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10:41 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Great Lakes Restoration and Algae Updates

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Federal agriculture officials say they're spending $2 million to help farmers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana keep phosphorus from entering waterways in the western Lake Erie basin.

The U.S. Agriculture Department says projects include using new tools such as biofilters and controlled drainage. Officials say excessive phosphorus from manure causes blue-green algae to proliferate in rivers and streams, limiting oxygen concentrations in water.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack plans to announce the effort today in Michigan.

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Statewide News
10:33 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Ohio Bill Would Require Tracking of Cold Med Sales

A proposal in the Ohio House would require retailers to digitally track sales of some over-the-counter allergy and cold medications that are used to make the illegal drug methamphetamine.

The Dayton Daily News reports the bill sponsored by Republican state Rep. Terry Johnson of McDermott would allow real-time tracking of the medications through a national exchange.

The legislation would apply to pseudoephedrine and ephedrine, ingredients used in at-home and portable meth labs that can lead to explosions and fires.

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Statewide News
10:31 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Ohio to Consider Selling Highway Sponsorships

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The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to consider selling naming rights and sponsorships for 49,000
miles of Ohio highways as a way to reduce the $10 million it spends on maintenance.

Transportation Director Jerry Wray tells The Columbus Dispatch the department could raise up to $15 million a year.

Wray says the idea is preliminary and options are being explored. He says it's unclear how much the state could charge for naming rights or what kind of signs would be used to designate the sponsorship.

Statewide News
1:30 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Ohio Court Upholds Police Rescue of Suicidal Man

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The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the actions of police officers who pulled over a suicidal man, then
took his gun from the glove compartment without a warrant.

The court says an exception to the Fourth Amendment for people providing emergency aid allows officers to make a traffic stop if they believe a person's life is in danger.

The court ruled 6-1 Thursday that Vandalia officers acted properly when they pulled over a truck driven by Richard Dunn in 2008 after getting a phone tip that he had a weapon and planned to kill himself.

Military
10:00 am
Thu March 15, 2012

A Century of U.S. Relations with Iraq

The statue of Saddam Hussein topples in Baghdad's Firdos Square on April 9, 2003.

As the American combat mission in Iraq comes to end, the Obama administration and Pentagon officials have repeatedly assured the world that American involvement with Iraq will continue. They are undoubtedly right. Since the founding of Iraq in the aftermath of World War I, U.S. policy has included cooperation, confrontation, war, and, most recently, an ongoing experiment in state-building. This month, Peter Hahn, an expert on the history of U.S.

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