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Explosion at Lorain steel mill injures four
Other headlines: U.S. Supreme Court sends Ohio's 'campaign lies' case back to lower courts; Akron Public Schools given OK to fire Spondike
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL
and JEFF ST.CLAIR


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Tim Rudell
 
  • U.S. Supreme Court sends Ohio's 'campaign lies' case back to lower courts
  • Akron Public Schools given OK to fire Spondike
  • Geauga County drug bust is largest ever
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    Explosion at Lorain steel mill injures three 
    An explosion this morning at a steel plant Lorain sent three people to the hospital with what a city fire department spokesman says are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. A fourth worker was treated at the scene.  

    Firefighters and investigators on the scene have not yet confirmed what exploded.

    OSHA, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, says it is dispatching investigators to the Republic facility.  

    The company in April agreed to pay over two million dollars in fines to OSHA for what the agency says said were a variety of low-level safety rules violations at four Republic facilities around the country, including the complex in Lorain.  

    Canton-based Republic Steel installed a new electric furnace in Lorain last year as part of an $85 million investment in its northeast Ohio operations.  The furnace went on line six months ago.   

    U.S. Supreme Court sends Ohio's 'campaign lies' case back to lower courts
    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that an anti-abortion group can challenge an Ohio law that bars people from making false statements about political candidates during a campaign. 

    The case stems from the 2010 congressional race between Democrat Steve Driehaus and Republican Steve Chabot.

    An anti-abortion group called the Susan B. Anthony List rented a billboard accusing Driehaus of voting for taxpayer-funded abortion. What he’d voted for was the Affordable Care Act, and Driehaus complained the ad defamed him. The Ohio Elections Commission agreed and said the ad violated a law that’s been on the books since the 1970s.

     Monday’s unanimous Supreme Court decision does not rule on the constitutionality of the law, but allows the Susan B. Anthony List to proceed with its First Amendment lawsuit in the lower courts. 

     
    Akron Public Schools given ok to fire Spondike
    A state-appointed officer has ruled in favor of the Akron Public Schools in its decision last December to terminate a teacher accused of posting a racial-epithet filled rant on Facebook.

    The Akron School board is expected to vote tonight to fire former Firestone High School music teacher David Spondike following the ruling by the state referee. 

    Spondike admitted to posting the inflammatory comments on his Facebook page last October. 

    He’s been on unpaid leave since the incident.

     
    Geauga County drug bust is largest ever
    Sheriff's detectives in Geauga County have made the county's biggest drug seizure ever as part of an investigation that could have ties to Mexican drug cartels.

    Investigators raided a home in a secluded neighborhood in Newbury Township last week and seized 6 pounds of crystal meth, 2.2 pounds of black tar heroin, 100 pounds of marijuana and $128,000 in cash.

    A sheriff's department official says deputies arrested four people and that a number of loaded firearms were found during the raid. The official says it's possible the ring had ties to Mexican drug cartels.

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