Bill changes eligibility for Military Sacrifice license plate

Published: 09/17/2014

A McDermott lawmaker has adjusted a bill that would establish a Military Sacrifice license plate.

The license plate would be available to immediate family members of an individual who died while serving honorably outside of a combat zone in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

“Currently these fallen service members have no such chance at commemoration,” said Rep. Terry Johnson.

Man accused of trafficking heroin, cocaine wins appeal

Published: 09/17/2014

In a recently released opinion, the Fourth District Court of Appeals vacated drug convictions for a man found riding in a van that was transporting heroin and crack cocaine.

Antwon Criswell appealed his convictions for drug possession and drug trafficking from the Scioto County Court of Common Pleas.

He asserted that the state failed to provide sufficient evidence that he had actual or constructive possession of the drugs found in the van.

Criswell was arrested and charged after a traffic stop in Portsmouth, Ohio.

For fans, college football poses dilemma when choosing a wedding date

Published: 09/17/2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Emily Younker isn’t getting married until next year but she’s already made sure the date doesn’t conflict with college football and sent one invitation: To Big Al, the elephant mascot of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.

College football poses a huge dilemma for brides and grooms in states like Alabama where college football reigns supreme: Get married on a Saturday, when friends and relatives might pick football over the ceremony, or watch the game?

Or, perhaps, do both?

Burlington, Vt. now runs entirely on green energy

Published: 09/17/2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass.

With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski River at the city's edge.

Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

Published: 09/17/2014

DENVER (AP) — The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages.

Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family.

A third caller on New York’s Long Island claimed to have killed his mother and threatened to shoot first responders.

US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

Published: 09/17/2014

WASHINGTON — Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments.

The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has been matched by a slowdown in state tax revenue, according to a report released by Standard & Poor’s.

Public housing safety policy can hit an entire family

Published: 09/17/2014

NEW YORK — Wanda Coleman sits in the New York City public housing apartment where she’s lived for 25 years, surrounded by empty rooms, bare walls and suitcases lined up by the front door.

Any day now, she and her teen daughter will be evicted and have no other option than to go to a homeless shelter — partly because of her son’s criminal case.

Asia arms up to counter growing Chinese might

Published: 09/17/2014

BEIJING — Vietnam has nearly doubled its military spending, Japan is requesting its biggest-ever defense budget and the Philippines is rushing to piece together a viable navy.

Several Asian nations are arming up, their wary eyes fixed squarely on one country: a resurgent China that’s boldly asserting its territorial claims all along the East Asian coast.

Dream Team, Barcelona Games continue to impact NBA

Published: 09/17/2014

Officially, it was the U.S. Olympic team, together for just a few weeks.

To the basketball world, it was the Dream Team, and its gold-medal run changed hoops forever.

An American sport was transformed into a global phenomenon when Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and the rest of the NBA’s best arrived in Barcelona for the 1992 Olympics. They sparked an interest in basketball that continues to impact the NBA —on and off the court.

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