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2014 winter among top ten coldest
Other headlines: Republic Steel worker killed in rail accident identified; PETA blasts Perrysburg fish eaters
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Ohio's voting machines showing their age
  • Republic Steel worker killed in rail accident identified
  • PETA blasts Perrysburg fish eaters
  • Ohio's voting machines showing their age
    Nearly decade-old voting technology used in Ohio and elsewhere is raising concerns among elections officials who say the machines may be nearing the end of their lifespans.

    The director of the Ohio Association of Election Officials says some counties are using a "Band-Aid" approach by using outdated equipment to replace broken machines.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports many Ohio counties can't afford replacement machines.

    The federal government provided billions of dollars for voting system upgrades after the 2000 election, including touchscreen and ballot-scanning equipment.

    Ohio's secretary of state says the technology concerns aren't cause for panic but must be addressed.


    Republic Steel worker killed in rail accident identified
    Authorities have identified a northern Ohio steel plant worker who was killed in an accident at the train yard last week.

    A union official said 62-year-old Frank Johnson was riding on the side of a train car when it hit two parked train cars in the rail yard at the Republic Steel plant in Lorain on Friday.

    The accident is under investigation by the OSHA office in Toledo.


    PETA blasts Perrysburg fish eaters
    An animal rights group says a high school in Ohio should put a stop to a tradition where students swallow live goldfish during a basketball game.

    Members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say the tradition violates Ohio's anti-cruelty laws.

    Officials with the Perrysburg school district near Toledo say they've asked student leaders to discuss the issue and come up with a recommendation.

    The tradition of eating goldfish before the match-up against Maumee dates back to the early 1980’s.

    PETA says it got involved in trying to stop the practice after getting calls from local residents.


    2014 winter among top ten coldest
    This morning’s below zero temperature reading put 2014 among the top 10 coldest winters in the past century in Northeast Ohio.

    There have been 10 below zero days, the most in 30 winters  -  There were 12 in 1984.

    Still the coldest winter on record is the bicentennial winter of 1976 -77 with 24 below zero days.

    We will be getting a break from the cold weather this week highs in the upper 30’s tomorrow and Wednesday and near 50 by Thursday.

    Of course all the melting snow has forecasters predicting another cause for concern  -  warnings of widespread flooding later this week.

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