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Tressel to interview, hold public forum at Youngstown State today
Other morning headlines: Mumps cases suspected in Ashtabula County; Cuyahoga County voters to decide on sin tax tomorrow
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Amanda Rabinowitz
 
Jim Tressel is set to interview for the job of YSU president today.
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  • Tressel to interview at Youngstown State today
  • Second largest graduation in history held at Ohio State
  • Mumps cases suspected in Ashtabula County
  • Cuyahoga County voters to decide on sin tax tomorrow
  • Steelworkers to join with Brown, Kaptur for rally
  • Ohio gas prices down
  • Older Americans Month focusing on anti-fall campaign
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    Tressel to interview, hold public forum at Youngstown State today
    Former Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel kicks off campus visits by the three finalists for the president's job at Youngstown State University. The school says each finalist will participate in a variety of meetings, including an open forum for the university community. Tressel's is this afternoon. The other finalists are Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan and Gary L. Miller, chancellor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Miller visits Tuesday, Cullinan on Wednesday. Trustees expect to make their choice within weeks. A former Youngstown State coach, Tressel also is a finalist for the presidency at the University of Akron, where he's been an administrator for two years. He was forced out at Ohio State following a scandal in which players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

    Second largest graduation in history held at Ohio State
    More than 10,000 graduates received degrees at Ohio State University in what the school says it is the second largest commencement in the school's history. Diplomas were awarded to 10,200 graduates at the single ceremony Sunday at the university. Officials say the school's largest graduation was in June 2012. Ohio State awarded more than 10,600 degrees at that commencement. The main speaker for this spring's commencement is Chris Matthews, the host of political talk show "Hardball" on MSNBC. He will be awarded an honorary doctorate in communications.

    Mumps cases suspected in Ashtabula County
    Health officials in Ashtabula County are looking into two suspected cases of the mumps. The Star-Beacon reports that the cases involve two students at Kingsville Elementary. The health department has already sent a letter home with parents in the school district, as they wait for confirmation of the diagnosis. If the cases check out, it will be the first official mumps cases in Ashtabula County in more than two decades. The two children had contact with people from Franklin County, where a mumps outbreak centered at Ohio State University has topped 300 cases. The health department is considering a vaccination clinic at the school.

    Cuyahoga County voters to decide on sin tax tomorrow
    Cuyahoga County voters decide Tuesday if they want to extend their sin tax for another 20 years. The revenues pay the city and county’s share of upkeep on the professional sports facilities leased to the Browns, Indians and Cavaliers. Issue 7 opponents say the wealthy team owners should pay for upkeep. But supporters say the tax on alcohol and cigarettes helps keep the teams in town, and that helps the economy. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader also has bashed Issue 7, calling it a tax grab by wealthy team owners.  Unions, including Cleveland’s Fraternal Order of Police, support the tax. The F-O-P says if it fails, the city would have to pay for stadium maintenance with general-fund money, and that could mean fewer police on the streets. The tax adds four-and-a-half cents to a pack of cigarettes, and a cent and a half to a 12-ounce beer.

    Steelworkers to join Brown, Kaptur for rally
    Representatives from United States Steel will join local steelworkers and some Ohio lawmakers for a rally at U.S. Steel in Lorain, calling on President Obama to protect their jobs. A ruling is expected in July by the U.S. Department of Commerce that could impose additional tariffs on steel that is made in South Korea and exported to the United States for sale. Those type of imports have doubled since 2008. Supporters of the American steel makers say the practice hurts their business and jobs in Lorain and steel mills around the country. Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur plan to attend today’s rally.

    Ohio gas prices down
    Gas prices in Ohio are down to start the work week. The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio is averaging $3.65 in today’s survey from AAA and its partners. That's down about 11 cents from a week ago. It’s about 4 cents lower than last year at this time. The national average is $3.67 per gallon. Analysts expect the prices to keep falling due to ample U.S. crude oil stocks and other factors.

    Older Americans Month focusing on anti-fall campaign
    Ohio Governor John Kasich declared this month Older Americans Month, and the state is now focusing on ramping up its efforts to prevent falls for seniors. The state launched its Steady U program last year to help educate families about the dangers of falling. They're now asking everyone from business owners to family members to help get the word out and make things safer for seniors. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries in the elderly and can lead to a quick decline in health. 

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