Zahn's Middle Schools was closed amid concerns about radioactive contaminants.
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Piketon Residents Wrestle With Nuclear Plant's Legacy After School Closure

Zahn's Corner Middle School sits on a crest along state Route 220 in Piketon. Ordinarily, the school year would be wrapping up in about a week. But instead of kids, all you hear is the lonely clunk of the halyard as a big American flag flaps in the breeze.

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A federal commission heard testimony Tuesday about expanding Columbus' V.A. clinic. Supporters of a new clinic say Columbus currently lacks space and resources but veterans advocates say Columbus needs more than a new clinic to meet the needs of a growing veteran population. The Chalmers P. Wylie outpatient clinic is a 118-thousand square foot building that opened in 1995 at its current site on James Road in East Columbus. According to the Veteran's Administration and veterans, the clinic is woefully inadequate.

Columbus police say an audio tape of the police pursuit that ended in the death of a young man early this month proves the shooting was justified. Officers say the shooting death of Dante Miller was justified because Miller pulled a gun on officers. Officials say they hope the release of the tape bolsters the case that two officers followed procedure when Miller was killed on August 6th. The tape dialogue includes the voice of an officer as he runs after Miller; the officer shouts he sees a gun in Miller's hand. Police say they retrieved fingerprints and D-N-A evidence from the gun.

The Columbus Public Schools have emerged from academic emergency - the state's lowest classification for school district performance. Columbus Schools Superintendent Gene Harris says the district now meets 7 of the state's 22 academic requirements. The Columbus Public Schools are now on academic "watch." Harris says educators will continue to work to improve the district's performance ratings.

A local environmental group says one in five people in central Ohio lives in an area with dangerous levels of diesel fumes. The group calls on government and private companies to install pollution-control equipment. The Ohio Environmental Council says a quarter of a million people live in what they call diesel hot spots. Most of the hot spots are near major roadways. The council's Staci Putney says several health studies have indicated people who live in heavily polluted areas are at greater risk for cancer and lung disease.

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