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Morning news headlines for April 29, 2013
Strongsville teachers heading back to the classroom; Browns owner Haslam's company set to appear in court; Chardon dispatchers honored for work during school shooting
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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  • Strongsville teachers strike is over
  • Pilot Flying J investigation heading to court for restraining order hearing
  • Dispatchers honored for work during Chardon High School shooting
  • Rewards offered for info about online threats of violence on Ohio State campus
  • New EPA report shows less greenhouse gas leaked from natural gas
  • Strongsville teachers strike is over
    Strongsville teachers will be back in their classrooms tomorrow after settling one of Northeast Ohio's longest teachers strikes in decades. The school board and the Strongsville Education Association approved a new contract over the weekend, which sets terms through June 2015 on issues such as pension benefits, pay increases and medical benefits. The schools have remained open since the teachers walked out March 4, with substitutes replacing about 400 union members. Schools are closed today to allow for the transition, but previously scheduled evening activities will go on as planned.

    Pilot Flying J investigation heading to court for restraining order hearing
    The FBI investigation into Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s truck stop business heads to court today. A judge in Knoxville will hear a motion for a restraining order filed by Georgia-based Atlantic Coast Carriers. It’s one of the smaller trucking companies that claim they were cheated out of fuel rebates from Pilot Flying J.  Atlantic Coast alleges Haslam and Pilot officials have been calling to ask the company to sign releases giving up their rights to sue.  Federal officials last week took the unusual step of unsealing an affidavit before charges were filed. It recounts internal Pilot conversations that led investigators to conclude there was a widespread scheme. Atlantic Coast has filed one of several class action lawsuits.

    Dispatchers honored for work during Chardon High School shooting
    Five law enforcement dispatchers have been honored for their work during last year’s chaotic Chardon high school shooting which left three students dead and three wounded. The dispatchers with the Chardon Police Department and the Geauga County Sheriff's Office have been honored in Sandusky for their work, receiving the annual team award from the Ohio chapters of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials and the National Emergency Number Association. One dispatcher stayed on the phone with a school administrator for more than 10 minutes, giving law enforcement a valuable minute-by-minute description of the incident. The gunman, TJ Lane is appealing his life sentence without parole.

    Rewards offered for info about online threats of violence on Ohio State campus
    Crime stopper groups are joining Ohio State University to offer an $8,000 reward for information about a series of threats on a chat site that referenced potential violence on campus. Campus police announced earlier this month they had information regarding a potential shooting or another act of violence at the school's Columbus campus. The announcements on April 3 and April 7 mentioned violence could happen at a "cafeteria" or other areas on campus that weren't specified. Police said they took the threats seriously and added extra police and security officers on campus patrolling at or near dining facilities. Ohio State pledged $5,000, Central Ohio Crime Stoppers pledged $2,000 and Campus Crime Stoppers pledged $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the people responsible for the threat.

    New EPA report shows less greenhouse gas leaked from natural gas
    A new report from the U.S. EPA has dramatically lowered estimates of how much of a potent greenhouse gas is being leaked by the natural gas industry despite rapid growth in production. The EPA now estimates that from 1990 to 2010, the U.S. natural gas industry released about 20 percent less methane into the atmosphere than previously thought, even though production increased by about 38 percent during that period. Last year, the EPA had estimated that the methane emissions were rising sharply, not declining. The EPA says it revised the data after new information showed that the industry makes more widespread use of emissions controls. Some environmental groups and scientists claim that methane leaks have been seriously underestimated.

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