COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The "Stop to Live" program is touted by its creators and other advocates as the first in the U.S. to address substance-abuse prevention for special-needs children. Born of the opioid epidemic, it was launched in March at LifeTown Columbus, an indoor village in New Albany that teaches life skills to visiting special-needs schoolchildren from around Ohio. Plans are to roll it out nationally next year.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - New data shows that the pollutants feeding Lake Erie's toxic algae haven't shown a clear decrease over the past five years. This comes despite recent efforts in Ohio to reduce agriculture runoff and other sources contributing to the algae blooms. The findings from a study by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency show nearly all of the phosphorus and nitrogen flowing into the lake's western end comes from farm runoff.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police say separate shootings killed three men in Ohio's capital city, including a double homicide. Columbus police say two men were found shot to death in a car in an alley on the city's north side about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. About an hour later police responding to reports of a shooting found a man inside a house on the west side. Columbus has had 31 homicides to date this year, slightly behind last year's record pace of killings.
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) - A sheriff says a man booked and charged in gas station robberies has hanged himself in a cell at a central Ohio county jail. The Springfield News-Sun reports that Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett has identified the man as 41-year-old Brian Trainer, of Urbana Township. Trainer was found dead in his cell around 6 p.m. Friday just hours after pleading not guilty to an aggravated robbery charge in Clark County Municipal Court.
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