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Kasich staff knew of ODNR 'enemies' list, according to spokesman
Other headlines: Cleveland casino pays $350,000 for Stanley property; Overnight snow causes delays and closings
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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Jeff St. Clair
 
  • Cleveland casino pays $350,000 for Stanley property
  • Overnight snow  causes delays and closings
  • Fruit growers fear major crop losses
  • Heat lamp likely cause of farm sanctuary fire 
  • Kasich staff knew of ODNR 'enemies' list, according to spokesman
    New records show top advisers to Republican Gov. John Kasich knew the Ohio Department of Natural Resources planned to target environmental groups and two state lawmakers while promoting drilling in state parks and forests in 2012.

    The governor's spokesman acknowledged today that top advisers met with department officials about the plan. That list includes Kasich's chief policy adviser, chief of staff and then-environmental czar Craig Butler, who now leads the Ohio EPA.

    The state says the plan wasn't implemented.

    A memo outlining the department's strategy for pushing hydraulic fracturing in parks labeled the "eco-left" as adversaries. Halliburton and other energy companies the department regulated were labeled as allies.

    A liberal group that obtained the memo through a records request called it a "Nixonian" government enemies list.


    Cleveland casino pays $350,000 for Stanley property
    The Horseshoe Casino cast the winning bid of $350,000 today to buy a vacant lot that had been the site of one of the oldest historic buildings in downtown Cleveland.

    The Stanley Block building on Ontario Street near the Gateway complex was torn down in late 2012. Its rare stone structure led preservationists to try to save it, but the city said the building was unstable.

    The casino already owned all the property around it.

    The purchase of the land – about a tenth of an acre -- is to be completed within 30 days and ends a years-long battle among the casino and the Maloof and Anter families who owned the building. The families were the only other ones bidding at the Cuyahoga county sheriff’s sale.

    The property also has a $500,000 demolition lien against it.


    Overnight snow  causes delays and closings
    Snow totals are high, and winter’s not over yet.

    Cleveland Hopkins airport has registered 64 inches of snowfall so far that’s more than the previous two winters.

    At Akron Canton, the National Weather Service reports 55 inches of snow this year, not including the around 5 inches that fell last night. 

    We saw 623 school closings or delays today. 

    A handful of FirstEnergy customers are still without power.  As many as 9,000 homes lost electricity overnight. 

    A level 2 road emergency is still in place for Wayne County, meaning roadways were hazardous and people are encouraged to stay off the roads. 

    Most of the region is at level one which means drive with caution.  Parking bans are in place in some areas. 

    A few counties along the lakeshore were under Level 3 road emergencies this morning, those have been lifted.


    Fruit growers fear major crop losses
    Ohio fruit growers are holding onto hope that this snowy, often brutally cold winter hasn't ruined all of their crops.

    The president of the Ohio Fruit Growers Marketing Association says growers are sure there's been damage and can only wait for spring to determine the extent of it.


    Heat lamp likely cause of farm sanctuary fire
    Fire officials say a heat lamp or bulb used to warm a barn is the suspected cause of a fire at a northeast Ohio animal sanctuary that killed two goats, a rooster and a pot belly pig.

    The fire broke out Friday night at the Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary in Portage County.

    Fire officials can't determine what happened for certain but suspect that a heat lamp ignited straw bedding.

    Two goats survived the fire, as did two cats.

    The sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates and provides an adoption program for abused or abandoned animals.

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