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Sinclair Community College is in the midst of a $5 million capital project to expand its unmanned aerial systems (UAS) education and testing, and in the process is helping Greater Dayton make a name for itself in the drone industry.

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Inside a nondescript Loveland building, AMP Electric Vehicles is putting the finishing touches on the electric delivery trucks it’s building for UPS.

United Parcel Service ordered 18 of them for its Houston market and AMP CEO Steve Burns is trying to convince them to buy more of the electric trucks.

The electric truck

Maybe you've seen them flying around at big events... and certainly there's been plenty of talk in the media about drones becoming more accessible to regular people.

Hamilton County Commissioners will get an update on possible concerns Monday from first responders.

Michael Hartzler is director of the Greater Cincinnati Fusion Center, an emergency response agency.

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The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is considering the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to help patrol the grounds surrounding two Warren County prisons.

In a release, the state says:

"UAS technology could add an additional layer of security to help maintain the safety of the surrounding community and the prisons by bolstering existing perimeter security, preventing and detecting attempts of contraband entering the prison, and enhancing the monitoring of inmates who are approved to work outside the secure perimeter of the prison. "

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Five years after losing DHL's domestic operations hub, the Wilmington Air Park is rebuilding itself.  The latest project involves a new 105,000 square foot aircraft maintenance hangar, capable of housing planes as big as a Boeing 747-400 or 777-300ER.

The hangar is leased by Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services (AMES), already providing maintenance, repair and overhaul services at the Wilmington Air Park. The company anticipates hiring 259 people because of the expanded hangar.

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