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8:21 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Officials in 2 Ohio counties track serial fires

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Officials in two counties in north-central Ohio say they're widening a possible arson investigation after finding evidence of at least 27 suspicious fires since February.  The fires have hit abandoned homes, barns, outbuildings, fields and ditches in Hardin and Union counties.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Friday that county officials says a meeting this week with the state fire marshal's office revealed more suspicious fires than they were originally aware of.

Education
5:38 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Wittenberg University Receives $6 Million Gift

Wittenberg University announced Wednesday that it has received a $6 million gift. Wittenberg President Mark Erickson said it is the largest cash gift ever received from a living individual to the university. WYSO's Wayne Baker reports.

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Education
5:22 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Mixed Messages From School Voucher Totals

The state greatly increased the number of taxpayer-paid vouchers available for students in failing schools. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the final numbers are in from the latest round of applications, and the message isn't clear.

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Around the Miami Valley, Education
12:26 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Some Miami Valley School Districts Improve, Others Fall

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DAYTON, Ohio- Although the majority of the 40 school districts maintained their state report card ratings, 13 districts improved.

Among the Miami Valley school districts that improved for the 2010-11 school year were Beavercreek, Centerville, Dayton, Miamisburg, Northridge, Springboro and West Carrollton. Three districts - Kettering, Lebanon, and Newton - slipped in rating from “Excellent with Distinction” to “Excellent.”

Around the Miami Valley, Politics
12:19 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Montgomery County Officials Make Plea for 3rd District

DAYTON, Ohio — Officials in Montgomery County are asking Gov. John Kasich to leave the 3rd Congressional District intact during the redistricting process.

Montgomery County commissioners are concerned that any further reductions of the district would negatively affect the city of Dayton and surrounding county. According to the Dayton Daily News, the commissioners believe the county would best be served by one member of Congress who could fully focus on the community and its issues.

In the 2001 redistricting, the 3rd District lost 22 percent of itself to the 8th District.

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