"The U.S. economy has continued to recover, but economic activity appears to have decelerated somewhat during the first half of this year," Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke tells Congress this morning in testimony prepared for his semiannual report on economic conditions and monetary policy.
"Police at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport say they still do not know how needles got into turkey sandwiches on Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to the United States, but are investigating," The Associated Press reports.
Hundreds of vacant houses will soon be demolished across Franklin County. The County will receive more than eight-million-dollars from the Ohio Attorney General's office as early as next week to raze houses that are abandoned and tax delinquent. The money is being passed out by the Franklin County treasurer's office, in an effort to improve property values.
The Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission has issued an air quality alert for today. The agency says hot weather in the region will combine with pollutants from vehicles and factories to create unhealthy levels of smog in the air. The elderly, children and those with breathing difficulties are asked to monitor and limit their outdoor activities.
Bond is set at 15-thousand dollars for the man accused of striking a Columbus police officer and a woman with an SUV on Sunday. 41-year-old Alphonso Jennings III allegedly struck police sergeant Steve Livingston and Morgan Salisbury on the ramp from I-71 north to I-270 west while Livingston responded to a report of a crash. Both remain hospitalized. Prosecutors say Jennings was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the time.
Newly released Columbus police data shows there have been 12 officer-involved shootings so far this year, as compared with 20 in all of last year. Suspects were killed in four of the shootings, including two this past weekend. Police and city officials say the number of officer-involved shootings will drop when stronger gun laws are in place.