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Governor signs measure to strengthen amusement ride safety

Nov. 7, 2019 1:31 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a measure aimed at strengthening Ohio's amusement ride safety program. The bill signed by the Republican governor on Wednesday seeks to strengthen safety inspection standards, define qualifications for ride inspectors and outline ride owner...

Audit: Poor management causes Colorado State Fair money loss

Nov. 4, 2019 7:00 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado State Fair has lost money for 21 straight years and a state audit of the operation says it has not been managed strategically. Colorado Public Radio reports the Colorado State Auditor's Office found the fair's deficits have averaged $4 million each year from 2014 to 2018. The...

Ohio amusement ride bill OK'd after fatal ride malfunction

Oct. 24, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A professional engineer would get a formal role in amusement ride safety under a bill headed to the Ohio governor's desk. Legislation dubbed Tyler's Law would place a professional engineer on the Ohio Advisory Council on Amusement Ride Safety. The panel makes recommendations to the...

Louisiana's state fair opens Thursday, runs through Nov. 10

Oct. 23, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — As the State Fair of Louisiana prepares to open, organizers say you can expect a "Gumbo of Fun" — this year's theme. The fair runs Thursday through Nov. 10 at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds in Shreveport. KTBS-TV reports that since 1906, the event has attracted some of the...

Southern holds off Texas Southern behind 3 TDs from McDaniel

Oct. 19, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Glendon McDaniel threw three touchdown passes, two of them in a decisive third quarter, and Southern defeated Texas Southern in the State Fair Showdown on Saturday. After the score was tied at 7 at halftime, McDaniel connected with Jamar Washington for 35 yards and Hunter Register for 31...

4th Legionnaires' disease death reported in North Carolina

Oct. 18, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina health officials say a fourth person has died from Legionnaires' disease. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Resources said in a statement on Friday that its Division of Public Health has confirmed 141 cases involving residents from counties and multiple states. In...

Legionnaires' disease found in person who didn't attend fair

Oct. 18, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Public health officials in North Carolina are reporting a case of Legionnaires' disease in a person who didn't attend the Mountain State Fair, but was at a building on the fair site. The state's Health and Human Services Department reports the person attended the Quilt Show at the...

NC officials confirm 3rd death from Legionnaires' disease

Oct. 14, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina health officials say a third person has died from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease linked to a hot tub display at a fair. The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the third death to news outlets Monday. The department says 140 cases of Legionnaires' have...

Rain dampens Nebraska State Fair attendance, revenue

Oct. 12, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska State Fair officials are blaming heavy rains for a drop in attendance and revenue at this summer's fair. The Grand Island Independent reports that fair executive director Lori Cox delivered the news Friday at a meeting of the State Fair Board. Attendance for the Aug....

North Carolina confirms 2nd death from Legionnaires' disease

Oct. 11, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina health officials have confirmed a second death from Legionnaires' disease linked to a hot tub display at a fair. The Division of Public Health in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services says that as of Wednesday, it has confirmed 134 cases in multiple states and...