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President Obama to visit northeast Ohio
Other morning headlines: New bill could impact electricity cost; University of Akron to raise money for WWII memorial; Ohio Attorney General warns of charity scams

by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR
and LAUREN SCHMOLL


Reporter / Host
Jeff St. Clair
 
  • President Obama to visit northeast Ohio
  • New bill could impact electricity cost
  • University of Akron to raise money for WWII memorial
  • Ohio Attorney General warns of charity scams
  • Fatal shooting outside Canton bar
  • Infant death under investigation
  • Ohio gas prices drop
  • Donation paves way for new Oberlin athletic complex
  • Ohioans encouraged to vaccinate for whooping cough
  • ODOT working to fill abandoned mine
  • Drug dog use increasing drug seizures
  • Working journalist celebrates 95th birthday on Veterans Day
  • President Obama to visit northeast Ohio
    President Barack Obama will be in northeast Ohio this week.

    The President on Thursday will visit the ArcelorMittal steel mill in Cleveland where he’s expected to talk about the economy.

    The White House says President Obama will focus on American manufacturing on his first trip to Cleveland since his re-election last fall.

    ArcelorMittal is the world’s largest steel company.  The New York Times reports that demand for its steel in the US is growing at a rate of 5 percent to 6 percent, compared with last year.


    New bill could impact electricity cost
    Akron-based FirstEnergy is leading the charge to pass a bill in the State Senate that could determine what you pay for electricity.

    The Plain Dealer reports that Senate Bill 58 has the support of the state’s largest utilities, but is being fought by the Manufacturer’s association, environmental and consumer groups.

    Among the bill’s many provisions is one that would allow utilities to pay themselves with rate increases for energy efficiency upgrades the company helps consumer install-- at one of the highest rates in the country.

    The proposed measure would also do away with requirements that utilities sell and generate more wind-powered electricity, arguing that the state produces enough natural gas now that the old requirements are no longer necessary.

    The bill would essentially eliminate energy efficiency standards passed in 2008.

    Backers hope to hold a vote on the bill by the end of the year.


    University of Akron to raise money for WWII memorial
    The University of Akron wants to raise money for a new World War II memorial on campus.

    The Beacon Journal reports that the memorial would be built in the same area that already houses memorials for those who served in Vietnam, Korea and World War I… east of Bierce Library.

    Right now, granite plaques with the names of more than 15 hundred Akron service members who died in World War II are in storage. They once hung in Memorial Hall, which was demolished in 2010.

    The hall was razed to make way for a new education building.

    Plans for the new memorial include a nautilus-shaped concrete paving pattern, medallion depicting allied victories and of course, the plaques.

    The project is expected to cost 75 thousand dollars. But, so far, no money has been raised.


    Ohio Attorney General warns of charity scams
    Attorney General Mike DeWine warns Ohioans to beware of veterans' charity scams and those who make false promises about helping veterans.

    DeWine says his office has handled six cases this year involving veterans-related charities. They include an agreement with two individuals to stop illegal solicitations on behalf of a legitimate charity.

    Signs of potential scams include charities with names similar to nationally recognized ones and high-pressure tactics for immediate donations.

    Ohioans also should be wary of callers who are hesitant or unable to answer questions about the charity and those offering to pick up donations immediately instead of waiting to receive them by mail.

    Donors are encouraged to research charities. They can call DeWine's office to get information about a charity or to file a complaint about a questionable one.


    Fatal shooting outside Canton bar
    A man was fatally shot and three people were wounded in a parking lot outside a bar in Canton.

    Police say 26-year-old Terrell Skinner was killed outside the Whistle Stop bar early Sunday morning.

    Police say three other people were shot and taken to a hospital. Their wounds were not thought to be life-threatening.

    The police statement says 45-year-old Dwight Ellis of Canton was arrested on charges of aggravated murder and felonious assault.


    Infant death under investigation
    Authorities are investigating the death of a 2-month-old infant found dead inside a home in northeast Ohio.

    Summit County sheriff's detectives and the county medical examiner's office in Akron are investigating to determine how the infant died and whether any criminal charges will be brought against anyone caring for the child.

    The infant was found dead inside the home in Coventry Township on Saturday morning. The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the child's and its family's identity were not immediately released.

    Authorities say the infant's family called 911. The baby was unresponsive when authorities arrived. It was not immediately clear how long the infant may have been dead.

    Sheriff's Inspector Bill Holland said he could not provide any additional details of the death.


    Ohio gas prices drop
    Ohio gas prices are down to start to the work week.

    The state average is $3.08 for a gallon of regular in today's AAA survey. That's down a whopping 17 cents from this time last week.

    Gas is under $3.00 per gallon in parts of Northeast Ohio, well under the national average of $3.19.

    AAA experts say retail costs continue to fall amid sufficient fuel supplies, lower crude oil prices and refineries shifting to less expensive winter-blend gasoline production.


    Donation paves way for new Oberlin athletic complex
    Oberlin College will be getting a new athletic complex thanks to an $8 million dollar from a foundation honoring Austin Knowlton.

    The complex includes a football field with artificial turf, grandstands, locker room and meeting spaces.

    The school says it has fallen behind its peers in recent years by not making improvements to its athletic facilities. This donation is part of a broader plan to do that.

    Austin Knowlton owned an Ohio construction company that worked on more than 600 major construction projects throughout the Midwest, many of which included colleges, hospitals and libraries.

    He helped found the Cincinnati Bengals and was a minority owner of the Reds.

    Groundbreaking for the new stadium will be held before the Oberlin-Hiram football game on Saturday.


    Ohioans encouraged to vaccinate for whooping cough
    Ohio health officials are encouraging Ohioans to get up to date on booster shot vaccinations against whooping cough amid outbreaks around the state.

    The Ohio Department of Health says the highly contagious disease is one of the most commonly occurring vaccine-preventable ones in the United States. The disease also known as pertussis is usually spread it by coughing or sneezing.

    Health officials say it affects all ages but is most severe for babies. More than half of infants less than 1 year of age with pertussis must be hospitalized. It can be deadly in rare cases.

    Officials say 901 Ohio cases were reported as of Nov. 2, compared with 742 by that date last year.

    Pertussis usually starts with cold-like symptoms before it progresses to a persistent cough with spasms.


    ODOT working to fill abandoned mine
    Ohio's transportation department is working to fill-in an abandoned mine that runs under a busy highway along the western side of Lake Erie.

    The state says work on the project near Port Clinton began in September and will continue through 2016.

    The work is being done to prevent the possibility of a collapse at the gypsum mine that was abandoned in the 1970s.

    It sits near Port Clinton under State Route 2, a busy highway that takes summer tourists to the Lake Erie islands and Cedar Point amusement park.

    The Port Clinton News-Herald reports that a number of sinkholes have been found around the mine site over the years. But the state says none have affected the highway.

    Filling in the mine will cost about $20 million.


    Drug dog use increasing drug seizures
    The State Highway Patrol's use of dogs to sniff out drugs is helping increase drug seizures in Ohio as the patrol works to deter smugglers from moving shipments through the state.

    Drug seizures on Ohio highways have increased dramatically from 2012. The patrol says its specially trained dogs are a big part of the reason for that. The number of dogs alerting patrol handlers to drugs has doubled compared to 10 years ago with 32 now on duty.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has said smugglers are starting to deliberately move drug shipments around rather than through Ohio because of the dogs.

    Patrol Superintendent Paul Pride says authorities want to make Ohio unattractive to the drug business that smugglers bring to the state.


    Working journalist celebrates 95th birthday on Veterans Day
    An Ohio newspaper man with many decades in the business celebrates his 95th birthday today, and he's still working.

    Pershing "Persh" Rohrer, celebrates his birthday on Monday, still working as a part-time sportswriter for the Record-Courier in Kent.

    The paper says he writes, edits and collects material for his seasonal bowling and golf page published on Sunday.

    Rohrer was hired by the paper in 1952 and retired from full-time work in 1989. He has remained on staff in a correspondence role for the last 24 years.

    Veterans Day has special meaning for him. He was born November 11, 1918, the day the armistice was signed to end the fighting in World War I, and was named after General John J. Pershing.

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