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Around Ohio for Aug. 14 2016

Published: August 14, 2016 12:00 AM

State gets national

prison group's first standards award

Columbus -- Ohio's prison system has received a first award created by a corrections group to recognize departments that strive to meet national standards.

The Lucy Webb Hayes Award from the American Correctional Association honors correctional agencies that have met 100 percent compliance with both ACA accreditation standards and federal Prison Rape Elimination Act standards.

Gary Mohr, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, accepted the award Aug. 8 in Boston.

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Mohr says the honor underscores the professionalism and dedication of the Ohio prison system's guards, wardens, teachers, nurses and many other agency employees.

The award is named for Chillicothe native Lucy Webb Hayes, the wife of President Rutherford B. Hayes.

-- Associated Press

New guidelines for eating fish from state waters

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Columbus -- Ohio has issued new guidelines for eating fish caught in lakes, rivers and streams.

The statewide study reflects some improvements in Ohio's waters. For instance, advisories against eating common carp from the Big Darby Creek, North Branch Portage River and Mahoning River have been lifted and are now one-per-month advisories.

The state's health and natural resources departments partner with the Ohio EPA to develop the consumption standards, which help Ohio anglers decide about eating their catch.

Nearly 900 fish tissue samples collected from 51 lakes and 26 streams in 2014 and 2015 form the basis for the new advisories.

Officials say unless otherwise noted in the new guidelines, a general advisory is in place that recommends limiting one meal each week of Ohio-caught fish.

-- Associated Press

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