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Noon headlines, April 18, 2013: Cavs fire Scott, Portman and guns; Kasich
Cavs fire head coach; Portman on gun vote; Kasich's poll numbers; GM Cruze

Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
In The Region:
  • Cavs fire head coach Scott
  • Portman defends his gun vote
  • Ohio Gov. Kasich's poll numbers are up
  • GM Cruze retooling lags
  • Cavs fire head coach Scott
    The Cavaliers have fired head coach Byron Scott. A statement announcing the move quotes General Manager Chris Grant saying he has “a great deal of admiration” for Scott, but the team needs to perform better.

    The Cavs ended this season with a loss, and a 24-58 season.

    Scott has been head coach for three years, during which the team record is 64-166. His firing was largely expected, and the team says it is immediately beginning the search for his successor.

    Portman defends his gun vote
    Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is defending his vote against a key amendment to the gun control bill. In a statement, he said he does not believe the Manchin-Toomey amendment, which would expand gun background checks, would prevent mass shootings such as the one at Sandy Hook elementary school. Portman said he believes other steps would be more effective “without infringing on Second Amendment rights,” including increase access to mental health treatment and better enforcement of existing laws.

    Portman’s vote has already spawned one challenger in the 2016 senatorial race. Democratic state Rep. Bob Hagan of Youngstown says Portman is on the wrong side of public opinion with his vote, so he thinks his challenge can succeed.

    Ohio Gov. Kasich's poll numbers are up
    The latest Quinnipiac Poll says Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, is pretty popular these days as he gears up for a re-election bid next year. The poll  shows Kasich ahead of two possible Democratic challengers. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.

    COHEN: On the new Quinnipiac poll
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    GM Cruze retooling lags
    Retooling of GM’s Lordstown plant to make the next generation of the Chevy Cruze is running behind schedule. According to the Warren Tribune Chronicle, GM has confirmed that the schedule for the $200 million retooling has been modified.

    Today, the company is officially unveiling the first locally produced Chevy Cruze clean Turbo Diesel model, which debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. It gets about 42 mpg.


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