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Cleveland RTA trains disrupted when retaining wall gave way
Other noon headlines: Goodyear vets; bioscience investment; immigrant children; Smokey Bear
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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About 80 percent of Cleveland RTA passengers ride buses, but the 20 percent on trains are seeing disruptions today.
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  • Train service is out for the day for Cleveland RTA
  • Goodyear plans to hire 1,000 more vets
  • Investments in bioscience in NE Ohio nears $100 million
  • Ohio congressman and others say the region can't handle immigrant children
  • The Ohio State Fair needs a new bear
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    Train service is out for the day for Cleveland RTA
    A collapsed wall at a Greater Cleveland RTA station -- and other problems caused by the weekend of heavy rain -- will be disrupting train service in Cleveland at least until tomorrow. The wall collapsed over night at the Buckeye Woodhill station along the Blue Green line on the east side. Crews continue to clear away debris and to check tracks for flooding.

    RTA spokeswoman Mary Shaffer says buses will continue to serve the Blue line area from Shaker Square to Tower City, as well as the entire Green Line. But passengers can expect delays.

    “We do not anticipate that we have train service today at all on the Blue or Green line that is not currently running. We’re just going to make sure that we’re doing it safely and as quickly as possible. So we’re trying to find some bigger buses so we can serve more people as we head into the evening hours.”

    Engineers are still trying to figure out why the wall gave way. The Ohio Department of Transportation has been working on a bridge in the area as well.

    Five counties in Northeast Ohio remain under a flash-flood watch until 4 this afternoon.

    Goodyear plans to hire 1,000 more vets
    Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company is committing to hiring another 1,000 military veterans, to add to the thousand it’s hired over the last two years. 

    Goodyear met its earlier three-year hiring goal more than a year early, and thinks it can hire 1,000 more vets over the next year. The employment push was done with the nationwide Hiring Our Heroes program run by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Goodyear formed an employee veterans association to help people with the transition from military to civilian life.

    Investments in bioscience in NE Ohio nears $100 million
    A new report from Bioenterprise says local companies have raised nearly $100 million from investors in bioscience in the first six months of this year. 

    The report from the economic development agency based in Cleveland also says  investment in Northeast Ohio startups and early-stage companies grew by 20 percent compared to the first half of last year. 

    The Cleveland area was third in the Midwest region, coming in behind Minneapolis and just behind Detroit.

    Ohio congressman and others say the region can't handle immigrant children
    Republican Congressman Mike Turner and other Dayton-area politicians have sent a letter to President Barack Obama saying the city's mayor doesn't speak for the region in her offer to shelter some of the immigrant children crossing the U.S. border. The Dayton Daily News reports that they claim the region doesn't have the resources to deal with the influx.

    The Ohio State Fair needs a new bear
    State officials want $80,000 to replace the 55-year-old Smokey Bear figure that greets visitors by name at the Ohio State Fair.

    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is asking the state Controlling Board for the money, saying the current Smokey is in irreparably poor condition.

    The nearly 15-foot Smokey Bear has been urging people to prevent forest fires since 1959. The agency says it would use a federal grant to help pay for his replacement.

     

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