Ohio drug take-back yields 14 tons of pills
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Attorney General's Office says state residents disposed of more than 14 tons of unwanted prescription medications during the national drug take-back day last weekend.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Drug Take-Back Initiative last Saturday provided residents with a safe, convenient, anonymous way to dispose of pills and other medications.

Ohioans tuned in 14.2 tons — or 28,466 pounds — of unwanted drugs at various locations throughout the state.

Seven previous nationwide take-back events have removed a total of more than 3.4 million pounds of medication from circulation.

In urging people to turn in their medications, officials noted that a recent survey found four-in-10 teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug got it from their parents' medicine cabinet.

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Rosie's Michigan plant saved from wrecking ball
Written by MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:00

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter showed that a woman could do a "man's work" by building World War II-era bombers has been saved from the wrecking ball, organizers of a campaign to build a museum on the site announced Thursday.

The site's manager had given the Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant campaign a deadline of Thursday to raise the $8 million needed to buy a 150,000-square-foot portion of the larger property.

As recently as Tuesday morning, the group was about $1 million short of its goal, but later in the day "closed on a big one," fundraising consultant Michael Montgomery said.

That allowed Montgomery and his partners to get "within spitting distance of the full eight (million)" and enough to go forward with a purchase agreement, which he expects to be finalized in seven to 10 days.

Ohio governor grants clemency to condemned inmate
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 06:28

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday spared a prison inmate set to die later this month for the killing of a Cleveland produce vendor while rejecting calls that he be made eligible for parole and possible release.

Kasich's clemency decision followed the recommendation a day earlier of mercy for Arthur Tyler by the Ohio Parole Board, which cited several statements by Tyler's co-defendant taking responsibility for the 1983 shooting.

Tyler, 54, was scheduled to die May 28 for the killing of Sander Leach during a robbery. Leach's relatives opposed clemency for Tyler.

Kasich called irregularities in the court proceedings troubling. His decision commutes Tyler's sentence to life with no chance of parole.

Nurse gets 30 days in malnourished Ohio teen death
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 06:29

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A nurse will serve 30 days in jail for failing to report child abuse or neglect of an Ohio teenager who had cerebral palsy and weighed 28 pounds when she died of malnutrition.

Montgomery County's prosecutor says a juvenile court judge on Wednesday sentenced Kathryn Williams to 180 days, with 150 days suspended. The judge also sentenced the Englewood woman to 160 hours of community service and a year's probation after the 2011 death of 14-year-old Makayla Norman.

Williams also received probation in adult court for failing to provide for a functionally impaired person.

Norman's mother, a doctor and two other nurses were also convicted of charges involving the girl's death.

Authorities say Williams was supposed to conduct Norman's health assessments. Her attorney didn't immediately return a phone message.

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Ohio base reports possible prescription mix-up
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 06:27

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Air Force officials at a southwest Ohio base are notifying thousands of pharmacy customers about a possible mix-up in prescription refills because an automated system may have added the wrong pills to at least one medication.

A spokesman for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton says the problem apparently occurred at the base's Kittyhawk Satellite Pharmacy. It refills about 1,000 prescriptions a day for active and retired military members and dependents.

Spokesman Daryl Mayer says anyone who got refills there between April 23 and April 29 should call or have them checked at the pharmacy or Wright-Patterson Medical Center. He says one person had reported getting wrong pills as of Wednesday, and officials believe only a small number may have been affected.

Mayer says no adverse reactions have been reported.

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