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Deadline extended for Ohio energy assistance
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Monday, 31 March 2014 10:21

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The long, cold winter has been a drain on the household budgets of many Ohioans.

Nearly 134,000 have received $34 million in help with heating bills through Ohio's Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program. Because of the severity of the winter, the deadline to apply for help has been extended to April 15.

The typical deadline is March 31.

David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1iRcMdg ) that the extension allows those Ohioans who didn't think they would need the help to apply for it.

Regina Clemons, the program's director of emergency assistance, said the agency is seeing lots of people who had never sought before. She said the agency can usually stop disconnects by enrolling people in one or more energy-assistance program.

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


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Ohio man's 18 dogs poisoned with antifreeze
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Monday, 31 March 2014 06:23

GRATIOT, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio man's 18 dogs were poisoned with antifreeze, and that one of them has died.

Seventy-three-year-old Don Butts says he has no idea who would have poisoned his Labrador retrievers in their outdoor kennels in Gratiot, about an hour east of Columbus.

WSYX-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1dFmdNZ) that Butts called the Licking County Sheriff's Office about the poisoning after one of the dogs began showing symptoms Friday.

That dog, named Storm, died.

Three of the others are in bad shape.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 06:28
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Exotic animal owners in Ohio appeal court decision
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Monday, 31 March 2014 06:20

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Exotic animal owners in Ohio are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision that upheld the state's restrictions on exotic animals.

The owners sued the state over the regulations, arguing that the law violates their free speech and free association rights.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati court ruled against the owners earlier this month.

Ohio says the rules address animal welfare, public health and public safety concerns associated with private ownership of dangerous wild animals.

The new law requires owners to get a new state-issued permit by Jan. 1 of this year. They also must pass background checks, pay fees, obtain liability insurance or surety bonds and show they can properly contain and care for the animal.


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Xenia to mark anniversary of 1974 killer tornado
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Monday, 31 March 2014 06:22

XENIA, Ohio (AP) — The southwestern Ohio city of Xenia is planning several events in April to commemorate the anniversary of a tornado that killed 35 people 40 years ago.

The April 3, 1974, tornado that hit Xenia was part of a series of 148 tornadoes over two days that killed 315 people across 13 states.

The Xenia twister destroyed 300 homes and seven schools, and caused more than $1 billion in damages.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1hQbGLp) that among the events recognizing the 40th anniversary is a memorial service on Thursday at the Greene County courthouse.

There will be a moment of silence for the victims of the tornado, and Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless will read each of their names as a ceremonial bell rings.

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


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Man killed, 3 injured in Ohio Amish buggy crash
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Monday, 31 March 2014 06:19

BURTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man was killed and three family members injured when an SUV slammed into the back of an Amish buggy in northeastern Ohio.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says alcohol may have been a factor in the Sunday night crash in Burton in Geauga County.

Twenty-eight-year-old Joseph Byler died at a hospital at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Byler's 19-year-old sister, Alma Byler, was flown to a Cleveland hospital. Two other family members were treated at a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

The patrol said a white 2003 Ford Explorer driven by a 42-year-old Ashtabula man slammed into the back of the buggy just before 9 p.m. The horse broke loose and was killed a second car.

The patrol said charges are pending.


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