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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.
 

The state says it inadvertently released the protected health information of thousands of Ohioans who received mental health services.

Ohio's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says the breach happened in February when the agency mailed postcards inviting patients to participate in a satisfaction survey.

A newspaper analysis has uncovered funding, staffing and operational difficulties at the independent agency created to help settle citizen complaints against Cincinnati police.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Cincinnati Citizen Complaint Authority no longer complies with a collaborative agreement between the community and the police that was struck after the city's 2001 riots.

The union representing Ohio's corrections officers has sued to stop the planned shutdown of the state's prison farms in a move to raise millions of dollars to fund new rehabilitation programs through land sales.

The Ohio Civil Service Employees Association says in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Franklin County court that closing farms at 10 prisons without consulting the union violates the employee contract.

The union also questions the closure after the state agreed last year to spend $9 million on new barns at the London and Marion prisons.

Authorities in Ohio say they have arrested a boy after recent bomb threats caused Lebanon schools to cancel classes and evening activities.

Police say the boy has been taken to a juvenile detention center on a charge of inducing panic. Police say they are still investigating a series of threats this week and didn't release any other information.

There were two bomb threats made Wednesday, one at the Lebanon High School and one at Lebanon Junior High. The high school was cleared temporarily Monday and Tuesday to allow police searches because of threats.

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John Kasich plans to end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, making Donald Trump the presumptive Republican nominee.

Three campaign officials who spoke to The Associated Press said the Ohio governor plans to announce his decision in a statement from his home state later Wednesday.
 
The officials spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to disclose Kasich's decision.
 
Kasich's decision to suspend his campaign comes after he failed to convert a win in his home state primary into momentum in the chaotic GOP campaign.

A credit card servicing company expects to add nearly 200 jobs this year at its growing new operation in southwest Ohio.

U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor were in Hamilton on Monday to tour Barclaycard operations.

Barclaycard officials say the international credit card serving company's staffing levels in Hamilton are up to 64 and should reach 250 by the end of the year.

The company opened a new call center on Feb. 22 and promised to create about 1,500 new jobs in coming years.

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A 15-year-old boy accused of shooting students in an Ohio cafeteria has pleaded guilty in juvenile court to four attempted murder charges and one charge of inducing panic.

Butler County's prosecutor dropped four felonious assault charges against James Austin Hancock.

Hancock was charged in the Feb. 29 shooting at Madison Local Schools near Middletown, north of Cincinnati. Authorities say Hancock took a relative's loaded gun to school and opened fire in a cafeteria, wounding two students. Two other students were injured either by shrapnel or while running away.

The coroner in southwest Ohio's largest county says overdose deaths from the powerful painkiller fentanyl have overtaken heroin deaths.
 
Hamilton County coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco says overdose deaths in the county totaled 414 in 2015. That's about a 40 percent increase over the previous year.
 
Sammarco says 238 deaths were fentanyl-related and 198 were heroin-related. A coroner's spokesman adds that there was some overlap, with some of those deaths involving both drugs.
 

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