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Jobless numbers improve in most of Northeast Ohio
Other headlines: Environmental groups protest ouster of waterways watchdog; Cargill’s Cleveland salt mine closed over safety concerns;
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Environmental groups protest ouster of waterways watchdog
  • Cargill’s Cleveland salt mine closed over safety concerns
  • GrafTech set to open new Medina factory
  • Copper thefts cause Parma evacuations
  • Former nurse to be sentenced in murder-for-hire plot
  • Former treasurer Boyce distances himself from indicted deputy
  • Motorists dodge body on I-71 
  • Cedar Point cancels after Akron gay couple enters wedding contest
  • Indians triumph in 14 inning marathon
  • Jobless numbers improve in most of Northeast Ohio
    Although the state average was flat, jobless rates fell in 68 of Ohio’s 88 counties in July, according to state figures released Tuesday. 

    Summit County’s jobless rate dropped slightly to 6.9 percent , down from 7.1 percent in June.

    The number of people with jobs in Summit County is the highest since before the recession.

    The unemployment rate in Cuyahoga County fell to 7.5 percent in July from 8 percent in June.

    Stark County’s unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent last month

    The unemployment rate in Youngstown rose by nearly half a point to 11 percent.


    Environmental groups protest ouster of waterways watchdog
    Ohio environmental groups are calling for Governor John Kasich to reverse a decision to oust the EPA’s  head of surface water protection.

    George Elmaraghy announced Monday that Kasich and EPA chief Scott Nally had asked him to resign after 8 years heading the division.

    In the email he sent to his staff, Elmaraghy shared his concerns that “considerable pressure” from coal companies for permits “that may have a negative impact on Ohio’s streams and wetlands and violate state and federal laws.”

    The Ohio Sierra Club, Ohio Environmental Council and other groups say Elmaraghy should stay on the job as waterways watchdog.

    The Ohio EPA says the permit process for impacting surface waters is fair and thorough.


    Cargill’s Cleveland salt mine closed over safety concerns
    One of the world’s largest salt mines has been closed due to safety concerns. 

    The Cargill mine in downtown Cleveland dives 1,800 feet under Lake Erie.  The mine produces road salt.

    Mine owners announced this week that operations are suspended after a routine study showed slight movement in an older area of the mine.

    WKYC –TV reports Cargill is not saying how long the closure will last.


    GrafTech set to open new Medina factory
    A Cleveland-based company that specializes in products for the steel industry is expanding operations catering to the high-tech sector.

    GrafTech International is opening a new production facility Friday in Medina County that will make graphite films that drain heat from mobile phones and other electronic devices.

    The new facility will take over production from the company’s 127 year-old facotry in Lakewood.


    Copper thefts cause Parma evacuations
    Police are investigating a copper theft that forced the evacuation of more than two dozen homes in Parma.

    Thieves stole copper pipes from an abandoned home which then leaked natural gas into the neighborhood.

    Residents in 26 homes evacuated yesterday are back after firefighters cleared the gas filled house.


    Former nurse to be sentenced in murder-for-hire plot
    A former Cleveland Clinic nurse who pleaded guilty in a murder-for-hire plot involving a patient is set to be sentenced.

    Andrew Martin faces seven to nine years in prison when he's sentenced today in federal court.

    Martin pleaded guilty back in April.

    Authorities say he offered $10,000 to an ER patient to kill a woman in a dispute over ownership of her deceased brother's home.

    The intended victim wasn't harmed.


    Former treasurer Boyce distances himself from indicted deputy
    Ohio's ex-treasurer says he's shocked by the indictment of his former staffer in an alleged bribery scheme while in office.

    Democrat Kevin Boyce lost his 2010 bid to keep the treasurer's office. He currently serves in the Ohio House of Representatives.

    Amer Ahmad was Boyce's top deputy when he was treasurer and later Chicago's comptroller.

    Prosecutors allege Ahmad and others conspired to use Ahmad's position in Ohio to enrich themselves and their businesses by securing lucrative state business between 2009 and 2011. The 38-year-old Ahmad has pleaded not guilty to all charges, including money laundering, wire fraud and bribery.

    Boyce said in a written statement Tuesday that any wrongdoing should be fully prosecuted.

    Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges had called on Boyce to say if he had a role.


    Motorists dodge body on I-71
    Police say a body found on a highway led officers to close several miles of a major interstate artery in Ohio's capital city during the morning commute.

    Columbus police blocked northbound I-71 north of downtown after a driver reported the body early this morning.

    In a disturbing dispatch police say a number of drivers thought they might have hit the body.

    No further details about the person or the cause of death have been released.


    Cedar Point cancels event after Akron gay couple enters wedding contest
    An Ohio amusement park is canceling a wedding contest after a gay couple organized a protest against it.

    Cedar Point amusement park initially limited the contest to heterosexual couples because it said Ohio law doesn't allow gay couples to legally marry. A spokesman says the park decided to cancel the event once it started to take on political undertones.

    The amusement park had planned to select 13 couples to get married there on Friday the 13th in September.

    A gay couple from Akron says they wanted to enter until seeing the rules. They asked people online to contact the park in hopes of getting the rule changed.


    Indians triumph in 14 inning marathon
    The Indians beat the Angels, 4-1, in 14 innings.

    The game lasted 5 hours and 17 minutes.

    Starter Danny Salazar was followed by eight relievers.

    The win went to Carlos Carrasco who pitched the final two innings.

    Justin Masterson wraps up the series tonight in Anaheim.

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