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Central Ohio Schools Increase Police Presence, Cancel Classes After Receiving Threats

Columbus City Schools have an increased police presence in several of its schools Friday following social media threats that have been made this the week.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine flanked by Bureau of Criminal Investigation scientists, announced the state has completed testing a backlog of nearly 14,000 rape kits.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Friday that state officials have cleared Ohio's backlog of untested rape kits. The state has been working through nearly 14,000 kits since 2011.

Adora Namigadde

Columbus City Schools have an increased police presence in several of its schools Friday following social media threats that have been made this the week.

Evacuation orders are in place for residents in the Powhatan Point area after an explosion and fire at a well pad.
WTOV9

In eastern Ohio's Belmont County, some residents are still evacuated from their homes after a natural gas well explosion last week.

Representative Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville)
Ohio House

A lawmaker wants the state to crack down on adults who illegally move adopted kids from one place to another. The representative fighting this problem says this is just another form of human trafficking.

A medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles.
Richard Vogel / Associated Press

Ohio lawmakers are now weighing in with a proposed fix for problems with the process being used by the state commerce department in the medical marijuana program.

Kai Yee on a Cleveland construction site in winter
Adrian Ma / Ideastream

For people who work indoors, snow, ice, and subfreezing temperatures are often nothing more than an inconvenience. But for construction companies and their employees, harsh winter weather can be something more—a financial and physical hazard.

Ohio and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have settled a lawsuit over dredging in the Cuyahoga River.  

The state and the federal agency have fought for years over how to handle sediment scooped from the river. The Army Corps wanted to dump it into Lake Erie, but the state said that was unsafe.

Under the settlement, the Army Corps will bear the cost of disposing of sediment dredged in 2016 and 2017. That material was placed in confined disposal facilities, not in the lake.

The settlement was filed Wednesday in federal court in Cleveland.

Alliance for the Great Lakes

A politically divided America finds little common ground on the environment, according to a national survey by the Pew Research Center.

Lakewood High School Walkout / Twitter

Students at several Northeast Ohio high schools staged walkouts Wednesday, a week after the deaths of 17 people at a Florida school.

Prison cell
Michael Coghlan

Ohio prison officials say an inmate suspected of stabbing a prison guard this week is the same inmate who killed a fellow inmate inside a prison transport van leaving Columbus last year.

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