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ODNR Releases Number of Wild Turkey Harvested During Season

 

Hunters harvested 1,053 wild turkeys during Ohio’s 2017 fall wild turkey season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

 

Ohio’s 2017 fall wild turkey hunting season was open in 67 counties from Oct. 14-Nov. 26. This year, 11 counties were open during the fall turkey season for the first time.

 

4 wild turkeys were taken in Hardin County and 5 were taken in Wyandot County.

 

Both counties were not open for the 2016 fall season.

 

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Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies Participate in Lights for Lives Campaign

 

A campaign called "Lights for Lives" was conducted recently by several law enforcement agencies.

 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Findlay District and nearly 30 agencies in Northwest Ohio, including Hardin, Hancock and Allen Counties, participated in the campaign from November 20 through November 22 to kick off the holiday driving season.

 

During the period, officers stopped any vehicles that committed traffic violations in an effort to save as many lives as possible.

 

There were 2238 vehicles stopped and 1039 citations were issued, including 102 for safety belt violations and 34 impaired drivers were removed from the roads.

 

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Tree Lighting Ceremony Scheduled at Ohio Statehouse

 

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board will celebrate the Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m in Columbus.

 

This free family-friendly event is open to the public. The festival marks the beginning of the holiday season on Capitol Square.

 

The indoor ceremony will take place in the Statehouse Atrium and consist of a short program, welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus, followed by the lighting the Ohio Statehouse and our historically decorated holiday tree.

 

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Ohio University's Marching Band will Perform on the Today Show

 

Ohio University's marching band will perform live on NBC’s TODAY show Wednesday morning at 8:30 and 10:30.

 

The appearances take place one day before the Marching 110 participates in the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 23.

 

NBC’s TODAY, which features OHIO alumnus Matt Lauer as one of its co-hosts, is a daily news program that attracts five million viewers across America each morning.

 

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Victim Asset Recovery Program Launched in Ohio

 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced this week that Ohioans who sent money to scammers using Western Union's wire service may now apply for compensation from a fund held by the U.S. Department of Jusitice's victim asset recovery program.

 

Consumers may be eligible to receive compensation if they sent a fraud-induced wire transfer through Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017.

 

A settlement administrator is sending claim forms to over 500,000 consumers, which will contain instructions on how to file a claim.

 

Completed claim forms must be submitted online or mailed back to the settlement administrator by February 12, 2018.

 

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Ohio's Unemployment Rate Drops in October

 
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in October 2017, down from 5.3 percent in September 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 4,300 over the month, from a revised 5,546,600 in September to 5,550,900 in October 2017.
 
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 296,000, down 9,000 from 305,000 in September. The number of unemployed has increased by 11,000 in the past 12 months from 285,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 5.0 percent in October 2016.
 
The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 4.1 percent, down from 4.2 percent in September, and down from 4.8 percent in October 2016.

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AAA Predicts Record Travel Numbers Over Thanksgiving Holiday

 
AAA predicts the highest Thanksgiving travel numbers since 2005, with  50.9 million Americans, including more than 2.1 million Ohioans, planning to travel at least 50 miles from home between Wednesday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 26. 
 
This is a 3.3 percent increase nationally from last year.
 
A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes, enabling a confident consumer to spend money on travel. This year’s Thanksgiving travel predictions are 35 percent higher than in 2008, during the recession.

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Ohio National Guard Unit Returns From Puerto Rico

 

An Ohio National Guard unit that has been providing communications support to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico will arrived home last night at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus.

 

About 40 Soldiers from the 137th Signal Company, based in Newark, Ohio, have been deployed since October 11.

 

The Signal Company provided mobile satellite, telephone, internet, video conferencing and information technology services for more than 50 missions conducted by deployed military assets in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

 

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Wheelchair Charging Station Placed on Capital Square

 

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board will unveil a wheelchair charging station on Capitol Square today.

 

A short program to outline the program will be held in the Governor Thomas Worthington Center at 1 this afternoon followed by a dedication in the Map Room of the Ohio Statehouse, where the charger is located. A second charging station will be installed in the south penthouse of Capitol Square in the near future.

 

The funding for these charging stations came from a pilot program administered by National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and would not have been possible without the partnership of the Ohio Department of Health and the Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition.

 

The Board sees these charging stations as a way to provide a more inclusive environment for the citizens of Ohio to access their government.

 

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Great American Smokeout Day Encourages Smokers to Kick the Habit

 

Smokers are encouraged to use today as a first step in quitting smoking.

 

Today is the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout Day, and smokers can take an important step toward a healthier life and reduce their cancer risk by quitting smoking for just one day.

 

According to the Centers For Disease Control, the U.S. smoking rate has dropped down to 15.1% as of 2015. Despite that lower rate, about 36 million Americans are current smokers and 480,000 die every year from smoking related illnesses.

 

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Winter Safety Awareness Week is November 12-18 in Ohio

 
Columbus, OH – Will Ohio have another mild winter like the last two, or will Mother Nature deal the Buckeye State a cold, cruel blast of winter weather? The experts are not sure. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, La Nin?a may emerge for the second time as “the biggest wildcard” in how this year’s winter will be. Ohio may be wetter and warmer than normal this season.
 
Instead of taking chances, Ohioans should take steps now – before winter hits – to be prepared for this upcoming cold season.
 
In preparation, Gov. John R. Kasich and the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA) are promoting Winter Safety Awareness Week, November 12-18. During this week, Gov. Kasich encourages homes and businesses to update their safety plans, replenish supplies in their emergency kits, and prepare themselves, their vehicles and property for winter-related incidents.
 
“Winter Safety Awareness Week is the perfect time to start preparing your homes and vehicles for winter,” said Ohio EMA Executive Director Sima Merick. “Because of the warmer weather we had last winter, parts of Ohio experienced thunderstorms, damaging winds and flooding. And just Sunday, Ohio experienced severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash flooding. So, regardless of the season, it’s best for Ohioans to be prepared for all severe weather.”
 
OCSWA recommends the following winter preparedness tips:
 
Prepare your home for winter. Remove and cut away low-hanging and dead tree branches. Strong winds, ice and snow can cause tree limbs to break and could cause damage to your home. Have your gutters cleaned. Snow and ice can build up quickly if clogged with debris.
 
Practice fire safety and prevention. With winter months and the holiday season, people are indoors more, and cook, decorate and entertain more – which unfortunately, can lead to more home fires. The best protection is to have working smoke detectors in the home. Test your smoke detectors monthly. Conduct fire drills. Change the batteries in you smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year – when you change your clocks, change your batteries. Have auxiliary heaters, furnaces and fireplaces checked or serviced before using. Cooking-related fires are the number one cause of home fires. Never leave cooking food unattended. Keep towels, potholders, paper away from the stove’s heat sources.
 
Prepare winter emergency supplies kits for the home and vehicle. Check the expiration dates on nonperishable food items, bottled water/beverages and medications. Winter emergency kits should include flashlights, extra batteries, blankets, coats, hats, gloves, a battery-operated radio/Weather Radio, first aid kit, cell phone and charger, and enough nonperishable food and water (one gallon per person, per day) to sustain every household member for several days. Have stored food, bottled water and supplies for your pets, as well.
 
Check on your neighbors. Comprehensive preparedness requires whole communities to participate in a “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” approach. If severe weather is forecasted or has just occurred, or if your neighborhood has an extended power outage, check on your neighbors and family members – especially those who are older or have functional needs – to ensure that they are okay and that they have the resources to stay safe and warm. Your communication plan might include exchanging phone numbers to call during times of need.
 
The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is comprised of 16 local, state and federal agencies and organizations.

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Ohio Voters Pass Issue 1, Reject Issue 2

 

COLUMBUS - Ohioans rejected Issue 2, a proposal proponents said would lower drug prices, in a costly battle funded by drug companies opposing the initiative.

 

Voters rejected Issue 2 by a margin of 79 percent to 21 percent, according to unofficial results.

 

Ohio voters approved a measure to list rights for crime victims in the Ohio Constitution – and a way to appeal if those rights are violated.

 

Issue 1 passed by a margin of 83 percent to 17 percent.

 

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40 Million Kidde Fire Extinguishers Being Recalled

 

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md., November 6, 2017 – More than 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers equipped with plastic handles, some on the market for more than 40 years, have been recalled. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.” The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean water is urging recreational boat owners to check their boats for the recalled extinguishers and get a free metal-handled replacement by going to the CPSC recall website.
 
The recall affects both plastic-handle and push-button Pindicator Kidde fire extinguishers, including 134, ABC- or BC-rated models manufactured between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017. The extinguishers are red, white or silver and were sold in the US and Canada through a wide range of retailers from Montgomery Ward to Amazon. The CPSC recall website shows how to easily identify the affected extinguishers.
 
In the recall, Kidde also acknowledged the free replacement push-button extinguisher being sent to personal watercraft owners is similar in size to the recalled model but may not fit in the same location as the old fire extinguisher. “This may require a slightly different mounting orientation or location,” said BoatUS Foundation Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner.”
 
CPSC says there have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including one fatality; approximately 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns; and approximately 91 reports of property damage.
 
Kidde may also be contacted toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday. The company offers additional recall information online at kidde.com by selecting “Product Safety Recall.”

 

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Gas Prices Rising Across Ohio

 

Many stations across Ohio are raising gas prices to nearly $2.70 a gallon, due to tight supplies and increased demand.

 

According to a release from Ohio AAA, while today’s average price in Ohio sits at $2.48 this will likely increase during the next few days.

 

Ohio’s gas prices peaked at $2.53 on September 3, after Hurricane Harvey knocked out refining capacity in the Gulf Coast. This current price spike will likely send the Ohio average to the highest levels since June, 2016.

 

In addition, crude oil prices are on the rise, as inventories are down and demand is up in the U.S. and globally.

 

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