OH-MI-IN News
Prankster puts 'for sale' sign on Ohio traffic cam
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 28 February 2014 07:09

NEW MIAMI, Ohio (AP) — A prankster put a "for sale" sign on a southwest Ohio village's speed camera in the aftermath of a judge's order to stop using them.

The sign taped to the camera apparatus listed a price of $1 million. That's the amount that the village of New Miami had collected in 15 months of automated traffic enforcement, according to court arguments heard Tuesday.

Butler County Judge Michael J. Sage ordered a halt to camera use for violations of motorists' due process rights. The village's attorneys indicated it will appeal.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (http://bit.ly/1cqEHM0 ) reports that a village police officer removed the "for sale" sign from the traffic camera by midmorning Thursday.

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Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront


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Feds: Ohio-based pharmacy will pay $4M settlement
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 28 February 2014 07:08

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities say a Cincinnati-based company that provides prescription drugs for long-term care facilities agreed to pay the government more than $4 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit in South Carolina alleging the company engaged in illegal kickbacks.

The Justice Department said Thursday that the civil settlement resolves allegations that Omnicare solicited and received kickbacks from the California-based drug manufacturer Amgen Inc. in return for implementing programs designed to switch Medicaid beneficiaries from a competitor drug to Amgen's Aranesp product.

The government says the alleged kickbacks included performance-based rebates, grants, consulting services and dinners. The government says the settlement involves claims and no liability was determined.

Omnicare didn't immediately return a call for comment Thursday.

The company provides pharmaceuticals and services to long-term care facilities.


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Columbus police probe underground explosions
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 28 February 2014 07:05

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Columbus were trying to determine the source of several explosions downtown overnight that blew off manhole covers, set off fire alarms and flooded emergency responders with calls.

At least three blasts, apparently underground, occurred in the early hours of Friday morning.

Police cordoned off streets, and the electric company cut power to several surrounding buildings. Some traffic lights were knocked out. Smoke was seen coming from one of the manholes.

The investigation was continuing. No injuries were reported.


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Ohio boy dies when stove falls on him
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 28 February 2014 07:06

WHITEHALL, Ohio (AP) — Police in a central Ohio suburb say a 4-year-old boy died when he apparently pulled a kitchen stove on top of himself.

Whitehall police and the county coroner identified the child in the Thursday afternoon accident as Carlos Mullins Jr. Whitehall is a Columbus suburb.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1hHb8Jm ) reports that the child was pronounced dead at the apartment where the accident occurred around 2 p.m. Police at first thought the death was suspicious, but evidence seemed to indicate the boy died as a result of an accident with the stove.

The boy was home with his mother and a sibling at the time.

Police are still investigating and will wait for a coroner's report before making a final ruling in the case.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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Plan seeks phosphorus cuts to stop Lake Erie algae
Written by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:51

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A U.S.-Canadian agency is calling for sharp cutbacks in phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie to counter a worsening problem of algae blooms that degrade water quality, harm fish and chase away tourists.

In a report Thursday, the International Joint Commission identifies farm fertilizer as a primary culprit in feeding runaway algae blooms. It recommends placing Lake Erie on a federal impaired waters list, which would activate a plan to limit phosphorus levels.

It particularly targets the Maumee Bay watershed in Ohio and Indiana on the lake's western side, proposing a 39 percent annual reduction in phosphorus runoff from its tributaries through a combination of regulations and voluntary actions.

Lake Erie's algae problem has worsened in recent years. The largest bloom ever recorded extended more than 100 miles in 2011.


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