STATE BRIEFING

Kasich announces new office

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has announced the creation of an office and advisory committee aimed at helping legal immigrants successfully integrate in the state. The Republican governor says the Office of Opportunities for New Americans and the 12-person New Americans Advisory Committee will help break down state government barriers to finding jobs. Kasich said Tuesday that immigrants bring vitality and energy to Ohio and the state needs to help however it can. The governor’s initiative includes a website to help connect new immigrants with state programs. Ohio has about 500,000 legal immigrants.

Pilot flown to hospital after crash

HAMILTON — A single-engine plane has crashed in southwest Ohio during takeoff, injuring the pilot, who has been flown by helicopter to a Cincinnati hospital for treatment. The crash occurred around 10 a.m. Tuesday at Butler County Regional Airport. The pilot had to be removed from the plane by firefighters. Authorities have not released his identity. Hamilton Fire Chief Mark Mercer says the plane’s engine quit during takeoff and the pilot wasn’t able to land on the runway. Mercer said the pilot was conscious afterward but didn’t know the extent of his injuries. No one else was onboard the plane.

Columbus bans bump stocks

COLUMBUS — The Columbus City Council has approved new laws aimed at reducing violence in Ohio’s capital city. The council voted 6-0 on Monday to ban bump stocks in the city; prohibit people from brandishing imitation firearms like Airsoft guns in public while prohibiting sales of imitation guns to minors; allow the city to shut down businesses where violent crime has occurred; and include people who are dating to victims and suspects of domestic violence. The Cincinnati City Council recently approved a new law prohibiting bump stocks, which effectively turn semi-automatic rifles like AR-15s into automatics by greatly reducing recoil. Columbus had a record number of homicides in 2017, most of which were committed with guns.

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