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Bitter cold temps prompt advice on how to stay warm and stay safe
Other morning headlines: One of the two Steubenville football players convicted of rape released early; Ohio Tea Party to look for another primary challenger for governor

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Amanda Rabinowitz
  • Bitter cold temps prompt advice on how to stay warm and stay safe
  • One of the two Steubenville football players convicted of rape released early
  • Ohio Tea Party to look for another primary challenger for governor
  • Child welfare advocates want foster care bumped to age 21
  • Army Corps. set to release long-awaited Asian carp study
  • Gas prices are down
  • Bitter cold temps prompt advice on how to stay warm and stay safe
    Dozens of schools in Northeast Ohio are closed today as the region braces for falling temperatures unseen in 20 years. It will be 3 degrees by 5pm and a -20 wind chill. Overnight, the wind chill will be -37 and Tuesday as low as -40. Winter break extended another day for Ohio State University as the campus is closed, Cleveland’s casino closed overnight until further notice and ski resorts in the region are closed through Wednesday. 

    Ohio's state fire marshal reminds Ohioans that frigid winter temperatures mean an increased risk of home fires and urges precautions. State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers says the use of candles, heating sources and makeshift cooking methods can significantly increase fire risks. He says kerosene heaters should be kept three feet from combustible materials. Kitchen oven ranges should not be used to heat homes and generators or other fuel-powered machines should be used outside only. Carbon monoxide fumes are odorless and can quickly overwhelm people indoors. Flowers also says smoke alarms should be installed on every level of a home, inside and outside of sleeping areas. More information

    One of the two Steubenville football players convicted of rape released early
    One of the two Steubenville High School football players found guilty of raping a 16-year old girl at a party has been released early from a juvenile detention facility. 17-year-old Ma'lik Richmond began serving his one year sentence in April. WTOV reports he was released in the last week. A judge gave Richmond the state's second-toughest sex offender classification, meaning he has to register as a sex offender every six months for 20 years. He can request to have the classification removed later based on his rehabilitation. His teammate, Trent Mays was sentenced to two years. The rape of the 16-year-old West Virginia girl in 2012 divided the community and garnered national attention. Several current or former Steubenville school employees have been indicted in the alleged cover up of the crime. 

    Ohio Tea Party to look for another primary challenger for governor
    An Ohio tea party leader says the movement is working to recruit a new primary challenger to Republican Gov. John Kasich after their first contender backed out of the race late Saturday. Tom Zawistowski tells The Associated Press that leader and activist Ted Stevenot's withdrawal less than a week after entering the contest was personal. Zawistowski said tea party supporters still hope to field an alternative to Kasich by the Feb. 5 deadline. In an emailed statement, Stevenot said he decided not to run after discussions with family, friends, and advisers. He called the decision unrelated to reports of financial difficulties by his running mate, Brenda Mack.

    Child welfare advocates want foster care bumped to age 21
    Child-welfare advocates in Ohio are launching a campaign to get the state to extend foster care to age 21. The Columbus Dispatch reports that a task force plans to push for the change and get the state to pay part of the tab. The Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies, says that more than 1,000 young adults "age out" of the system at age 18 with little support. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia have programs to stretch foster care to age 21, but state and local governments have to pay some of the cost.

    Army Corps. set to release long-awaited Asian carp study
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is scheduled to release a long-anticipated study Monday listing options for shielding the Great Lakes from an attack by ravenous Asian carp. The corps has spent years examining ways to block aquatic pathways that invasive species could use to migrate between the lakes and the Mississippi River basin. Bighead and silver carp that were imported from Asia and have infested the Mississippi and its tributaries are the biggest concern. Scientists also have identified about three dozen other aquatic invaders that could move from one watershed to the other. Physically separating the two basins where they connect in the Chicago area is expected to be among options in the report. Some in Congress favor that. But local business groups say it would hurt the economy.

    Gas prices are down
    Gas prices in Ohio are down to start the first full work week of 2014. The average this morning is $3.29 for a gallon of regular gas in the survey from auto club AAA and its partners. That’s slightly lower than the national average. Diesel prices in the Akron-area are $3.89 a gallon. 
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