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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, December 4th:

photo of Sale of Champions
KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

After a 12-day run that included lower attendance and a deadly accident involving a midway ride, the Ohio State Fair is over. There was some good news in the annual closing day event, the Sale of Champions.

photo of Asian Longhorned Beetle
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST

State agriculture officials have increased the quarantine zone for an invasive species in southwest Ohio but say residents in Northeast Ohio shouldn’t worry.

The quarantine area in Clermont County is an effort to stop the spread of the Asian longhorned beetle.  

Dan Kenny is the assistant chief of the plant health division at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. He says the expansion is small, at less than a square mile.

Photo of a chicken at the Ohio State Fair
The Ohio State Fair / Facebook

The ban that forced every fair in Ohio to shut down their poultry shows this year has been lifted. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

Fear of the bird flu outbreak that hit states like Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota forced Ohio to ban bird exhibitions. 

The state has 50 million poultry birds, which means a big industry for poultry shows and auctions.