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News Minute: Here's the latest Ohio news from The Associated Press

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities are calling "suspicious" a natural gas explosion that leveled a vacant home and damaged 48 nearby structures in Dayton. Assistant Fire Chief Michael Caudill tell the Dayton Daily News investigators aren't sure what would have caused the gas to ignite. One possible explanation is that inexperienced metal scrappers were taking pipes out of the home. But he says that is only speculation at this point.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State officials are preparing to invest $88.5 million to upgrade and modernize trails, campgrounds and recreational facilities in Ohio's state parks over the next two years. The outlay headed to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources through the state capital budget is more than four times larger than average. Details were announced in Grand Lake St. Mary's today.

CINCINNATI (AP) - A former Ohio police captain released after nearly 15 years in prison for his ex-wife's killing can remain free as the state's highest court considers taking his case. The Ohio Supreme Court's ruling today will allow former Akron Captain Doug Prade to stay out of jail until at least the summer.

GREENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - With a contested primary election less than two weeks away, House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-ner) is making the rounds of his western Ohio district. Boehner faces an unusually crowded primary field in the 8th District he first won in 1990. Three Republicans oppose him May 6th.

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