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Animals, Equipment Up For Auction At Zanesville Farm

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One of three panthers rescued by the Columbus Zoo from Terry Thompson's farm near Zanesville.
10:37AM
August 14, 2013

Petting zoo equipment and ponies will be up for auction from the estate of a suicidal man who released dozens of exotic animals in Muskingum County almost two years ago.

Construction Begins On Eastern Ohio Pipeline

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One of the many natural gas pumps that have sprung up around Ohio in recent years.
10:31AM
August
5, 2013

Work on an underground pipeline to transport liquid petroleum products across Ohio has begun in Muskingum County and other portions of Eastern Ohio.

State Gives Preview Of Exotic Animal Facility

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The $2.9 million, 20,000 square foot facility will store animals confiscated under Ohio's new exotic animal law.
8:59AM
March
1, 2013

A state agency on Thursday took reporters to a place where few people have been – and even fewer will go in the future: The state’s new exotic animal facility in Reynoldsburg.

Year In Review: The Biggest Bills To Clear The Legislature In 2012

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7:26AM
December 24, 2012

Ohio lawmakers debated hundreds of proposals this year and gave approval to dozens. WOSU has this look back at the year’s biggest bills.

Columbus Federal Judge Upholds Ohio’s New Exotic Animal Law

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Marian Thompson (pink shirt) leans into the crate that holds a brown bear that she reclaimed from the state . Thompson's deceased husband freed 50 exotic animals before committing suicide in October of 2011, prompting a new state law.
12:19PM
December
20, 2012

A federal judge has upheld Ohio’s new restrictions on exotic animals after several owners sued the state over the law. The judge in Columbus ruled Thursday the owners failed to prove constitutional rights were violated.

Sheriff In Washington To Support Exotic Animal Bill

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Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz (left) at a press conference with the Columbus Zoo's Jack Hanna on the morning Terry Thompson released dozens of exotic animals shortly before committing suicide.
8:51AM
September
20, 2012

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz oversaw the response to a massive exotic animal release near Zanesville last year.

Ohio Could Spend $3.5 Million On Animal Facility

COLUMBUS ZOO EXOTIC RESCUE
One of three panthers rescued by the Zoo from a ranch in Zanesville.
3:41PM
August 31, 2012

The state of Ohio wants to spend $3.5 million to build and operate a Department of Agriculture facility that would temporarily house exotic animals confiscated under a new law.

GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Campaigns In Zanesville

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From left: Ohio Governor John Kasich, U.S. Senator Rob Portman, (R-OH); GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney
5:31AM
August
15, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made three Ohio campaign stops Tuesday. In a mid-afternoon address in Zanesville, the presumptive GOP nominee fired up a friendly crowd in a speech that lasted just 13 minutes.

Road Trip: Zane’s Trace

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Downtown Somerset sits on the historic Zane's Trace.
5:00AM
July
9, 2012

Every week during this travel season, we’ll take you to an interesting but often-overlooked part of Ohio. This week we’re headed to the town of Somerset to explore one of Ohio’s first roads.

Ohio Governor Signs New Rules On Exotic Animals

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Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo,speaks at the exotic animal restrictions signing ceremony.
3:23PM
June
5, 2012

Ohio’s governor has signed into law the state’s widely watched new regulations on exotic animals.