March 3, 2015


Lorain Schools may sue over Admiral King gas leak

LORAIN — The school district is considering suing Kent-based Emerald Environmental Inc., over the Admiral King Elementary School gas leak. King closed as a precautionary measure Sept. 30 after low levels of natural gas were detected. The school’s 350 students attended Toni Morrison and Washington elementary schools until King reopened Jan. 5 after a gas Read More…

UPDATED: Ohio bill would expand access to drug overdose antidote

A Narcan kit.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Doctors could authorize individuals to hand out a drug overdose antidote to addicts, their friends and family members without requiring a prescription under an Ohio bill aimed at expanding the drug’s availability. The bill approved by the House Health and Aging Committee on Wednesday also would allow pharmacies to distribute the Read More…

Ted Strickland to focus US Senate bid on opportunity

In this Sept. 4, 2012, file photo, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Strickland jumped into the U.S. Senate race against Republican Rob Portman on Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

COLUMBUS (AP) — Democrat Ted Strickland says his run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Rob Portman will focus on expanding job and educational opportunities for average people that have been denied by GOP policies in Washington and Ohio. Strickland formally announced his bid Wednesday, instantly escalating attacks on his record as Ohio’s Read More…

10 Things to Know, Wednesday, Feb. 25

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Ex-marine found guilty in “American Sniper” trial Eddie Ray Routh, 27, faces life in prison without parole in the deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield. 2. Pressure mounts on GOP on Homeland Security bill Read More…

Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2015 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio signs the bill authorizing expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner says Congress is sending President Barack Obama legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. The White House is indicating Obama will quickly veto it in private over Republican lawmakers' urging that he sign it. It would be the third veto of Obama's presidency. From left are, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Senate sponsor of the Keystone XL pipeline bill, Boehner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication of whether he’ll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, whose construction has become a flashpoint Read More…

Ex-Marine convicted in ‘Sniper’ trial faces life in prison

Former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh stands during his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville Texas, on Tuesday. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury has rejected the insanity defense of a former Marine in the deaths of famed “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man. After a two-week trial in which jurors heard testimony about defendant Eddie Ray Routh’s erratic behavior, including statements about anarchy, the apocalypse and pig-human hybrids, they Read More…

Bendix announces departure from Elyria


ELYRIA — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is leaving Elyria. The company announced Tuesday that it plans to build a new headquarters within a 20-mile radius of its dated Cleveland Street facility. A decision on whether Bendix would stay has been anticipated for months since Mayor Holly Brinda said she was blindsided last fall with news Read More…

North Ridgeville road salt supplies taking a licking


NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The head of the city’s Service Department said this winter and that of a year ago are ones for the books. “I’ve been here 31 years, and these are the two worst back-to-back winters I’ve ever seen as far as cold temperatures and snowfall go,” Al Swindig Jr. said Tuesday. “I’m trying Read More…

Elyria mayor’s challenger Bill Grace fires barbs in wake of Bendix news


ELYRIA — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems’ announcement that it will leave Elyria will undoubtedly be seized upon by her opponents as a blemish to Mayor Holly Brinda’s administration as she seeks a second term. Brinda said she did everything she could to keep Bendix in Elyria. Bendix, one of Elyria’s top employers with more than Read More…

Murder trial begins in 1976 slaying


ELYRIA — Bobbie New killed Dorothy Spencer during a domestic argument that turned violent, Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Sherry Glass told jurors on the first day of New’s murder trial Tuesday. Glass said New, now 73, confessed to the killing to his family, including his nephew, key prosecution witness Perry Strader, not long after he Read More…