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Noon news headlines for March 18, 2013
Officials seek cause of Minerva oil tank explosion; Environmentalists ask US EPA to audit Ohio deep-well injection policies; Josh Cribbs tries out with Cardinals

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  • Officials seek cause of Minerva oil tank explosion
  • Environmentalists ask US EPA to audit Ohio deep-well injection policies
  • Josh Cribbs tries out with Cardinals
  • Toledo man killed in police shoot-out
  • Oberlin dean named Kenyon president 
  • Winter storm ices Northeast Ohio
  • Officials seek cause of Minerva oil tank explosion
    State EPA investigators, along with local safety officials are seeking a cause today for the second explosion of an oil and gas storage unit in Northeast Ohio in the past three days.  The blast occurred last night in a residential neighborhood near Minerva in Columbiana County.  No one was hurt in the explosion.  The oil tank is owned by Atlas gas. An oil storage tank owned by Dominion exploded Friday near Doylestown.  No cause has been determined yet for that explosion.

    Environmentalists ask US EPA to audit Ohio deep-well injection policies
    A coalition of environmental and community groups is asking the federal government to consider suspending Ohio’s authority to oversee the deep injection of chemically-laced wastewater from oil and gas drilling. The Center for Health, Environment & Justice and other groups today are asking the U.S. EPA to investigate Ohio’s regulatory program of deep injection wells, operated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The call follows indictments last month of a northeast Ohio waste-hauler and his employee charged with illegally dumping oil and gas wastes into a tributary of the Mahoning River.  The two pleaded not guilty Friday. A series of earthquakes around Youngstown prompted a moratorium on new injection wells in early 2012. The state resumed issuing injection permits last November after imposing new testing, reporting and tracking requirements.

    Toledo man killed in police shoot-out
    A man from the Toledo area was shot and killed late Sunday night in a shootout with police in suburban Cleveland. Authorities say 22-year-oild Kevin Bailey of Sylvania Township fled a police stop in Solon, crashed and then fired on approaching officers. The officers returned fire. It wasn't clear why the man fled officers.

    Josh Cribbs tries out with Cardinals 
    Browns receiver Josh Cribbs could become a Cardinal as soon as today. After 8 years with the Browns, the Kent State standout, and three-time Pro Bowler is ready to fly the coop to join Arizona.  The 29 year-old free agent says he wanted to finish his career in Cleveland, but apparently the new Browns management are not offering what he wants to resign him.

    Oberlin dean named Kenyon president 
    A dean at Oberlin College has been named the next president of Kenyon College.  Kenyon's board of trustees voted unanimously on Sunday to hire Sean Decatur. The 44-year-old has served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oberlin College since 2008. Decatur will start work on July 1 at Kenyon College, 50 miles northeast of Columbus.

    Winter storm ices Northeast Ohio 
    A winter storm warning remains in effect for Portage, Trumbull and  Mahoning counties until 4 this afternoon. The National Weather Service warns of icing on roads and other surfaces.  Freezing rain is adding up to a quarter inch of ice as temperatures hover just below the freezing mark.

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