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Flags fly half-staff for Ohio 'trailblazer' Kearns

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Flags are being flown at half-staff over Ohio's Statehouse in honor of a veteran public servant who worked to pass laws aiding the mentally ill and legitimizing the profession of advanced practice nursing.

Republican Merle Grace Kearns died Saturday. She was 76.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) ordered flags flown at half-staff at the Statehouse and at public buildings across Clark County on Friday, when private funeral services are planned.

Kearns spent 27 years in public life, serving as a Clark County commissioner, state representative and senator and director of the Ohio Department of Aging.

House Speaker William Batchelder called Kearns "a steadfast trailblazer." Senate President Keith Faber (FAY'-bur) said Kearns worked to help some of society's most vulnerable.

Kearns was inducted in the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 2010.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014

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Ohio county workers disciplined for license issues

CLEVELAND (AP) — Several Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County employees have been disciplined for lacking valid driver's licenses while the county's executive lacked a permanent one for years.

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Ohio officials: Measles outbreak could be ending

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials say no measles cases have been reported in Ohio since mid-July, while mumps cases continue to be tallied.

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Ohio offers $150M in no-interest water plant loans

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's environmental regulators laid out a plan Thursday to assist cities with testing and treating their drinking water, a first step in the state's response to last week's water emergency in Toledo that left 400,000 people without clean tap water.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014

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Ohioan's death unsolved 3 years after she vanished

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) — The father of a young southwest Ohio woman who went missing three years ago Thursday has recruited a retired cold-case detective to try to help find out who killed her.

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Ship replica won't return to Columbus riverfront

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A replica of the Santa Maria is being dismantled and removed from the riverfront in Columbus — perhaps never to return.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014

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New Ohio plate raises awareness of POW/MIA issues

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio motorists can now buy a POW/MIA license plate to help raise awareness of service members missing in action.

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Akron teen arrested for kicking cat in viral video

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio teen has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after a video allegedly showing him kicking a stray cat went viral on the Internet.

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