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News Headlines from Friday, May 21st, 2015


Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in April, up from 5.1 percent in March, according to figures released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The April unemployment rate was down from 5.9 percent in April 2014 and it's a little lower than the April U.S. unemployment rate, which was 5.4 percent.


A number of local fire departments were busy this morning battling a house fire in Eden Township. A Licking County 911 dispatcher tells KOOL 101.7 News that crews were called to the home on the 11000 block of Rain Rock Road NE at around 3:00 a.m. and they remained on the scene for a couple of hours. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a theft at a business in Newark. The Newark Police Department reports between April 6-7 someone forced open a door to a car restoration business in the 200 block of Montgomery Avenue and stole numerous items including an amplifier and a subwoofer. If you have any information you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


You can expect to see plenty of extra law enforcement on the roadways this weekend looking for impaired drivers. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, during last year's Memorial Day holiday troopers made 763 OVI arrests. During the extended weekend, 13 people were killed in crashes, of which 54 percent were OVI related.


The dog flu has found its way into central Ohio. A Newark dog recently tested positive for the H3N2 canine influenza virus.

Jack Advent Exec. Dir. Ohio Veterinary Medical Association

Jack Advent, executive director Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, said the dog flu is very contagious, but he says pet owners shouldn't be overly concerned just cautious.


Earlier this year New Abany-based Chromocare Limited and Canadian-based Firefly Diagnostics leased a clean room at the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority and in June, the company will begin genomic testing of prescription medicines.

Chromocare President Jeff Garshon

Chromocare President Jeff Garshon said the testing will look at a person's DNA to determine for the doctor whether or not the prescribed drug will work or what dosage is needed.


A 5K in honor of Ruth Miller, the 11-year-old Newark girl who lost her battle to cancer earlier this year, will be held Sunday, May 24 at the Reynoldsburg High School campus on Summit Rd. Registration is $15 and all proceeds are being donated to the Miller family. Registration and check in begin at 2:00 p.m. and the 5K will get underway at 2:40 p.m.


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