Ohio Department of Transportation officials say the state has 5,300 hillside areas at risk of sending rocks onto nearby highways and spends $16 million a year preventing or cleaning up slides.
A department spokesman tells The Columbus Dispatch all 88 counties have such areas. Crews are working in eight counties to stabilize hillsides or clean up after falls, and 37 summer projects are planned.
State engineer Jim Graham says hillsides were made steeper for roadways along Ohio rivers. Rock cracks fill with rainwater that freezes and melts, making it vulnerable.
An Ohio native has been confirmed as the next commander of the Air Force Materiel Command, making her the first woman to become a four-star general in the Air Force.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the U.S. Senate confirmed Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger this week to lead the command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. She was nominated by President Barack Obama in February.