Taft Orders Heightened Security

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - On Tuesday, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft ordered state police and the Ohio National Guard to take extra precautions following new terrorist threats.

The order came as President Bush raised the nation's terror alert warning to its second highest level one day before Wednesday's Sept. 11 anniversary of the Attacks on America.

State police increased patrols around the outerbelts of Ohio's major cities and opened all truck weigh stations for 24-hour-a-day inspections.

Taft placed the Ohio National Guard on heightened alert and ordered health, environmental and emergency management officials to open the state's emergency operations office.

Taft spokesman Joe Andrews said that people should be more alert on Wednesday during Sept. 11 ceremonies.

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