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Toledo officials: Water is safe despite heightened toxin levels
Other morning headlines: YSU to formally install Tressel; Cedar Point says riders stranded during "power bump"
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
The latest WKSU morning news headlines: 
Toledo officials: Water is safe despite heightened toxin levels
Toledo officials are stressing that the city's water is safe to drink as they continue to monitor for the toxin produced by Lake Erie algae blooms that shut down services two weeks ago to about 400,000 people. Officials say tests on untreated water coming into a city plant are showing a "strong presence" of the toxin microcystin, but the treated water is safe. Customers might notice a film on tap water in cups or containers and an odor of chlorine. Officials say that is not harmful and comes from treating the water to remove the toxin. 

YSU to formally install Tressel
Youngstown State University plans a formal ceremony to install Jim Tressel as president, though the former Ohio State football coach has been on the job for weeks. Tressel and Gov. John Kasich are expected to speak during the public event this afternoon at an arena on Youngstown State's campus. Tressel officially became president July 1 at the school where he started his college coaching career years earlier. Youngstown State agreed to pay him $300,000 a year as president. Tressel had been an administrator at the University of Akron the past two years. Before that, he was forced out at Ohio State after players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

Cedar Point says riders stranded during "power bump"
Cedar Point officials say some visitors were stranded on rides after a "power bump," but there were no injuries. Park officials were able to get everyone affected off the rides safely and quickly Sunday evening. The rides affected include the Millennium Force and the Iron Dragon.  A park spokesman said they worked with Ohio Edison to inspect the rides as a safety precaution.

6,000 Ohioans risk losing taxpayer-subsidized insuarnce
The federal government says about 6,000 Ohioans who signed up for the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act soon to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department says those with outstanding documents are being warned that they have until Sept. 5 to show that they're eligible. Otherwise, their coverage will end Sept. 30.

100-year-old church installs first openly-gay pastor
A Stark County church marking its 100th anniversary has installed its first openly gay pastor. The Congregational United Church of Christ in Plain Township made the Rev. Dennis Coy its pastor in a formal ceremony Sunday. The 35-year-old tells the Canton Repository says coming out publicly in 2012 was a difficult decision that included ending his 10-year marriage to his wife. Coy was unanimously elected as pastor in June.

Health officials urge vaccines as new school year begins
The Ohio Department of Health is urging parents to make sure children are up-to-date on vaccinations to protect them and their classmates as they begin a new school year. The department says children who aren't vaccinated have a higher risk of contracting and spreading illnesses such as measles and mumps. Ohio has dealt with outbreaks of both of those diseases this year. The mumps outbreak in central Ohio stood at 479 cases as of this week, with just over half of those cases linked to Ohio State University. Separately, the state says 377 cases of measles have been linked to an outbreak that began in Knox County. It started with Amish people who had traveled to the Philippines, which has had a measles epidemic.

Deadly shootings in Cleveland
Police say three separate shootings within three hours in Cleveland's east side neighborhoods left one man dead and three wounded. First, two men were shot at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday at a food market on Superior Avenue near East 89th Street. They were taken to a hospital, where one of them died. Two men were then wounded in separate shootings, the last at about 4:15 p.m. One was shot in the chest, and the other in the leg. It wasn't clear if there have been any arrests.

Gas prices down
Ohio drivers will find lower gas prices to start the work week. The average price for a gallon of regular gas is $3.40 in today’s survey from AAA and its partners. That's a dime lower than a week ago, and 7 cents less than this time last month.  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.

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