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Corn harvest
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All of this summer's rain isn't just ruining your outdoor plans—it's taking a toll on Ohio's $100 billion farming industry.

Ohio’s largest industry is taking a big hit thanks to this summer’s wet weather. Ohio Farm Bureau spokesman Joe Cornely says a lot of the state’s corn and soybean crops didn’t get planted in time, and those that did are getting drowned out.

UD Student Seriously Injured After Lightning Strike

Apr 9, 2015

Officials say a southwest Ohio college student is in critical condition after he was struck by lightning.
 

Bad Weather Pushes Back Ohio Tornado Drill

Mar 2, 2015
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Ohio emergency management officials say a statewide tornado drill has been pushed back two days because more wintry weather is on the way.
 
Tornado sirens around the state were to blast Wednesday morning. But because another winter storm is on the way, the test has been delayed until 9:50 a.m. Friday. The test will last three minutes.
 

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A severe storm front moving through the Miami Valley produced at least one confirmed tornado touchdown in Cedarville.  Several buildings were demolished and as many as four people had to be extricated from the basement of a home near Barber and Weimer Roads.  

Rosanne Anders of the Greene County Emergency Management Agency says EMS personnel responded to the scene and that there were "minor injuries that required no transportation to the hospital." 

The Great Miami River is connected to the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer, where Dayton gets its water.
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Scientists around the country are ringing alarm bells about climate change, and some of the effects are already hitting the Dayton area. A local study of attitudes on climate change finds many people are concerned, but it also finds people are not sure what to do about climate change nor confident that it will be addressed.

An Ohio proposal would let high school seniors be excused from certain school days their district must make up because of weather-related closures.

Under the Senate bill, districts could let seniors skip the make-up days if they are slated to occur after their scheduled graduation ceremonies. The bill, which was introduced last week, would only apply to the current school year.

Many schools have exhausted their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, meaning they have to extend the school year with makeup days.

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As the Miami Valley continues to get pummeled with winter storms, the near-record amount of snow and ice creates multiple problems for public works departments.

“We’ve been pretty much doing winter since the middle of November, and every other week we’ve been dealing with a snow, or snow and ice event,” said Fred Stovall, Dayton’s Public Works director.

What could be the biggest snow storm to hit Ohio this season is on the way later this afternoon and early Wednesday.

Forecasters say most of the state could end up with another 6 to 10 inches of snow on the ground by the time it's all over. The heaviest snow is expected to be between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 a.m. Wednesday - meaning that the morning rush hour likely will be a big mess.

A winter storm warning will be in effect for nearly all of the state through Wednesday morning.

Republican state Reps. Tony Burkley and Brian Hill have introduced a plan to add four calamity days this year following a call from Gov. Kasich  who said many schools have exhausted their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, or soon will. 

John Charlton at the Ohio Department of Education explains the Governor thinks many schools are going to exhaust the five calamity days now currently allowed by law. And Charlton says the hope is the extra calamity days will make it safer for school children.

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