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Ohio Attorney General sues Cleveland car dealer for failing to provide titles
Top headlines: Ohio EPA OK’s drinking water at Gurney Elementary after high lead levels; Officials: Can't determine how Northfield family died in explosion; Local school to reopen after closing due to stomach illness

by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ
and MICHAEL BRATTON


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
Morning headlines for Thursday, February 4, 2016:

  • Ohio Attorney General sues Cleveland car dealer for failing to provide titles
  • Ohio EPA OK’s drinking water at Gurney Elementary after reports of high lead levels
  • Officials: Can't determine how Northfield family died in explosion
  • Brimfield High School to reopen after closing due to stomach illness
  • Warren toddlers revived with opiate overdose antidote
  • Sebring water gets “OK” after finding lead in residential piping
  • University of Akron gets $3 million gift for its Honors College
  • Ohio receives “F” for tobacco prevention and control
  • Ohio senators head to Cincinnati to gather input on medical marijuana
  • Hourly workers at General Motors to see $11,000 in profit-shares
  • Ohio Attorney General sues Cleveland car dealer for failing to provide titles
    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing a Cleveland used car dealer accused of failing to provide auto titles to its customers. DeWine says Champion Marketing Group LLC failed to send customer’s their vehicle’s title within 40 days of purchase. As a result, DeWine’s office paid almost $14,000 to affected customers from a fund aimed at helping those who didn’t receive a vehicle title. The lawsuit seeks an end to any further violations, reimbursement to the title fund, restitution for consumers and civil penalties.

    Ohio EPA OK’s drinking water at Gurney Elementary after reports of high lead levels
    The Ohio EPA says the water is safe to drink at a Chagrin Falls elementary school that had found elevated levels of lead in two drinking fountains. Cleveland.com reports that the district today said the latest tests have come back clean. Last week school officials turned off water fountains at Gurney Elementary and provided bottled water for students and staff. More samples have been tested and results are expected in the next two weeks.

    Officials: Can't determine how Northfield family died in explosion
    Authorities say a mother and two young girls were so badly burned that investigators can't determine if they suffered any injuries prior to a fatal house explosion and fire in Northfield. The Summit County Medical Examiner released a preliminary autopsy Wednesday saying investigators are searching for their causes of death. Records show they haven't determined exactly when they died. Investigators say Jeffery Mather was found near a gas can inside the home. He showed evidence of smoke inhalation. His wife, Cynthia and their two daughters did not. Authorities have said murder-suicide is a possibility in the explosion.

    Brimfield High School to reopen after closing due to stomach illness
    A Portage County high school is expected to reopen today after closing Wednesday when 1/3 of the students fell sick with a stomach bug. Parents and custodians in the Field school district spent yesterday cleaning and disinfecting classrooms at Brimfield High School.

    Warren toddlers revived with opiate overdose antidote 
    Authorities say an infant and a toddler who were believed to have ingested an opiate were revived with a life-saving drug. Warren police are awaiting toxicology reports to confirm whether the 9-month-old and 21-month-old had drugs in their systems. Police say their 18-year-old mother took them to a Warren hospital yesterday, which treated them with naloxone, also known as Narcan.

    Sebring water gets “OK” after finding lead in residential piping
    New water tests in Sebring show the Mahoning County village's water is OK and now within federal lead level guidelines. State officials are still working with the village to adjust its water system chemistry to keep lead from leaching into the water from residential piping.

    University of Akron gets $3 million gift for its Honors College
    The University of Akron is getting a $3 million gift. The money was donated by Gary and Pamela Williams for the university’s Honors College. The gift will be used for funding student research and study abroad expenses. The Williams have donated more than $10 million to the university since their graduation in 1968.

    Ohio receives “F” for tobacco prevention and control
    Ohio's efforts to prevent and control smoking and other tobacco use got another failing grade in an anti-smoking group's latest national review. The American Lung Association's State of Tobacco Control report, out Wednesday, gave Ohio an F for prevention and control program funding and for its tobacco tax structure. But the group said Ohio's doing a better job helping people quit. Ohio's smoking rate stands at 7th highest in the nation. The state has increased its cigarette tax by 35 cents a pack, but the association says the tax must go higher. The group praised state lawmakers for increasing spending for tobacco-related programs by roughly $4.4 million this year. Expanded quit-line services helped take Ohio from an F to a C for cessation efforts.

    Ohio senators head to Cincinnati to gather input on medical marijuana
    Two state senators are stopping in Cincinnati as part of an effort to gather public opinions about medical marijuana. Republican Sen. Dave Burke, of Marysville, and Democratic Sen. Kenny Yuko, of Richmond Heights, are holding a forum today at the University of Cincinnati. The event comes as the Legislature contemplates its next move on medical marijuana. The senators will hear Ohioans' opinions about making marijuana available for limited medical uses. The first forum was held over the weekend in Cleveland. Others are set for Columbus and Toledo.

    Hourly workers at General Motors to see $11,000 in profit-shares
    General Motors workers will receive $11,000 in profit-sharing from the automaker. GM credits the double digit shares to a record turnaround since filing for bankruptcy in 2009. The company tripled its net income to $9.7 billion last year. Almost 50,000 hourly employees are eligible to receive the money, including those at the Lordstown assembly plant near Youngstown. Last year hourly workers saw $7,500 in profit-shares.

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