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Here are your morning headlines for Friday July 26:

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DAN KONIK

It’s opening day at the Ohio State Fair. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected make their way to Columbus to enjoy the food, rides, games, and animals. Gov. Mike DeWine saw this as a great way to show off what the state has to offer.

Backed by the All-Ohio State Fair Choir and Band, DeWine officially opened the 166th Ohio State Fair.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by the traditional tour of the fair, DeWine’s first as governor.

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, September 17: 

  • Ohio State Fair contract with operator of fatal ride;
  • Akron borrows more money for sewer project;
  • Boyfriend charged after remains of missing woman Akron found;
  • Ohio Supreme Court to decide conviction for couple who failed to receive medical care for daughter;
  • Construction project begins on State Route 8;

Ohio State Fair ends contract with operator of fatal ride

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, September 10:

  • Second victim dies following 2017  Ohio State Fair ride accident;
  • Chippewa Lake under algae bloom advisory;
  • Heavy rainfall causes closures, cancellations;
  • Officials continue to investigate Cincinnati shooter's motive;
  • State medical marijuana program officially misses Sept. 8 deadline;
  • Ohio Statehouse to hold annual ghostly celebration;

Second victim dies following 2017  Ohio State Fair ride accident

Attendance at the Ohio State Fair has been up compared to last year, when fair officials were dealing with the fallout from a deadly ride accident.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Gov. John Kasich went on his final tour of the Ohio State Fair as governor. His visit comes as Ohio farmers are caught in the middle of an international trade war.

The state's No. 1 industry, agriculture, is on full display at the fair. That’s why Kasich is so concerned with the latest decisions coming out of Washington, D.C.

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A year ago this week, an 18-year-old Columbus man was killed on a thrill ride on the first day of the Ohio State Fair. Legislation has been proposed to strengthen ride safety, but the law named for Tyler Jarrell hasn’t passed yet.

Tyler’s Law was introduced in May, nine months after Jarrell was thrown from the Fireball thrill ride, which broke apart because of extensive corrosion. 

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, July 24:

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The Ohio State Fair starts Wednesday and state officials say they are implementing additional testing to prevent ride malfunctions this year.

The vendor that supplied the Fire Ball is back again: Amusements of America is in its last year of a multi-year contract to supply state fair rides.

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Here are your headlines for Friday, September 1:

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

After years of big numbers, attendance at this year’s Ohio State Fair plummeted to its lowest number in 13 years.

In its 12-day run the fair brought in just over 801,000 – the lowest number since 2004 and a 13 percent drop from last year. 

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

After a 12-day run that included lower attendance and a deadly accident involving a midway ride, the Ohio State Fair is over. There was some good news in the annual closing day event, the Sale of Champions.

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Last week's tragedy at the Ohio State Fair that killed one fair goer and injured seven others has raised a lot of questions about amusement rides. WOSU's Adora Namigadde looks closer at one of those questions: government inspections and regulations for carnival-style rides that vary state-by-state. 

A week after the fatal accident on the ride, the Fire Ball, many fair-goers aren't deterred.

“I'm here to ride all the rides, the ones that are open at least,” Dylan Bryant says.  

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Some rides at the Ohio State Fair have re-opened and taken new riders after a nearly two-day break. 

Gov. John Kasich ordered all rides at the state fair to be shut down after a catastrophic ride malfunction Wednesday evening killed one and injured seven others. This afternoon, the state fair reopened three rides considered to be low-impact -- Kiddieland, SkyGlider and Giant Slide.

Dylan Bryant said he saw the malfunction on Snapchat, but that he's still riding rides because these malfunctions are rare. 

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

State investigators are continuing to examine the Ohio State Fair ride that broke apart, killing one person and leaving seven others injured. Gov. John Kasich isn’t ruling out the possibility that this may have been an unavoidable accident.

The air was full of the typical sounds of the Ohio State Fair, except for the eerie absence of the rides as they stood still. All rides are shut down as the State Highway Patrol carries out its investigation into the “Fire Ball” a giant pendulum that swings riders up to 40 feet into the air.

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SUMMIT COUNTY FAIR

Summit County Fair Director Howard Call says he is confident in the safety of attendees at his fair.

A ride accident at the Ohio State Fair killed one and injured seven others. yesterday

As with the state fair, rides here are inspected daily under state law, and Call says those at the Summit fair have been accident-free for 24 years. And there’s a key difference between rides at the Ohio State Fair and the Summit County Fair.

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WOSU

Gov. John Kasich calls it the worst tragedy in the history of the Ohio State Fair. One person was killed and seven were injured, three of them critically, in a catastrophic ride malfunction.

All rides were shut down shortly after 7:20 p.m., after a malfunction on the Fireball, which spins and swings riders 40 feet into the air. A Columbus fire battalion chief said a row of seats snapped off.  

The ride had been inspected by the four-person inspection team, led by Michael Vartorella.

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