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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.

Ohio drivers licenses coming in mail starting July 2

Ohio is ending the same-day issuing of Ohio driver's licenses and will mail them instead to save money and increase security.

Licenses will arrive about 10 days after they're issued once the change takes effect July 2, the Department of Public Safety said. Drivers will be issued temporary licenses and ID cards in the meantime.

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The agency says the temporary cards will be valid for proof of identity and residence when voting.

Drivers can also request driver's licenses or ID cards that meet federal regulations for travel. Travel restrictions taking effect in October 2020 will require federally compliant driver's licenses to pass through airport security. There's no extra cost for these licenses.

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A star in the upper right-hand corner of licenses will designate those compliant with federal regulations. Obtaining that credential will require documents such as birth certificates or passports, copies of social security cards and utility bills showing people's address.

Ohio joins 41 other states that provide licenses and ID cards through the mail. The change announced Wednesday will prevent loss and theft of secure material from motor vehicle bureaus, provide a centralized and more secure printing facility and save money in the form of the cost of upgrading security measures at individual bureaus, the Public Safety department said.

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New restrictions may be coming for some drivers

Ohio lawmakers seem ready to relax some restrictions on the driving privileges of those who have lost their licenses and have little means to pay the reinstatement fees.  

At least three bills related to license suspensions are pending in the Ohio legislature.  In one, co-sponsored by Jim Butler, R-Ohio, limited driving privileges would be restored for those whose driver’s licenses were suspended for issues unrelated to driving or using a vehicle for criminal purposes.  

In Ohio, there are at least 32 ways people can lose their driver’s license, including dropping out of high school.  

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In another measure, co-sponsored by Sen. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, judges would be allowed to impose community service in lieu of paying reinstatement fees.

The proposed reforms come as license suspensions soar in Ohio. Last year, 1.1 million Ohioans had their driver’s license suspended for one or more reasons — nearly 12 percent of those old enough to drive in the state.

“There’s this permanent underclass that we’ve created,” Huffman said. “If you’re $4,000 or $5,000 down and that’s what it takes to get your driver’s license, you just don’t do it.”

What people are saying about the Sutherland Springs church shooting

A gunman opened fire at a church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday, according to officials. More than 20 have been reported dead in the small town east of San Antonio, with more than 20 wounded. The gunman is also dead, Wilson County Commissioner Paul Pheil said in a TV news interview.

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The news brought an all-too-familiar mix of reactions on social media, including condolences and calls to action. Here’s what people are saying about the shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs:

See photos from the scene here. This is a developing story. Check statesman.com for the latest.

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