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TOP STORIES:

WINTER WEATHER-OHIO

CINCINNATI — The weekend gives Ohioans a break from brutal cold and heavy snows that have slammed the state much of this winter. Some folks are breaking out polo shirts and shorts in balmy-feeling 50-degree temperatures. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 350 words. Photos.

OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL-HOSPITALIZED

CINCINNATI — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine headed home after spending the night under observation in a Cincinnati hospital because he felt ill at a speaking engagement. His office says he should resume his normal schedule next week. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 350 words. Photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

OHIO PLANE CRASH

TOLEDO — The Ohio Medical Board has suspended the license of a doctor who signed off on medical certificates for a pilot blamed for a 2008 plane crash that killed six people. SENT: 280 words.

IRAQI STUDENT LEADER

FAIRBORN — A young man whose family fled the violent turmoil of their Iraq homeland has become a campus leader at an Ohio school with a fast-growing international student population. SENT: 300 words. Photos.

TESTING ACHIEVEMENT TESTS

CLEVELAND —Ohio plans to give students new exams to measure achievement starting as soon as next year, and thousands of children will be testing those tests this spring. SENT: 300 words.

MEMBER EXCHANGE

SCIENCE OF FORECASTINGWILMINGTON — Every day, twice a day, researchers launch an 8-foot-tall helium-filled balloon on a 90-minute meteorological suicide mission. SENT 530 words. By Dean Narciso. The Columbus Dispatch.

BRIEFS SENT

OBAMA— WASHINGTON — Ohio Sen. Rob Portman gives Republican national radio address, says President Obama's proposed budget taxes, spends too much.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-OHIO — CLEVELAND — Ohio communities are stepping up efforts to enroll their residents in health care coverage ahead of an important federal deadline this month.

NURSING HOME RATINGS __ COLUMBUS __ Residents in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in Ohio have weighed in on whether they are satisfied with their providers.

HEATING ASSISTANCE — COLUMBUS — State officials are extending a deadline for a heating assistance program that's available to those threatened with disconnection or whose service has been disconnected.

OHIO LAKES-TROUT— COLUMBUS —Bad weather delays stocking of Ohio lakes with trout.

FOR MONDAY:

TEXTING BAN

COLUMBUS — The State Highway Patrol says more than 270 drivers have been cited for texting or using a cell phone behind the wheel under a law that took effect about a year ago. The law carries possible fines of $150 for the first offense. Repeat offenders could face a $300 fine. UPCOMING: 400 words, moving Sunday.

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