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Labor Day weekend traffic expected to be highest since recession
Other noon headlines: Drone interferes with medical helicopter; Church in Lorain damaged by fire

Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
The WKSU noon news headlines: 

Labor Day weekend traffic expected to be highest since recession
Traffic is expected to be heavy across Ohio for this Labor Day weekend. Travel between today and Monday is expected to hit its highest levels since the end of the recession as 1.4 million Ohioans venture at least 50 miles from home, according to auto club AAA. Most of the travelers will be driving and navigating through orange barrels where major construction projects are wrapping up. The Columbus Dispatch reports gas prices are expected to go up beginning today for the holiday weekend.

Church in Lorain damaged by fire
A church in Lorain has been damaged by a fire that broke out early this morning. The Morning Journal reports residents and parishioners gathered in prayer around the First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer also showed up in support. The nearby Admiral Ernest J. King Elementary School is closed today because of the fire.

First round of absentee ballots to be mailed tomorrow
The first batch of absentee ballots for the November election are going out to Ohioans tomorrow. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says more than six million ballots should arrive within the next few days. Two mailings will go out as part of this year’s effort. The second will go out in early October and include those individuals who registered to vote or updated their voting information after August 1st. Registered voters in all 88 counties will receive an absentee ballot application.

Family, US attorney to meet on Wal-Mart shooting
The parents of a man shot dead by police at a Wal-Mart store in Beavercreek will meet today with a federal prosecutor. An attorney for John Crawford III's parents says they will ask the Justice Department to handle the shooting probe and begin a civil rights probe. Police said Crawford was shot Aug. 5 in suburban Dayton after refusing to drop an air rifle. Crawford's family says he was holding the rifle while on his cellphone. The family wants federal investigators to determine whether race was a factor in the shooting.

Drone interferes with medical helicopter
Officials at a southwest Ohio hospital say a drone flying near the building delayed the landing of an emergency medical helicopter for nine minutes. The health of the patient aboard the helicopter trying to land at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton wasn't compromised, but an official says the man flying the drone violated an FAA guideline that the operator must be at least 400 feet away from a hospital. Dayton Daily News reports that the Monday incident highlights the need for the Federal Aviation Administration to set new rules for people flying drones for personal and commercial use.


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