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Ariel Castro's brothers speak out
Other Monday morning headlines: Many Ohio university presidents earn above national median salary; Ohio's horse racing industry is showing signs of rebounding
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Amanda Rabinowitz
 
  • Ariel Castro's brothers speak out
  • Ohio university presidents earn above national median salary
  • Ohio's horse racing industry is showing signs of rebounding 
  • Lake Erie harbor affected by Superstorm Sandy to be dredged 
  • Two NW Ohio schools save, learn with wind power  
  • NASA selects Dayton nonprofit to manage drone contest 
  • Reported sightings of endangered black bear rises in Ohio
  • Freed Cleveland women issue statement; Castro brothers speak out 
    Three women who emerged from a Cleveland house after a decade in captivity say they are happy to be home. An attorney for the women said Sunday morning that the three are extremely grateful for the support of family, law enforcement and the community. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight remain in seclusion and released a statement asking for privacy as they reconnect with their families. Knight was the last of the three released from the hospital. She says she is healthy, happy and safe. Ariel Castro, accused of holding the women captive, is jailed on $8 million bond. 

    On Sunday, Ariel Castro’s two brothers, initially arrested along with Castro for the kidnappings, spoke publicly for the first time. Pedro and Onil Castro were released last week after appearing in court on unrelated misdemeanor charges after authorities said they had nothing to do with the disappearance and captivity of the women. In an interview with CNN’s Martin Savidge, Onil Castro says he fears society will always think he knew of or had something to do with the women’s kidnappings.

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    Many Ohio university presidents earn above national median salary

    Ohio State University President Gordon Gee has the highest base salary among public college presidents in the country, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual rankings. Gee’s base salary of $830,000 is more than double the median base salary of college presidents. He received a total of $1.9-million in 2011-12, making him the third-highest-paid public-college president in the nation. Eight of the 10 public university presidents in Ohio included in the survey earned more than $500,000 in total compensation, including $630,000 for Cleveland State University President Ronald Berkman, nearly $635,000 for Kent State University President Lester Lefton and $522,000 for University of Akron President Luis Proenza. Topping the list was ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier. He shot to the No. 1 spot when he was forced out in November 2011 over his handling of the sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

    Ohio's horse racing industry is showing signs of rebounding 
    Ohio's horse racing industry is showing signs of rebounding. The chairman of the Ohio State Racing Commission tells The Dayton Daily News that the state is seeing growth in standard-bred horse breeding after years of decline. It’s mostly attributed to new gambling rules that are allowing tracks to add slots-like gambling. Some tracks, including Thistledown, are renovating to add the video terminal games while others are building new entirely tracks. The United States Trotting Association says the number of standardbred mares bred to Ohio stallions in 2012 more than doubled 

    Lake Erie harbor affected by Superstorm Sandy to be dredged 
    Plans are being made to dredge a Lake Erie harbor that took on tons of silt during Superstorm Sandy last year. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says dredging at Vermilion Harbor will take about a month. Low water levels in recent years and the effects of Sandy last October have added up to trouble for boaters at the harbor west of Cleveland. The harbor master in Vermilion says more boats have gotten stuck there in the last two years than the past 25.

    NASA selects Dayton nonprofit to manage drone contest 
    NASA has selected an Ohio nonprofit organization to manage a contest aimed at helping unmanned aerial vehicles fly safely in civilian airspace. NASA says it’s picked Development Projects Inc. in Dayton to run the competition involving the vehicles commonly referred to as drones. The Dayton Daily News reports the contest is expected to draw competing teams from across the country to fly robotic aircraft in restricted airspace above the Camp Atterbury military operating range in southern Indiana. The program executive of the NASA Centennial Challenges Program in Washington says the first stage of the competition to start next year will test the unmanned vehicles' capabilities to avoid aircraft broadcasting their location and direction.

    Two NW Ohio schools save, learn with wind power  
    Two northwest Ohio school districts say wind power is reducing their electricity bills and adding new learning tools for math and science classes. The Blade newspaper reports that the Archbold and Pettisville school districts west of Toledo recently celebrated completion and operation of 750-kilowatt wind turbines. The Pettisville district is trying to meet most of its K-12 school complex energy needs through the turbine, solar panels, and geothermal heating and cooling. Archbold's superintendent says his district's turbine is expected to provide about 64 percent and possibly up to 74 percent of the electricity its high school and elementary school need. The turbine already has cut the district's power bill by about $9,000 a month.

    Reported sightings of the endangered black bear rose in Ohio last year 
    Reported sightings of the endangered black bear rose in Ohio last year. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources received 224 sighting reports involving an estimated 93 black bears last year. That's up from 152 sighting reports the year before. Sightings were confirmed in 21 counties, mostly in northeast Ohio. Brown County in southwest Ohio had its first reported sighting in 2012. Black bears are on Ohio's endangered species list and protected under state law.

     

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