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ODOT: Slower drivers need to move out of left lanes

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is promoting a new campaign to get slower drivers to move out of the left lane on Ohio highways.

An ODOT spokesperson told News Center 7’s James Buechele the department got the idea from the State of Washington who posted signs saying, “Camp in the mountains not the left lane.”

The State of Ohio is now putting up electronic signs that say, “Camp in Ohio State Parks not the left lane.”

“I think it’s a good idea but will people follow it. That’s the thing,” said Michael Sanders of Englewood.

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“I ride up the highway every day, like I said up until the last week, there are people that drive sometimes slow in that lane,” he continued.

When drivers cruise or camp in the left lane, other drivers are forced to pass them on the right hand side, which can lead to road rage.

“They will almost clip your bumper with their back bumper almost like a sign of aggression and road rage. I see it a lot,” said Sanders. 

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ODOT doesn’t keep statistics on what incidents lead to road rage, but drivers that stay in the left lane can make driving dangerous for everyone else on the highways.

“If they’re going too slow in that lane, then it’s definitely annoying because that’s meant to get around for people and if you’re not allowing that they can get very angry at you I guess,” she continued.

It’s unknown how long this campaign will go on for, but more messages will be showing up for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

Amber Alert canceled for 9-year-old boy abducted from Lewis Center, Ohio

UPDATE Sept. 9 @ 3:50 p.m.:

The Amber Alert has been canceled. 

INITIAL REPORT Sept. 7 @ 9:10 p.m. :

An Amber Alert has been issued for a 9-year-old boy last seen Sept. 1.

Eli Opembe is a black male with black hair and brown eyes who stands 4 feet, 10 inches and weighs 85 pounds.

He is believed to be with his non-custodial mother, Verona Thomas, described as a 38-year-old black woman who stands 5 feet 10 inches and has black hair and brown eyes.

They may be riding in a blue 2010 Nissan Altima with Connecticut plates AB68371.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911.

Got a tip? Call our 24-hour monitored line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

Florida law requires 'In God We Trust' to be displayed in all schools

A bill signed into law by Florida Gov. Rick Scott in March now means students will see “In God We Trust” displayed at all schools in the state.

WPTV reported that the law requires the state motto to be shown in a “conspicuous place.”

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According to state statute 1003.44, “Each district school board shall adopt rules to require, in all of the schools of the district and in each building used by the district school board, the display of the state motto, ‘In God We Trust,’ designated under s. 15.0301, in a conspicuous place.”

According to the Florida Department of State, “In God We Trust” was adopted by the state legislature as part of the state seal in 1868. It was officially designated as Florida’s state motto in 2006.

Missing Adult Alert cancelled for northern Ohio man, 79

UPDATE @ 3:40 a.m: The statewide Missing Adult Alert has been canceled for James Doud, 79, by the Brook Park Police Department, according to a press release. 

Mr. Doud was located safely, the release stated. 

INITIAL REPORT

An Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a 79-year-old northern Ohio man who has not been seen since he left his home Monday afternoon. 

James Doud has Alzheimer's and was last seen about 5 p.m. leaving his residence on Almont Drive in Brook Park, Cuyahoga County. 

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He is 6-feet-tall, about 200 pounds, has gray hair and blue eyes. He was believed to have been wearing a brown T-shirt and demin jeans. 

Authorities believe he was last seen driving a blue 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis bearing Ohio license plate GHW 9939. 

Call or dial 911 if you see Doud or the car. Call 866-693-9171 for the Ohio Attorney General Missing Persons Unit or 911 to be transferred to the Brook Park Police Department.

Getting a new driver’s license? You’ll have to wait

Ohioans are no longer be able to get their driver’s licenses on the same day they’re issued.

Instead, they have to wait no more than 10 days to receive their licenses in the mail. According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, this will make the system more secure and comply with federal regulations.

Ohioans won’t be without a license in the meantime — they will be issued a temporary identification form on-site that will expire 45 days after it’s issued.

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“The extra level of security provided through centralized card production provides greater protection against counterfeiting and complies with all state and federal security standards,” Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Spokesperson Lindsey Bohrer said.

The new driver’s licenses and identification cards have a different look and offer different options to recipients. Ohioans can chose between federally compliant licenses and non-compliant licenses, which are called standard.

Compliant identification licenses require more forms on the application end, but they then can be used to fly commercially or to access federal facilities or military bases, according to the BMV. To do those things with a standard license, or non-compliant identification form, residents will need to have with them another form of identification, like a passport.

Drivers who want to renew a standard license will need to take their existing license or ID card to the BMV.

Bohrer said that while Ohioans won’t get their licenses at their local BMV anymore, they’ll still register and go through the process there.

Those who select a compliant identification will need to have some extra information with them, including documents to prove their full legal name, date of birth, Social Security number, proof of Ohio residency proof of legal presence.

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The change is a jump-start to meet new federal travel requirements going into effect in 2020, according to the BMV. Ohio licenses issued before July 2, 2018, will not be accepted by the TSA after October 1, 2020, and the BMV encourages Ohioans to renew their licenses early to avoid travel conflicts.

“If you want to be able to use your DL-ID to board a plane after October 1, 2020, renew early and follow the guidelines for issuance of a compliant card,” a statement on the BMV’s website reads.

There’s no extra cost for compliant licenses. A star in the upper-right corner of the licenses will designate compliant licenses, according to the BMV.

Forty-one other states provided licenses and identification cards through the mail, this publication previously reported.

Star Spangled Boom: Free McGuffey Lane concert, fireworks July 4th

McGuffey Lane will headline the city of Moraine’s Star Spangled Boom on July 4.

The popular country rock band from central Ohio will share the bill of free performances with Nashville Star winner Buddy Jewell before the fireworks at Wax Park at 3800 Main St.

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Jewell is set to take the stage at 7 p.m., followed by McGuffey Lane at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. In addition, food trucks, amusement rides and a kids entertainment area will be featured.

Events are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

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Southern Living names this resort best in the South

Southern Living recently polled its readers to discover their picks for the top places to visit in the SouthBlackberry Farm, in Walland, Tennessee, south of Knoxville, took home the top prize.

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Southern Living noted, "Blackberry Farm emanates hospitality, from its farm-to-table offerings to the porches on guest cottages."

Blackberry Farm is a luxury hotel and resort situated on a 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains.

There is a spa, brewery and working farm on the property. The resort offers plenty of wine and dining options, musical entertainment, workshops and more. 

Activities include horseback riding, archery, fly fishing, hiking and paintball.

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One Facebook reviewer noted, "Have traveled quite well in my 50+ years, but Blackberry Farm stands out as the BEST of all. They anticipate your every wish and deliver it with cordial efficiency. Understated, approachable elegance. Go there, go there, go there! It is transforming."

Southern Living honored The Barn at Blackberry Farm by awarding it the best restaurant in Tennessee, too.

How much will your Longaberger baskets sell for now that the company has gone out of business?

Iconic basket maker Longaberger Co. has gone out of business but their products are still fetching a high price online.

The company, which until about two years ago was headquarted in a basket-shaped building in Newark, announced in May that it is going out of business.

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The company’s closing could affect the price of Longaberger’s baskets. There were more than 73,799 Longaberger Co. products for sale on Ebay as of this morning and they are going for a wide range of prices on the online auction website.

The highest priced Longaberger item on Ebay is a complete Grandma Bonnie’s May Flower basket collection that is selling for $5,000, according to the website. Shipping and handling will cost the buyer another $75.

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The cheapest Longaberger basket, which is squared shaped with a floral printed bow, is selling on Ebay for just under $2.

Cabinet displays with with multiple baskets make up the remaining top four highest-priced items, ranging from $787 to $1,700.

The most expensive single Longaberger basket listed on Ebay is a “rare miniature Larry Longaberger Bread & Milk Basket” which is selling for close to $750. The basket comes with free shipping.

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Iconic restaurant near Ohio State closing after nearly 80 years 

One of the state’s most well-known hangouts announced it is closing its doors permanently. 

The Blue Danube Restaurant, a tavern opened 78 years ago at 2439 N. High St. near Ohio State University, announced on Facebook that its last day in business will be Father’s Day, June 17. 

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The establishment, known as the Dube, posted the following on Facebook on Monday: 

“There is no easy way to break the news, but the time has come. After 78 years of service, the Blue Danube will be closing its doors. The official last day of operation is set to be June 17th. Those of us that work there would like to thank everyone for allowing us to provide such a comfortable meeting space for so many. We've loved being a part of your lives from the everyday mundane to the most life changing of moments. Thank you for coming to us with your engagements, your celebrations, your goodbyes, your need for safety, or even just to hang with people and decompress. The Dube family will be hanging in there until the end, and will be welcoming back some familiar faces to work some rockstar shifts in order to ensure everyone has time to say their goodbyes. Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with us. We would love to hear them! Join us in celebrating The Dube and all of the shenanigans it's been a part of.”

According to a Columbus Dispatch report, the bar’s landlord plans a major renovation of the building that it occupies. 

“Essentially, (Danube owner) Bob (Swaim) told us he is done, the ’Dube is closing, and that’s the end,” assistant general manager Lindsey Heyob told that newspaper.>> Meadowlark owner’s new sandwich shop plans off the table — for now

The Blue Danube serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

It is the latest locally-owned establishment to surrender as developers polish the commercial area near Ohio State’s campus and attract national chains with deeper pockets, the Dispatch reports.  

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Cirque du Soleil performer dies after fall during Tampa show

A Cirque du Soleil acrobat who fell during a Saturday performance in Tampa, Florida, died from his injuries, a hospital spokeswoman told WTSP on Sunday.

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According to a video viewed by WTSP and The Tampa Bay Times, the aerial acrobat lost his grip on a ribbon strap during the company’s “Volta” show and fell 10 feet to the stage below.

A spokesman for Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group identified the performer as Yann Arnaud, a longtime aerialist, WFLA reported.

The show was stopped, and Arnaud was taken to Tampa General Hospital. He died from his injuries, spokeswoman Ellen Fiss told WTSP. 

The two performances scheduled for Sunday were canceled, the company in charge of publicizing the show said in a statement.

"The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy. Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had the chance to know him," company CEO Daniel Lamarre said. "Over the coming days and weeks, our focus will be on supporting Yann’s family and our employees, especially the ‘Volta’ team, as we go through these difficult times together."

Arnuad’s death is the second performer fatality in Cirque du Soleil's history, WTSP reported. According to the BBC, Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, died during a 2013 show in Las Vegas when she fell 94 feet to the floor when a safety wire detached.

Olivier Rochette, a 43-year-old technician, died in 2016 while setting up for a performance.

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