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A friend of mine is a farmer out in Montana. She’s also eight months pregnant with her first child.

Recently she looked out her window and saw a worker spraying pesticides on her neighbor’s farm. Concerned for the health of her baby, she called the neighbor about the spraying. “Oh,” the neighbor asked, “do you want him to spray your land too?”

She remained polite on the phone but was internally panicked. What had he sprayed, and how would it affect her child?

A bill pending in the state legislature aims to help dairy farmers meet expected cost increases for implementing new manure regulations.

The bill authorizes an income tax credit for Ohio livestock owners who make eligible investments in equipment and facilities for storing and handling manure as well as its application and transportation.

The credit is capped at 50 percent of the investments made between 2005 and Jan. 1, 2020. Livestock owners are to claim the credit over five years.

The Oregon police division is applying for a Bulletproof Vest Partnership grant to buy up to 10 new armored bulletproof vests for its officers.

City council on Monday is expected to approve the application. The city would be required to provide a match that is one-third of the cost of the grant. The maximum award the city may receive in the 2016-2017 fiscal year is $6,890.

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership, created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998 is a U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement. The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers the BVP Program.

Oregon has begun posting signs restricting hours at some parks to deter juvenile delinquency.

On March 21, Oregon City Council voted 5-2 against a curfew for minors. Members of block watch groups advocated the need for the curfew and met with city officials to make their case at two Safety Committee meetings. At the time, city officials announced plans to beef up road patrols in areas where block watch groups have complained about juvenile crime and to post signs that restrict attendance at some parks.

Police Chief Mike Navarre said he met with Assistant Chief Paul Magdich, Law Director Melissa Purpura, City Administrator Mike Beazley, and Joe Wasserman, director of the Recreation Department, to discuss which parks should receive the signs.

Oregon council plans to refer a petition from two property owners seeking the vacation of Athens Road, south of Worden Road, to the Plan Commission for approval. They plan to purchase the `paper street’ because it is adjacent to their properties.

Vacating the city owned road was part of a compromise last month for neighbors living near property owned by St. Kateri Catholic Academy and Cardinal Stritch High School, which sought and received a Special Use Exception for 15 acres of land it owned to develop athletic fields at 1055 South Coy and 3521 Pickle roads.

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