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Customers help AEP recoup costs of Ohio's largest ever storm repair bill
Other headlines: High court denies Libertarian ballot request; Findlay teens accused of running fake cancer scam

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  • High court denies Libertarian ballot request
  • Findlay teens accused of running fake cancer scam
  • Fish advisory expanded for northeast Ohio river
  • Pawn Stars set deadline to purchase Ida McKinley's tiara
  • Customers help AEP recoup costs of largest storm repair bill in Ohio history
    Customers of American Electric Power will be charged a bit more over the next year to pay for over $57 million in repairs after severe windstorms in summer 2012.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved a payment agreement that was opposed by consumer advocates at the Ohio Consumers' Counsel.

    Households will pay an extra $2.34 per month, and business will owe $9.67 monthly.

    The total is about $6 million less than AEP's initial requested.

    The newspaper says it is the largest storm repair bill charged by a utility in state history.

    High court denies Libertarian ballot request
    The Ohio Supreme Court has denied a request from a Libertarian candidate who was seeking to force the state's elections chief to place his name on primary ballots.

    Last month, Secretary of State Jon Husted disqualified attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary from the May 6 ballot. Linnabary's nominating petitions were successfully challenged on two grounds: that a signature gatherer failed to comply with Ohio law requiring that he be either Libertarian or politically independent and another requirement that he disclose his employer.

    The high court said Thursday that Husted reasonably interpreted the law.

    Findlay teens accused of running fake cancer scam
    A northwest Ohio prosecutor says two teenage boys accused of soliciting donations for nonexistent cancer patients have been charged with theft as juveniles.

    Investigators in Findlay are still trying to determine how much money the teens collected through the alleged scam.

    Police say the two students visited homes in Hancock and Wood counties, asking for donations for a cancer-stricken student or teacher from their district. Authorities say there was no such person.

    Dobson alleges a 17-year-old student came up with the scheme and got help from a 14-year-old student.

    Fish advisory expanded for northeast Ohio river
    Wildlife officials are highlighting warnings to limit fish consumption taken from Ohio rivers. The Ohio EPA monitors toxins in fish and this week issued restrictive advisories for the Black River in northern Ohio due to contamination in catfish.

    The EPA recommends no more than one meal per month of fish caught in Ohio rivers, and women of child-bearing age should not consume fish caught in Ohio’s inland waters.

    Pawn Stars set deadline to purchase Ida McKinley's tiara
    The McKinley Presidential Library and Museum in northeast Ohio is hurriedly fundraising in hopes of buying a tiara that once belonged to President William McKinley's wife.

    The owners of Ida McKinley's diamond-accented headpiece recently sold it to the Las Vegas pawn shop featured in the History Channel show "Pawn Stars."

    Museum curator Kim Kenney says Gold & Silver Pawn co-owner Rick Harrison has offered to sell the piece to the Canton museum for $43,000, the amount he paid for it. Kenney calls that "a good deal" because the tiara was appraised at $75,000.

    The catch is that the offer expires June 24. The nonprofit museum doesn't have a budget for acquisitions, so it is soliciting donations in an effort to purchase the tiara.

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