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Ohio explores return of sturgeon to Lake Erie
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 02 March 2014 07:25

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's wildlife agency wants to know if can spur the revival of a rare fish once so plentiful in Lake Erie that they were burned for fuel in steamships.

Sturgeon were thought to be all but gone from Lake Erie less than two decades ago, but there are still a few spotted each year. Now the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is looking into whether it can reintroduce breeding populations of sturgeon to the lake.

"There's been quite a movement to reintroduce sturgeon, as well as protecting their populations on the Great Lakes," said Chris Vandergoot, fisheries biologist supervisor at the department's research station in Sandusky.

The idea is tied to restoring threatened and endangered species because of improving water quality, he told the Port Clinton News-Herald (http://ohne.ws/1dAxXLT ).

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Ohio museum volunteers building vintage war plane
Written by MITCH STACY, Associated Press   
Sunday, 02 March 2014 07:22

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — They got one part for the World War II-era bomber from under an elderly woman's porch in the next town, and another was bought from someone who had it hanging in a bar in Colorado. One chunk was a prop in a 1960s TV show, and the tail section was salvaged from a wreck deep in the Alaska wilderness.

When dozens of volunteers are finished piecing them all together at a small Ohio museum, they're going to roll out a better-than-new, airworthy version of one of history's most famous military airplanes, the B-17, celebrated in Hollywood adventure movies like "Twelve O'Clock High" and "Memphis Belle."

A behemoth of a vintage plane that hasn't been manufactured new in nearly 70 years is being built one piece at time here — and when the volunteers can't buy or barter for parts they need, they're making them from scratch based on a collection of 28,000 original Boeing Co. blueprints fetched from microfiche at the Smithsonian Institution.

"Modesty aside — and I've been around airplanes as much as anybody here — I think we're building a better airplane than Boeing did," says volunteer Dick Bidlack, a 79-year-old Vietnam War fighter pilot who's been involved with the Champaign Aviation Museum project since it started in 2005. "But we're not trying to build 15 of them a day in a wartime scenario. We're taking years, so we have a little more freedom."

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Police: Ohio boy, 8, fatally shot by brother
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 02 March 2014 07:15

CINCINNATI (AP) — An 8-year-old Cincinnati boy was fatally shot in the chest Saturday while one of his brothers was playing with a loaded handgun that he thought was a BB gun, police said.

Cincinnati police Lt. Don Luck told the Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/MEPmM3 ) that three brothers were visiting their uncle in the city's Price Hill neighborhood when they found the loaded gun and one pulled the trigger, striking Sammy Lorenzo in the chest.

The boy was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital and rushed into surgery, but later died.

One of the brothers "kept telling the story of how it happened, over and over again," Luck said. "It's so sad."

Luck said that no charges are expected against the children. He said it was too early to tell whether charges will be filed against any adults. An unidentified adult was in the house at the time, but wasn't in the room when the boy was shot, police said.

Cincinnati homicide detectives are investigating.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com


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Prosecutors: Ohio Amish convictions should stand
Written by LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press   
Sunday, 02 March 2014 07:21

CINCINNATI (AP) — The sentences and convictions of 16 Amish men and women found guilty of hate crimes for cutting the hair and beards of fellow Amish in eastern Ohio should be upheld, federal prosecutors argued in a court filing.

In their response to the defendants' appeals, prosecutors on Friday wrote that the victims were forcibly awakened in the middle of the night, restrained and disfigured in a way intended to destroy an important symbol of their beliefs.

"The victims were devastated and physically injured, and the assaults injected terror and anxiety into a community that awaited the next nighttime assault," prosecutors wrote in their filing with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Authorities charged the defendants under a hate crime statute, saying the 2011 attacks were meant to shame fellow Amish that the attackers believed were straying from the faith.

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Ohio gets new top utility regulator
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Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich has picked a former state budget director and lawmaker to be Ohio's top utility regulator.

The Republican said Friday he is appointing Thomas Johnson to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Johnson will replace Todd Snitchler who decided not to seek reappointment when his term expires April 10.

Johnson is a New Concord native who served in the Ohio House for 22 years. He was former Gov. Bob Taft's budget director upon leaving the Legislature in 1999. He holds a bachelor's degree from Muskingum University.

Snitchler's work with the PUCO included encouraging competitive market development and educating consumers about choices for electricity and natural gas services.

Snitchler drew criticism last year for using his Twitter page to blast renewable energy and question global warming.


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