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Five exotic animals that survived Ohio release moved
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 16:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The widow of an exotic animal owner who released dozens of creatures from their eastern Ohio farm before killing himself has told state officials that she has relocated five animals that survived the 2011 incident.

The animals were among those released from the Zanesville farm in October 2011 by Terry Thompson. He committed suicide after opening the animals' cages. Authorities killed 48 animals — including black bears, African lions and Bengal tigers — fearing for the public's safety.

In a letter dated Dec. 30, Thompson's widow, Marian, said she transferred the surviving animals — two adult leopards, two primates and a bear— to another Ohio farm. The Associated Press obtained the letter Wednesday through a public records request.

The state had released the animals to Marian Thompson in May 2012 after initially holding them at a Columbus zoo. The zoo had to euthanize one other leopard.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 16:03
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Three jets get stuck at snowy Detroit Metro Airport
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 12:34

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Three planes have gotten stuck at snowy Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

According to airport spokesman Michael Conway, crews used trucks to push or pull two regional Delta jets out of the snow Wednesday morning. Passengers were on board.

WDIV-TV reports a corporate jet also got stuck in the snow when it mistakenly turned onto a fire access lane rather than a taxiway.

Snow has been steadily falling for hours in southeastern Michigan, creating slippery surfaces and white-out conditions.

Conway told WWJ-AM that "blinding snow" was "coming down really intensely" at the airport in suburban Romulus.


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Ohio schools may get more time for tests
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:39

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio education officials say they are considering giving schools more time to administer state achievement tests this spring because students have missed so many days to bad weather.

Ohio Department of Education spokesman John Charlton tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1fu5RUa ) that there have been some "preliminary discussions" about giving schools more time to prepare students for the critical tests.

State officials are looking into adding another week to a three-week window that schools have to administer the tests for students in third to eighth grades. Schools currently can give the tests between April 21 and May 9.

In some districts, students have missed 10 or more days because of bad weather, including Wednesday amid the season's biggest storm.

Officials are also looking into adding calamity days this year.

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


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:40
 
Indiana man glad of son's return after 18 years
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 12:32

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana man says he quickly recognized his son when he saw him for the first time since his mother abducted him as a little boy 18 years ago.

Steven Slinkard of Greenfield tells the Daily Reporter (http://bit.ly/Mt6hl8 ) his now-23-year-old son Nathan was carrying a picture of them together from before the boy's mother fled with him and two siblings to Mexico in 1995.

Authorities say Nathan Slinkard walked into the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara last month and asked to return home. He arrived last week in Indianapolis.

Steven Slinkard says he's glad his son is back and is being patient in reuniting with him. He says he wants to also see his other son and daughter and hopes they know he never gave up on finding them.

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Information from: (Greenfield) Daily Reporter, http://www.greenfieldreporter.com


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Ohio sees another 4 to 7 inches of new snow
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 07:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Most of Ohio was slammed with another heavy snowfall overnight, closing hundreds  of schools and creating extremely hazardous driving conditions.

Officials were advising people to stay off the roads if possible Wednesday morning as 4 to 7 inches of new snow fell across most of the state and freezing rain was falling on top of it.

Many counties declared snow emergencies. Commuters who must drive were advised to allow extra time to negotiate the slippery roads.

A winter storm warning was in effect until 10 a.m. Wednesday, with ice-storm and flood warnings for the southern sections of the state. The storm was expected to move out by late morning.

Ohio has seen a string of blizzards and frigid temperatures, beginning in early December.


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