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Noon news headlines for March 27, 2013
Petition calls for firing of Steubenville coach; Great Lakes governors meeting; Ohio ranks 33rd in freedom

  • Petition calls for firing of Steubenville coach
  • Great Lakes governors meeting
  • Ohio ranks 33rd in freedom
  • Petition calls for firing of Steubenville coach
    An online petition is calling for the firing of Steubenville High School football coach Reno Saccoccia. The move comes after two of his former players were convicted of raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl.
    The petition, started last week at, currently has more than 62-thousand supporters, and is addressed to school officials. It charges the coach with indicating he would use his influence in the town to keep players out of trouble.
    A rival petition in support of Coach Saccoccia started two days ago and has just over 500 signatures. He’s been head coach in Steubenville since 1983, compiling a record of 311-56 with three state titles. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will determine next month if more charges should be filed.

    Great Lakes governors meeting
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says a meeting of Great Lakes governors and premiers planned for later this year is "way overdue."
    Snyder in January joined Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as co-chair of the Council of Great Lakes Governors.
    The Republican says he's looking forward to meeting with Quinn and the governors of the other six Great Lakes states as well as the premiers of Ontario and Quebec to discuss issues related to the lakes.
    Among them, Snyder says, is the threat of the Asian carp, water levels and ballast water.

    Ohio ranks 33rd in freedom
    A new report from researchers at George Mason University looked at more than 200 measures of economic and personal freedom, plus fiscal and regulatory policy.
    The study notes that Ohio has improved in the rankings since 2009, but taxes are still above average, while government spending and debt are below average.
    North and South Dakota topped the poll, while New York and California came in last.

    Convention Center opening early and under budget
    Cleveland city officials say the new $465 million convention center is going to open early. The Plain Dealer reports that the downtown convention center is now scheduled to be completed June 1 and will open soon afterward. It was initially scheduled to open July 19.
    Planners say the project will come in under budget, too. Taxpayers are financing the project with a quarter-cent sales tax imposed in 2007, plus a 1 percent tax on hotel rooms tacked on in 2010.
    The convention center and related development, along with a new casino and aquarium, contributed to Forbes magazine this week recognizing Cleveland as having one of the nation's emerging downtowns.

    Browns broadcasts moving
    The Browns are off this week, but when they return in the fall you can hear their games on 92.3 The Fan and ESPN radio AM 850. Longtime announcers Jim Donovan and Doug Dieken will remain with the broadcasts. The games had been broadcast by WMMS and WTAM since the team returned in 1999.
    Listener Comments:

    Good riddance. The "Cleveland" Brown are nothing more. Than a business, and the largest tax-sucking welfare leeches next to the Indians.
    Bill Jacobs, bild your own stadium next time!!
    You are nothing more than a mooch.

    Posted by: Mike (Akron) on March 28, 2013 1:03AM
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