August 1, 2014

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Alcoa cutting 71 workers in Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Alcoa Inc. says soft demand for some of its products is leading the company to drop the third shift at a Cleveland area plant and lay off 71 workers. Alcoa spokeswoman Marian Lowes blames a “depressed economy” for the cutbacks at its Cuyahoga Heights facility. She says the Pittsburgh-based manufacturing giant has seen Read More…

One worker, possibly two, killed in egg farm barn collapse

CROTON — Three barns collapsed Wednesday at Ohio’s largest egg farm, killing at least one worker, authorities said. The cause of the collapses at Ohio Fresh Eggs wasn’t immediately clear, said Bill Schwaderer, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Two construction workers who were laying concrete blocks were killed, he said, but the Read More…

Cleveland sports anchor indicted for rape

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CLEVELAND — Authorities say a Cleveland television sports anchor has been indicted on charges of raping a woman in his home. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said 32-year-old Terry Brooks of WEWS-TV was indicted Wednesday on one count of kidnapping and four counts each of rape and attempted rape. WEWS, in a major media market, Read More…

Worker killed when wall collapses at northwest Ohio school

EDGERTON — Strong winds have blown down a 10-foot-high brick wall at a northwest Ohio school construction site, killing a worker. The accident happened Wednesday in Edgerton near the Ohio-Indiana state line. Authorities say high winds blew through just before the wall came down. They haven’t released the name of the worker who died. Just Read More…

Strickland, Kasich set two debate dates

COLUMBUS — Ohio Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland and Republican challenger John Kasich have agreed to meet for two debates in the run-up to this fall’s election. The evening debates will be held Sept. 14 in Columbus and October 7 in Toledo. The exact locations have not yet been determined. The plans were announced Wednesday by Read More…

Ohio lawmakers abandon redistricting proposal

COLUMBUS — Ohio lawmakers have given up on a proposal meant to inject more bipartisanship into the process of redrawing boundaries for state Senate and House districts. The plan’s backers concede they couldn’t come up enough support in time for Wednesday’s deadline for putting a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. So, House Speaker Armond Read More…

Officials: Absentee voters tripled in recent election

COLUMBUS — Ohio elections officials say the share of primary voters using absentee ballots has more than tripled since 2006, and they expect the upward trend to continue. Final numbers from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office show a little over a quarter of voters in this year’s May primary cast an absentee ballot, either Read More…

Red Sox 3, Indians 1: Beckett rolls Tribe

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BOSTON — Mike Lowell didn’t take long to satisfy the fans that were happy to see him back. With the crowd still on its feet during a standing ovation, Lowell hit a two-run homer on the first pitch he saw after coming off the disabled list to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 3-1 Read More…

Margaretta Schools lone victor as most Ohio school levies fail

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CASTALIA — Seven was a lucky number for a northwest Ohio school district where voters have approved a tax issue after six straight defeats. But other school systems around the state did not fare well in special elections held Tuesday. The property tax levy approved for the Margaretta Local Schools will provide about $1.2 million Read More…

Firefighters may be disciplined for missing body in burning car

CLEVELAND — Cleveland’s fire chief says disciplinary action is being considered for a fire captain who did not notice a shooting victim’s body inside a burned-out SUV. Firefighters responded to find the vehicle in flames behind a vacant house around 4 a.m. Saturday. It wasn’t until about 8:15 when police found the man’s body inside Read More…