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FirstEnergy prepares to demolish power plant in Cleveland

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 05:08 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — FirstEnergy is preparing to demolish its century-old power plant in Cleveland.

The Plain Dealer reports (http://bit.ly/1X2xP0Z ) the company shut down the last of its Lake Shore power plant's coal-fired boilers in April. That was three years after the company announced it would close its Lake Erie plants rather than spend millions of dollars upgrading pollution control equipment for their coal-burning boilers.

The company has also shut down its boilers at Ashtabula, Eastlake and Oregon, Ohio.


Police: Minor injuries in Ohio building's partial collapse

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 02:31 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say part of a two-story building collapsed the central Ohio village of West Jefferson, sending at least one person to the hospital with minor injuries.

A dispatcher with the West Jefferson police says three people were reportedly in the building when part of it collapsed around 6:30 a.m. Sunday. The dispatcher says at least one was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries and later released.

The building has businesses on the ground level and apartments on the second floor.


University of Toledo approves partnership with health system

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 12:34 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The University of Toledo has entered into a 50-year agreement that will link its medical college with a nonprofit health system and generate millions of dollars for the school.

The university's board recently authorized the school's affiliation with ProMedica.

The health system will create an academic medical center at ProMedica Toledo Hospital and Toledo Children's Hospital, where university medical students and residents will receive training.


Ex-Dayton mayor named to Democratic National Committee role

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 12:12 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former Dayton mayor and ex-legislator in Ohio will serve in a position at the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in Minneapolis.

Rhine McLin has been named the Midwest vice chairwoman of the Association of State Democratic Chairs for the meeting.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1PWOmPa) that McLin's new role underscores the importance of Ohio for Democrats across the country.


Judge tosses most of challenge to use of Ohio Turnpike money

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 11:43 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out most of the lawsuit challenging Ohio Gov. John Kasich and the Legislature's 2013 decision to use $930 million of Ohio Turnpike tolls to fund non-turnpike highway and construction projects.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/1Vb3Dih ) that U.S. District Judge Dan Polster's ruling says Ohio Turnpike Commission money benefits turnpike users, even if it's not used for turnpike maintenance.


Report: Man on bicycle suspected in fatal shooting

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 09:57 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a man riding a bicycle is suspected of fatally shooting another man in an armed robbery attempt in Cleveland.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1hMIInz ) reports that the bicyclist is accused of killing a man who was walking with another man early Saturday in Cleveland. Police say the suspect apparently rode up behind the two pedestrians, pointed a gun at them and tried to rob them.


University of Akron considering building new main entrance

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 09:45 AM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The University of Akron is thinking about creating a new main entrance that would go through some of the sports fields on campus.

A school spokesman says discussions about the project are very preliminary.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1LBQr1e ) that artists' renderings show the campus track and its baseball field being replaced with green space and one or two football fields.

The school has been discussing more than $11 million worth of campus improvements for several months.


Navy veteran to address Ohio women veterans conference

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 09:37 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A U.S. Navy combat veteran will give the keynote speech at Ohio's conference for women veterans to be held in Columbus.

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services says veteran Amanda Wirtz will address the conference at the Hilton Columbus at Easton on Sept. 12. She will share her story of overcoming significant health challenges.


Work to begin on restoring marsh east of Cleveland

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 07:35 AM

MENTOR, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's first state nature preserve is set to get a makeover.

Work soon will begin on restoring the 690-acre Mentor Marsh ear of Cleveland.

The project funded through the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will work to remove of non-native plants that have taken over the marsh.


Southwest Ohio county installs new 4-arrow traffic light

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 06:40 AM

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio county has its first four-signal traffic light that features a flashing yellow arrow for left hand turns.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (http://bit.ly/1MLigWw ) reports Butler County's first left-turn signals with four-arrow displays are now operational.


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