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Goodyear's blimp replacement takes flight in Ohio
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 06:26

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The next generation of the well-known Goodyear blimp has made its first flight, cruising over part of northeast Ohio beneath bright blue skies.

A spokesman for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. tells the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1ixbzIv ) the airship had no problems during the debut Monday from a hangar in the Akron area.

Goodyear says the high-tech, helium-filled airship is bigger, quicker and more maneuverable. It has a semi-rigid internal structure that wasn't present in earlier models and raises questions about whether it is truly a blimp, though the company still refers to it as such.

The airship's silver balloon-like body is emblazoned with Goodyear's yellow logo on a blue background.

The so-far-unnamed airship is expected to have a longer flight range and better aerial broadcast capabilities for event coverage.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 06:31
 
Ohio deputy shoots, kills man after assault report
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 17 March 2014 14:18

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff's office in north-central Ohio says a deputy responding to a domestic dispute fatally shot a man whose wife and mother had told authorities that he physically assaulted them.

The Richland County Sheriff's Office says Brian Garber was killed Sunday night at his parents' home in Lexington, roughly 55 miles northeast of Columbus. The office says Garber's wife had called 911 and reported that Garber had a gun and was at that home.

Authorities did not release details about exactly where and how the shooting occurred. They say Garber died at the scene. The Mansfield News Journal reports Garber was 28.

The shooting remains under investigation. The sheriff's office says three deputies and a supervisor who were involved have been put on administrative leave in accordance with office policy.


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Ohio auto dealers fight Tesla over sales model
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Monday, 17 March 2014 09:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio auto dealers are sparring at the Statehouse with California-based automaker Tesla, which is selling next-generation electric cars from three Ohio storefronts.

Ohio is among states proposing to block Tesla direct sales on grounds they undercut traditional auto dealerships. New Jersey officials approved a regulation Tuesday effectively prohibiting automakers from going straight to customers.

Tesla vice president Diarmuid O'Connell visited Ohio legislative leaders that same day to try to discourage them from passing similar restrictions in the state.

He argues the 1,000 vehicles a year Tesla sells in Ohio represent a fraction of the market. He says direct-sales are needed to jumpstart electric-car technology and drive consumer prices down.

Dealers with $2 billion in payroll annually say their businesses can only prosper when the law separates manufacturers and dealers.


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Ohio groups seek federal coal review
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Monday, 17 March 2014 13:13

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio environmental groups will ask federal regulators Monday to investigate circumstances surrounding expired pollution-discharge permits at an agency where allegations of coal-industry influence arose during a personnel flap last year.

The Sierra Club and Ohio Environmental Council planned to put the request in a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A copy of their letter provided to The Associated Press expresses the groups' concern that the Ohio EPA may be reluctant due to political pressure to impose pollution limits adequate to protect Ohio streams.

"Several of the permits have been expired for 6 years or more, with the majority having expired more recently," the letter said.

The AP reported last week that 18 coal facilities' permits have expired, 13 since Republican Gov. John Kasich took office. The letter says a general surface-mining permit also has expired.

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Ohio officials try to curb prison tattooing
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 17 March 2014 08:08

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Statistics from the Ohio prison system show illegal tattooing behind bars continues to be a problem despite efforts to curb it.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1eb1Tlt ) reports that during a three-year period, state prison officials filed nearly 10,000 code-of-conduct violations against inmates for possessing items used to tattoo other inmates.

Officials say getting inked in unsterilized environments — such as prison cells — can lead to the spread of bacteria and infectious diseases, including Hepatitis C and MRSA.

Inmates can create battery-powered tattoo guns using simple items, including parts of portable CD or tape players, the motor of an electrical fan, a needle and the sleeve of a pen. They get ink from pens or by making it by burning certain materials and using the soot.

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


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