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5:10 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Ohio Patrol Hopes For A Safe Holiday Weekend

Ohio troopers warn that they hope Labor Day weekend brings a continuation of two trends: more arrests of impaired drivers and fewer crash deaths.

The State Highway Patrol says that officers will be out in full force over the long holiday period keeping roads safe from drivers who've had too much to drink. Col. John Born, the patrol's superintendent, says in a statement that motorists need to make smart decisions, including designating a sober driver.

Statewide News
8:01 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Government launches 2 research labs on Great Lakes

CLEVELAND (AP) - The federal government has dedicated two new research vessels to serve as floating laboratories that research the health of the Great Lakes and its marine life.

The watercraft, named Kaho and Muskie, replace two of the U.S. Geological Survey's oldest vessels by the same names and are part of the agency's five-vessel Great Lakes fleet. They were dedicated Wednesday at the Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland.

Around the Miami Valley
7:57 am
Thu September 1, 2011

5 men arrested in Ohio in probe of drug operation

HAMILTON, Ohio(AP) - Police say five people have been arrested and about $1.2 million worth of drugs seized in an investigation of an Ohio drug operation connected to a Los Angeles street gang.

Authorities said Wednesday that the men were arrested in the Cincinnatiarea on Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to trafficking in drugs.

Hamilton police Chief Neil Ferdelman says the organization used businesses and residences in Hamilton and parts of Butler and Hamilton counties as safe houses and storage areas for large quantities of drugs.

Around the Miami Valley
7:41 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Dayton Daily News photo chief resigns in protest

CINCINNATI (AP) - The photo director for a southwest Ohio newspaper has resigned rather than go along with planned layoffs of photography staffers.

Larry Price says he doesn't think the plan is fair to staffers or in the best interests of the Dayton Daily News and readers of the Cox Media Group newspaper. The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer resigned Monday, three days after being told two to four people would be cut from nine staffers.

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Statewide News
7:31 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Ruling allows Ohio to move ahead with prisons sale

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A judge has denied a request from a liberal policy group to block Ohio from selling its prisons, but he has agreed to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the law that permits the sales.

ProgressOhio and several prison employees had filed suit last week to challenge Gov. John Kasich's plan to privatize five state prisons.

The Wednesday ruling in Franklin County comes a day before the state plans to announce the company or companies that have been awarded contracts to buy and operate the sites.

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