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Repeat drunken driver convicted in fatal crash

Delaware -- A central Ohio man with six previous drunken-driving convictions has been found guilty of a seventh. This time, authorities say he caused a crash that killed a woman.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that 45-year-old Marc Kraft was found guilty Feb. 6 of eight counts related to the fatal November crash. He could face as much as 28 years in prison.

Police said Kraft's blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when he slammed his pickup truck into the back of a Subaru stopped an at intersection in Delaware, near Columbus.

Thirty-six-year-old Heidi Hecker was killed, and her 10-month-old daughter and boyfriend were injured.

Kraft had not had a valid license since 1992, and has six previous drunken-driving convictions in Pennsylvania.

-- Record-Courier

Scenic railroad sets ridership record

Peninsula -- The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad says it set a new ridership record last year.

The railroad says it carried more than 210,000 passengers through Cuyahoga Valley National Park in 2012. That's up from about 160,000 riders in 2011, when it was closed for a time for track repairs, and more than 195,000 in 2010.

The scenic railroad runs trains on varying schedules throughout the year from stations between suburban Cleveland and the Akron area. The not-for-profit organization is marking its 40th year of excursion rail service.

Besides scenic trips, it also offers special events such as rides designed especially for children and beer- and wine-tasting trips for adults.

-- Associated Press

Study: Columbus has state's worst traffic

Columbus -- A national study says Columbus has the worst traffic in Ohio.

The annual Urban Mobility Report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute calculated that the typical Columbus-area rush-hour commuter spends 40 hours a year in backed-up traffic. That's tops in the state.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the time in traffic is two hours above the national average. And it puts Columbus 25th among 101 U.S. urban areas.

The study found that a typical 20-minute trip takes about 23.5 minutes during morning and evening rush hours in the state capital.

The nation's worst commute is in the Washington, D.C. area. The easiest is in Stockton, Calif.

-- Associated Press

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