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Bitter weather stretches limits of infrastructure
Other headlines: Kasich urges extra snow days; Emergency landing in Cleveland 
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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Jeff St. Clair
 
  • Kasich urges extra snow days
  • Emergency landing in Cleveland 
  • Ohio non-profits detailed in new online project
  • Two Toledo firefighters killed in action
  • Bitter weather stretches limits of infrastructure
    Utilities are struggling with the frigid weather across Northeast Ohio.

    Around 200 FirstEnergy customers in downtown Cleveland are currently without power.

    The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Columbia Gas, and Dominion East are asking customers to dial down the thermostat.

    Columbia is warning of a possibility of a gas shortage in the natural gas system.

    A severe shortage of propane across the Midwest has prompted the U.S. Department of Transportation to relax the maximum hours that drivers are allowed to work to transport the fuel. 

    Propane distributers are rationing the fuel that heats about 10% of homes in rural western Ohio.

    Classes at Kent State’s Ashtabula, Tuscarawas and Geauga Campuses have canceled classes this afternoon and evening.

    The University of Akron has cancelled classes today and tomorrow.

    The Akron Municipal Court will be closed tomorrow.


    Kasich urges extra snow days
    Gov. John Kasich is asking Ohio lawmakers to allow more calamity days for Ohio schools.

    Ohio law allows five snow days per year before districts must start adding days at the end of the school year.

    This month's severe cold has prompted Kasich to urge the General Assembly and Ohio Department of Education to provide a one-time increase in the number of days schools can take off because of snow or bad weather.


    Emergency landing in Cleveland
    A commuter plane with about 35 people on board has safely made an emergency landing in Cleveland.

    Spokeswoman Jacqueline Mayo at the city-owned Cleveland Hopkins International Airport says the crew declared an emergency and landed safely Monday morning. Mayo says no one was hurt and there was no immediate word on the nature of the emergency.

    The aircraft was being towed to the gate.


    Ohio non-profits detailed in new online project
    A state study shows thousands of Ohio nonprofit groups got a combined $1.6 billion in state and federal money in 2011 and 2012.

    The study, called "Mapping Ohio's Compassion," includes an interactive online map of food banks, hospitals, youth centers and other nonprofits. It includes information on more than 12,000 nonprofit agencies.

    The governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives used the study to learn more about the provided services and where there might be gaps. The report includes recommendations for Gov. John Kasich.


    Two Toledo firefighters killed in action
    Authorities are determining today the cause of death of two firefighters killed while battling a blaze at an apartment complex in northwest Ohio.

    The two were killed Sunday while fighting the fire near downtown Toldeo.

    Flags are being flown at half-staff today to honor them.

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