Detroit's water drains away from ravaged pipes
Written by COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 07:14

DETROIT (AP) — Torrents of water spew from broken pipes in Detroit's Crosman School, cascading down stairs before pooling on the warped tile of what was once a basketball court.

No one knows how long the water has flowed through the moldy bowels of the massive building a few miles north of downtown, but Crosman has been closed since 2007. It's not the only empty structure where city water steadily fills dark basements or runs into the gutter, wasting money and creating safety hazards.

As Detroit goes through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, the city's porous water system illustrates how some of its resources are still draining away even as it struggles to stabilize its finances and provide basic services.

Longtime Ohio House leader Mallory dead at 82
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press DAN SEWELL, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:28

CINCINNATI (AP) — Former Ohio legislator William L. Mallory, who was the state's first black House majority leader and longest-serving in its history, died Tuesday in Cincinnati at the age of 82.

Former Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory said his father died peacefully at a hospice, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness.

Elected to the Ohio House in 1966, the elder Mallory served 28 years in the Legislature, including two decades as the Democratic leader in the House.

The Cincinnati native worked his way through Central State University, then held various jobs including juvenile court employee, welfare case worker and highway inspector. He taught in Cincinnati Public Schools and was a leader in the city's West End neighborhood.

As a legislator, he pushed successfully for drug prevention efforts, more public transportation, senior citizen issues and civil rights. After leaving the Legislature, he served on the Ohio Elections Commission, founded a nonprofit center for community development in Cincinnati, and taught political science and African-American studies at the University of Cincinnati.

Ohio school bus driver admits driving drunk
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio school bus driver who authorities say was driving her route with an open bottle of Canadian Mist whiskey has pleaded guilty to drunken driving.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/19yJrxv ) reports that 51-year-old Tia Denton pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of drunken driving and endangering children.

A charge of having an open container was dropped. Denton declined to comment after the hearing in Columbus. Her attorney said she would enter an alcohol treatment program.

She could face up to six months in prison when she's sentenced Feb. 4.

Denton worked for a transportation company contracted by the Columbus school district. She was stopped while driving erratically with two elementary school students aboard in November. Her blood alcohol content was 0.216 percent — more than twice the legal.


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

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Three Ohio deer hunters killed during gun season
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:01

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say three Ohio deer hunters were killed during the weeklong gun season — the first killed since 2009.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says two hunters were killed Dec. 2, in Coshocton County, east of Columbus, and Gallia County in southern Ohio. The third fatality was the next day in Fulton County, west of Toledo.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1bTuNXk ) reports that all were believed to be accidental shootings.

Officials said Ohio hunters checked 75,408 white-tailed deer during this year's gun season — down about 13 percent from last year.

Coshocton County led the way for the highest number of deer taken. Other top counties were Muskingum, Tuscarawas, Guernsey and Ashtabula.


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

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Michigan bill designed to protect late-night clerks
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 07:45

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan legislator on Monday announced a bill to require gas stations and convenience stores that stay open between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. to have two employees working or to install security cameras.

The bill unveiled in western Michigan comes after the April disappearance of a 26-year-old woman from her job at a Norton Shores gas station. Jessica Heeringa's mother and local law enforcement attended the news conference, according to the Muskegon Chronicle.

"I believe these measures go a long way to preventing the kind of anguish endured by her family," said the bill's sponsor, Democratic Rep. Collene Lamonte of Montague.

Heeringa disappeared before she was set to close the station, where she was working alone. Police say there was no indication of a robbery.

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