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Newborn found in BK toilet

CHILLICOTHE — Police say a newborn found inside a toilet at an Ohio Burger King is expected to survive. The Chillicothe Gazette reports authorities found the baby boy while responding to a report about a 26-year-old man passed out in a vehicle at a Burger King in the southern Ohio city of Chillicothe last week. The caller said a woman who was with the man had gone into the restaurant’s bathroom. Police say they found the 26-year-old woman sitting on the toilet with a baggie of suspected heroin on the floor beside her. A medic who responded to the call looked inside the toilet and found the baby. The woman told investigators she thought she’d miscarried. The baby was taken to a hospital. Both the man and woman face criminal charges.

Man sentenced in mom’s death

AKRON — Authorities say an Ohio man who confessed to killing his mother with a machete has pleaded guilty to murder and other charges. A judge in northeast Ohio’s Summit County sentenced 22-year-old Jason Reeves, of Stow, to 15 years to life immediately after taking his pleas Friday. Prosecutors say he attacked 57-year-old Susan Reeves last October while she slept and that he asked a neighbor to take him to a hospital for a severe cut on his hand afterward. Prosecutors say Reeves returned to his mother’s apartment and called 911 saying he’d discovered her body. Reeves told detectives the next day he had killed her. A spokeswoman for Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh says Reeves has never said why he killed his mother. Reeves’ attorney wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Shooting victim is identified

HUBER HEIGHTS — Authorities have identified a man who was shot and died over the weekend in Ohio. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has identified the man found shot Sunday afternoon in Huber Heights as Evan Lewis. He was hospitalized in critical condition and died later that day. Huber Heights police said that they had found the 19-year-old man at the corner of two streets in the Dayton suburb, with some area residents trying to help him. Authorities also said Sunday that they had taken a male suspect into custody and transported him to a hospital after he complained of chest pain. Police haven’t released any information on a motive.

Investigative journalism funded

CINCINNATI — The Scripps Howard Foundation is investing $6 million to create investigative journalism centers at Arizona State University and the University of Maryland. The foundation announced Monday that each university will receive a $3 million grant over three years to establish a Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. The graduate-level programs will focus on training the next generation of reporters through hands-on investigative journalism projects. The foundation says students will be introduced to topics including new media, data mining, history and ethics. They’ll work with news organizations to report stories of national or international importance. The centers honor the legacy of Roy W. Howard, former Scripps-Howard newspaper chain chairman and a pioneering news reporter. National searches for center directors will launch this fall and programming will open to students in 2019.

Actors filming in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — Two actors with links to Marvel’s “Captain America” film franchise are making a stop in Cincinnati to film a new Netflix original movie “Point Blank.” The executive director of Film Cincinnati says Frank Grillo and Anthony Mackie are scheduled to start filming in the city Monday. Grillo played the villain Crossbones and Mackie played Falcon in the 2014 film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” “Point Blank” is a remake of a French film. It centers on an emergency room nurse and a criminal who work together to save the criminal’s pregnant wife. New York-native Joe Lynch will direct the film, and Grillo is also a producer. Crews are expected to be in Cincinnati working on the film for six weeks.

Toledo backs algae lawsuit

TOLEDO — Ohio’s fourth-largest city and one of its suburbs are backing a federal lawsuit that’s seeking to force action on Lake Erie’s persistent algae problem. Toledo and the city of Oregon filed a joint motion Friday in support of a lawsuit environmental groups have filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The lawsuit asks Toledo-based U.S. District Judge James Carr to order increased pollution controls placing specific limits on phosphorus that flows into the lake. Phosphorous is considered a leading cause of algal blooms in the lake’s western basin. Carr said in May that it’s time for tougher rules to clean up the lake and that he wants state and federal regulators to take serious steps to find solutions.

Companies to extend broadband

CANTON — Microsoft Corp. and an Ohio-based provider of telecommunications services have announced an agreement to extend broadband internet access to 110,000 unserved people in rural Ohio over the next four years. Microsoft and Canton-based Agile Networks announced the agreement this week. They say it will help address a need for reliable broadband access in rural Ohio and provide access to digital advances in agriculture, telemedicine, and education. Officials say the project also will support public-safety functions, including hospitals. The project will use a mix of technologies, including the unused broadcast frequencies between TV channels known as TV white spaces. The project is part of the Microsoft Airband Initiative. Microsoft says that initiative aims to extend broadband access to 2 million unserved people in rural America by 2022.

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