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Columbus-based Jeni's to toss 265 tons of ice cream amid listeria scare
Other headlines: Mansfield standoff ends with suspect dead; Two Cleveland high school basketball players accused of rape
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
Morning headlines for Wednesday, April 29. 2015:
  • Columbus-based Jeni's to toss 265 tons of ice cream amid listeria scare
  • House will vote on open container areas
  • Vote in State Senate could ban the sale of pure caffeine
  • Medina, Stark residents get to comment on proposed pipeline tonight
  • Two Cleveland high school basketball players accused of rape
  • Three men indicted, accused of trafficking black-tar heroin
  • Mansfield standoff ends with suspect dead
  • Melt Bar and Grilled owner named Ohio's top small business owner
  • Metro Parks, Akron Marathon team up to help runners train
  • Cavs say Love is out for the rest of the playoffs 
  • Columbus-based Jeni's to toss 265 tons of ice cream amid listeria scare
    Columbus-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is destroying more than 265 tons of ice cream after listeria was found in the production facility and in products last week. CEO John Lowe says that the product to be destroyed amounts to 15 tractor-trailer loads on more than 300 pallets. It will cost the company more than $2.5 million. The company said last week that it had recalled all its products from retailers and closed ice cream shops in six states over concerns about possible listeria contamination. 

    Court awards ex-Kent State football coach more than $100,000

    The Ohio Court of Claims has awarded a former Kent State University football coach more than $100,000 in a breach of contract lawsuit. Former defensive coordinator James Fleming refused to be reassigned when a new head coach was hired in 2011. Instead he was fired which the court ruled last week was a breach of contract, entitling him to a year’s salary plus interest.

    House will vote on open container areas 
    The Ohio House is slated to vote on a bill allowing some cities to create outdoor refreshment areas where revelers could walk outside with open containers of alcohol. The proposal, which could head to the governor today, allows cities of a certain size to create areas exempted from Ohio's open-container law. That law generally prohibits a person from carrying an open container of beer or liquor in public. The proposal's supporters want to create such areas in time for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Cincinnati on July 14. An emergency clause in the bill would cause it to take effect immediately upon Gov. John Kasich's signature.

    Vote in State Senate could ban the sale of pure caffeine
    Selling pure caffeine products would become a misdemeanor offense under a measure poised for a vote today by the Ohio Senate. With few exceptions, the measure would ban people from knowingly selling products consisting solely or primarily of caffeine that's manufactured into a crystalline, liquid or powdered form. People still could sell caffeine in pill form if each unit has less than 250 milligrams of caffeine. The bill exempts products such as coffee, tea and energy drinks that include caffeine and other ingredients.

    Medina, Stark residents get to comment on proposed pipeline tonight
    Residents in Medina and Stark counties will have a chance to comment on a proposed natural gas pipeline this week. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is holding meetings today in Wadsworth and Thursday in Louisville on the proposed Nexus Pipeline. The 250 mile pipeline would run from Southeast Ohio’s Columbiana County, through Summit, Stark, and Medina counties up to the Michigan Border. The project led by Houston-based Nexus Gas Transmission has encountered strong grass-roots opposition.

    Two Cleveland high school basketball players accused of rape
    A Cleveland student is accusing two high school basketball players of raping her in a room at the school as classes let out one afternoon last month. Cleveland.com reports the athletes from East Technical High School were arrested after an 18-year-old woman reported the alleged sexual assault. A 16-year-old boy is due in juvenile court May 12 to face rape and kidnapping charges. Court records show the other athlete, an 18-year-old, hasn't been charged.

    Three men indicted for allegedly trafficking black-tar heroin
    Federal authorities say three men have been indicted for allegedly trafficking large amounts of black-tar heroin in northern Ohio. Victor "Ozzy" Morales-Garcia of Columbus, and Mario Perez Sanchez and Pedro Ortega-Gomez of Madison, are accused selling the drug to customers in western Cuyahoga and Lake counties. Black tar heroin is a cheap but pure form of heroin that often comes from Mexico.

    Mansfield standoff ends with suspect dead
    A man who police say repeatedly fired shots at officers from a Mansfield home during a 26-hour standoff has died after being shot during the exchange. 58-year-old David Parker died Tuesday after he was shot by officers. Authorities say Parker fired at officers just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, prompting law enforcement to fire back. The confrontation began Monday morning when a gas utility worker called 911 after the resident came to the door with an assault rifle.

    Melt Bar and Grilled owner named Ohio's top small business person
    Melt Bar and Grilled owner Matt Fish is Ohio's Small Business Person of the Year. Fish beat out 10 other Ohio businesses and will be honored at the White House next Friday as part of National Small Business Week. He opened the first Melt Bar & Grilled in Lakewood in 2006. It now has eight locations with more than 400 employees.

    Metro Parks, Akron Marathon team up to help runners train
    Summit Metro Parks and the Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series are teaming up to offer race training through what they're calling "Running Spree." June through August, there will be a series of natural-surface and paved trails for beginning, intermediate and advanced runners. The marathon is September 26.

    Statehouse honors Lincoln anniversary 
    The Ohio Statehouse will hold a 150th anniversary commemoration of Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Following his death in 1865, his body was carried acdross the country for viewing by mourners...It lay in repose in Ohio that April 29. Today, there will be a Civil War encampment and changing-of-the-guard throughout the day and an exhibit of historical photographs from the Library of Congress.

    Cavs say Love is out for the rest of the playoffs
    Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will likely miss the remainder of the postseason with "extensive" damage to his left shoulder. Cavs general manager David Griffin said Tuesday the team is not expecting Love to return in the playoffs. He Love was injured in Sunday's series-sweeping win over Boston. Griffin said Love may need surgery.
     
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