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State investigates complaints of water price-gouging
Other headlines: Toledo mayor lifts drinking water ban; Poll shows overwhelming approval of LeBron James' return
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Toledo mayor lifts drinking water ban
  • Poll shows overwhelming approval of LeBron James' return
  • Ohio ranks fourth in nation in number of farmers markets
  • Toledo mayor lifts drinking water ban
    The mayor of Toledo has lifted a ban on drinking water that effected nearly half-a-million people over the weekend.

    Mayor D. Michael Collins lifted the ban at a morning news conference, saying toxins from the Lake Erie water supply have dropped to safe levels.

    The toxins are produced by blue-green algae called cyanobacteria that multiply due to farm runoff and sewage overflow. 

    The microcystin toxics can cause severe damage to the liver and other organs if consumed.

    Boiling does not remove the toxins.


    State investigators respond to complaints of water price-gouging
    Investigators are monitoring bottled water prices in the Toledo area after possible price-gouging complaints.

    Attorney General Mike DeWine says he's sending representatives to review water prices. He's encouraging consumers who believe they paid too much for bottled water to contact his office.

    Ohio does not have a statute that deals directly with price gouging, but state law bans unconscionable sales practices.


    Poll shows overwhelming approval of LeBron James' return
    A new poll says Ohioans by a wide margin forgive LeBron James for leaving for the Miami Heat in 2010 and overwhelmingly approve of the Cavaliers' decision to sign him to a two-year contract.

    The poll released today by Quinnipiac University says Ohioans forgive the Akron native by an overwhelming margin of 62 percent to 12 percent.

    More than half of those surveyed said they had a favorable impression of James.

    Federal statistics say Ohio now ranks fourth in the number of farmers markets, up from fifth place last year.

     

    Ohio ranks fourth in nation in number of farmers markets
    Ohio now ranks fourth in nation in the number of farmers markets.

    Ohio has 311 farmers markets. That's just behind Michigan and about half the number in California and New York, according to the Plain Dealer.

    Over the past six years, the number of farmers markets has grown by 76 percent across the country.

    According to the agriculture department, the increasing numbers reflect continued demand and growth of locally grown food in every part of the country.

    The statistics were released for national Farmers Market Week.

     

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