Storm closes Ohio schools, makes roads hazardous
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Wintry weather that blasted into Ohio overnight is closing dozens of schools and making driving conditions treacherous for the morning rush hour.
A messy mix of freezing rain and sleet was falling in central and southwestern Ohio Thursday morning, expected to change to snow in the afternoon. Forecasters expect 4 to 7 inches.
Central and southwestern counties were under a winter storm warning until 1 a.m. Saturday.
Some canceled flights were reported Friday morning at the airport in Columbus.
Crews were activated for treating roads before Friday's commute. The Ohio AAA auto club expects thousands of calls for help from stranded drivers.
Some areas of the state that began Thursday with temperatures in the 60s are expected to see temperatures plunge into teens for the weekend.
Upon further review: Ohio school levy passes
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) - A suburban Dayton school district will be able to restore some of the programs it cut after a recount showed its school levy passed by a slim margin in last month's election.
A recount Thursday pushed Beavercreek schools' 6.3-mill levy over the top by 31 votes.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the levy was failing on election night by 29 votes, but the results turned in favor of the district after provisional and absentee ballots were counted.
The new levy will raise around $10.4 million annually for operating expenses. Four previous operating levies have failed in the district in the past 2 ½ years.
Voters around the state passed about 60 percent of the school levies on the November ballot.
Bond set for Ohio wife accused of poisoning judge
ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) - A judge has set a $100,000 bond for the wife of a northeast Ohio judge accused of trying to poison him with antifreeze.
The (Ashtabula) Star-Beacon reports that 71-year-old Carla Hague didn't appear in court for the Thursday hearing, with her attorney acting on her behalf.
Hague - the 71-year-old wife of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Juvenile-Probate Judge Charles Hague - was charged this week with trying to poison him with antifreeze in September. She is charged with felonious assault, but officials say attempted murder charges will be considered by a county grand jury on Dec. 18.
Jail records said she was still behind bars Friday morning.
A special prosecutor and an outside judge have been appointed to handle the case.
The Hagues have been married for 45 years.
State will pay to rebuild Ohio Turnpike ramps
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - The state says the Ohio Turnpike will pay to rebuild collapsing ramps that lift many local roads up to bridges over the toll road.
The Ohio Turnpike Commission and Sandusky County have argued for years over responsibility for repairing the collapsed ramps.
The (Toledo) Blade reports that the Ohio General Assembly settled the squabble by declaring that the turnpike is duty-bound to rebuild 11 failing embankments. The work is expected to be done next year.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has set up a $5 million annual program to pay for turnpike projects that primarily would benefit local motorists or residents.
The transportation department chief met this week with Toledo-area transportation leaders to explain the program.
Ohio court: wrongly imprisoned man gets $600,000
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Court of Claims says a man wrongfully imprisoned for 16 years should get more than $600,000 in compensation from the state for lost wages.
The court ruled last month that Darrell Houston proved he was entitled to the compensation. The decision came following a four-day trial in September.
A Cuyahoga County judge declared last year that Houston had been wrongfully imprisoned after being convicted in 1992 on aggravated murder and aggravated robbery charges.
Houston already received nearly $265,000 in a preliminary judgment from the court as part of the compensation for the time he spent behind bars.
The state Controlling Board must approve final release of the money.
OH county: no fat smokers for health commissioner
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - One southwest county is requiring its health commissioner be a non-smoker who isn't overweight.
The health department for Dayton and Montgomery County this week adopted new employment policies that will require the health commissioner to be tobacco-free and maintain a body weight that "exemplifies a healthy standard of life."
Current health commissioner Jim Gross says the person in the position needs "to practice what he or she preaches."
The Dayton Daily News reports that the weight restriction applies only to the commissioner. The health department's board of directors will determine the appropriate body weight for each new commissioner.
But the zero-tolerance tobacco policy will apply to all new applicants beginning the first of next year. Other employees have until April 1 to quit.
Horror movie being filmed in northeast Ohio
MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - Another major motion picture is being filmed in northeastern Ohio.
Work was under way in Medina (muh-DY'-nuh) this week on a horror film called "Fear Clinic, which stars Robert Englund - best known for playing Freddy Krueger in the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" series.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the producers filmed a scene in the town square Thursday, but most of the action will take place at a former nursing home in town.
"Fear Clinic" is based on a five-part Web series that launched in 2009. It's expected to be released for the 2014 Halloween season.
A football-themed movie starring Kevin Costner was filmed in Cleveland last summer, and parts of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" were filmed in the city in the spring.
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