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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haven't kept pace with the technology, arguing that prohibitions on flying drones over people and at night are out of date.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 state crime lab is offering to use its drones to take aerial photos of Ohio schools that could help police respond to an active shooter or another emergency.  

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.

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A new state advisory group on drones will create a policy that law enforcement agencies may use as a model when setting up their own policies.

Dayton Company Gets Federal Drone Use Waiver

Dec 11, 2014
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The Federal Aviation Administration has granted a Dayton company an exception to the current ban on drones not for government or recreational use.

Ohio College To Build Indoor Drone Test Lab

Nov 27, 2014

Officials at Sinclair Community College in Dayton plan to build an indoor flying pavilion that will be used by students to fly and test drones.

Ohio's prisons agency says it will study three types of drones as it weighs whether to use the devices to keep an eye on inmates in two prisons. 

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.

Local High School Teaching Use Of Drones

Mar 18, 2014

A Springfield high school is using a course involving drone simulations to spark students' interest in technology careers.

Some Schools Preparing Programs To Teach Drone Technology

Dec 24, 2013

Some Ohio schools are preparing students for a boom in the drone industry with the federal government expected to allow civilian unmanned aircraft to fly in U.S. airspace.