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NTSB issues preliminary report on deadly plane crash
Other morning headlines: Akron football coach suspended for alleged abuse of players; Goodyear takes Akron out of running for new tire plant
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
WKSU morning news headlines for Wednesday, September 3, 2014: 

NTSB issues preliminary report on deadly plane crash
A National Transportation Safety Board report says the pilot of a small plane was trying to return to the Cuyahoga County Airport last week when the aircraft plummeted to the ground, killing all four college students aboard. The preliminary report says the pilot, William Felten, told the controller he was not climbing fast and asked for permission to make a left turn. The controller says the plane appears to have crashed after Felten began turning. The aircraft struck the ground and smashed through a fence before it came to rest about 1,000 feet past the end of the 5,100-foot runway. The four men were students at Case Western Reserve University. They planned a nighttime sightseeing trip after their first day of classes.

Akron football coach suspended for alleged abuse of players
An Akron football coach has been suspended for allegedly verbally and physically abusing students. The Beacon Journal reports Firestone coach Tim Flossie is under investigation after two separate allegations that he was verbally abusive to one student and slapped another. It’s not known whether the alleged incidents happened before, during or after the Firestone’s game last Friday. The complaints came from at least one parent. The 65-year-old Flossie is in his 9th season coaching at Firestone. 

Goodyear takes Akron out of running for new tire plant
Akron and Summit County officials say Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. won't build its new $500 million plant in Ohio. Officials received a letter Tuesday from the Akron-based tire company, explaining that Ohio will no longer be considered for the new factory, which will serve Goodyear's North American and Latin American businesses. Despite efforts by Akron officials and local union leaders to persuade Goodyear to build its plant where the company was founded, Goodyear said in the letter that a review of logistics, labor costs and access to a deep-sea port led to the decision. The company announced plans in May for the state-of-the-art factory, which will make about six million tires annually. Goodyear says it expects to make a final decision on the factory's location in early 2015.

GOP lawmakers want vote on voter ID law
Several Republican state lawmakers want to force the Ohio House to vote on a bill requiring voters in the swing state to show photo identification at the polls. The bill was introduced almost a year ago and has yet to have a hearing. It would require Ohioans to show a driver's license, state ID card or other form of photo ID in order to cast their ballots. Supporters of the bill said Tuesday they are circulating a petition to pull the proposal from committee and bring it to a vote by the House. They said the ID requirements help safeguard Ohio's vote, though fraud cases are rare. Voter rights groups say supporters of the proposal are going after a problem that doesn't exist.

Cleveland schools hires charter school manager
The Cleveland school district has hired a former charter school lobbyist to manage the 13 charters the district now works with. Cleveland.com is reporting that Stephanie Klupinski had been vice president of legal and legislative affairs for the Ohio Alliance of Public Charter Schools. Most charter schools in the state are privately run, but funded with state money. Cleveland, however, has a special agreement that gives charters that partner with the city local tax money as well.

Cleveland police officer shoots, kills man with gun
A Cleveland police sergeant has shot and killed a man who reportedly pointed a gun at him as he was responding to a gunfire complaint. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says the sergeant fired three shots Tuesday after repeatedly ordering the man to drop a handgun. Williams says the officer was slowly driving down a street on Cleveland's east side when a man with a gun approached him. The sergeant began backing up his police cruiser but the man kept walking toward him and the officer shot him from inside his cruiser. Police recovered a revolver at the scene. It was the first fatal police shooting in Cleveland since two people were shot and killed in a hail of gunfire in November 2012.

Report: Ohioans are more productive but not necessarily making more money
A new report says Ohio workers are more productive and better educated, but they aren't necessarily making more money as a result. Ohio productivity grew by nearly 67 percent between 1979 and 2013, while median hourly wages fell by 1.1 percent when adjusted for inflation. That's according to a recent analysis of jobs data from Policy Matters Ohio, a Cleveland-based economic think tank. Ohio's median wage was nearly $16 last year, slightly above 2012 but well below the highs of around $17 in 1999 and 1979. The report says Ohio's median wage is now nearly 90 cents less per hour than the national median.

Ohio Libertarians tossed from ballot eye GOP ties
Libertarians in Ohio are crying foul after learning a Republican consultant and appointee of Gov. John Kasich was responsible for hiring the law firm whose challenge pushed two of their candidates off Ohio's statewide ballot. Terry Casey worked for Kasich's 2010 campaign, and the governor has since appointed him chair of the state personnel review board. Casey's role hiring the firm emerged in a case where Libertarians are asking federal Judge Michael Watson to restore governor candidate Charlie Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary to November's ballot. The party also says Brad Smith, who oversaw the disqualification hearing, didn't disclose he'd worked for Ohio's Republican attorney general. Libertarians want a trial expedited on grounds the disqualifications were partisan. Casey said Libertarian petitions were tossed legitimately.

Drone venture moving forward
A joint venture between Ohio and Indiana aimed at advancing drone operations for businesses and government has formalized its partnership with a southwestern Ohio city and airport. The formal partnership with the city of Springfield and Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport includes hangar space that will make it the "go to" location for schools and businesses looking to support unmanned aircraft development and operations. The city and the center also are collaborating on a new program at Clark State Community College that educates students in the operation of unmanned aircraft systems, remote sensing and data processing.

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