SW Ohio city mulls digital billboard deal
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 14 April 2014 06:19

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A southwestern Ohio city is planning to pay $700,000 for a huge digital billboard visible to motorists on Interstate 70.

Officials in the Dayton suburb of Huber Heights say naming rights for city-owned facilities and advertisements eventually will pay for the 65-foot-high sign just west of a new $18 million music center.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1sZrbJL ) reports that the city will pay about $50,000 a year for 20 years to finance the project. The public will have a chance to weigh in when the legislation has a first reading at Monday night's city council meeting.

An advertising company would manage and help build the city-owned sign in exchange for permission to build its own sign elsewhere in the city of about 40,000 people north of Dayton.


Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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Judge set to issue key Ohio gay marriage ruling
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Monday, 14 April 2014 06:14

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge is expected to issue what could be the most sweeping ruling yet for gay marriage in Ohio by ordering the state to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states that allow same-sex marriage.

Judge Timothy Black indicated in court on April 4 that he expects to rule on Monday, ordering Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages because the state's ban violates constitutional rights and denies a fundamental right for people to marry the person of their choosing.

His ruling would allow gay couples in Ohio to obtain the same benefits as any other married couple in the state, including property rights and the right to make some medical decisions for their partner. The ruling would not directly impact any other state but Ohio.

Black is not expected to force Ohio to allow gay marriages to be performed in the state.

The state plans to appeal Black's ruling, arguing that Ohio has a sovereign right to ban gay marriage, which voters did overwhelmingly in 2004.

Ohio man dies after motorcycle crashes with van
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 06:13

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has died after his motorcycle crashed with a van on a road in Athens County.

The State Highway Patrol says 54-year-old Mike Lewis Thomas, of Athens, was driving the motorcycle north on Stage Coach Road on Saturday when the bike crossed the center line and hit the oncoming van. The agency says Thomas was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

An agency news release says Thomas was not wearing a helmet. The Highway Patrol also says investigators don't suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The driver of the van was not injured.

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Ohio students' trip to D.C. links them, WWII vets
Written by JEB PHILLIPS, The Columbus Dispatch   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 06:15

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The eighth-graders from Grizzell Middle School were likely to see World War II veterans on their trip to Washington, D.C., their teachers told them.

This was in October, during the government shutdown. The veterans had been in the news because they were having difficulty getting into the memorial to WWII. History teacher Shawn Kaeser and some of the other adults took the opportunity to make a proposal.

"You're only going to have the chance to talk to them for a few more years," he remembers telling the students. "You might want to go up and introduce yourselves and ask them questions."

The suggestion, and everything that followed, has come in some ways to define the school year for those 13- and 14- year -olds. It also has led to a grade-wide project to help the old troops see the National World War II Memorial.

Marblehead Coast Guard tops in drunken boating arrests
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 06:12

MARBLEHEAD, Ohio (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard station that watches over western Lake Erie led the nation in drunken boating arrests last year.

The Coast Guard says officers with Marblehead station charged 67 people with boating under the influence in 2013.

The station patrols the waters along Port Clinton, Sandusky and the Lake Erie islands.

A Coast Guard spokesman says western Lake Erie has a reputation for being a party destination.

He also tells The Port Clinton News-Herald (http://ohne.ws/1ehBqoq ) that the area around Marblehead has consistently had the highest rates boating under the influence arrests in the Great Lakes for years.


Information from: Port Clinton News-Herald, http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com

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