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Lawsuit moves forward in Ohio cancer cluster
Other headlines: Browns name Ray Farmer as GM, CEO Joe Banner stepping down; Two injured in shale gas explosion in Western PA
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Browns name Ray Farmer as GM, CEO Joe Banner stepping down
  • Two injured in shale gas explosion in Western PA 
  • Browns name Ray Farmer as GM, CEO Joe Banner stepping down
    The Cleveland Browns are once again shaking up the front office.  

    In a surprise announcement today owner Jimmy Haslam replaced General Manager Michael Lombardi with former Assistant GM Ray Farmer.  

    Lombardi had been in the position just over a year. Farmer came to the Browns last March from the Chiefs. 

    Also leaving is CEO Joe Banner whom Haslam says will stay on for another two months before stepping down.  His replacement has not been named. 

    WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says new GM Ray Farmer will play a key role in the May NFL draft.

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    Team president Alec Scheiner is staying on with the team.

    With the hiring last month of Mike Pettine, the browns now have rookies as coach, GM and defensive coordinator. 


    Two injured in shale gas explosion in Western PA
    A shale gas well near Dunkard, Pa., 70 miles southeast of Steubenville, exploded around seven o’clock this morning, and according to witnesses on the scene is burning out of control.

    The well is owned by Chevron and a company spokesperson told the AP that one worker was injured and one worker is "unaccounted for."  

    Witnesses, including some who were underground in a nearby coal mine, told WKSU reporter Tim Rudell that they were jolted by the force of the blast.

    Three fire companies and an EMS unit from southwestern Pennsylvania communities are on the scene.

    The cause of the explosion and fire is unknown.


    Lawsuit moves forward in Ohio cancer cluster
    A federal judge has dismissed some of the claims made against Whirlpool Corp. in a civil lawsuit filed by families whose children have been among dozens sickened in a cancer cluster in Western Ohio.

    The ruling will allow the families to move forward with a lawsuit linking Whirlpool's washing machine factory in Clyde, Ohio to the cancer cases.

    The judge on Monday dismissed allegations of reckless conduct and fraud along with claims that the cancer cluster hurt property values.

    Whirlpool says the allegations aren't based on scientific or medical fact.

    The lawsuit says a chemical compound suspected of causing cancer came from the Whirlpool plant near where 35 children have been diagnosed with cancer and three have died since the mid-1990s.

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