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A school district in central Ohio has shut off its drinking fountains after finding high lead levels in the water.

The Granville school district northeast of Columbus says tests show water coming from some of the drinking fountains are above the federal limit.

School leaders say the problem is with the drinking fountains and not the water coming into the buildings.

The district says it shut off access to the drinking fountains Wednesday and is running more tests.

Bottled water is being given to students and teachers.

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Federal environmental officials are working to determine the cost of cleaning up a southwest Ohio park that's contaminated with lead.

The Dayton Daily News reports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will research if there are "responsible parties" that should pay for the cleanup of Layer Park in Miami Township.

The park is the site of a former skeet shooting range that recently tested for high levels of lead. Township officials have said the 7-acre park has been closed since Dec. 24.

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Ohio lawmakers plan to legalize medical marijuana by summer in an effort they say is more responsible and comprehensive than any ballot proposal.
 
It comes as a medical marijuana question is working its way to Ohio's fall ballot.

A state legislative panel is poised to hear from opponents of a bill that would let Ohio's churches and pastors refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

Under the so-called Pastor Protection Act, no clergy could be required to solemnize a marriage or have their church property be used to host a ceremony that's against their religious beliefs.

The proposal was introduced in the Ohio House three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision allowing same-sex marriage last year.

An Ohio House committee is set to consider possible changes to legislation regulating how abortion providers handle fetal remains.

One bill would require aborted fetuses to be buried, cremated or incinerated. The state's health director would help write the details.

A separate measure would require fetal remains to be buried or cremated, not incinerated. It leaves the decision up to the pregnant woman.

Dayton is banning its employees from non-essential government travel to Mississippi and North Carolina, saying recent laws passed in the two states discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

A Thursday memo from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley forbids city dollars paying for non-essential travel to the states.

The Dayton Daily News reports Whaley said the new laws conflict with the city's values and anti-discrimination ordinances enacted by city commissioners.

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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in southwest Ohio is getting a new commander this summer.

The Dayton Daily News reports that 43-year-old Col. Bradley McDonald will replace Col. John Devillier as the commander of the 88th Air Base Wing in June.

McDonald is currently the vice commander of an air wing that supports the U.S. Air Force Academy. He oversaw 3,000 military and civilian employees and a $150 million budget at the 10th Air Base Wing at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.

Ohio's most populous county is banning its employees from non-essential government travel to North Carolina after that state enacted a law prohibiting communities from passing ordinances to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
 
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish said Wednesday that the ban is in effect until North Carolina repeals or amends its law on bias ordinances. Budish's statement says the county, which includes Cleveland, has adopted a plan that "ensures equal treatment" for the LGBTQ community.
 

A prosecutor says a police officer who shot and wounded a Maryland slaying suspect who pulled a knife on him along Interstate 75 in suburban Cincinnati won't be charged.
 
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said Tuesday that Glendale Officer Joshua Hilling showed "remarkable restraint" in dealing with Pablo Javier Aleman. Deters says Aleman was wanted by Baltimore County police on a warrant in a homicide and is now charged in Ohio with attempted murder.
 

An Ohio Senate panel is considering a bill that would give judges the option of suspending a driver's license for someone convicted of a drug charge instead of the suspension being mandatory.

Republican state Sen. Bill Seitz, of Cincinnati, says current law makes it difficult for hundreds of thousands of people in Ohio with suspended driver's licenses for drug convictions to find a job.

The legislation affects only drug convictions that don't involve driving. The bill is scheduled for another hearing in the Senate Government Oversight Committee on Tuesday.

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