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Gov. Kasich concerned about "breakdown" of Cleveland neighborhoods
Other morning headlines: Haslam, other Pilot executives ask courts to block deposition; Akron approves measures to prepare for $800 million sewer system project
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
  • Gov. Kasich concerned about “breakdown” of Cleveland neighborhoods
  • Kasich unveils Northern Ohio road projects to be built with turnpike funds  
  • Haslam, other Pilot executives, ask courts to block deposition
  • Akron approves measures to prepare for $800 million sewer system project
  • Youngstown fracking well operator appeals to keep operating
  • Lawmaker charged with fraud has no plans to resign
  • Federal judge sides with gay couple in lawsuit to recognize marriage
  • Gov. Kasich concerned about “breakdown” of Cleveland neighborhoods
    Gov. John Kasich calls the discovery of three bodies in a run-down Cleveland neighborhood "heartbreaking" and blames the situation partially on poverty that causes the breakdown of neighborhoods. Kasich was in Cleveland Monday to talk about transportation projects, but was asked by reporters about last week's discovery of the bodies wrapped in trash bags — the third major case in four years of multiple killings or abductions in poor Cleveland neighborhoods. Registered sex offender 35-year-old Michael Madison was charged Monday. Authorities say they have only identified one of the victims — Angela Deskins, who was believed to be 38 years old.

    Kasich unveils Northern Ohio road projects to be built with turnpike funds  
    More than a dozen Ohio roads and bridges are part of a $3 billion infrastructure improvement plan Gov. John Kasich announced Monday. In all, Kasich is proposing 41 projects. The 14 in northeast Ohio include rebuilding parts of I-76 and I-77 in Summit and Cuyahoga counties … building a second Inner-belt Bridge in Cleveland…and construction of Cleveland’s long-awaited Opportunity Corridor. The corridor will connect the hospitals and museums in the University Circle neighborhood with I-490 and I-77. Construction could begin next year instead of in 2027, as originally planned. Funding for all the Ohio projects will include $1 billion in recently-issued turnpike bonds. The projects must be approved by Ohio’s Transportation Review Advisory Council which is scheduled to vote on Thursday.

    Haslam, other Pilot executives ask courts to block depositions
    Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and other executives at his Pilot Flying J truck stop business say there is no reason for them to testify in a lawsuit this week. Haslam’s legal team filed a motion late Friday to quash depositions of Haslam and other executives in relation to an ongoing investigation into a fuel rebate scheme. Georgia trucking firm Atlantic Coast Carriers planned to depose the Pilot officials beginning today as part of its lawsuit. Pilot says the bid to take depotiions is “entirely premature and improper.” The motion also cited a pending settlement that would pay all trucking companies shorted rebate money the amount they're owed, plus 6 percent

    Akron approves measures to prepare for $800 million sewer system project
    Akron has approved several measures to get ready to begin an $800 million dollar sewer system repair project next month. City Council on Monday signed off on a measure that will require contractors to hire a certain percentage of city residents. Mayor Don Plusquellic won’t commit to a percentage just yet, but tells the Beacon Journal it will be higher than 20 percent and would ramp up as the massive project progresses over the next decade. Council also approved setting aside $25,000 to begin training city residents for those jobs, which includes a commercial driver’s license program.

    Youngstown fracking well operator appeals to keep operating
    A Youngstown fracking well operator is appealing an independent review board's decision to uphold a state agency's revocation of its permits. D&L Energy filed the appeal last week in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Authorities allege the company's former president Ben Lupo ordered an employee to repeatedly dump gas-drilling wastewater intended for an injection well into a storm sewer. The company has maintained that Lupo wasn't working for D&L during the alleged dumping incident and that he resigned as D&L's president and relinquished control of his ownership stake in the company after being charged. 

    Lawmaker charged with fraud has no plans to resign
    The attorney for a Republican Ohio lawmaker indicted last week in an alleged investment scheme says charges against his client are unfounded and the officeholder has no plans to resign his legislative seat. State Rep. Pete Beck, a certified public accountant from Mason, is charged with 16 felony counts and faces up to 102 years in prison. Prosecutors say the 60-year-old legislator misled investors about a company's financial status and used their money for personal gain. Beck's lawyer said in an email Monday that Beck won't heed calls by Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder and state GOP chairman Matt Borges to step down.

    Federal judge sides with gay couple in lawsuit to recognize marriage
    A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order to stop Ohio from refusing to recognize a same-sex marriage legally performed elsewhere.  John Arthur and Jim Obergefell  of southwest Ohio sued Friday to try to ensure their marriage on the tarmac of an airport in Maryland is recognized in Ohio on Arthur’s death certificate. Arthur is in the advanced stages of Lou Gehrig’s disease. In his order Monday, Judge Timothy Black said Ohio’s constitutional ban on recognizing same-sex marriages could violate the couple’s protections under the First and Fourteenth Amendments under the U.S. Constitution. The couple noted in the suit that Ohio recognizes other types of marriage performed elsewhere but not in Ohio, including marriage of cousins. The judge’s order prohibits Ohio from filing a death certificate for Arthur that does NOT list him as married. 

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