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Morning news headlines for April 1, 2013
Kasich to sign transportation bill in Warrensville Heights; One dead after Easter church shooting; Five NASA Glenn facilities could be expendable
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Kasich to sign transportation bill today
  • Shooting outside Ashtabula church leaves one dead
  • Audit finds five NASA Glenn facilities could be expendable
  • Group proposing Ohio drilling rules lacks Ohioans
  • Report: Nearly 670 miles of oil and gas wells drilled in Ohio last year
  • Thousands of houses vacant in Greater Cleveland
  • Gas prices lower
  • Kasich to sign transportation bill today
    Gov. John Kasich will be in Northeast Ohio today to sign a transportation bill that boosts Ohio's speed limit to 70 mph on rural interstate highways. The governor is slated to sign the bill at an event this morning in Warrensville Heights. The two-year transportation budget sets in motion a $1.5 billion Ohio Turnpike bond sale. It promises 90 percent of bond proceeds will go to northern Ohio projects. The measure also sets the maximum speed limit for interstate freeway outerbelts in urban areas at 65 mph and on freeways in congested areas at 55 mph.

    Shooting outside Ashtabula church leaves one dead
    Police in northeast Ohio are investigating a shooting outside a church that has left one man dead after an Easter service. The Plain Dealer reports the victim was church member Richard Riddle, and that the alleged assailant was his son, Reshad Riddle. WEWS reports Reshad was yelling about God and Allah after the shooting. The man was shot outside after Easter services at Hiawatha Church of God in Christ in Ashtabula. The suspect was taken into custody.  There was no immediate report of any other injuries.

    Audit finds five NASA Glenn facilities could be expendable
    A new NASA audit found five of Glenn Research Center’s facilities to be potentially expendable. The Plain Dealer reports the facilities include Glenn’s largest wind tunnel, two vacuum chambers and two test-rocket firing stands. They’re among 33 facilities across the country found to be outdated or lacking a clear purpose. Four of the facilities will remain open for now while one at the Plum Brook Station in Sandusky will be demolished by 2014. A NASA spokeswoman says there are no plans to close Glenn or any other centers.

    Group proposing Ohio drilling rules lacks Ohioans
    A Pittsburgh-based group that last week published a list of voluntary rules for shale-gas drilling didn’t include any groups from Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch reports The Center for Sustainable Shale Development released a set of 15 voluntary standards. But the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it was never consulted. Ohio Environmental Council Director Keith Dimoff says the group’s recommendations don’t address issues like disposal wells that are particular to Ohio. Ohio Oil and Gas Association Vice President Tom Stewart thinks the public will only have faith in standards set by a state agency.

    Report: nearly 670 miles of oil and gas wells drilled in Ohio last year
    A new report shows Ohio’s oil and gas industry drilled nearly 670 underground miles of wells across the state last year. The report from the Ohio Oil and Gas Association shows Carroll County saw the most activity in 2012 with more than 80 wells drilled. Stark County came in fifth place. Chesapeake Energy led the way in Utica shale drilling, with around 304 miles of new wells. EnerVest and Oxford Oil were a distant second and third.

    Thousands of houses vacant in Greater Cleveland
    More than 17,000 houses in the Cleveland area believed to be standing vacant, most lost to foreclosure. That's the assessment of The Plain Dealer, which analyzed the numbers in Cuyahoga County and parts of Summit and Medina counties. The review found that virtually every community in Cuyahoga County has been harmed by derelict properties, including the area's most affluent suburbs. The hardest hit includes Maple Heights, Euclid, Garfield Heights and Warrensville Heights. On some streets in Cleveland, the number of homes lost to foreclosure and abandonment outnumber those still occupied. County land bank officials expect to demolish about 1,000 homes this year. That's on top of a similar number of demolitions by the city of Cleveland.

    Gas prices lower
    Motorists are seeing lower gas prices than a week ago. A gallon of regular is on average $3.56 in today's AAA survey. That's 14 cents less than last Monday's average of $3.70. The national average for regular gas is about $3.63 per gallon, down about four cents from a week ago. The Ohio average is 21 cents lower than at the same time last month, and 28 cents lower than the same time in 2012.

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