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State says more than 10,000 Ohioans hospitalized for flu

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state Department of Health says nearly 11,000 people in Ohio have been hospitalized for influenza this flu season. Ohio health department records show Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, has had nearly double the number of flu hospitalizations thru Feb. 10 as Franklin County, Ohio’s most …

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Conundrum of a fire alarm with gunfire: Flee, or lock down?

By KANTELE FRANKO and JOCELYN GECKERAssociated Press A fire alarm that was sounded during a Florida high school shooting this week added to the chaos of the day. When a fire alarm goes off, students typically flee the building. During active shooter situations, they hunker down in classrooms. Both scenarios …

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41 children to be tested after worked tests positive for TB

CINCINNATI (AP) – A county health department in southwest Ohio says children, staff members and others will be tested for tuberculosis because of concerns that a former day care center worker may have exposed them to the infectious bacterial disease. WCPO-TV reports Hamilton County Health Department spokesman Mike Samet said …

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Abortion clinic trying to stay open asks court to reconsider

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Toledo’s last abortion clinic is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that upheld a state order shuttering the facility. Justices ruled that the Ohio Department of Health acted within its rights in deciding to revoke the license for Capital Care of Toledo because …

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Man, adult son charged with rape in Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) – A 35-year-old Ohio man and his 18-year-old son have been charged with raping a woman who authorities say was intoxicated and unable to provide consent. Marquis Starks Sr. and Marquis Starks Jr., of Maple Heights, made their first appearance in a Cleveland courtroom Friday. They were each …

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Fluoridation debate continues in Clark County

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) – City officials in central Ohio are considering fluoridating the municipal water supply to combat poor dental health. The Springfield News-Sun reports Clark County Health Commissioner Charles Patterson urges Springfield city commissioners to allow a referendum vote in November on fluoridating the water supply. A state Department …

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Cincinnati area shaken by racial taunts, insults in schools

By DAN SEWELLAssociated Press CINCINNATI (AP) – Some schools have been plagued this winter by outbreaks of racism in and around a city that’s been revitalized in recent years following racial violence. From a middle-school teacher’s warning to a black student that he could get lynched to racially derogatory chants …

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Judge orders ex-Pilot Flying J president on house arrest

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A judge says the ex-president of the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain must wear an electronic monitoring device and be placed on house arrest while he awaits sentencing on his conspiracy and fraud conviction. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton on …

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Officers fill Ohio church, gym for funeral of slain officers

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio police chief says two veteran officers shot and killed last weekend were true heroes because they spent years working for others and their community. Hundreds of officers from across the nation are among the mourners at Friday’s funeral in the Columbus suburb of Westerville. …

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Gas well explodes, residents living nearby ordered to leave

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) – Residents living within a mile of an Ohio natural gas well that exploded and caught fire can’t return home until officials get it to stop spewing gas and brine. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the XTO Energy well in Belmont County’s York Township …

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