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Ohio auditor blasts Columbus schools
Other headlines: Akron's RubberDucks announce stadium upgrade; Akron's RubberDucks announce stadium upgrade 
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Akron's RubberDucks announce stadium upgrade
  • Grid operator asks customers to conserve power
  • WKSU's Jim Blum remembers folk legend Pete Seeger
  • Willoughby Hills teen found frozen outside home
  • Cities rally around right to use traffic cameras
  • Ohio auditor blasts Columbus schools 
    A report from Ohio's auditor finds that Columbus city schools played "fast and loose" with attendance data, grade changes and other records and documentation.

    Auditor Dave Yost says an investigation into attendance data scrubbing in the state's largest school district showed a "culture" of changing the numbers.

    District employees have been accused of altering attendance records for struggling students to improve performance ratings, which can be used to determine government funding and employee bonuses.

    Yost said a review found that 83.5 percent of the data tested did not have documentation to support the grade changes.

    The 18-month investigation covered the 2010-11 school year. Yost says the district has since made changes.

    Akron's RubberDucks announce stadium upgrade
    Akron’s minor league baseball team is planning a $3.5 million renovation of its downtown facility.

    The owners of the Akron RubberDucks announced today that improvements at Canal Park include a new restaurant, and a new $1.65 million score board. 

    The plan also includes themed picnic areas near right and left field. The renovations are expected to be completed before the season opener April 10th.

    WKSU's Jim Blum remembers folk legend Pete Seeger
    Folk Music legend and activist Pete Seeger has died at age 94. 

    Former WKSU folk music Jim Blum first met Pete Seeger was in the 1980’s at the National Folk Festival in the Cuyahoga Valley.  Blum says he got a sense of Seeger’s interest in nature when they spoke back stage. 

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    Blum says Pete Seeger was passionate about politics, the environment, and music, in that order. 

    Seeger influenced musicians from Bob Dylan through today’s folk revival. 

    Find blogs, links to tributes and a live performance by Pete Seeger at Folk Alley dot com


    Grid operator asks customers to conserve power
    More utilities are asking customers to conserve energy during the subzero temperatures we are experiencing. PJM Interconnection manages the flow of electricity in 13 states, including Ohio. 

    It’s asking customers to turn down the thermostat, turn off lights, and avoid using major appliances today, especially between the hours of 6 and 10 a.m. and 5 and 9 p.m. 

    PJM says voluntary energy conservation efforts helped the company avoid rolling blackouts during the cold spell a couple of weeks ago. The subzero temperatures are creating record demand for electricity. 


    Willoughby Hills teen found frozen outside home
    Authorities are still trying to determine why a young man was found frozen in his pickup truck parked outside his family's home in Willoughby Hills.

    The Lake County coroner's office said today that the cause of death of 19-year-old Andrew Norris hasn't been determined.

    A family member found Norris unresponsive and frozen last Thursday as temperatures reached only into the teens.

    Police don't know yet if his death is weather-related.


    Cities rally around right to use traffic cameras
    Ohio cities that use traffic cameras are lining up to back Toledo's case before the Ohio Supreme Court.

    Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton and East Cleveland all are part of legal briefs filed in recent days supporting camera enforcement. An appeals court ruled last year in favor of a motorist ticketed in Toledo. His lawsuit contends Toledo usurped municipal court jurisdiction and violates motorists' rights by giving them limited ability to contest camera citations.

    Ohio's high court agreed last month to hear Toledo's appeal. Ohio's Supreme Court upheld speeding cameras in a 2008 Akron case, and traffic cameras had withstood other court challenges in the state.

    But last year, besides the appeals ruling against Toledo, a Hamilton County judge ordered a stop to speeding cameras in a Cincinnati area village.

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