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Cost to make Toledo water safe increases
Other noon headlines: Supporters for fired OSU band director show up at trustees meeting; Nearly $45 million Bolivar Dam project underway
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 

Cost to make Toledo water safe increases
Making sure drinking water is safe in Toledo will cost nearly $2 million more than the city expected. City officials say they will spend about $4.7 million this year on chemicals to treat the water. That's $1.7 million more than the usual annual expense. Almost four weeks ago, Ohio's fourth-largest city issued a do-not-drink advisory after the city's water supply was contaminated by toxins from algae on Lake Erie. Toledo draws its water from the lake and for the last several years has been forced to spend millions of dollars to get rid of the toxins in the water. Toledo officials say the two-day water warning in early August also cost the city more than $200,000 in overtime.

Supporters for fired OSU band director show up at trustees meeting
Supporters of the fired Ohio State University marching band director are out in force for a meeting of the university trustees. Dozens of alumni musicians and other supporters of Jonathan Waters gathered for Friday's meeting, serenading the event with fight songs and anthems familiar to fans of what's known as The Best Damn Band in The Land. A pro-Waters banner was flown overhead. Board chairman Jeffrey Wadsworth planned to give Waters' supporters an opportunity to address the board after trustees concluded their business around noon. Wadsworth has said trustees won't revisit Waters' July 24 termination. Waters' dismissal followed a two-month university investigation concluding he knew about but failed to stop a "sexualized culture" of rituals within the band. His backers have criticized the probe as riddled with inaccuracies and mischaracterizations.

Nearly $45 million Bolivar Dam project underway
Work is underway on a nearly 45 million dollar project to rehabilitate the Bolivar Dam in northern Tuscarawas County. The Times Reporter says the four-year project will built a nearly mile-long, 3 feet thick concrete barrier to prevent water seepage. The Army Corps of Engineers says The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District is paying more than one fifth of the cost, paid for through an assessment the district collects from property owners. The dam is 76 years old.

Duke Energy shuts down coal plant earlier than planned
A utility says it will stop burning coal at a southwest Ohio power plant that was the site of a recent oil spill into the Ohio River. Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy says it will retire the last two coal-fired units Sept. 1 at the New Richmond, Ohio, plant. Duke says increasingly stringent federal regulations on power plant emissions are behind the decision. It had said earlier it would retire all coal-fired units there by January 2015. Four oil-fired combustion turbines will remain at the site, primarily used for generating power during high demand. Authorities said recently that cleanup was mostly complete of an estimated 9,000 gallons of oil spilled some 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati. Duke has said the spill apparently happened because of a valve left open.

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