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10:09 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Two Pilots Die in Wright Flyer Crash

SPRINGFIELD — A crash during the test flight Wright “B” Flyer’s Silver Bird caused the deaths of two local pilots Saturday morning.

Pilots Mitchell Cary and Don Gum were killed on impact shortly after they announced they were making a forced landing. The volunteer pilots were flying with Phil Beaudoin's nonprofit organization, Wright "B" Flyer Inc., which uses Wright replica planes to promote Dayton, Ohio, as the birthplace of aviation.

Federal investigators say an announcement of what likely caused the crash could take up to eight months.

Education
9:59 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Panel to Study Combining Ohio School Districts

CINCINNATI – Ohio’s 614 school districts might be reduced in number depending on the results of a study.

Gov. John Kasich has asked Ohio lawmakers to set up a panel to explore whether combining school systems could save money and boost the quality of learning

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports two districts in northeast Ohio's Wayne County took a step toward consolidation and saved $300,000 a year by merging their central offices.

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Statehouse News
5:12 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Census Shows Jump In Ohio Same-Sex Couples

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CINCINNATI - New U.S. Census numbers show Ohio households led by same-sex couples grew by more than 50 percent between 2000 and 2010.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports last year's census identified more than 28 thousand same-sex partner households, an increase of nearly 10,000 from 10 years earlier.

Executive director Ed Mullen of gay rights group Equality Ohio tells the newspaper the increase reflects that more gay and lesbian couples are living together and are comfortable declaring themselves a couple.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Husted Release Ballot Issue Order

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's elections chief says the first of three statewide issues listed on the November ballot will be about whether to raise the age limit for judges.

Secretary of State Jon Husted says Issue 2 will be whether to keep Ohio's new law limiting collective bargaining rights for public workers. The third issue will let Ohioans vote on whether they want to participate in the national health care overhaul.

Health
3:32 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Error Costs SW Ohio Planned Parenthood $5.05 Million

DAYTON, OH - An incomplete application for federal funding means clients of an Ohio Planned Parenthood chapter will now pay for services that were free.

The Dayton Daily News reports the error will cost Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region more than $5 million dollars over the next five years.

The funding loss is expected to primarily affect low-income clients in four counties. They made up nearly 45 percent of Planned Parenthood visitors in 2010.

The Cincinnati-based chapter does not plan any layoffs and hopes to make up the shortfall with private fund raising.

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