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Teachers, school administrators, lawmakers and others are preparing to participate in Ohio's first charter school summit.

The two-day event begins Thursday in Columbus. It is designed to provide opportunities to take financial, professional and academic training; to listen to national experts; and to learn more about board governance, record-keeping and best enrollment practices.

Republican State Auditor Dave Yost is hosting the event. He says the idea is an expansion on trainings his staff has been providing to charter schools.

Ohio troopers say they seized about seven times as much heroin during the first half of 2016 as they did during the same period last year.

The State Highway Patrol attributes the increase at least in part to several large drug busts.

The rise comes amid other signs that Ohio's opiate problems continue to grow. The Cleveland area saw 15 overdose deaths in a recent three-day span that were attributed to heroin, the synthetic opiate fentanyl or a combination of those.

Customs officials in Cincinnati seized 10 pounds of heroin in one summer shipment.

Wright State University
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Ohio's Wright State University says it has no plans to repay the $220,000 in state money it received to upgrade security for the first presidential debate, which it pulled out of last month due to increasing security costs.
 

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Ohio to prevent dual payments to publicly funded preschools

Ohio plans to prevent publicly funded preschools from receiving overlapping payments from multiple sources for services.

Cleveland.com reports a memo from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services director to advisers to Gov. John Kasich says some preschools have incorrectly received "dual payments" from the state and from the federal Head Start program.

Former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland
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Pilloried by negative attacks and lagging in funding and some polls, ex-Gov. Ted Strickland is airing the first television ads of his campaign against U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.

The multi-million ad buy began airing across Ohio Wednesday. The 60-second spot focuses on Strickland's hard-scrabble childhood in Appalachian Ohio, his blue-collar roots and the campaign's working-class focus.

A homeless advocacy organization and a Black Lives Matter group are challenging the fatal Cincinnati police shooting of a black man with a history of mental illness.

The Hamilton County prosecutor called the shooting justified. The police chief said the white officer was under "vicious, violent attack" by a knife-wielding robbery suspect.

The Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition and Black Lives Matter Cincinnati have issued a joint statement saying Jawari Porter's death was avoidable. They say police escalated the Sunday confrontation.

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Certain students in Ohio who are returning to school this fall must be immunized against meningitis under a new law.

The state's health department says all incoming 7th graders must have one dose of the meningococcal vaccine, and all incoming 12th graders must have a second dose of the vaccine.

It's the first school year the requirement has been in place. With few exceptions, it applies to students at public and nonpublic schools that are subject to state standards. Students could be exempt for medical or religious reasons.

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More than 200 people gathered at a rally remembering a man fatally shot by police two years ago inside an Ohio Wal-Mart.

The event Saturday afternoon in Dayton honored John Crawford III, a black man from Fairfield.

A 911 caller had reported a man waving a gun at the Beavercreek store on Aug. 5, 2014. It was actually an air rifle from a shelf. Police say he refused to drop it.

The officer wasn't charged, in one of a series of cases around the nation raising concern about police encounters with black men.

Ohio Governor John Kasich
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Republican Gov. John Kasich says he's focused on backing his party's congressional candidates this fall and won't talk about any support for a presidential candidate.
 

Kasich has declined to endorse GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Police say a man playing "Pokemon Go" in an Ohio park was robbed of his cellphone and shot three times. 
 
Columbus police say 26-year-old Gregory Wheeler and a woman were playing the smartphone game Tuesday night when a 14-year-old boy asked to use the phone to call his mother. 
 
Police say the teenager fled with the phone and Wheeler was first struck in the head by another person when he chased after the boy, then shot. Wheeler's condition wasn't immediately available Wednesday.
 

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