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Local School Receives National Honor

A local elementary school is being recognized nationally. Superintendent of Plain Local Schools, Brent May, says he is proud to announce that Avondale Elementary in Canton has received the national Blue Ribbon honor.  May says they will send a teacher to Washington DC to accept the award and a flag in person. And says the blue ribbon distinction will hopefully help in terms of grant money in the future. The award is based on the school's overall academic excellence as well as progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups. 
 

One Dead in Shooting at Alliance Restaurant

A suspect in that fatal shooting in Alliance is reportedly in custody. Police were called to Blue Fig just before 2:00 Wednesday afternoon on a call of shots-fired at the restaurant on West State Street. Officials say one person was killed in the incident which apparently occurred following an argument. Few details surrounding the situation are known at this time, but officials say they believe the argument happened between two kitchen employees in which, one returned with a gun. The investigation is still ongoing. 
 

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Short North Stage set to launch season with 'Sunset Boulevard'

Short North Stage has become the first Columbus troupe to mount one of the most acclaimed Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. The professional troupe will launch its 2014-15 season with Sunset Boulevard. The show will preview tonight and open on Friday at the Garden Theater.

Photo: Bold tribute to bicycles

Eric “Ghino” Hernandez of Blank Walls R Gross paints a mural on the Franklinton Cycle Works building at W. Broad and Martin Avenue. Action for Children provided the funding for the mural, The Cycle of Life, which starts out with a parent teaching a child to ride a bicycle. Giovanni “Gio” Santiago, not pictured, worked with Hernandez on the mural on Tuesday.

FitzGerald may hurt Dems statewide, pollster says

Gov. John Kasich leads Democrat Ed FitzGerald by 22 points in a new poll released today, the latest survey to show Ohio’s governor’s race remains a runaway. Kasich is up 57 percent to 35 percent among likely voters over the Cuyahoga County executive, who is losing 1 of 4 Democratic voters to the incumbent Republican.

Health officials find no link between tainted Saunders Park, cancer deaths

State cancer data and local death certificates show no link between contaminants in Saunders Park and cancer cases or deaths among area residents, according to Columbus Public Health officials.

NATIONAL NEWS

Pierson's undoing was quick as support vanished

WASHINGTON (AP) — One lesson from Julia Pierson's short tenure as director of the agency that protects the first family: The Secret Service can't keep secrets from the president.

Officials: About 80 being monitored for Ebola

DALLAS (AP) — About 80 people are now being monitored for symptoms of Ebola in Texas, a Dallas County Health and Human Services spokeswoman said Thursday.

Questions and answers about the US Ebola case

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country. Now it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S.

Respiratory virus seen in 4 deaths; role unclear

NEW YORK (AP) — Four people who were infected with a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country have died, but what role the virus played in the deaths is unclear, health officials said Wednesday.

Man gets 30-year term for Oregon bomb plot

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One thousand, four hundred and six days after he screamed "God is great" while police officers dragged him into a waiting van, a young Somali American was sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to detonate a bomb.

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