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UA athletic director candidate withdraws application amid budget concerns
Top stories: Ford drives production from Mexico to northeast Ohio; Cincinnati police chief alarmed by surge in citations against black drivers
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ
and CORY YORK


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
Morning headlines for Wednesday, August 12, 2015:
  • UA athletic director candidate withdraws application amid budget concerns
  • Ford drives production from Mexico to northeast Ohio
  • Cincinnati police chief alarmed at surge in citations against black drivers
  • New dive coaster could be coming to Cedar Point
  • One of California'a "most wanted" arrested in Canton
  • Teen who escaped Summit detention center arrested
  • Gas prices likely to spike this week
  • Former VA director testifies at fraud trial
  • UA athletic director candidate withdraws application amid budget concerns
    The University of Akron's budget problems have caused an athletic director candidate to withdraw. The Beacon Journal reports University of Louisiana Monroe athletic director Brian Wickstrom is among six candidates being interview for the position after Tom Wistrcill stepped down in June. The newspaper reports Wickstrom said he had too many concerns about the uncertainty of the university's future. Akron is getting backlash for its $40 million in cuts that included eliminating the baseball program. 

    Ford drives production from Mexico to northeast Ohio
    Ford is shifting the assembly of its medium-duty pickup trucks from Mexico to its suburban Cleveland plant. The company said it is starting production of new Ford F-650 and 750 trucks today at its Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake. It's the first time the trucks are being built in the U.S. The move announced in March was part of a pledge Ford made with union leaders in 2011 to shift medium-duty truck production from Mexico. The company said it invested $168 million in the plant to make the change. 

    Cincinnati police chief alarmed at surge in citations against black drivers
    The University of Cincinnati police chief has expressed alarm after a newspaper found a recent surge of citations against black drivers and pedestrians before an officer's fatal shooting of a black driver after a traffic stop. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports university police made 932 traffic-related citations through July of this year, three times the number in 2012. The newspaper's analysis found 62 percent of those cited were black, up from 43 percent in 2012. Chief Jason Goodrich says he was "horrified" at the findings and wants to get to the bottom of the disparity. The school fired officer Ray Tensing after he was charged with murder in the July 19 shooting of Samuel DuBose, who was stopped for missing a front license plate. Tensing has pleaded not guilty.

    New dive coaster could be coming to Cedar Point
    Anticipation is quickly growing ahead of Cedar Point's big announcement next week. Computer images leaked online suggest the theme park could unveil plans for a new dive coaster, in which riders experience a moment of free-falling with at least one 90-degree drop. There are just two of them in the U.S. Cedar Point is expected to make an announcement on Tuesday.

    One of California'a "most wanted" arrested in Canton
    Officials say a woman labeled as one of northern California's "most wanted" was apprehended after federal agents raided the Canton home she shared with a wanted man she was living with. The Canton Repository reports 43-year-old Reine Silverlight and 51-year-old Darrin Saunders were arrested as agents shut down a large marijuana growing operation. They also seized numerous guns and six ounces of methamphetamine.

    Gas prices expected to spike this week
    Don't get too comfortable with the low gas prices. The Plain Dealer reports prices at the pumps are about to spike 30 cents over the next several days. A BP oil refinery in Indiana is operating below half of its output capacity. Prices had already jumped 15 cents to start the work week as the average in Cleveland was $2.40 and $2.45 in Akron. Another spike would likely put the region above the national average.

    Teen who escaped Summit detention center arrested
    Authorities have arrested a 17-year-old boy who escaped from the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center over the weekend. U.S. Marshals say Dominique Pete was wearing a disguse when he was tracked down yesterday afternoon at Akron-Summit County Library's North Hill Branch. Workers believe he escaped from the detention center through an unlocked door. Pete was to be tried as an adult on robbery charges. He faces up to 28 years in prison.

    Former VA director testifies at fraud trial
    The former director of Veterans Affairs medical centers in Cleveland and Dayton has testified that he got confidential information from officials in Washington and passed it on to people who paid him as a consultant. The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports William Montague testified Tuesday at the federal trial of an architect accused of benefiting from that arrangement when bidding on projects. Montague's cooperation with prosecutors was part of an agreement under which he pleaded guilty to more than 60 counts, including money laundering and disclosing public contract information. In exchange, he could get a shorter prison sentence. The media group says his testimony marks the first time the 64-year-old Brecksville man has talked publicly at length about details of his alleged crimes.

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