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MICHELLE FAUST / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

Ohio’s warm, humid summer days are giving way to cooler shorter ones. Families of agricultural workers are preparing to move to other states as the most labor intensive parts of the local growing season come to an end.

StateImpact Ohio’s Michelle Faust reports on how a recently completed local summer school program aims to bridge educational gaps for the children in these families.

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PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF OHIO

Some power customers are going to see a decrease in their monthly electric bills thanks to a decision by the Ohio Supreme Court. 

For the second time this year, the Supreme Court decided that attaching a fee to electric bills known as the service stability rider or transition revenue was unlawful.

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SHUTTERSTOCK / HENRYK SADURA

Gov. John Kasich’s office is not confirming or denying reports that the state’s youth and adult prison systems might merge. 

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the next state budget might include a merger of the Ohio Department of Youth Services and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Northeast Ohio is dealing with yet another insect nuisance just weeks after the cicada outbreak.

Entomologists say that populations of tiny oak itch mites are increasing around Northeast Ohio. The biting mites drop on humans from oak trees and leave small red bumps, usually on the upper body. 

David Shetlar, an entomology professor at Ohio State University, thinks the boom is connected to Ohio’s cicada outbreak earlier this summer.

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KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

The American Probation and Parole Association is holding its 41st annual training institute in Cleveland starting this weekend, and organizers expect about 1,200 criminal justice professionals to attend.

Cleveland was chosen for its recent success hosting conventions and Diane Kincaid, deputy director of the parole association, says that about 40 percent of the attendees are from Ohio.

She notes that workshops will cover both adult and juvenile corrections.

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