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7:24 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Ohio to Consider Arming Medical Investigators

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Medical investigators could soon carry weapons as the Ohio State Medical Board considers arming some of its workers.

The board will vote on Thursday whether to allow the employees to be armed during their investigations.

Executive Director Richard Whitehouse says investigators often find themselves in threatening situations, and in the past have had to talk their way out. He says the weapons would be a precaution of last resort.

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10:04 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Groups Want Wright-Patt Kept in 2 Congress Districts

DAYTON, Ohio - Regional officials are urging that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base stay split between two southwest Ohio congressional districts to maintain its clout in Washington.

On Tuesday, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Dayton Development Coalition sent a letter to Gov. John Kasich and state legislative leaders. The groups expressed concern that redistricting could place the base within just one district. They say that could threaten efforts to protect Wright-Patt and its more than 27,000 workers.

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Statewide News
9:32 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Patrol: Most Ohio Counties have Fewer Crash Deaths

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The State Highway Patrol says most Ohio counties have seen a drop in crash deaths so far this year compared to this point in 2010.

A map posted on the patrol's website shows that 50 of 88 counties in Ohio saw at least one fewer fatality by Aug. 8 than during the same period last year. Thirteen counties have seen no change, while 25 have had more traffic deaths.

Cuyahoga County has seen the biggest decline. The patrol says the county that includes Cleveland has had 19 fewer fatalities than during the first seven months or so of 2010.

Statewide News
7:18 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Feds wrap up Ohio marijuana farm prosecution

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Federal prosecutors are wrapping up their case against 11 men charged with cultivating thousands of marijuana plants in what the state's former top cop called evidence of cartel-sponsored operations taking root in Ohio.

All 11 have pleaded guilty and seven have received sentences ranging from a year to 18 months in prison.  U.S. District Judge Thomas Rose was scheduled to sentence three more defendants Friday in Dayton, with a final sentencing Aug. 17.

Statewide News
10:09 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Ohio Warns of Unclaimed Funds Email Scam

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The state is warning Ohioans not to fall victim to scam emails telling people they have millions of dollars in unclaimed money being held for them overseas.

Ohio Commerce Department Director David Goodman says in a news release that it's merely a ruse for tricking the message recipients into revealing personal financial information.

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