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Ohio University President Roderick McDavis gets 8% raise, bonus

The board of trustees for the public university in Athens voted today to raise McDavis’ base pay to $465,000 a year, about an 8 percent increase. The board also voted unanimously to give McDavis an $85,000 bonus.

Ohio State trustees hear from band alumni’s Waters supporters

For five minutes, the Ohio State University board of trustees allowed a supporter of Jonathan Waters to make his case that the fired band director should be reinstated. Then, after thanking him, board members ended the meeting and released a statement saying the case is closed.

Fashion Meets Music Festival takes over Arena District

Yes, there’s a big old Ferris wheel sitting in the road in the Arena District. It’s part of the Fashion Meets Music Festival (www.fmmf.us), a three-day party of style and sound that kicks off today. FMMF, which will take place at different venues in and around the Arena District, promises performances by some 120 musical acts and more fashion shows that you can shake a 5-inch stiletto at.

Declared a nuisance, home of Franklinton brothers is demolished

Three brothers who pleaded with local officials to spare their Franklinton home from demolition watched it come down today. A track hoe bit into the dilapidated house at 181 N. Princeton Ave. shortly after dawn, reducing it to a heap of rubble within minutes.

Columbus Councilman A. Troy Miller resigning

Columbus City Councilman A. Troy Miller is stepping down. Miller confirmed through a news release this afternoon that he intendes to resign his seat at the end of September to "pursue a new opportunity in the private sector."

Sobriety checkpoints set tonight on Joyce and on N. High

Two sobriety checkpoints are planned in Columbus tonight. One will be on E. Fifth Avenue at Joyce Avenue just south of Linden from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., and the other will be on N. High Street at McMillen Avenue in the University District from 1a.m. to 3 a.m.

Columbus clinic to stop providing abortions

A Columbus clinic will no longer offer surgical abortions as the number of abortion providers across Ohio dwindles to eight. The decision by Complete Healthcare for Women on Cleveland Avenue leaves two abortion clinics in Columbus.

Toledo ups spending on chemicals to treat water

TOLEDO, Ohio — The cost of making sure drinking water is safe in Toledo will cost nearly $2 million more than the city expected. City officials say they will spend about $4.7 million this year on chemicals to treat the water. That’s $1.7 million more than in normal years.

Ohio Supreme Court: Columbus threw out group's petitions correctly

The Columbus city clerk was within her bounds to throw out a local group’s petitions, which sought to place a campaign-finance reform measure on the November ballot. The Ohio Supreme Court unanimously rejected claims from the Columbus Coalition for Responsive Government this morning.

Rules still uncertain for early voting in Ohio

More than 6 million registered voters in Ohio will be mailed an application for an absentee ballot today, but do you know when you can vote in the Nov. 4 election? It’s easy to understand why Ohioans might be confused. Lawmakers earlier this year changed when voters could head to the polls early, eliminating “golden week,” when Ohioans could register to vote and then vote in one visit. And now a lawsuit is pending against Secretary of State Jon Husted for his directive on standardizing early-voting hours among all of Ohio’s 88 counties.

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