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ECOT, Caught!

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The Columbus health department took the unusual step of shutting down two grocery stores this month after shoppers reported rodent droppings and chewed grocery items on store shelves.  

Sen. Sherrod Brown is introducing a bill tomorrow to provide funding for devices that detect fentanyl.

The POWER Act would provide funds for portable chemical screening devices, such as those being used by Customs and Border Protection agents. Sen. Brown says they’re needed because local law enforcement officers need to be able to test drugs in the field to ensure they’re not in danger of an accidental overdose, such as the one that happened last year to an officer in Columbiana County.

A supporter of white nationalist Richard Spencer is dropping his lawsuit against the University of Cincinnati. The dismissal was filed in U.S. District Court Wednesday.

The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati is considering whether the federal government should be allowed to proceed with deporting hundreds of Detroit-area Iraqis.

Kenton Fire Department / Facebook

Update 4-26 at 6 a.m.: Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser tells local media outlets that they've arrested a suspect on a probation violation and arson charges are pending.

Adora Namigadde / WOSU

The Ohio State University hosted a ceremony to honor former football coach Earle Bruce at St. John Arena this morning. Bruce died in his Powell home on April 20 at age 87. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday once again rejected requests for unredacted autopsy reports from the unsolved slayings of eight family members.

ECOT / Facebook

Though ECOT has been closed for more than four months, critics are now accusing the state’s then-largest online charter school of deliberately manipulating student data to defraud the state out of millions of dollars. The allegation against the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is coming from a former employee, and is now part of a larger investigation. 

Motorists drive past a sign warning of upcoming traffic cameras in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak / AP

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled four times previously that cities have the right to operate traffic cameras. Now the court is deciding whether a lower court can block a plan to cut state funding to certain communities who use those cameras.

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation building in downtown Columbus.
Dan Konik / Ohio Public Radio

Employers could be getting a big rebate if the Board of Directors for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation approves it.

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