game in Texas in January, 2015. Fans in Columbus rioted after the game.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Columbus police spokesman says an internal investigation continues into officers' use of tear gas and pepper spray to disperse crowds following Ohio State's football championship victory.

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs called for the review last week in an email sent to police and some city officials.

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