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Midstream energy giants plan merger
Other headlines: State officials assess Stark County flooding; Time Warner email still down across U.S.
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • State officials assess Stark County flooding
  • Time Warner email still down across U.S.
  • Koch brothers financed anti-zoo campaign in Columbus
  • Chemical leak closes I-75 near Dayton
  • State officials assess Stark County flooding
    State officials are in Stark County today assessing damage after a storm dumped nearly three inches of rain last night in the Canton area.

    The Canton Repository reports flooding damaged homes in parts of Plain Township. Several city streets in Canton were briefly closed due to high water.

    Residents are encouraged to report damage The Stark County Emergency Management Agency.


    Time Warner email still down across U.S.
    Outages are still plaguing around one million Time Warner Cable email customers nearly a week after problems first surfaced.

    Time Warner Cable spokesman Mike Pedelty says the company first noticed dropouts with its Roadrunner email service last Wednesday. 

    Pedelty says, “This is just one of those things that it’s a plaguing issue, and the different fixes that we’ve put in place were temporary fixes that didn’t take care of the issue permanently, and that’s what we’re working on doing at this time.” 

    Pedelty says around 10% of Time Warner’s roadrunner email accounts are experiencing the dropouts.

    The company could not say when the problem would be fixed.

     
    Midstream energy giants plan merger
    One of the biggest midstream energy companies in the country, and in Ohio’s shale boom is buying another of the biggest for six billion dollars.

    The Williams Companies is purchasing Access Midstream, both Oklahoma-based companies involved in Ohio’s billion-dollar fracking infrastructure.

    Williams also owns cryogenic and fractionator plants in Kensington and Scio in Columbiana and Harrison counties.

    Williams—estimated to be worth 39-billion dollars—is the number one midstream player here.

    The deal for Access Midstream must still clear regulatory review and be approved by shareholders of the companies.


    Koch brothers financed anti-zoo tax campaign in Columbus
    A national anti-tax group spent nearly $63,000 to help defeat a levy for the Columbus Zoo according to newly released campaign reports.

    Americans for Prosperity, a Virginia-based political-action committee funded by the Koch brothers campaigned against the zoo expansion according to The Columbus Dispatch.

    70 percent of Franklin County voters rejected the half-mil property tax increase by in the May 6th election.


    Chemical leak closes I-75 near Dayton
    A chemical leak has shut down lanes of Interstate 75 in western Ohio in both directions.

    The closure began around 10 this morning about 40 miles north of Dayton due to a tanker truck leaking an undisclosed chemical.

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