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Federal judge will likely issue a stay on his gay marriage decision
Other morning headlines: Ohio EPA vetoes Lake Erie dumply plan; nearly three dozen apply for Youngstown State top job; Kasich airs first TV ad of gubernatorial campaign

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In The Region:
  • Federal judge will likely issue a stay on his gay marriage decision
  • Ohio EPA vetoes plan to dump river sediment in Lake Erie
  • Thirty-three apply for Youngstown State presidency
  • Kasich airs first TV ad of gubernatorial campaign
  • Ohio Board of Education to consider sexual orientation discrimination protection
  • Some taxi drivers refuse to operate cabs with Gay Games ads
  • Dave Joyce's campaign fund growing despite having a challenger
  • Ohio man facing charges after flying drone
  • Focus turning to restoration work after oil spill
  • Federal judge will likely issue a stay on his gay marriage decision
    A federal judge who ordered Ohio to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriage says he's inclined to issue a stay of his decision pending appeal. That would mean that most gay couples living in the state would see no immediate tangible expansion of their rights. Cincinnati-based Judge Timothy Black ordered attorneys on both sides of the case to file their arguments over whether he should issue a stay no later than this afternoon. He says he'll rule expeditiously. Black says he's inclined to stay his ruling pending the state's appeal, except in the case of the four gay couples who filed the February lawsuit that led to the court case. Black's ruling only orders Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages, not allow gay marriages to be performed in the state.

    Ohio EPA vetoes plan to dump river sediment in Lake Erie
    The Ohio EPA is vetoing plans by the Army Corps of Engineers to dump dredged material from the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland Harbor out into Lake Erie. For 40 years, the material dredged from the harbor and river has been fenced off by special dikes, largely because of the toxic metals and other materials that had sunk into the sediment. But the Army Corps, which is obligated to find the least expensive and most responsible alternatives, wanted to change that by dumping newly dredged material miles out in the lake. It said testing showed the untreated sediment is now clean enough to justify that. The Army Corps needed the Ohio EPA to go along. And Monday, the EPA said no. It said the dumping could raise PCB levels in fish and that the Army Corps did not offer enough data. A statement from Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler says, “placing material in the open lake doesn't make sense for the health of Lake Erie."

    Thirty-three apply for Youngstown State presidency
    Thirty-three people are applying to be president of Youngstown State University, so far. They include Ohio State football coach James Tressel, is also up for the presidency of the University of Akron, where he’s now a vice president. According to the Youngstown Vindicator, the trustees hope to select about eight applicants for phone interviews, and pick three finalists to visit campus and meet with students, faculty and the community.

    Kasich airs first TV ad of the gubernatorial campaign
    The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Gov. John Kasich is airing the first TV ad of the gubernatorial campaign today.  The 60-second statewide ad is expected to focus on Kasich’s roots as the son of a Pittsburgh-area mail carrier. Kasich has far more money to spend on such ads than his likely Democratic challenger, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. The last campaign finance reports filed in January showed the Republican incumbent with a $6 million edge.

    Ohio Board of Education to consider sexual orientation discrimination protection
    The Ohio Board of Education is expected to consider again today a proposal that would specifically protect educators from discrimination based on their sexual orientation. A committee voted against the amendment yesterday 5-2, the same day a federal judge said Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.
    The proposal from Stephanie Dodd of Hebron would have added sexual orientation to a list that includes age, race, gender, religion and disabilities. The Columbus Dispatch says the board’s legal counsel “advised against adding sexual orientation because it is not a protected class. Instead, the committee voted to get rid of the list altogether, and said staff should be recruited, hired and evaluated “in accordance with state and federal law.”

    Some taxi drivers refuse to operate cabs with Gay Games ads
    The Plain Dealer is reporting that Cleveland Hopkins Airport has brokered a deal among cab companies who have some drivers who don’t want to operate cabs with ads featuring the upcoming Gay Games. They’re citing religious beliefs. The cab companies will be able to replace the drivers with temps until permanent replacements can be found. That’s expected to take two to three weeks.

    Dave Joyce campaign fund growing
    GOP Congressman Dave Joyce is heading into the May primary with nearly $300,000 in his campaign fund. The Plain Dealer is reporting that Joyce’s fund as of Friday had grown over what he had in January, despite the challenge by tea party favorite, state lawmaker Matt Lynch.
    Joyce has the strong backing of his predecessor Steve LaTourette, who retired and has been critical of the tea party influence on Republican politics and on the tone of politics in Washington. The Northeast Ohio congressional district is one of the few in Ohio that is considered competitive, though it leans Republican.

    Ohio man facing charges after flying drone
    An Ohio man is facing charges after deputies say a video camera-equipped drone he was flying over an accident scene hindered the landing of a medical helicopter. But Kele Stanley of Springfield said he's been unfairly charged. The hobbyist, who was flying the $4,000 drone over a crash scene to shoot photos and video on Saturday morning, said he would have landed it immediately if he knew a medical helicopter was en route. Stanley is facing a felony charge of obstructing official business, and misdemeanor charges of misconduct at an emergency and disorderly conduct.

    Focus turning to restoration work after oil spill
    From cleanup, authorities are now changing their focus to restoration work at a Cincinnati-area nature preserve where a pipeline leaked oil last month. Officials estimate they've removed 80-to-90 percent of the oil that leaked at the Oak Glen preserve but traces of oil can be seen on rocks along one streambed.

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