Plan for toxic chemical testing announced

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s governor is announcing how the state will test for potentially harmful chemicals in the state’s drinking water.

The man-made chemicals known as PFAS have been turning up in drinking water and some foods across the U.S. The chemicals are used in products ranging from carpeting, cookware, microwave popcorn bags and firefighting foam.

DeWine said Monday that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will coordinate the testing of nearly 1,500 public water systems serving communities, schools, daycares and mobile home parks.

If the chemicals are detected, the EPA will work with public systems to reduce their levels. The state Health Department will also work with private water system owners on ways to reduce exposure and install treatment systems.

The state hopes to complete sampling of public water systems by the end of next year.

DeWine to unveil simplified, speedier pardon process

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has announced a pardon process for certain inmates that he promises will be simpler and faster.

The office of the Republican governor says the Ohio Governor’s Expedited Pardon Project targets individuals with clemency requests who have demonstrated they are now contributing members of society.

DeWine made the announcement Tuesday at the Ohio State law school in a presentation with Annette Chambers-Smith, the head of the state’s prison system.

Zoo names baby giraffe

CINCINNATI (AP) — A giraffe born recently at the Cincinnati Zoo now has a name.

The male calf born Nov. 23 has been named Theo. Zoo officials said in a news release Monday that they picked that name because it means “divine gift.”

“He was the gift that our team needed following the death of the calf’s dad a week before he arrived,” said Christina Gorsuch, curator of mammals.

Kimba, the 12-year-old male giraffe who sired Theo, died last month of complications after surgery on his hooves. Theo’s mother is 8-year-old Cece.

Theo is the 17th giraffe born at the zoo, officials said.

Giraffe populations in the wild are being harmed by habitat loss, trophy hunting and illegal poaching.

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