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Morning headlines: Inspectors looking into Timken accident that killed two
Also: Obama sends off Ohio State grads
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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  • Obama tells OSU grads to be active citizens in commencement speech
  • Safety inspectors will look into Timken plant accident
  • Columbus spending $10 million to fight Emerald Ash Borer
  • Gas prices up
  • Coshocton woman dies after being attacked by dog
  • Committee ready to hear ideas for Statehouse holocaust memorial
  • Obama tells OSU grads to be active citizens in commencement speech
    President Barack Obama has urged graduating Ohio State University students to be active citizens, to fight for causes they believe in, and to be better than generations before them. Obama spoke to thousands of graduates and audience members who had stood in long lines wrapping around Ohio Stadium Sunday. They passed through metal detectors and bag checks amid security heightened because of the president's visit and increased caution after the Boston Marathon explosions. Obama's commencement address marks the Democrat's fifth trip to Ohio State since the start of 2012. He kicked off his re-election campaign there a year ago. He carried the battleground state twice. The university said he would be the third sitting president to deliver its commencement address. The others were Presidents George W. Bush in 2002 and Gerald Ford in 1974.

    Safety inspectors will look into Timken plant accident
    Authorities say federal workplace safety inspectors will investigate an accident at the Timken plant that killed two workers. The two men, Brian Black and Mark Tovissi, were killed Saturday while working for Beaver Excavating at the Timken Company’s Faircrest Steel plant near Canton. The Canton Repository reports that they were dead at the scene after a crane boom fell on them. It’s not known why the crane fell.  Timken says construction work was suspended, and the company suspended its steel-making operations at the plant throughout the weekend. The company says the accident has been reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

    Columbus spending $10 million to fight Emerald Ash Borer
    Ohio's capital city is in a costly, multi-year battle against a tree-killing beetle. Columbus is spending $10 million to remove most of an estimated 30,000 ash trees and replace them with other species. The Columbus Dispatch reports many of the ashes line streets in public rights of way. The city forester says $1.5 million will be spent this year on removing trees, with two full-time city crews focused on chopping and chipping ash trees. The city has removed some 8,600 so far.

    Gas prices up
    Ohio drivers are paying more for gas this week. A gallon of regular gas in Ohio is listed at an average of about $3.68 in today’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That's 12 cents lower than last Monday's average of $3.56. Experts say a better-than-expected jobs report last week and other factors pointed to growth, which pushed oil prices higher. The Ohio price this week is 16 cents higher than the national average. The state average is a dime higher than this time last month — but a dime lower than at the same time in 2012. The lowest average price in the state today is about $3.63 in the Akron and Canton areas.

    Coshocton woman dies after being attacked by dog
    Authorities say an Ohio woman has died from injuries suffered last week when the family dog attacked her. Authorities say 35-year-old Rachael Honabarger of Coshocton died Saturday at a Columbus hospital. Coshocton's dog warden says Honabarger was attacked Tuesday by the family's 100-pound, 3-year-old German shepherd.

    Committee ready to hear ideas for Statehouse holocaust memorial
    The committee choosing the artist to create a Holocaust memorial on the Ohio Statehouse grounds is ready to hear the three semifinalists' plans. The panel is scheduled to meet Monday with the designers. They are Ann Hamilton of Columbus and two others, one from New York and a Spanish artist with representation in Chicago. The selection panel includes representatives from government, the arts and the Jewish community. Private donations will fund the $2 million project pushed by Gov. John Kasich. It's expected to be the first Holocaust memorial at any statehouse in the nation.

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