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Miami University is nation's most expensive public school
Other headlines: Environmental groups ask US EPA to close Ohio injection well;KSU president among four top administrators starting this week

by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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Jeff St. Clair
 
  • KSU president among four top administrators starting this week
  • Environmental groups ask US EPA to close Ohio injection well 
  • Columbus officials target Short North Posse gang
  • Doctor to be sentenced in crowbar attack 
  • KSU president among four top administrators starting this week
    It’s the first day on the job for Kent State University’s new president Beverly Warren. The former provost at Virginia Commonwealth University is one of four top administrators who began work this week.

    Former Toledo State provost Scott Scarborough takes the reins today at the University of Akron.

    Michael Drake this week becomes the first African-American president of Ohio State University.

    And former Buckeye football coach Jim Tressel is kicking off his official tenure as Youngstown State University president today by meeting with employees, students and board members.

     
    Miami University is nation's most expensive public school 
    The net price for a year of schooling at Ohio’s Miami University in Oxford is the highest in the nation, according to a report released Monday by US Department of Education.

    Other Ohio schools in the top 20 most expensive public schools include Ohio State at 9th, the University of Cincinnati at 16th, and Kent State at 19th.

    The average net price is the total cost of attendance minus financial aid and scholarships.

    A spokeswoman says cuts in state funding is a big reason why Miami University tops the list.

    Environmental groups ask US EPA to close Ohio injection well 
    Two environmental groups are asking the US EPA to shut down a northern Portage County injection well that they say illegally accepting fracking waste. 

    The Beacon Journal reports that Concerned Citizens Ohio and the Virginia-based Center for Health, Environment and Justice say the well in Shalersville is licensed to enhance oil recovery at two nearby wells that have ceased production, not receive drilling waste. 

    Ohio regulators say that one of the oil wells is still capable of production. 

    The U.S. EPA oversees Ohio’s management of injection wells.

    More than 16 million barrels of drilling waste was disposed of last year in Ohio’s 201 injection wells.

     
    Columbus officials target Short North Posse gang
    Federal prosecutors say alleged gang members in Columbus carried out murders and attempted murders, drug trafficking, robbery and other crimes to control their reputation and territory.

    Prosecutors last week 17 alleged members of the Short North Posse gang on multiple charges.

    A press conference today detailed those charges.

    The indictment says Short North Posse members threatened or intimidated witnesses to keep them from talking to police, and also produced songs about their gang and methods that were posted on social media sites.


    Doctor to be sentenced in crowbar attack
    A Pennsylvania anesthesiologist is scheduled to be sentenced in Cleveland after pleading guilty to felonious assault in a crowbar attack on his daughter's estranged husband, who also is a doctor.

    County prosecutors in Cleveland dropped an attempted murder charge and other counts against Dr. Georges Bensimhon of Allentown in exchange for the plea. He could face up to eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine at his sentencing scheduled this afternoon.

    Bensimhon was charged in a Sept. 4 attack on 39-year-old neurosurgeon Seth Hoffer outside Hoffer's Cleveland Heights home in northeast Ohio.

    Hoffer was clubbed with a crowbar but fought back, pinned his attacker and called for help.

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