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FirstEnergy invests $475 million in regional infrastructure
Other headlines: FitzGerald holds final State of the County address; Elections officials question some of Ealy's signatures

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  • FitzGerald holds final State of the County address
  • Elections officials question some of Ealy's signatures
  • FitzGerald holds final State of the County address
    In his fourth and final state of the county address this afternoon Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is expected to announce plans to reorganize the region’s jails.

    The plan would consolidate the 55 jails in the county to fewer than a dozen, all managed by the county. Talks are currently underway for the county to take over the Euclid jail, further discussions will include the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Council.

    FitzGerald is also expected to review a county run college savings plan and a new program to attract investors to support social services.

    FitzGerald is running for governor against Republican John Kasich instead of seeking a second term leading the county.

    FirstEnergy invests $475 million in regional infrastructure
    Akron-based FirstEnergy announced today that it plans to spend nearly half a billion dollars on upgrades to its infrastructure in Northeast Ohio.

    The $475 million allocation nearly doubles last year’s spending and includes a new 100 mile transmission line linking a southern Ohio power plant to Cleveland.

    New transmission lines are also planned for the Massillon area, and in eastern Ohio to support the Pennant Midstream shale gas processing plant near Boardman.

    The expenditures include upgrades to Ohio Edison substations and the replacement of around 2,000 utility poles.

    Elections officials question some of Ealy's signatures
    A local elections official says a little-known, Dayton-area Democrat who qualified for the May ballot has questionable signatures on his petitions to run for Ohio governor.

    Montgomery County Board of Elections officials say petitions submitted by Larry Ealy were referred to the secretary of state for investigation into possible fraudulent signatures. They say some signatures appear to have been written by one person.

    But the elections board's director says Ealy met that 1,000 signature threshold without the questionable signatures.

    Ealy's certification as a candidate sets up a gubernatorial primary with Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, who has campaigned for months to be the Democratic nominee.

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