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Same-sex marriage cases get appeals court hearings Wednesday
Other morning headlines: Toledo Zoo scrambles in drinking water emergency; Portion of U.S. Route 30 closed for days following crash
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
The latest WKSU morning news headlines: 

Same-sex marriage cases get appeals court hearings Wednesday
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati hears same-sex marriage cases from Ohio and three neighboring states this week. All five cases will be heard by the same three-judge panel on Wednesday. Two of the five cases are from Ohio. They both appeal decisions by U.S. District Judge Timothy Black – one that required Ohio to recognize same sex marriages on death certificates and another that ordered the state to recognize valid same-sex marriages legally performed in states that allow such marriages. The hearings are expected to draw large crowds of journalists and spectators. Why Marriage Matters Ohio, a coalition of same-sex support groups, is planning a rally on Tuesday evening in Cincinnati, featuring former Gov. Ted Strickland, other officials and several of the couples represented in the cases.

Toledo Zoo scrambles in drinking water emergency
The Toledo Zoo says it's using its own water reserves for the animals as drinking water for some 400,000 people in the region remains off limits because of toxins in Lake Erie. The zoo says none of the animals has shown any signs of sickness but zookeepers are monitoring them. Flamingos are the only animals taken off exhibit Sunday as a precaution. Officials say zoo restaurants and concession stands were closed and drinking fountains were shut off. The zoo's restrooms were open, but hand sanitizers were available if visitors preferred not to wash their hands in the sinks. The National Guard and other groups are helping distribute water brought in from elsewhere.

Portion of U.S. Route 30 closed for days following crash
A portion of westbound lanes of U.S. Route 30 in Wayne County will be closed for about five days after a semi-truck crashed into a fuel tanker Sunday afternoon. The tanker was carrying more than 6,000 gallons of gasoline and 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel. The crash caused a fire that spread along 700 feet of roadway. One driver is in critical condition, according to the Canton Repository. The crash is affecting the stretch between Elyria and Jefferson roads.

Poll: Ohioans glad to have LeBron James back
A Quinnipiac University poll shows Ohioans overwhelmingly are thrilled to have NBA star LeBron James return to the Cavs. By 50 percentage points – 62 percent to 12 percent – Ohioans say they forgive James for leaving Cleveland back in 2010. While just 37 percent of Ohio voters consider themselves Cavs fans, 53 percent register a favorable opinion of James, with 19 percent unfavorable and 20 percent who say they haven't heard enough about him to form an opinion. James announced he was returning to the Cavs in a letter published in Sports Illustrated last month. 

DJ Alan Freed's son to collect ashes from Rock Hall today
The son of 1950’s DJ Alan Freed is expected to pick up his father’s ashes from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today.  The Rock Hall on Friday removed the urn that has been on display since 2002 and advised Lance Freed to collect the item. Freed says he’ll be looking for a Cleveland cemetery for the remains and plans to hold a public service. The Plain Dealer reports the Rock Hall will instead place a pair of his iconic microphones in the display, saying museums today are leaning away from displaying ashes. Alan Freed popularized the term "rock and roll" and hosted what is considered the first rock 'n' roll concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball, in 1952 at the Cleveland Arena. 

Ohio files more than 250 charges against liquor permits
State investigators filed more than 250 drug-related administrative charges against liquor permits in Ohio last year. The Ohio Investigative Unit says its agents filed the charges against liquor permits for drug use, possession, sales and sales or possession of drug paraphernalia in 2013. The state agency enforces Ohio's liquor laws and says participating in or even allowing illegal drug activity violates liquor permits. Administrative charges are presented to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission, which has the authority to issue penalties.

Whirlpool to break ground on $40 million expansion near Dayton
Whirlpool Corp. will break ground this week on the company's $40 million expansion of its southwestern Ohio manufacturing plant that is expected to lead to 400 new jobs by 2018. Greenville's mayor will join Whirlpool officials at the Wednesday groundbreaking ceremony. Whirlpool says the expansion will nearly double the size of its operation. The plant about an hour's drive from Dayton is one of five Whirlpool plants in Ohio.

Gas prices up to start work week 
Ohio gas prices are higher to start the work week. The average price for a gallon of regular gas is $3.47 in today’s survey from AAA and its partners. That's a dime higher than a week ago. However, it's still 12 cents lower than this time last month. Despite the spike, analysts say prices should stay lower during August as long as refinery production remains strong and oil prices don't rise due to unexpected issues. The lowest average price in the state was $3.35 in the Youngstown area.

Ohio State Fair grand champion steer auctions for $80,000
The grand champion steer at the Ohio State Fair this year has been sold at auction for $80,000. An 18-year-old from London, Ohio, raised the 1,300-pound steer and stood by it as an auctioneer solicited bids at the fair's Sale of Champions livestock auction on Sunday. Steve Rauch, who owns an excavation and demolition company as well as a few farms, was the winning bidder for the steer. The Columbus Dispatch reports that this year's auction on the last day of the fair generated $343,500 — just under last year's record amount.

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