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An Ohio city has spent over $430,000 defending two officers in connection with the fatal police shooting of a man at a Wal-Mart who was carrying an air rifle from a store shelf.

The Dayton Daily News reports the cost to the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek includes about $210,000 paid to two law firms.

The city's law director says outside counsel was necessary. Crawford family attorney Michael Wright says the money could have gone toward a settlement for the family.

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Two key hearings have been set to discuss if a proposed natural gas pipeline can be built under Cincinnati's suburbs.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports a public hearing June 15 at the University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash campus will allow citizens to express thoughts on the proposed 13-mile long pipeline planned to run under multiple suburbs in northern Cincinnati.

A number of community organizations have already announced that they will oppose the pipeline project.

An adjudicatory hearing is set July 12 in Columbus.

Montgomery County has sold its fairgrounds to the University of Dayton and a Premier Health Network.

The university and Premier Health both signed a letter of intent in December to buy the Montgomery County Fairgrounds near Dayton.

The university and Premier will each pay $5.25 million of the purchase price.

Montgomery County is giving the institutions $2 million to restore and reuse a historic roundhouse on the property, and the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority is contributing a $2.5 million state grant to revitalization efforts.

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Two brothers accused in a Yellow Springs area double fatal shooting have each been indicted on aggravated murder and murder charges.

Twenty-six-year-old Dustin Merrick and 24-year-old Bret Merrick also are charged with aggravated burglary and felonious assault, among other counts, in the indictments filed yesterday in Greene County Common Pleas Court in Xenia. Dustin Merrick also has been indicted on a count of obstructing justice.

View of Cincinnati from the mouth of the Licking River. Economist Richard Stock says more and more people are taking the trip down I-75 for work.
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The U.S. attorney general's latest warning that so-called sanctuary cities could lose federal funding has raised more questions about whether Cincinnati might be in jeopardy of losing grants after adopting that legally ambiguous label.

Some sanctuary cities block cooperation between city police and federal immigration authorities.

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Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci has entered the 2018 Ohio governor's race against a potential trio of GOP state officeholders.  The 58-year-old Renacci, of Wadsworth in northeast Ohio, sought to position himself Monday as a political outsider alongside three Republicans who have spent their careers in public office: the state attorney general, the secretary of state and the lieutenant governor.

Central State is one of two historically black universities in Greene County.
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Two universities in Ohio were placed on lockdown Monday night following reports of an armed robbery and gunfire.

Central State University says one female student was wounded. She was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition. It's unclear if she was shot.

The university says it received a report around 8:30 p.m. Monday of an armed robbery in one of the buildings on campus. While investigating, officers heard a gunshot. Central State and Wilberforce University campuses were immediately placed on lockdown. The schools are both located in Wilberforce, near Dayton.

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Police officers are learning de-escalation techniques in an Ohio village where questions have been raised about police tactics at a New Year's Eve celebration.

The Dayton Daily News reports that every Yellow Springs officer took part in mandatory training earlier this month. Interim Chief Brian Carlson says the eight-hour de-escalation training is an important first step in putting the holiday incident behind the department.

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A federal appeals court is hearing arguments over the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again.

State attorneys say they've provided plenty of evidence to show that the contested first drug in Ohio's three-drug method will put inmates into a deep state of unconsciousness.

The state also argues that the U.S. Supreme Court last year upheld the use of that drug, midazolam, in a case out of Oklahoma.

Lawyers for death row inmates are challenging the effectiveness of midazolam.

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The president of the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Ohio says it considered selling a century-old wooden propeller signed by one of the Wright brothers but decided against it, at least for now.

The Dayton Daily News reports the 8 ½ foot spruce propeller from 1915 is the only known airplane artifact with the signature of one of the aviation pioneer siblings, Orville Wright.

It's thought to have been on a Wright-built float plane. It was bought for $37,000 and donated to the hall near Dayton in 2004, but more recently was appraised for at least $275,000.

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