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Astronaut John Glenn is getting an airport named in his honor in his home state of Ohio.

In a gesture of bipartisan cooperation, the Republican-dominated Ohio House voted Wednesday to support a bill adding the 94-year-old Democrat's name to Port Columbus International Airport. The facility's new name will be John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

A Senate vote is also expected Wednesday.

Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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Members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus want references to slavery removed from the state's constitution.

On Wednesday, the caucus announced a resolution that seeks to address a section of the constitution that says "there shall be no slavery in this State; nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime."

State Sen. Charleta Tavares, a Columbus Democrat, says striking that exception for crime would help the state rid itself of "any vestiges of our dark and brutal past."

Ohio is moving closer to forcing public water systems to alert residents within two days after lead is found at the tap.

It's a key part of an overhaul rolled out by Ohio Gov. John Kasich's administration to change how the state and its cities deal with lead in drinking water.

The two-day notification would be a major switch from current federal rules that give water plants 60 days to notify all residents.

But a water industry group is among those saying the proposed deadline is too short.

A judge has ruled each of the 13 children of a black motorist killed by a white University of Cincinnati police officer at a traffic stop will receive nearly $218,000 as part of a wrongful-death settlement.

A Hamilton County probate judge also ordered Monday that Samuel DuBose's six siblings each will receive $32,000, his mother $90,000 and his father $25,000. Dubose's children range in age from 4 to 23.

A judge says Ohio must continue providing certain funding to Planned Parenthood while he weighs a challenge to a state law aimed at keeping public money from going to the organization.

U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett granted a temporary restraining order Monday blocking the state from enforcing that part of the law.

The law targets money that Planned Parenthood gets through Ohio's health department. That money is mostly federal and supports initiatives that provide HIV tests, cancer screenings and other education and prevention services.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man who stabbed a 7-year-old girl on an Ohio school playground, leaving her seriously hurt.

A former bank manager who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $5 million from a suburban bank branch she managed in southwest Ohio has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison.
 
Amy Scarpelli was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Dayton.
 
Prosecutors have said the former manager of a U.S. Bank branch in Miamisburg used the money for gambling, sporty cars and motorcycles.
 

The Obama administration has given Ohio school leaders some summer homework with a new federal directive on transgender students and bathrooms in public schools.

Several school officials say they will study the directive issued Friday and seek legal advice, even if they are already in general compliance with the Education and Justice departments' guidance that transgender students can use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identities.

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The last remaining flying unit at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has a new commander.

The Dayton Daily News reports Col. Adam Willis took over the 445th Airlift Wing for Col. Jeffrey McGalliard during a ceremony on Sunday.

McGalliard is retiring after a 30-year Air Force career to fly as a commercial airline pilot. He took over the unit in November 2013.

Willis has served as the commander of the Air Force Reserve's 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

The state attorney general says homes at crime scenes where eight family members were shot to death in southern Ohio are being relocated to a secure location as the investigation continues.
 
Attorney General Mike DeWine says work to move the four mobile homes near Piketon began Thursday and will take several days. A Pike County judge approved the moves.
 
DeWine says the intent is to preserve the crime scenes the way they were found to help with the investigation and any future prosecution.
 

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