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Weather
8:25 am
Mon July 25, 2011

High Winds in Ohio Topple Vietnam Wall Replica

An Ohio storm knocked down a 10,000-pound granite replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

The Blade of Toledo reports winds approaching 70 mph on Friday knocked over most sections of the 288-foot-long memorial. No one was hurt.

Wall manager Greg Welsh says it was the first time the replica, on display for a weekend festival, has ever gone down.

Volunteers worked for four hours to get the structure back up.

Weather
8:05 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Heat Keeps Attendees Away from Ohio Air Show

Organizers of the annual Vectren Dayton Air Show say attendance was down 15 percent amid the weekend's extreme heat and humidity.

A news release says an estimated 65,000 attended the show.

Officials with the air show said Monday that no other major problems were reported, though on Saturday, the show's general manager said that about a dozen people were treated for dehydration or heat exhaustion.

Statehouse News
7:33 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Central Ohio Miracle League Hopes to Expand

Officials in a league that offers baseball for kids with special mental and physical needs hope to expand and include more children from central Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the players in the Central Ohio Miracle League are assisted by student volunteers, and they play on a field that's designed to accommodate wheelchairs in Dublin.

League director Joe Fox says everyone gets to bat and no one is called out in the two-inning games, which always end up "magically tied."

Weather
7:15 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Ohio Storms Dump Rain, Cut Power to Thousands

Ohio is drying out and powering back up following storms with high winds that also dumped large amounts of rain.

More than 14,000 American Electric Power customers lost service. AEP still had nearly 4,000 out this morning (Monday), out of more than 5,000 utility customers without power statewide.

The Dayton Daily News reports lightning brought an early end to a major air show in Dayton, while the area's winds blew over a large tent at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, sending two people to the hospital with minor injuries.

Education
7:06 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Board of Education Recommends Strict Smoking Regulations for Schools

The state school board says smoking should be banned not only inside Ohio school buildings but also on surrounding school property.

The Ohio Board of Education voted unanimously in favor of tobacco-free school campuses, including parking lots and athletic facilities. The recommendation approved earlier this month is just that: a recommendation that school systems may adopt or reject. It covers not only smoking but also smokeless tobacco.

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