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Cuyahoga County prosecutor denied party's re-election endorsement
Top headlines: Gun rights activists open carry around Akron; Flags at half-staff in Ohio for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day; Gov. Kasich blasts President Obama's speech
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ
and CORY YORK


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
Morning headlines for Monday, December 7, 2015:

  • Cuyahoga County prosecutor denied party's re-election endorsement
  • Gun rights activists open carry around Akron
  • Flags at half-staff in Ohio for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
  • Gov. Kasich blasts President Obama's speech
  • Browns own worst record in NFL
  • Shale oil and gas production in Ohio continues to set records
  • Richmond Heights police officer shot, suspect dead
  • State to pay $170,000 settlement in rest stops-advertising dispute
  • NASA testing Orion spacecraft in Sandusky
  • Ohio State heading back to the Fiesta Bowl
  • Zips going to Idaho Potato Bowl
  • Zips men's soccer team advances to Final Four
  • Rockin' sculptures coming to Rock Hall
  • Cuyahoga County prosecutor denied party's re-election endorsement
    Cuyahoga County Democrats over the weekend voted against endorsing incumbent prosecutor Timothy McGinty in March’s primary election. The Plain Dealer reportsr that instead, the party voted to endorse Michael O’Malley, who says he plans to file paperwork to run before the December 16th deadline. O'Malley is a former assistant county prosecutor who is currently Parma's safety director. McGinty has come under fire during the past year over his handling of high-profile cases such as the Tamir Rice shooting.

    Gun rights activists open carry around Akron
    Nearly two-dozen gun rights advocates participated in a walk through Akron with their weapons on Sunday. The Plain Dealer reports it came after uproar the past week over 25-year-old Danial Kovacevic walked through town carrying a rifle on his back near the University of Akron. Kovacevic joined members of Ohio Carry, a gun rights education organization, for a walk through downtown Akron. Kovacevic tells the Plain Dealer his goal is to educate the public about open carry law.

    Flags at half-staff in Ohio for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
    Flags are being flown at half-staff in Ohio as part of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset today in remembrance of all those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Today marks the 74th anniversary since the Japanese attacks at the American naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii. The U.S. Congress declared war against Japan a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The governor also urged all Ohioans to attend special ceremonies and remembrances honoring those who lost their lives that day.

    Gov. Kasich blasts President Obama's speech
    Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich blasted President Obama’s speech last night. Kasich said in a statement that Obama’s strategy is not enough, and "Without taking the fight to ISIS on the ground, ISIS won’t be defeated." Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman echoed those comments, saying in a statement that the administration needs to get more aggressive and "lead the effort to degrade and destroy, not contain, Islamic extremism wherever it resides." He also said he will work with his colleagues both on the Homeland Security Committee and in Congress to protect Americans." In an appearance earlier in the day Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union", Governor John Kasich said that although Donald Trump remains at the top of polls in the Republican presidential race, he expects Trump to fade soon. Kasich said voters will want someone with experience.

    Browns own worst record in NFL
    The Browns are the worst team in the NFL after yesterday's 37-3 beating by the Cincinnati Bengals. If the season would end today, Cleveland would have the first pick in the NFL draft with its 2-10 record. They've lost 7 in a row. After the game head coach Mike Pettine acknowledged there's no assurances he'll keep his job the remaining four games of the season, saying he'll meet with owner Jimmy Haslam this week.

    Shale oil and gas production in Ohio continues to set records
    The state Department of Natural Resources says the amounts of oil and natural gas being produced by Ohio shale wells continue to set records. Statistics released by the department show nearly 6 million barrels of oil and 245 billion cubic feet of natural gas produced during the third quarter of the year. The department says Ohio's horizontal shale wells have produced more oil and gas in the first nine months of this year than all of Ohio's wells produced in 2014. The state says oil drilling production increased 111 percent and gas drilling production by 126 percent in the first three quarters of this year compared with the first three quarters of 2014.

    Richmond Heights police officer shot, suspect dead
    Police say a man shot an officer in the chest before police shot and killed him in Richmond Heights. Authorities say the wounded police sergeant was in serious but stable condition Sunday night. Police say they responded to a home for a man threatening suicide. The man agreed to leave with the officers, but grabbed a gun while he was getting his clothes and shot the officer in the chest. The 19-year police veteran wasn't wearing a bulletproof vest. Police say another other officer fatally shot the suspect. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner identified the man as Carlumandarlo Zaramo.

    State to pay $170,000 settlement in rest stops-advertising dispute
    A governmental agency that oversees Ohio's highways has agreed to pay about $170,000 to a pair of advertising firms. TRIAD Communications of Cuyahoga Falls and SFC Graphics of Toledo accused the state Department of Transportation of breaching its contract when it allowed two state governmental agencies to solicit advertising at 10 roadside rest areas. The advertising firms filed separate complaints claiming the 2012 deal gave them exclusive rights to market and sell advertising at those rest areas. As part of the settlement, the Transportation department does not admit to any wrongdoing.

    NASA testing Orion spacecraft in Sandusky
    A piece of a test version of NASA's new Orion spacecraft is now in northwestern Ohio and ready to undergo testing. The spacecraft's service module was delivered recently to a NASA test facility in Sandusky. It will receive vibration, acoustic, strength, and temperature tests over the next several months that replicate conditions the module will experience while ascending into space. Orion is NASA's first new spacecraft for humans in over a generation. It succeeds the now-retired space shuttles. The next unmanned Orion flight is scheduled for the fall of 2018.

    Ohio State heading back to the Fiesta Bowl
    Ohio State is heading to the Fiesta Bowl to take on Notre Dame on New Year's Day. The two teams were in the college football playoff mix until late in the season. The defending champion Buckeyes lost their only game to Michigan State and needed help to get into college football's final four. They didn't get it and finished No. 7 in the final CFP ranking. Notre Dame is No. 8.

    Zips going to Idaho Potato Bowl
    Akron will face Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl December 22nd. Akron finished the regular season with four straight wins and will play in their first bowl game in a decade.

    Zips men's soccer team advances to Final Four
    The University of Akron men’s soccer team will faceStanford at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the College Cup semifinals in Kansas City. The game will be televised by ESPNU. The Zips advanced with a 3-2 double-overtime home victory over Creighton on Saturday.

    Rockin' sculptures coming to Rock Hall
    Cleveland is set to receive colorful rock 'n' roll-themed sculptures that play snippets of songs from its rock hall inductees at regular intervals. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Destination Cleveland are planning to put the sculptures along the downtown business spine ahead of the 2016 Republican National Convention. The installation, called "Rock Box," is expected to be made up of stacks of 2-foot-square loudspeakers that play music from rock Hall of Famers. The goal is to create a stronger link between the hall of fame and downtown, which are separated by railroads, a 70-foot drop in elevation, and highways and ramps. The city gave final approval for the $500,000 project on Friday. It's being funded by Destination Cleveland.
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