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Kindergarten mandate to end
Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign a bill that relieves school districts of a requirement to offer all-day kindergarten and allows districts with existing kindergarten programs funded by tuition fees to continue charging the fees.

State Representative Randy Gardner, a sponsor of the bill, said it represents millions of dollars of savings for school systems by ending unfunded mandates.

It won passage in the Senate Tuesday by a voter of 25-8 and in the House Wednesday with a vote of 59-38.

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Renovations totaling nearly $25,000 are expected to take place soon at the Genoa Senior Center.

Upgrades at the facility, located at 514 Main St. near Genoa Town Hall, include a new entryway, electronic doors, replacing the ADA ramp at the rear of the building, reinstalling a curb ramp in the front and miscellaneous carpentry necessary to make the repairs, according to Todd Bickley, director of the Ottawa Regional Planning Commission.

Costs are being shared by two sources. A $21,430 Community Development Grant, administered through the planning commission, covers the bulk of the project. The village will kick in another $3,875.

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An agreement between Ohio farm organizations and a coalition of animal welfare advocates may be in jeopardy after a recent vote by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board that permits the confinement of veal calves in crates so small they’re unable to turn around.

Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, said the 6-5 vote by board members violates a provision of the agreement which phases out the use of veal crates and if the vote stands, the Humane Society may decide to renew a ballot initiative sponsored by the coalition.

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Wood County
State of the county address set for Tuesday
Wood County Commissioners James Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins will present the annual state of the county address March 15 at 8 a.m. in the Courthouse Complex Atrium in Bowling Green.

The commissioners will give their perspectives on the important events that occurred in the county during 2010, as well as goals for 2011.

The event is sponsored by the Business Council of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and the Wood County Economic Development Commission. Coffee and light refreshments will be served at 7:30 a.m.

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The Black Swamp Bird Observatory considers its banding program a “feather in its cap.”

The program, led by research director Mark Shieldcastle, has banded more than 500,000 birds over two decades. The BSBO banding station is the largest in the country, according to Kim Kaufman, executive director of the BSBO.

“We band more birds than any other station in the country on a regular basis,” Kaufman said. “That's a feather in our cap, but what it really represents is how important that (Magee) marsh is to migratory birds.”

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Ebola outbreak

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