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7:41 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Dayton Business Leaders Say Ohio Is Ready For UAS Testing

Congressman Mike Turner (R) with Dayton Business Leaders at UAS Meeting
Credit Emily McCord

Unmanned Aerial Systems, or UAS, was the focus of an informational meeting Wednesday in Xenia. Ohio has partnered with Indiana and applied to become one of six national centers for unmanned systems and Congressman Mike Turner with the Dayton Development Coalition held the meeting to build awareness about what UAS could bring to Ohio.

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7:35 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Judge Sides With Ohio Gay Couple On Death Form

A judge has ordered that a recently deceased Ohio man be listed on his death certificate as married and his husband must be listed as his spouse despite Ohio's gay marriage ban.

Judge Timothy Black's order Tuesday came just hours after attorneys asked him to rule quickly so that 54-year-old William Herbert Ives is listed as married on his death certificate before being cremated on Wednesday.

Ives and David Michener had been together for 18 years and have three adopted children. They married in Delaware on July 22, but Ives died unexpectedly a week ago.

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8:35 am
Fri August 30, 2013

AAA: Labor Day Regional Travel Up This Year

AAA says regional travel this weekend is expected to be up 3.3% over last year's Labor Day holiday.  The auto club predicts that with gas prices lower than they were a year ago, some 1.2 million Ohioans are hittng the road.

AAA says that, nationally, vacationers won't go as far as they did last year, but Ohioans will still be putting in some travel time.  The popular spots this year, according to book agents are Gatlinberg and Hilton Head, and in Ohio, Hocking Hills and Newport Aquarium.

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Statewide News
8:04 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Income Taxes Go Down, Sales Taxes Go Up Statewide This Weekend

Two big changes are coming to taxes in Ohio this weekend – the state sales tax goes up, and the state’s personal income tax goes down.

The income tax for individuals will drop by 8.5%, while the state sales tax increases from 5.5% to 5.75%.
Tax Commissioner Joe Testa says most people won’t notice the sales tax increase unless they’re making major taxable purchases, such as buying cars. But he says even then it’s more than a wash.

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7:04 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Ohio Attorney General Names Group To Review Face Recognition Use

The state's attorney general has named two former Ohio Supreme Court justices to a commission that will study the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which had asked for a commission seat, was absent from Attorney General Mike DeWine's list on Thursday. Included were former high court justices Yvette McGee Brown and Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, a county prosecutor, a sheriff and a police chief.

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