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The Interior Department has grounded its fleet of more than 800 drones, citing potential cybersecurity risks and the need to support U.S. drone production – suggesting the move is aimed at least in part at China, a leading drone producer.

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed an order on Wednesday grounding the drones, formalizing a "pause" he ordered nearly three months ago.

Columbus police have filed misdemeanor charges against a man who allegedly flew a drone near a police helicopter in July, forcing the chopper to make an emergency landing. 

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating an incident between a Columbus Police helicopter and a drone.  

Drones have become an increasingly popular tool for industry and government.

Electric utilities use them to inspect transmission lines. Oil companies fly them over pipelines. The Interior Department even deployed them to track lava flows at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano.

But the Department of Homeland Security is warning that drones manufactured by Chinese companies could pose security risks, including that the data they gather could be stolen.

Package delivery by drone is one small step closer to reality today.

Federal regulators announced plans Monday to change rules to allow drone operators to fly their unmanned aerial vehicles over populated areas and at night, without having to get special permits.

Many drone operators and enthusiasts complain that federal regulations haven't kept pace with the technology, arguing that prohibitions on flying drones over people and at night are out of date.

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to launch a study of drones as a way to monitor traffic. 

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A bill under consideration at the Statehouse would restrict the way police agencies could use drones.

  Drones are on the gift lists of many this holiday season. Forbes magazine says the commercial drone market will generate more than a billion dollars in the U.S. this year, while the FAA predicts one million Americans will purchase them. 

Sinclair, OSU Teaming Up On Drone Technology

Jul 8, 2014

Sinclair Community College in Dayton is joining forces with Ohio State University's engineering school to research and develop new drone technologies.

Increased Use Of Drones Prompts Concerns Over Regulation

Apr 17, 2014

As businesses consider new ways to commercialize drones, individuals also are toying with them more.

Governor Names Leader Of Drone Effort

Aug 15, 2013

The Springfield center leading Ohio's joint venture with Indiana to develop the region's drone aircraft industry has its first director.

Ohio, Indiana Want To Test Drones

May 9, 2013

All 11 members of the Indiana congressional delegation have co-signed a letter to federal officials supporting an Ohio-Indiana bid for one of six drone aircraft test sites.