Summa's CEO to retire this year
The longtime head of Summit County’s largest employer will retire at the end of the year. The Beacon Journal reports Summa Health System president and CEO Thomas Strauss will step down December 31st after 15 years. Summa’s board is appointing a search committee to find Strauss’ replacement, who most likely will come from within the organization, according to the newspaper. Sixty-one-year-old Strauss will continue to work for Summa in a community engagement and development role for the Summa Foundation. Summa has about 10,000 employees.
Feds give farmers $2 million to control farm runoff
The federal government is offering $2 million to Ohio farmers to help prevent farm runoff that contributes to potentially harmful algae blooms. Farmers in 20 counties in the western Lake Erie watershed can apply for some of the funds to plant cover crops to reduce nutrient runoff and erosion. The federal money, provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, is aimed at reducing future algae blooms. Earlier this month, toxins from algae in Lake Erie left about 400,000 people in Toledo without clean tap water for several days.
Cuyahoga Falls school safe to reopen after contaminated water scare
Classes begin today at a northeast Ohio school that earlier this year was forced to close a lower-level common room due to chemical vapors seeping in from contaminated groundwater. The US EPA sampled soil and groundwater this summer around Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Cuyahoga Falls and now reports it safe to reopen. In a letter, the EPA says air-borne chemicals no longer pose a risk, but “the contamination underneath the building could pose a threat in the future.” The EPA recommends the school continue to collect air samples and install an extraction system to prevent chemical vapors from migrating inside the building.
A.G. candidate has paid $10,000 in parking fines
Democratic attorney general candidate David Pepper has paid nearly $10,000 in parking fines over the past 14 years after being ticketed more than 180 times, according to The Associated Press. Pepper, who faces Republican incumbent Mike DeWine this fall, was ticketed mostly for parking at meters that had expired or in no-parking zones. He also was ticketed about a dozen times for displaying expired plates. A campaign spokesman said Pepper got many of the tickets while attending late meetings, “amid a hectic schedule.”
EPA, Coast Guard clean up Ohio River fuel spill
The U.S. EPA and Coast Guard worked most of Tuesday to clean up a diesel fuel spill in a 15-mile section of the Ohio River. A Duke Energy spokeswoman says 3,500 gallons spilled from a power plant in New Richmond near Cincinnati during a fuel transfer. Drinking water intakes in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky were closed as a precaution and the stretch of river was closed to vessel traffic.
Teen speaks up in court over I-80 rock throwing
One of four young men charged with throwing a rock onto a darkened central Pennsylvania interstate says they intended to do some damage but didn't anticipate their actions would cause severe injuries to a Stark County teacher. Keefer McGee testified Tuesday against a co-defendant after McGee and the other two waived their right to a preliminary hearing. The judge determined there was enough evidence to send the case against the fourth defendant, Brett Lahr, to county court for trial. McGee says they drove through a corn field and damaged a home's windows before dropping a rock onto a passing vehicle, striking Sharon Budd, a teacher at Perry Local Schools in the head. She was moved to a rehabilitation hospital two weeks ago.
Ohio Pharmacy Board director to step down
The director of Ohio's pharmacy board is leaving his post in September and a new change in state law could impact his replacement. The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1qpheRr ) that Kyle Parker will step down as executive director of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy on Sept. 1. The General Assembly approved a provision in a budget bill this June that eliminated the requirement that the pharmacy board's director be a pharmacist. The board enforces laws governing the legal distribution of drugs. The agency also regulates Ohio's pharmacists and investigates potential license violations. It wasn't immediately clear why Parker was leaving. Agency officials told the newspaper he did not want to be interviewed. An Ohio Pharmacy Association spokesman says the group believes the director needs to be a pharmacist.
Hoyer named Browns starting quarterback
Browns coach Mike Pettine has named Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback for the September 7th season opener in Pittsburgh. Both Hoyer and Manziel struggled in Monday’s pre-season game. Hoyer will also start Saturday night's "dress rehearsal'' game against the Rams at FirstEnergy Stadium.