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Candidates spin positive jobs numbers
Summit County continues damage assessments; Another toxic-algae bloom likely for Lake Erie

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Jeff St. Clair
  • Summit County continues damage assessments
  • Another toxic-algae bloom likely for Lake Erie
  • Akron General delivers 2nd set of mono mono twins
  • Candidates spin positive jobs numbers
    Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped in April, from 6.1 percent in March down to 5.7 percent, according to state figures released this morning

    That’s the lowest level in six years. 

    The report was good news for Governor John Kasich who is running for reelection.

    Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald took a slightly different spin on the numbers.

    His campaign claims unemployment is down because more Ohioans stopped looking for work than found jobs.

    Summit County continues damage assessments
    Damage assessments continue after this week’s storms and flooding. Lorain, Medina, and Summit counties were among the hardest hit.

    Summit County Emergency Management Agency administrator Valerie DeRose says the damage is widespread - “Lots of basement flooding because the water came down so heavily. We do have some basement collapses in some homes -  city hall in Cuyahoga Falls was flooded, Summit County Public Health was flooded.  And we have some roads with culvert damage and some erosion around the sides and we do have a bridge out in Bath Township.”

    DeRose cannot say how long it will take to complete assessments, or estimate a dollar amount yet. The County will submit its findings to state emergency management officials who my apply for federal disaster relief.

    Another toxic-algae bloom likely for Lake Erie
    Western Lake Erie could be in trouble again this year as experts predict conditions are ripe for extensive toxic-algae blooms.

    The official report is expected in July but the Columbus Dispatch reports that scientists monitoring Lake Erie say heavy rainfall is dumping nutrient rich runoff into the western basin.

    The blue-green algae known as cyanobacteria can produce powerful poisons.

    Lake Erie saw a record bloom of toxic algae in 2011.

    Drinking water systems along the lake shore have spent millions of dollars treating intake water from the lake to remove the toxins.

    Akron General delivers 2nd set of mono mono twins
    A second set of rare monoamniotic, or mono mono twins, has been born in Akron. 

    The twins share an amniotic sack and account for only one in 10,000 births in the U.S.

    The first set was born last Friday at Akron General Hospital. Their birth went viral worldwide with a photo of the newborns holding hands.

    The hospital says a second set of mono mono twins was born there yesterday.

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