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Republican Gov. John Kasich has signed legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio, though patients shouldn't expect to get it from dispensaries here anytime soon.

While the law takes effect in 90 days, the medical marijuana program won't be running by then. It's expected to be fully operational in about two years.

The measure lays out a number of steps that must happen first, including the writing of rules for retailers and cultivators.

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The Cincinnati Zoo plans to reopen its gorilla exhibit with a higher, reinforced barrier installed after a boy got into the exhibit and was dragged by a 400-pound gorilla, which was then shot and killed.

The exhibit's reopening Tuesday comes a day after a prosecutor said the boy's mother would not be charged and that the 3-year-old had "scampered off" as children sometimes do.

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  A 15-year-old Ohio boy will be kept in juvenile detention until he is 21 for opening fire on fellow students in a school cafeteria.

Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Ronald Craft says James Austin Hancock will be free at 21 unless he causes problems in juvenile custody. If so, he could then face going into the adult prison system.

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The race to fill John Boehner congressional seat will be decided after Tuesday's special election.

Three candidates emerged from March’s high-profile primary election: Republican Warren Davidson, Democrat Corey Foister, and Jim Condit, Jr. who is running under the Green Party banner.

15 candidates vyed for the GOP nomination back in March. Davidson says it’s been difficult to generate interest in the race since then.

An Ohio juvenile court judge is set to sentence a 15-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to charges after police say he opened fire on fellow students in a school cafeteria.

Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Ronald Craft has scheduled a Monday afternoon hearing in the case of James Austin Hancock. The teenager pleaded guilty in April to four counts of attempted murder and one count of inducing panic. Craft ordered a pre-sentencing investigation and agreed to a defense request for a psychological evaluation.

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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in southwest Ohio wants to add a current Air Force One to its collection.

The Dayton Daily News reports a new $40.8 million hangar at the museum near Dayton opens on Wednesday and officials say they've designed the 224,000-square-foot building with the idea of landing the presidential aircraft.

Museum historian Jeff Underwood says the facility has a "pretty good shot" at landing one of the two current VC-25s. That's the name designated for the planes.

An investigation by The Associated Press has identified more than 16 percent of police agencies in Ohio that have not filed a single hate crime report to the FBI in past six years.

Ohio's numbers fall in line with national statistics. The AP investigation showed more than 2,700 city police and county sheriff's departments have not filed a single hate crime report with the FBI during those years. That's about 17 percent. Other agencies have reported them only sporadically.

 

Cincinnati Zoo

The Latest on the shooting of a Cincinnati Zoo gorilla after a child got into its enclosure (all times local):
 
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An Ohio legislator from Cincinnati says there's no reason to believe that a new law is needed for such situations as the killing of a zoo gorilla after a small child got into his enclosure.
 

A ribbon-cutting June 8 is among special activities scheduled around the opening of the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in southwest Ohio.

The 224,000-square-foot building houses four galleries, with such exhibits as the Air Force One used by eight presidents and the 96-ton Titan IVB space launch vehicle.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James will take part in an invitation-only opening ceremony the evening of June 7.

There will be public ribbon-cutting the next morning at 9:15 EDT at the museum near Dayton.

Ohio officials are appealing a ruling by a federal judge that a law trimming early voting in the state is unconstitutional and can't be enforced.

The challenged law eliminated of a week of early voting in which Ohioans could also register to vote — a period known as golden week.

The Ohio Democratic Party and others sued the state's elections chief over the law and a series of Republican-backed voting changes. The plaintiffs claimed the change disproportionately burdened black voters.

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