Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill that streamlines many functions of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The legislation is being touted as a way to save money and lives.

Kasich says the bill he’s signed will move some of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ responsibilities into other departments to consolidate services and avoid duplication.

Photo of a boat on Lake Erie
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Eight states, along with two Canadian provinces, could decide Thursday if one community in Wisconsin will be allowed to divert water from Lake Michigan.

It would be the first city to do so since a 2008 agreement that says Great Lakes water is off-limits to anyone outside an eight-state basin.

Waukesha, Wis., sits west of Milwaukee and its groundwater is infused with radium.  Six years ago, the city applied for permission to get its water from Lake Michigan, about 20 miles away.

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