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Noon headlines, April 16, 2013: RTA evacuation, Medina levy, gun checks
UPDATE: RTA gets the all-clear to resume full train service

Suspicious package at RTA station, Medina school levy, Ohio and gun checks, Cavs coach


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M.L. Schultze
In The Region:
  • Cleveland RTA station evacuated after suspicious package discovered
  • Medina school board considers yanking a levy 
  • Ohio improving in gun background checks
  • Cavs coach may be done
  • Cleveland RTA station evacuated
    Cleveland RTA has resumed all train service following an all-clear by the bomb squad.  East 55th Street station was evacuated this morning and the bomb squad was called in after someone found a suspicious package. RTA originally shut down all trains east of Tower City, then reopened the lines running from 79th Street further east. Full service resumed just a few minutes ago.

    Meanwhile, organizers of both the Akron and Cleveland marathons plan to meet today to re-evaluate security for this year’s events. Anne Bitong says the Akron marathon is confident in security arrangements for the Sept. 28 event, but in light of what happened in Boston yesterday is taking a second look. Cleveland’s marathon is May 19.

    Medina school board considers yanking a levy 
    The Medina Board of Education will consider tonight whether to keep a 5.9 mill levy on the May ballot. Voting already has begun in the May 7 election. But the board has asked for public input on whether a controversy over hundreds of thousands of dollars it has paid in perks to its superintendent has poisoned the atmosphere to the point where it should be withdrawn.

    Ohio improving in gun background checks
    A Gannett news study says Ohio does a better job submitting mental health records for national background checks than a lot of other states. But it also says the data has big gaps.

    According to the Ohio attorney general’s office, Ohio sent 40,000 mental incompetency reports to the database. Neighboring Kentucky – which is the second lowest in the country -- sent just 3,224. And Indiana sent about 4,000.

    Nationally, Gannett says millions of records identifying people as mentally ill or as drug abusers are missing. The reports are supposed to keep people who can’t pass a background check from buying guns.

    Cavs coach may be done
    National sports blogs continue to report that the Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to fire head coach Byron Scott following at the end of this season. Scott has one more year on his contract. .

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