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WSU withdraws from hosting presidential debate

DAYTON (AP) — The first presidential general election debate is moving to New York after an Wright State University withdrew as host, citing rising security concerns and costs.

Wright State University President David Hopkins said Tuesday that the school in Dayton has a large, open campus and there has been growing concern about what it would take to “guarantee the safety and security” of the school and surrounding community for the Sept. 26 debate.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced quickly that Hofstra University would take over. The Hempstead, New York, school had agreed last year to serve as an alternate site. Hofstra hosted a debate in 2012.

The shift means the first debate will be in the home state of the two major parties’ presumptive nominees.

Man sentenced in woman’s 1982 slaying

BOWLING GREEN — A man convicted in the slaying of a woman who died 33 years ago in northwest Ohio has been sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

A Wood County judge sentenced Russell Adkins on Monday in 19-year-old Dana Rosendale’s death. A jury on Saturday found the 57-year-old former Whitehouse man guilty of murder.

Rosendale died a few days after she was found in a suburban Toledo street in September 1982. Adkins said he had given her a ride home and she fell out of his car.

Authorities exhumed her body in 2013 and ruled the death a homicide due to trauma to her head.

Jurors in Adkins’ first trial in January couldn’t reach a verdict.

Adkins’ attorney says they are deciding whether to appeal.

Gas prices up from last week

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s average gas price for a gallon of regular gas is up about 8 cents from a week ago, but 36 cents lower than the price a month ago.

The average price in Ohio heading into the workweek was $2.18 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That compares with around $2.10 at the same time last week. Ohio’s average gas price a month ago was $2.54.

Monday’s national average price was $2.21, compared with $2.23 a week ago and $2.34 at the same time last month.

This time last year, the state average was $2.66 and the national average was $2.76.

Drops in crude oil and wholesale gasoline prices have continued to contribute to lower prices at the pump.

Opiate used for elephants now in hands of heroin users

CINCINNATI — Authorities are warning that an opiate used by veterinarians for elephants and other large animals is circulating among heroin users in Ohio.

The synthetic opioid carfentanil is 100 times stronger than fentanyl, the analgesic blamed for increasing overdose deaths, and it’s 10,000 times stronger than the morphine on the streets.

The Hamilton County Heroin Coalition warned this week that the powerful opiate has been identified in supplies of heroin in the Cincinnati area. It’s also being blamed for a recent spate of overdoses in Akron and Columbus.

According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, Akron police reported 25 overdoses, four of which were fatal, in a recent three-day period, while Columbus reported 10 overdoses in a nine-hour period, two of which were fatal.

Trial for woman accused of suffocating 3 sons delayed

BELLEFONTAINE — An Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three young sons won’t go on trial until next year.

The Springfield News-Sun reports that a judge on Tuesday rescheduled 24-year-old Brittany Pilkington’s trial from October to Feb. 27.

The Bellefontaine (behl-FOWN’-tihn) woman who has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges was in court Tuesday for what was to be the start of several court hearings on motions filed by her attorneys. The motions involve issues such as whether or not she should face a possible death penalty and genetic testing.

Prosecutors want to test Pilkington to rule out genetic disorders as a cause of death for the three toddlers. Her attorneys say she doesn’t oppose that but wants her husband and their 5-year-old daughter tested with her and the boys.

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