Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio is asking that the site of the 1970 Kent State University shootings be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
A state panel on Friday formally nominated 17 acres of the Kent State campus where Ohio National Guard members opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War.
Four students at the northeast Ohio school were killed and nine were wounded.
State historians say the area where the shootings occurred has national significance and should be preserved.
Ohio's recommendation goes to the National Park Service for review and a final decision on whether the Kent State site is put on the historic places register.
Ohio historical society spokeswoman Kim Schuette says that process is expected to take 90 days.
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