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Another university bans use of tobacco

DAYTON (AP) — Another university in Ohio is now officially tobacco-free.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2sjum3o ) that Wright State University’s new policy took effect Saturday at the school’s campuses in Dayton and Celina. The policy prohibits smoking and the use of other tobacco products.

The University of Akron and Kent State University also have bans on tobacco products that took effect Saturday. Ohio State University and Miami University already were tobacco-free.

Wright State made the decision to ban tobacco products last November. The policy was approved about five years after the school first considered the move.

The state’s higher education department recommended in 2012 that all public universities in Ohio be tobacco-free.

E-school fighting Ohio over $60M

COLUMBUS — One of the nation’s largest online charter schools says a television ad attacking Ohio’s effort to have the school repay $60 million wasn’t funded with public money and is no longer being broadcast.

State Auditor Dave Yost had warned the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow that it’s not allowed to fund such advertising with taxpayer dollars intended for education.

A response from ECOT’s superintendent says the ad stopped airing Thursday. He said it wasn’t funded by the school, contradicting an ECOT spokesman’s earlier explanation reported in The Columbus Dispatch.

ECOT is locked in a multi-pronged legal battle over how Ohio officials tallied student log-ins to determine funding. The state says the e-school didn’t have documentation to justify $60 million. ECOT alleges officials unfairly changed criteria to adjust funding.

Jail must release critically ill woman

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a mother’s effort to visit her critically ill daughter who has been in a Florida jail (all times local):

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A judge has ordered a Florida sheriff’s office to release a critically ill woman from custody so her mother can visit her in the hospital.

The Miami Herald reports that state Circuit Judge Barbara Duffy ordered the Broward Sheriff’s Office Monday to release 26-year-old Kristin Carare from custody. The sheriff’s office had blocked Carare’s mother, Lucy Moss, from visiting her in the hospital where she is on life support. Carare had been jailed for three months awaiting trial on drug possession charges before becoming ill last week.

Moss traveled to Fort Lauderdale from Cleveland after learning of Carare’s illness. She was allowed two visits but then sheriff’s officials said further visits would not be allowed.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion had told the Herald that Carare’s hospital room is an extension of the jail and security regulations must be followed.

Body of 15-year-old boy reported missing in creek

BEDFORD — Authorities say the body of a 15-year-old boy has been recovered from a northeast Ohio creek where he went missing while swimming over the weekend.

Bedford Fire Chief David Nagy said the boy’s body was found Monday morning in Tinker’s Creek in the Cleveland Metroparks’ Bedford Reservation. The boy’s name wasn’t immediately released.

Authorities said the teen was swimming with a group Saturday evening when he got caught in the current.

A search team scoured the area but called off the search due to darkness. Crews searched several hours Sunday before calling off the search again because of the dangerous currents.

Nagy says the search team found the boy a few hours after returning to the site Monday.

Woman dies after colliding with deer

WILMINGTON — A 48-year-old woman is dead after her motorcycle collided with a deer and she was ejected along a southwest Ohio road.

Hillsboro resident Heidi Stevens was riding a motorcycle near Wilmington when she hit a deer Saturday afternoon. Ohio State Highway Patrol officials say she was ejected from the bike, which continued off the right side of the road and overturned.

Police say she wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Stevens was airlifted to Kettering Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.