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photo of Gov. John Kasich at state fair
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

State investigators are continuing to examine the Ohio State Fair ride that broke apart, killing one person and leaving seven others injured. Gov. John Kasich isn’t ruling out the possibility that this may have been an unavoidable accident.

The air was full of the typical sounds of the Ohio State Fair, except for the eerie absence of the rides as they stood still. All rides are shut down as the State Highway Patrol carries out its investigation into the “Fire Ball” a giant pendulum that swings riders up to 40 feet into the air.

photo of Summit County Fair logo
SUMMIT COUNTY FAIR

Summit County Fair Director Howard Call says he is confident in the safety of attendees at his fair.

A ride accident at the Ohio State Fair killed one and injured seven others. yesterday

As with the state fair, rides here are inspected daily under state law, and Call says those at the Summit fair have been accident-free for 24 years. And there’s a key difference between rides at the Ohio State Fair and the Summit County Fair.

picture of execution bed
STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

An outspoken critic of the death penalty says -- though yesterday’s lethal injection of Ronald Phillips was problem-free -- he worries that won’t be the case with the more than two-dozen executions scheduled over the next three years.

photo of Akron arson
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The Summit County grand jury has indicted Stanley Ford on 29 counts -- with more possible – in a string of arsons on Akron’s west side that left nine people dead.

Ford was initially arrested in connection with a house fire in May that killed seven people – five of them children. Investigators say evidence then linked him to a fire last year that killed two people, plus an unrelated car fire. All of them were within a block of Ford’s home.

Split photo of Donald Trump, left, and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, right
ANDY CHOW / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

Both of Ohio’s U.S. senators expressed surprise at President Trump’s announcement today that he will bar transgender people from serving in the military. 

Trump made his surprise declaration in a series of Twitter posts, saying the military can’t afford what he claimed are the “tremendous medical costs and disruption” that comes with transgender people.

Democrat Sherrod Brown called that ungrounded.

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