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Kasich and other lawmakers plan to investigate Toledo water crisis
Other morning headlines: Downtown Akron arena officially scrapped from sales tax hike proposal; Ohio State names interim band directors
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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

Kasich and other lawmakers plan probe into Toledo water crisis
Governor John Kasich and several prominent lawmakers promise there will be a lot more attention to Lake Erie after Toledo was forced to tell 400,000 people to stop drinking its water. The drinking ban was lifted after more than two days on Monday, but the scrutiny of what happened is just beginning. Kasich says there will be an extensive review of how the water supply became tainted with a toxin suspected to be from algae in Lake Erie. A high-ranking state lawmaker is planning hearings on the algae fouling the lake and says he wants to hear from scientists who can say what's behind the algae. Sen. Rob Portman says more research is needed to understand how to control the blooms.

Downtown Akron arena officially scrapped from sales tax hike proposal 
Building a downtown Akron arena is officially no longer part of a sales tax increase that will appear on Summit County ballots this November. County council members voted unanimously Monday to approve the amended version of the sales tax proposal Monday and to place the new version on the Nov. 4 ballot. All the revenue will be earmarked for much-needed improvements at the county jail, updates to the emergency communication system, capital improvements to other county properties and pay increases. County Executive Russ Pry says community sentiment did not support including $161 million to build the arena. The county is asking for a 0.25 percent sales tax increase, the smallest incremental change the state allows.

Ohio State names interim band directors
Ohio State University has named two interim leaders for its marching band in the wake of the investigation that led to the director's firing. Ohio State's director of university bands, Russel Mikkelson, is now overseeing the marching band. The associate director of bands, Scott Jones, is responsible for student safety. The university announced the appointments Monday, less than two weeks after firing Jonathan Waters. A two-month investigation concluded Waters knew about but failed to stop a "sexualized culture" of rituals. 

Campaign finance filing deadline today
Ohio candidates running for statewide offices are expected to report the money that their campaigns raised last month. A campaign finance deadline today requires candidates to disclose their July contributions, but not any spending on advertisements, campaign mailings or other activities. It won't be fully known how much money they have in the bank until an October filing deadline, just before the fall election. Republicans hold all statewide offices in Ohio and have held a fundraising edge in terms of cash on hand to spend on their races. Campaign finance reports filed in June showed incumbent Gov. John Kasich had built a significant fundraising lead over Democratic opponent Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive. Kasich had $9.3 million in the bank, compared with FitzGerald's $1.9 million.

Youngstown business owner to be sentenced for illegally dumping frack water
The owner of a Youngstown company is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court today for ordering workers to dump toxic sludge and brine into a storm sewer that reached a tributary of the Mahoning River. 64-year-old Ben Lupo pleaded guilty in March and prosecutors have asked for a three-year prison sentence. Prosecutors say Lupo's employees dumped drilling fluids into a storm sewer 33 times between 2012 and 2013. Lupo's attorneys argue their client made poor choices because of health problems he has and that he should be sentenced to probation or home detention instead of prison.

Cuyahoga judge accused of assaulting his wife
A Cuyahoga County judge accused of biting and punching his estranged wife inside a moving car has been charged with felonious assault. Forty-six-year-old Lance Mason is in jail in suburban Shaker Heights. A judge said in court on Monday that Mason must undergo a psychiatric evaluation before he can post bond, which was set at $65,000. Mason is accused of injuring his wife inside their vehicle on Saturday afternoon. 

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