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FEMA and OEMA deny Summit County disaster relief
Other headlines: Ohio adds new requirements to jobless benefits; Shell ethane cracker still possible for PA
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Ohio adds new requirements to jobless benefits
  • Shell ethane cracker still possible for PA
  • Cedar Point back on track after weekend shutdown
  • FEMA and OEMA deny Summit County disaster relief
    State and Federal disaster relief agencies have denied Summit County’s request for emergency relief following damaging storms last month.

    FEMA and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency both announced last week that Summit County would not be receiving any individual assistance.

    Summit County Executive Russ Pry says homeowners can apply to the county’s development department for aid, and the Rebuild Ohio state aid agency.


    Ohio adds new requirements to jobless benefits
    State officials have added requirements to those receiving unemployment benefits. 

    The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services now requires jobless workers to post their resume on the state’s online job-search site.

    Job seekers must also take tests for math, reading and other skills, complete a career questionnaire, and apply for at least two jobs per week.

    Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in April with 328,000 people out of work. 


    Shell ethane cracker still possible for PA
    A $4 billion dollar plant that will process a product of fracking in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania is one step closer to being built.

    Royal Dutch Shell two years ago selected a Beaver County site just across the Pennsylvania border to build an ethane cracker.

    The Youngstown Business Journal reports that although Shell has not confirmed whether it will break ground on the project, it has applied for permits and hired third-party contractors to begin construction.

    The complex will convert ethane from fracking operations across the region into a raw material for plastic production.

    Two other multi-national companies are exploring plans to build ethane crackers near the Ohio border in West Virginia. 


    Cedar Point back on track after weekend shutdown
    The thrills are back at Cedar Point.

    The amusement park reopened this morning after a water main break caused the park to shut down for the weekend.

    Park officials had to close Cedar Point and three of its hotels in Sandusky on Saturday, saying a lack of reliable water posed a safety risk.

    Cedar Point sees more than 3 million visitors a year, making it the most visited theme park in Ohio and one of the nation's biggest.

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