Marine killed in Ohio hit-and-run
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:46

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — Police in western Ohio say a U.S. Marine was killed over the weekend when she was hit by a car that didn't stop.

Police are seeking the car that hit 34-four-year-old Monica Plank of Stafford, Va. She was struck while walking just after midnight Sunday, after leaving a restaurant in Bellefontaine, northwest of Columbus.

The Bellefontaine Examiner (http://bit.ly/1jLkFUa ) reports that Plank, a Marine gunnery sergeant, died hours later at a Columbus hospital.

Police said Plank was walking north in the outside northbound lane of traffic because of snow- and ice-covered sidewalks. Her husband, Chris Plank, a native of the area who is also a U.S. Marine sergeant, was about 100 to 200 feet behind her.

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Youngstown State president to Southern Illinois
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:44

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Southern Illinois University board of trustees named former Illinois state superintendent of education as the school's president on Monday.

Youngstown State University President Randy J. Dunn will be SIU's eighth president, replacing Glenn Poshard, who is retiring in June despite having a contract that runs to 2015.

"Randy Dunn has both the skills and the background to ensure that SIU continues to live up to its mission of providing a quality education for thousands of students, serving as an academic and economic engine and meeting the health care needs of individuals and families in central and southern Illinois," board chairman Randal Thomas said in the news release.

SIU, which has campuses in Carbondale and Edwardsville as well as medical and dental schools, will pay Dunn $430,000, according to university officials.

Michigan official: Liquid manure from farm fouls water
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 17 February 2014 07:37

MONTEREY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An official says liquid manure leaked from an open-air lagoon at a western Michigan dairy farm, getting into a creek and spreading at least five miles.

TV station WXMI and The Grand Rapids Press report the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality began investigating the spill Friday after getting calls.

DEQ analyst Bruce Washburn says a stormwater system failure at Schaendorf dairy farm in Monterey Township resulted in the leak into the county drain system.

Washburn says a valve failed, causing the leak. It's not known how much spilled or how long the lagoon was leaking.

Washburn says farm staff stopped the flow Saturday morning. Manure has seeped into Bear Creek and reached the village of Hopkins.

Farm owner John Schaendorf tells WXMI crews are working to collect the manure.

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94-year-old Heimlich maneuver namesake pens memoir
Written by LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:43

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati surgeon who wrote the book on saving choking victims through his namesake Heimlich maneuver has now penned a new book: his memoir.

Dr. Henry Heimlich's views on how the maneuver should be used and on other innovations he has created or proposed have put him at odds with some in the health field. But he hopes his recently published memoir will preserve the technique that has cleared obstructions from windpipes of choking victims around the world for four decades and made his name a household word.

"I know the maneuver saves lives, and I want it to be used and remembered," the 94-year-old retired chest surgeon told The Associated Press this month. "I felt I had to have it down in print so the public will have the correct information."

Much of his autobiography — "Heimlich's Maneuvers: My Seventy Years of Lifesaving Innovation" — focuses on the maneuver, which involves thrusts to the abdomen that apply upward pressure on the diaphragm to create an air flow forcing food or other objects out of the windpipe.

Ohio exploring new options for scarce road salt
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 17 February 2014 07:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A shortage of road salt has some Ohio communities scrambling and the state's transportation department is looking for ways to help.

The state didn't get any takers from salt suppliers over the past week when the Ohio Department of Transportation offered to order 150,000 tons of salt for counties, cities and townships.

No salt companies bid in the 10-day window that ended Friday. The lack of bids is a sign that the companies are stretched thin, said department spokesman Steve Faulkner.

The plan was to stockpile salt at seven locations around the state for communities that were running low and then have them replace the salt when their own supplies were replenished.

Now the transportation department said it will explore other options.

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