Group seeks more scrutiny for Ohio mine plan
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 17 February 2014 07:13

CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) — A citizens group is requesting extra scrutiny of a company's plans for an underground coal mine in eastern Ohio because of the January chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians.

The mine south of Carrollton is planned by Rosebud Mining Co., whose owner, J. Clifford Forrest, also owns Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the spill. Freedom Industries has filed for bankruptcy, temporarily shielding it from dozens of lawsuits, many by businesses that lost money while shuttered during a water-use ban.

The Carroll Concerned Citizens group in eastern Ohio has asked the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to put a hold on new coal mining permit requests by Rosebud, according to The (Dover-New Philadelphia) Times-Reporter (http://bit.ly/MSchnx). The letter to the department from the group's attorney, Richard Salhi, requested extra scrutiny on Rosebud's application and raised concerns about whether the lawsuits and other issues involving Forrest's business might affect the Ohio project.

"The big question today in Carroll County is: Can a company facing such enormous liabilities be counted upon not to cut corners on the protections for Carroll County's irreplaceable groundwater sources?" Salhi wrote.

Ohio's only national park gets new superintendent
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 16 February 2014 07:34

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The head of a park on the shoreline of the San Francisco Bay has been chosen as the next superintendent of the only national park in Ohio.

The National Park Service says Craig Kenkel will become superintendent this spring at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, located about halfway between Cleveland and Akron. The previous leader of the park became a regional director last summer.

Kenkel has been superintendent at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park in California since 2010.

He says he first visited the Ohio park in 1992, and it's been on his top-ten parks list since then.

The Harlan, Iowa, native started his full-time career with the park service in 1985 as a historical architect. He also has worked in the Midwest region office.

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Worker killed in Ohio steel plant's train yard
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 16 February 2014 07:30

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — An investigation is underway into an accident at a northern Ohio steel plant that has left one worker dead.

Authorities say the fatal accident happened Friday in the train yard at Republic Steel in Lorain. A 62-year-old man who worked on a train crew at the steel plant was killed.

A union official says the worker who was a longtime Republic Steel employee was riding on the side of a train car when it hit a set of parked train cars.

The man's name was not released. He died at the scene.

Workers were sent home after the accident and production was stopped.

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration says it already has started its investigation.

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Ohio science center marks 50 years of education
Written by MICHAEL GROSSBERG, The Columbus Dispatch   
Sunday, 16 February 2014 07:31

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When the reborn Memorial Hall opened as the Center for Science and Industry in 1964, a Columbus advertising executive's dream had come to pass at last.

Sandy Hallock's idea, inspired by a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, took six years to pull off. It required the help of area business leaders and the Franklin County Historical Society, as well as $502,000 in county funding to renovate the hall in downtown Columbus.

Five decades and one significant move later, the nonprofit center is viewed as a standout among its peers.

"COSI is one of our leading institutions, and not just in the United States," said Anthony Rock, president and CEO of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, a nonprofit organization encompassing nearly 600 centers and museums in more than 40 countries.

"COSI is at the top in serving its community and using science very effectively in delivering its message."

Ohio animal sanctuary fire kills goats, rooster
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 16 February 2014 07:27

RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) — A barn fire at a northeast Ohio animal sanctuary killed two goats, a rooster and a pot belly pig.

The director of the Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary says the fire Friday night spread quickly through the facility's goat barn.

Annette Fisher tells The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland that they were able to rescue two goats that travel to nursing homes and special events along with two cats.

She says that they were fortunate that the fire didn't spread to other nearby barns and shelters.

The animal sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates, and provides an adoption program for animals that are abused or abandoned.

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