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Search continues for missing boaters in Lake Erie
Mumps outbreak spreads in Columbus; Poll shows most Ohioans support renewable energy standards
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Mumps outbreak spreads in Columbus
  • Poll shows most Ohioans support renewable energy standards
  • No pro-football for Akron's Rubber Bowl
  • Cleveland Metroparks review plans for Acacia property
  • Search continues for missing boaters in Lake Erie
    The U.S. Coast Guard says the body of a missing boater has been found in Lake Erie and they're continuing to search for three others.

    The search is centered around South Bass Island where crews found a partially submerged boat this morning.

    Coast Guard boats and helicopters began looking for the missing boaters overnight.

    The four boaters went on a fishing trip Wednesday and were supposed to return early in the evening.

    The families of the missing have requested that their names not be released at this time.


    Mumps outbreak spreads in Columbus
    Columbus health officials say they've confirmed 2 cases of mumps at a local community college as an outbreak of the illness continues.

    Columbus Public Health says two Columbus State Community College students have been included in the official case count.

    Officials have confirmed 230 cases of the contagious viral illness in the area this year. They say 145 of those are linked to Ohio State University.


    Poll shows most Ohioans support renewable energy standards
    A new poll shows that a majority of Ohioans support the state’s renewable-energy requirements.

    The poll, sponsored by Advanced Energy Economy Ohio, showed that more than 70 percent of Ohioans back the current renewable energy standards.

    Ohio law requires utilities to produce 12.5% of energy through renewable means by 2025.

    A bill in the Ohio Senate would freeze those levels at today’s 2.5 percent mark.

    The freeze is supported by Akron-based utility FirstEnergy and some businesses.  Other businesses, environmentalists and the Ohio Manufacturers Association are among the bill’s detractors.


    No pro-football for Akron's Rubber Bowl
    Developers who recently bought the University of Akron's old football stadium have dropped a plan to pursue a pro football team for the facility and are pitching a multiuse entertainment venue instead.

    The proposal by Team 1 Marketing Group also includes adding a dome to the Rubber Bowl.

    Team 1's Sean Mason tells the Akron Beacon Journal the goal is a spring 2015 opening for concerts and sporting events such as boxing, mixed martial arts and wrestling.

    Complicating the proposal is the possibility that Federal Aviation Administration approval might be needed for the dome because the Rubber Bowl is near the Akron airport.


    Cleveland Metroparks review plans for Acacia property
    Commissioners at Cleveland Metroparks are getting details on an ecological restoration plan for a former golf course.

    The Conservation Fund, a Virginia-based private nonprofit conservation group, paid more than $14 million for the Acacia Reservation and then deeded it over to the Metroparks.

    The Plain Dealer reports the arrangement includes a requirement that the park will never be used for golf and will return to nature instead.

    The plan is being created by Metroparks staff and Biohabitats Inc., a company that specializes in conservation planning and ecological restoration.

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