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Headline News for Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Air traffic controllers suspended, University of Akron student found dead, Architect pulls out of Cincinnati casino project

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  • A Northeast Ohio air traffic controller and a manager have been suspended for watching a movie on the job
  • University of Akron student Meshari Alusurhi of Saudi Arabia was found dead in the West Branch State Park reservoir Monday afternoon
  • The architect for the Cincinnati project has announced it’s pulling out, saying it would be unable to meet Rock Gaming’s time schedule for opening next year
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A Northeast Ohio air traffic controller and a manager have been suspended for watching a movie on the job. Sound from the movie accidentally went over the radio for about three minutes from the Air Traffic Control Center in Oberlin. It’s one of the busiest centers in the country, controls airspace over parts of seven states and a small portion of Canada and handles traffic flows to some of the busiest airports in the country including Detroit and Chicago.  A military aircraft pilot heard the movie sound and notified the FAA.  


Cleveland State University has asked the House Finance and Appropriations Committee to re-consider tuition caps in the governor’s budget. Gov. Kasich wants state colleges and universities to hold tuition increases to 3.5 percent for each year of the 2-year budget, for a total of 7 percent. But Cleveland State wants to be able to divide that 7 percent each year as the colleges see fit. Akron State Rep. Lynn Slaby says most of Ohio’s public universities would also like to have greater flexibility in the cap. The House is set to begin considering amendments to the budget proposal when it returns from spring break.


University of Akron student Meshari Alusurhi of Saudi Arabia was found dead in the West Branch State Park reservoir Monday afternoon. Strong winds had capsized the small boat he was in Sunday evening. The owner of the boat, George Raresheid of northern Stark County was found clinging to a log and was pronounced dead early Monday morning. His 13-year-old son also had been in the boat when it tipped and swam to shore and ran half a mile to flag down help. He was treated for hypothermia. Water temperatures were as low as 47 degrees. None of the victims was wearing a life jacket.


General Motors says it will raise prices by an average of $123 per vehicle to make up for higher oil and metal costs. The company says the increase will go into effect in the U.S. starting May 2. Spokesman Tom Henderson says the increase affects nearly all Buick, Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac models. Henderson says oil prices played a big role in the increase, as did steel and other metal costs. Oil prices affect the cost of plastic parts and tires.


Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert’s casino projects have hit another snag. Gilbert’s Rock Gaming is building two of the state’s four casinos - in Cleveland and Cincinnati. The architect for the Cincinnati project has announced it’s pulling out, saying it would be unable to meet Rock Gaming’s time schedule for opening next year. Rock Gaming said last week that critical steel orders will be delayed while Governor Kasich mulls over how much money casino developers will be required to pay the state. Kasich says taxpayers got a bad deal in the constitutional amendment voters passed in 2009, and has hired two consultants on the gambling industry. Casino operators say delays in getting state licenses will jeopardize construction schedules and thousands of jobs.


A Mansfield company that makes exhaust systems and other parts for Honda vehicles is laying off about 130 full-time employees. The workers were laid off Monday by Newman Technology in response to Honda’s slowing production after the massive earthquake in Japan damaged factories there last month. The damage has interrupted the supply chain for some automakers.  Before the cuts, Newman had employed about 700 people.


Police in suburban Cleveland say three young men are in custody after the search for a missing man led to discovery of a body in the trunk of his car. Willoughby Hills police say the car was found near an apartment complex and the body inside matched a description of the man, who had not been seen since April 10.


Federal, state and local officials helped Goodyear turn ceremonial dirt Monday for its new global headquarters in Akron. Industrial Realty Group will build the seven-story complex, which will then be leased to Goodyear at least through 2038. The headquarters is to be complete in early 2013. The project was announced more than three years ago, but the crumbling economy delayed financing.


Pinch-hitter Shelley Duncan's RBI double sparked a four-run 10th inning and the Indians widened their AL Central lead Monday night with a 7-3 victory over the second-place Kansas City Royals. The Indians are now 12-4 and have won their fourth in a row. 

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