Navy names ship in honor of astronaut John Glenn
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 02 February 2014 07:43

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The military on Saturday christened a Navy logistics ship in honor of John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth.

The former Ohio senator attended the ceremony in San Diego at General Dynamics' National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, along with his wife and daughter.

The 785-foot USNS John Glenn is a Mobile Landing Platform ship — a new type of amphibious staging and assault vessel. It's the second one ordered by the Navy to quickly transport troops and supplies to shore.

"What better name could adorn this ship than John Glenn — a risk taker, an innovator, a man who got the job done," said Rear Admiral Thomas Shannon during the nearly hourlong ceremony.

Police: Two students shot near Michigan State campus
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 February 2014 06:08

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Police are searching for a man who shot two college students inside their apartment near Michigan State University.

According to a news release Saturday morning from the East Lansing Police Department, one of the students was listed in critical condition at a hospital. The other was treated and released.

University police tweeted that students were alerted by text message about the shooting. The incident occurred just before 9 p.m. at the Cedar Village apartment complex, less than a mile from the Michigan State campus.

East Lansing police say the suspect being sought was believed to be in his 20s and that the shooting "does not appear to be a random act."

Dispatchers with the city and campus police departments said early Saturday there was no further information to release.

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New Ohio State president to earn about $1 million
Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 February 2014 05:22

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University's new president will earn about $1 million annually in total compensation, or about half what his predecessor made, according to a copy of contract released Friday.

Michael Drake, former chancellor at the University of California, Irvine, will receive $800,000 in base pay and $200,000 in deferred annual compensation, according to the contract.

He can also boost his base pay by 25 percent a year by meeting goals which the contract did not spell out. The five-year contract is renewable.

Michigan law may limit growth of digital billboards
Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 February 2014 05:25

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A newly minted Michigan law seeks to somewhat limit the growth of digital billboards across the state, in some cases requiring companies to trade in three unused permits to put up one electronic outdoor sign along a highway.

The measure signed Thursday by Gov. Rick Snyder also may reduce the number of existing billboards by making sure new digital incarnations are farther apart than regular billboards now have to be.

The governor's signature — which came a day after the bill cleared the Senate 21-14 and the House 104-6 — capped a two-year process to bring Michigan into compliance with federal rules, but one that got tied up amid wrangling over other issues.

"I don't think many of us think we have a lack of advertising outside," Rep. Bradford Jacobsen, an Oxford Republican and sponsor of the legislation, said after it won final approval.

Ohio sheriff charged with theft denies wrongdoing
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 01 February 2014 05:21

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A southeast Ohio sheriff was indicted Friday on 25 counts, including felony charges of theft in office, tampering with records and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

The allegations against Patrick Kelly date to 2008, the year he was first elected sheriff in Athens County.

Kelly, 63, is accused of improperly using public funds to buy meals and personal apparel, selling county property to a scrapyard, stealing copper wire from a county garage and failing to keep a cashbook tracking money he received in an official capacity, among other allegations. The indictment also said members of his campaign committees didn't properly handle and report donations and funneled money through a personal bank account.

Kelly, who was the only person charged in the case Friday, denies wrongdoing.

"I have not committed or attempted to commit a criminal act, nor have any of my employees," he wrote in a statement released by his office.

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