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Voters reject Mogadores school levy on fourth try
Other morning news headlines: Kasich overwhelmingly out-raises FitzGerald; Columbus woman tests negative for Ebola
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Amanda Rabinowitz
 
The latest WKSU morning news headlines:

Voters reject Mogadore school levy on fourth try
Northeast Ohio had five issues on the ballot in Tuesday’s special election. In Summit County, Mogadore voters rejected for the fourth time a 5.9-mill school levy to raise $500,000 annually. The district says it will implement pay-to-play fees and bussing reductions. In Stark County, Perry Township voters passed 3.9-mill renewal for the police department. In Cuyahoga County, Brook Park voters rejected both a half-percent income tax increase and a 4.5-mill property tax levy. Lyndhurst passed a half-percent income tax hike. Two tax renewal issues to pay for Olmsted Falls fire department and parks passed.

Kasich overwhelmingly out-raises FitzGerald
Campaign finance reports show Gov. John Kasich raised about four times as much campaign cash as his Democratic opponent in roughly the same time span. Kasich raised more than $2.3 million to Ed FitzGerald’s $533,000 during the last filing period. FitzGerald’s figures include a $40,000 contribution made Tuesday from the Ohio Democratic Party. The Ohio Republican Party added more than $250,000 in in-kind contributions to Kasich. The Columbus Dispatch reports Kasich raised more in two June fundraisers than FitzGerald did in the past seven weeks.

Columbus woman tests negative for Ebola
Columbus health officials say a woman who exhibited symptoms of Ebola does NOT have the deadly virus. Tests conducted by the CDC came back negative for the 46-year-old woman recently traveled to a West African country where the death toll of the deadly virus is nearing 1,000. Officials say she’s “doing well” and “recovering in isolation.”

Ohio receives 8,000+ untested rape kits
Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio's crime lab has received more than 8,00 untested rape kits as it seeks DNA matches that could help solve reported sexual assaults. DeWine's office says Ohio officials have tested more than half of those rape kits. That has led to about 1,600 DNA matches in a criminal database. DeWine says that as DNA matches are found, the information is returned to local law enforcement to pursue charges. The DNA testing has led to 170 indictments in Cuyahoga County alone. The testing initiative was first announced in December 2011. It offered free DNA testing to law enforcement agencies with untested rape kits in which a crime was believed to have been committed. A total of 141 law enforcement agencies have submitted untested rape kits.

Lake Erie water concerns to linger another month
The worry over another water emergency along Lake Erie is far from over. That's because the algae that left behind toxins contaminating the drinking water of 400,000 people  isn't supposed to peak until September. Water plant operators and residents who get their water from the western end of Lake Erie will be holding their breath over the next few months. The chances of more trouble will depend a lot the winds, rains and temperatures that determine how large the algae grow and where it ends up. It's still not clear what role the algae-induced toxin played in fouling the water supply for the city of Toledo beginning Saturday. Investigators also are looking at the city's aging water supply system and how it operates.

Youngstown man gets 28 months in prison for illegally dumping frack water
A Youngstown businessman has been sentenced to 28 months in prison and fined $25,000 for dumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of fracking waste into a storm sewer and tributary of the Mahoning River. Lawyers for Benedict Lupo had argued he should get probation because his thought processes were muddled by health problems and he remains gravely ill. In his sentencing hearing Tuesday, they also maintained that the chemicals dumped into the creek in late 2012 and early 2013 dissipated and did not do long-term harm.

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