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COLUMBUS — Audra Banfield has a pleasant but unnerving problem: By the time she graduates from high school, the Columbus high school junior expects to have as much as a year's worth of college credit under her belt. The unnerving part was finding out what colleges would accept the credit she's earning as a student at Metro Early College High School and how they would count it. Banfield, 17, says a new website recently launched by the Ohio Board of Regents is designed to sort out just such matters. By Julie Carr Smyth.
SPACE PROPELLANT TEST
CLEVELAND — A government-industry team including engineers from government facilities in Ohio will be testing a space propellant that researchers say would be safer and more efficient than the toxic fuel now powering satellite and spacecraft thrusters.
NICKTOWN, Pa. — Levi Zook doesn't want to move his wife and eight children from the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania to New York state but strongly believes he has no choice. That's because the 34-year-old farmer and the Andy Weaver Swartzentruber Amish congregation to which he belongs — the most conservative branch of the most conservative sect of Amish — concluded they have no future on the scenic plateau of Barr Township, some 70 miles east of Pittsburgh. By Joe Mandak.
STAGE COLLAPSE VICTIM'S COMEBACK
PENDLETON, Ind. — They identified her by her wedding ring and just one boot. Andrea Voss Vellinga — former Wright State volleyball player and wife of onetime Dayton Bomber defenseman Mike Vellinga — had gone to an outdoor concert at the Indiana State Fair to see Sugarland, the country duo she loved. She had a pass for the Sugar Pit that got her right up next to the stage. By Tom Archdeacon, the Dayton Daily News.
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— OHIO TREES-MILITARY BASES — COLUMBUS — Evergreen trees from Ohio will soon bring holiday cheer to U.S. military bases in Kuwait.
— WOMEN VETERANS-HEALTH — DAYTON — A new health center in southwest Ohio is focusing on women veterans' needs.
— NASA SHOWCASE — CLEVELAND — Ohio's big NASA complex is looking for ways to share space technology with private industry.
— LIQUOR-RELATED GIFTS — COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Commerce says more than 25,000 cases of liquor-related holiday gifts are being offered through local liquor agencies this season.
— CASINO-CHRISTMAS — CLEVELAND — The Christmas season in downtown Cleveland will have a retro look.