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Death row inmate hangs self in cell
Other headlines: ATEX Express pipeline underway in SW Ohio; Accident snarls Monday morning traffic
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  • ATEX Express pipeline underway in SW Ohio
  • Accident snarls Monday morning traffic
  • Gasoline prices inch up in Ohio
  • West Nile pockets found in Ohio
  • Security tight at Hall of Fame game
  • Knight Foundation funds Akron Art Museum exhibits
  • Bridgestone Invitational to stay in Akron until 2018
  • Indians face first place Detroit

  • Death row inmate hangs self in cell
    An autopsy is expected to be performed today for a condemned Ohio killer found hanged in his death row cell three days before his execution.

    44-year-old Billy Slagle was declared dead at about 6 a.m. Sunday at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution.

    He was sentenced to die for fatally stabling neighbor Mari Anne Pope in 1987 during a Cleveland burglary.

    An attorney for Slagle says the defense had hoped to stop his Wednesday execution and had no warning that Slagle might commit suicide.

    Mike Ratliff, chief investigator for the Ross County coroner, said the case was under investigation and no initial findings could be provided.


    ATEX Express pipeline underway in SW Ohio
    Work on an underground pipeline to transport liquid petroleum products across Ohio has begun in the eastern part of the state.

    The pipeline will connect to existing lines between Pennsylvania and Texas, crossing at least 13 counties in Ohio.

    The 1,200-mile Appalachia-to-Texas Express or ATEX pipeline is a project of Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners.

    Company officials say the pipeline will bring about 4,000 construction and full-time jobs to the region.

    The Zanesville Times Recorder reports some Muskingum County residents have opposed the pipeline, saying it will tear up the county.

    But one area farmer has leased some of his property for a staging area for the project. He says the company has promised to restore his land after construction is completed.

    Accident snarls Monday morning traffic
    Traffic is easing after an accident closed part of I-77 earlier this morning.

    The two right lanes of I-77 Northbound were closed at Grant Ave for clean-up of a flipped semi, with traffic crawling along in the left lane only.

    Both lanes of 480 were backed-up on either side of the I-77 merger, and I-71 North slowed as motorists sought alternate routes.


    Gasoline prices inch up in Ohio
    Gas prices in Ohio are higher to start the work week, but the state's motorists are still paying less than the national average.

    The state average for a gallon of regular is $3.56 in today's AAA survey. That's 12 cents higher than last week and 31 cents lower than a year ago.

    Oil traded up today after a disappointing U.S. jobs report made it more likely the Federal Reserve will continue its stimulus program beyond September.


    West Nile pockets found in Ohio
    A pool of mosquitoes has tested positive for the West Nile virus in southwest Ohio for the first time this season.

    Montgomery County’s Public Health official plan to treat the area with insecticide.

    Franklin County also had a mosquito pool test positive this summer in the Columbus area.

    There were 121 reported cases of West Nile virus in Ohio last year, including seven deaths.

    State health officials say no human cases have been reported so far this year in Ohio.

    West Nile virus can cause a range of symptoms, from a mild fever to convulsions and paralysis in severe cases.


    Security tight at Hall of Fame game
    The NFL's new policy banning bags that are not clear and that are larger than a gallon ziploc bag seems to have worked well Sunday at the Hall of Fame game.

    There were no lines at the secondary perimeter checkpoints as security members ensured fans did not enter Fawcett Stadium with banned items such as backpacks, coolers, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags.

    The only bags that can be taken into game venues are clear plastic that don't exceed 12 inches by 6 inches, including one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags.

    In general, fans approved of the new procedures and said they were aware of the new rules.

    Dallas beat Miami 24-20 in the Hall of Fame exhibition game.


    Knight Foundation funds Akron Art Museum exhibits
    A foundation with ties to northeast Ohio will finance six exhibits over the next three years to attract more art museum visitors.

    The $750,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation was awarded last week to the Akron Art Museum.

    The foundation backs programs in communities where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers, including Akron.

    The first exhibit financed with the grant was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and runs through Nov. 3 in Akron. It includes works by 20th century American artists including Edward Hopper.

    The foundation says the Akron exhibits will be accompanied by programming aimed at drawing new audiences into the museum. Community members will be invited to develop museum events and tours.


    Bridgestone Invitational to stay in Akron until 2018
    Tiger Woods finished with an even-par 70 yesterday to coast to a seven-shot victory for his eighth win at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron.

    The PGA has reached an agreement with Bridgestone to keep the tournament at Firestone Country Club for four more years.

    The Bridgestone Invitational will now continue in Akron through 2018. 

    The schedule will remain the same except for 2016 when golf becomes part of the Olympics.

    Northeast Ohio is getting a big economic boost out of the Bridgestone Invitational.

    The tournament attracts 80,000 fans, with an estimated impact of $21 million to the regional economy.


    Indians face first place Detroit
    The Indians won for the 10th time in 11 games, beating the Marlins 2-0 yesterday.  Cleveland took the series in Miami.

    The Tribe tops the American League in shutouts with 15  -  the most by the Indians since they had 17 in 1976. 

    The Indians begin a four-game series at home tonight against first place Detroit.

    Listener Comments:

    Can we stop using the term "commit suicide". You commit a sin. You commit a crime. Suicide is not a crime. Suicide is not a sin. You don't commit drowning. You don't commit cancer. If society wants to address diseases of the brain (aside from the obligatory lip service rendered following every mass shooting to divert attention from the pertinent issues) it should start by changing the language it uses to describe terminal cases.


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