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Firefighter crashes engine less than a week after purchase

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 07:01 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials in central Ohio are investigating why and how a firefighter caused more than a quarter million dollars damage to a new fire engine by scraping it on a billboard.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1JCH4Pi) reports a water pump, hose, roof and tools were all damaged and lights were ripped off.

The city had just bought the engine for $550,000 and it had been used less than a week.

Firefighter Brian Murphy told investigators he didn't see reflective tape or warning signs of low clearance.

University of Akron spent $111K on name-change idea

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 06:46 AM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The University of Akron spent $111,000 in grant money on consultants to rebrand the school and determine if it should change its name.

A name change was one of the ideas floated as officials discussed recently how to further differentiate the university from other institutions. But after the idea drew strong negative response from faculty, students and alumni, university president Scott Scarborough said it wouldn't happen.

Ohio zoo to add giraffe-feeding, zip lining, among others

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 06:31 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Officials from an Ohio zoo are planning to add a giraffe-feeding platform, aerial course and improvements to an event pavilion.

Officials at the Toledo Zoo tell the Toledo Blade (http://bit.ly/1HyBtr2) they will submit plans for $2.75 million in improvements to the Toledo Plan Commission.

An elevated obstacle course is being planned over the Africa! exhibit along with a zip line.

Hotel tax hike sought for sports complex near Cedar Point

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 06:16 AM

SANDSUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Backers who want to build a youth sports complex near Cedar Point amusement park are asking Ohio lawmakers to let them increase a countywide hotel tax

Erie County leaders say increasing the hotel tax by 1 percent would raise $17 million and pay for much of the youth sports complex.

Supporters say construction could start this fall on the complex that would include 10 athletic fields for traveling youth sports teams.

Cleveland brewery opens 'Beer Symposium' visitor center

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 06:11 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland brewery has opened a new visitor center to commemorate its nearly 30-year history.

The Akron-Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1c9rddu ) that Great Lakes Brewery hosted an event Thursday to celebrate the opening of its new Beer Symposium, a small visitor center located around the corner of the brewpub.

The center features a bar and exhibits that showcase the brewery's history. The exhibits will rotate with the seasons.

Attorney General studying possible medical marijuana plan

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 03:40 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is studying the plausibility of a tightly crafted medical marijuana proposal.

DeWine says it's logical as the state debates whether to legalize marijuana to explore what the alternatives are.

DeWine, a Republican who opposes legalizing recreational marijuana, says he's talked to many people around Ohio in favor of medical marijuana if they could be assured it wouldn't be abused.

Gov. Kasich rescinds union rights for Ohio care workers

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 12:46 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has rescinded a pair of directives issued by his predecessor that allowed independent home health care and child-care workers doing business with the state to unionize.

In an executive order signed Friday, Kasich says a main benefit of unionization was health insurance coverage, which is now widely available elsewhere. He's rescinding orders signed by then-Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, for home health care workers in 2007 and for child-care workers in 2008.

Audit: Staff at Cincinnati school lacked background checks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 07:37 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — An internal audit shows employees at Cincinnati's pioneering performing arts school had one-on-one access to students but didn't have valid background checks.

The audit released Thursday says 20 of 28 supplemental staff members at the School for Creative and Performing Arts didn't have background checks even though artistic director Isidore Rudnick had said they did.

Principal Steve Brokamp says some background checks were still in process in the fall, but all staff members were eventually cleared to work with students.

Amtrak tells Ohio city to continue plans for train stop

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 07:08 AM

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Amtrak says a southwest Ohio city and university should continue working on plans for a passenger train stop following an internal analysis of ridership numbers.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (http://bit.ly/1K8uPrN ) that it may make business sense to create a stop in Oxford, 25 miles north of Cincinnati. City officials are now working to identify five or six potential sites for the stop.

Army Corps begins court-ordered dredging in Cleveland Harbor

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 06:13 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says dredging in the Cleveland Harbor and the Cuyahoga River channel is underway after a federal judge sided with the state of Ohio and ordered the agency to continue with the work.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/1HmaP22 ) the dredging began Thursday. The judge last week ordered the Army Corps to continue dredging while a lawsuit is pending.

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