Ohio News Briefs

Ohio county fair hogs to be destroyed after swine flu found

WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — State officials have ordered the slaughter of nearly 300 hogs at a county fair in southwest Ohio after at least two animals tested positive for swine flu.

WLWT-TV reports a Clinton County fair representative confirmed on Thursday that hogs had tested positive and said everything in the hog barn, including animals, would have to be destroyed.

Fair officials will disinfect the barn to stop the virus from spreading.

Hog breeder Joey Johnson says it’s been difficult, especially for children whose animals will be slaughtered.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says when humans are infected with swine flu it’s typically transmitted by prolonged exposure to hogs at agricultural fairs.

Kasich: Successful health care bill requires both parties

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich says the latest version of the Senate’s health care bill remains unacceptable — and he blames partisanship.

The outspoken Republican said in a statement Friday that the legislation is flawed because it cuts Medicaid too deeply, fails to give needed flexibility to states and doesn’t do enough to stabilize the insurance market.

Kasich has preached cooperation between the parties since running for president last year, including in a book published after dropping out of the campaign.

He’s among a bipartisan group of governors that he says is standing ready to help Washington lawmakers craft acceptable legislation repealing and replacing President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Kasich said bringing solutions from both sides is necessary to “ensure we aren’t simply replacing one divisive plan with another.”

Police escort funeral procession after massive brawl

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Several police cruisers escorted a funeral procession in Ohio after a fight broke out at the church services for the homicide victim.

The Dayton Daily News reports several officers responded to reports of more than 100 people fighting at a Dayton church Thursday morning.

The church was hosting funeral services for Jamal Colvin, who was shot to death July 3. It is unclear if anyone suffered injuries from the fight.

Officials say more than 15 Dayton police and Montgomery County Sheriff’s cruisers escorted the funeral procession to prevent further violence.

Officials say a vehicle showed up to the procession with one occupant brandishing a gun. Officers chased the vehicle, but later terminated the pursuit.

Officials say they believe the violence was retaliation for Colvin’s death.

3 hospitalized after home explosion, fire

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — Three people have been hospitalized after an explosion and fire at a home in Ohio.

The Geauga County Sheriff’s Office says the explosion was first reported at a home in Hambden Township around 9 p.m. Thursday.

Multiple fire departments responded, and one adult and two children have been taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Firefighters were able to put out the blaze.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

60-year-old man dies after being run over

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a 60-year-old man has been killed after being run over by a car in Ohio.

Cleveland.com reports the man was struck around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Witnesses told police the man laid down in the middle of the street before the car ran over him.

Police say the driver never stopped or called 911.

The man’s identity has not been released, and police are still searching for the driver.