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$2M offered to Ohio farmers to help reduce algae

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The federal government is offering $2 million to Ohio farmers to help prevent farm runoff that contributes to potentially harmful algae blooms.

Farmers in 20 counties in the western Lake Erie watershed can apply for some of the funds to plant cover crops to reduce nutrient runoff and erosion. The federal money, provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, is aimed at reducing future algae blooms.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Toledo Rep. Marcy Kaptur announced the funds Tuesday in Toledo. Earlier this month, toxins from algae in Lake Erie left about 400,000 people in Toledo without clean tap water for several days.

In a statement, Brown says the federal funding is a critical component to stopping runoff before it starts.


Attorney blasts fatal police shooting at Wal-Mart

CINCINNATI (AP) - An attorney for the family of a man fatally shot by police at an Ohio Wal-Mart says surveillance video shows he "was killed without justification or cause."

Attorney Michael Wright made the statement Tuesday following a meeting with state Attorney General Mike DeWine, whose office is investigating the Aug. 5 shooting of 21-year-old John Crawford III in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek.

DeWine said shortly after the meeting he showed Crawford's relatives and their attorney 4 minutes of surveillance video of the shooting. He declined to discuss details of the video and emphasized the investigation is ongoing.

DeWine says a special grand jury will begin considering whether charges are appropriate against Beavercreek officers beginning Sept. 3.

Beavercreek police have said the shooting was justified.

Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. provided material to law enforcement officials for their investigation.


Stretch of Ohio River reopens after fuel oil spill

CINCINNATI (AP) - A 15-mile section of the Ohio River closed for cleanup after a fuel oil spill has reopened to river traffic, with some restrictions.

A Coast Guard spokeswoman says river traffic in that section southeast of Cincinnati must get Coast Guard clearance and maintain a safe speed as the cleanup continues. The spill was initially reported as about 5,000 to 8,000 gallons, but Coast Guard spokeswoman Lt. Katherine Cameron says authorities on site had lowered the estimate to around 4,000 to 5,000 gallons as of Tuesday evening.

A Duke Energy spokeswoman says the spill from a Duke power plant in New Richmond happened late Monday night.

The Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke says the spill occurred during a fuel transfer and lasted about 10 to 15 minutes.


Rock-throwing case that hurt teacher sent to court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - One of four young men charged with throwing a rock onto a darkened central Pennsylvania interstate says they intended to do some damage but didn't anticipate their actions would cause severe injuries to an Ohio teacher.

Keefer McGee testified Tuesday against a co-defendant after McGee and the other two waived their right to a preliminary hearing. The judge determined there was enough evidence to send the case against the fourth defendant, Brett Lahr, to county court for trial.

The district attorney says McGee is cooperating in exchange for lesser charges and county jail time rather than a state prison sentence.

McGee says they drove through a corn field and damaged a home's windows before dropping a rock onto a passing vehicle, striking Sharon Budd in the head.


Couple stabbed at Ohio home; adult son charged

WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) - A 22-year-old man suspected of stabbing his parents at their suburban Cleveland home has been charged with felonious assault.

Westlake police said in a statement Tuesday that a 58-year-old man was flown to a Cleveland hospital with life-threatening injuries, and his 56-year-old wife was in stable condition. Police say authorities learned about the stabbings after a hang-up 911 call Monday night and a subsequent callback by a dispatcher.

The couple's son was arrested without incident after a search less than two hours later.

The defendant, Robert Jaworski, is charged in Rocky River Municipal Court. Police said he remained in jail Tuesday, and court records listed no attorney for him.


1 person injured in small plane crash in Ohio

BETHEL, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a 72-year-old man is recovering from injuries after crash-landing his plane on his own property in southwest Ohio.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says Roland Franke was piloting the homebuilt aircraft Tuesday evening when he experienced engine trouble.

Authorities say he had just taken off from a field on his property in Clermont County's Tate Township, about 30 miles southeast of Cincinnati.

They say he crashed while attempting to make an emergency landing back onto the field.

Franke was taken to a Cincinnati hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene, and the crash remains under investigation.


Ohio university accused of housing discrimination

KENT, Ohio (AP) - Government officials are accusing Ohio's Kent State University of housing discrimination, alleging it refused to let a student with disabilities keep a dog as an emotional support animal in her campus apartment.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the charges Tuesday against the university and four employees. The complaint says the student got a dog in 2009 to help with panic and anxiety disorders.

A department statement says the Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to refuse to make reasonable accommodations in policies or practices when a person with a disability requires it.

In a statement, a Kent State spokesman says the university is aware of the charges from claims made several years ago and looks forward to discussing the case at the "appropriate time."


Ohio State: Injured QB Miller done for the season

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State says quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season after reinjuring his throwing shoulder.

Miller, a two-time Big Ten player of the year, left practice in pain Monday after making a throw.

Ohio State said Tuesday Miller will require surgery.

It's a huge blow to the nation's No. 5 team, which already has several major holes to fill on offense.

The senior and three-year starter partially tore the labrum in his right shoulder in a loss to Clemson at the Orange Bowl. He had surgery, did not face contact in spring practice and was held out of several practices this month due to soreness.

Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is Miller's top backup and will likely be the starter in the Aug. 30 opener against Navy in Baltimore.

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