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Group seeks to overturn Ohio's gay-marriage ban
Other headlines: Dams in Cuyahoga Falls to come down, one in Akron gets repairs; monitors in Maumee River will test phosphorus run-off

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Jeff St. Clair
  • Republican Petro endorses gay-marriage amendment
  • Monitors test phosphorus run-off
  • Cuyahoga Falls dam is first of two to be taken down
  • Akron dam to be repaired
  • Republican Petro endorses gay-marriage amendment
    A group seeking to overturn Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage is spotlighting a prominent Republican as it continues its push toward the 2014 ballot.

    Republican Jim Petro is a former Ohio auditor, attorney general and state chancellor of higher education.

    He is scheduled to appear at a news conference today where FreedomOhio is formalizing its intent to seek an amendment next year giving same-sex couples the same legal rights as heterosexual couples.

    The group wants to overturn the state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which was supported by 62 percent of Ohio voters in 2004.

    The amendment wouldn't require churches and other religious institutions to perform or recognize a marriage. Its supporters have been gathering signatures for more than a year to get the issue before voters.

    Monitors test phosphorus run-off
    An item in the new state budget will fund testing of a major source of nutrient pollution in Lake Erie. Lawmakers set aside $600,000 to install seven monitors in the Maumee River and its tributaries to detect phosphorus pollution. Farm runoff is blamed for toxic algae blooms in western Lake Erie. 

    This year’s bloom is expected to be worse than last year, but not as bad as the record algae bloom of 2011 that covered two-thirds of the lake.

    Cuyahoga Falls dam is first of two to be taken down
    A dam on the Cuyahoga River will soon be coming down. Work is expecting to begin tomorrow to remove the dam behind the Sheraton Inn in Cuyahoga Falls. It’s the first of two dams slated for removal in the half-mile stretch of the Cuyahoga. The project is funded by the Ohio EPA in order to improve water quality and fish habitat in the river.  

    Akron dam to be repaired
    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources wants to spend $4 million to fix an aging dam in Akron that officials say is no longer safe.

    The funding vote is today to repair the the earthen dam across the Tuscarawas River in south Akron.

    The 26 feet high and 1,000 feet long dam doesn't meet safety standards and shows other deficiencies.

    The plan is to add concrete and additional soil.  

    But work won't begin until after the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament finishes next month at the nearby Firestone Country Club.

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