Cleveland, state assessing loss of United hub
Written by THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press   
Monday, 03 February 2014 07:15

CLEVELAND (AP) — State and local officials moved Sunday to assess the loss of 60 percent of United Airlines departures when the carrier drops its money-losing Cleveland hub.

The state of Ohio said it would try to reverse the decision, which will cost 470 jobs.

The loss had been feared at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport since United merged in 2010 with Continental, which had a hub in Cleveland.

The city-owned airport said Sunday it would not comment on the cutbacks announced in a letter from the airline's CEO to United employees.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's spokeswoman said Sunday the city is assessing the situation and will address the issue Monday.

"We received the information regarding United's announcement on air service reductions. We are reviewing the information and assessing the impact," spokeswoman Maureen Harper said in an email Sunday.

Southern Ohio getting more snow
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 03 February 2014 07:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After seeing some spring-like temperatures over the weekend, a swath of southern Ohio is getting hit with another snow storm.

Many schools were closed or delayed Monday morning as snow was falling across the southern half of the state, mostly below Interstate 70.

Forecasters expected counties south of I-70 to get 2 to 4 inches of snow, while areas nearer to the Ohio River could see 3 to 5 inches.

Many counties were under winter weather warnings or advisories until mid-morning. Another winter storm is expected to roll into Ohio later this week.

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New $46M student center at Ohio's Miami University
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 02 February 2014 07:51

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — It's a big first weekend for the new $46 million student center at Miami University of Ohio.

The 203,000-square-foot Armstrong Student Center opened Monday. It has banquet rooms and a technology-free meditation center and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

The three-floor center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

According to the Dayton Daily News (bit.ly/1hIvhyW), many of the ideas for the center came from students.

Two-thirds of the project was financed by more than 11,000 donors. Students paid for part with a $115 per semester fee.

The center is a combination of new construction and retrofitting. It takes the place of the former ROTC building as well as some other facilities.


Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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Officials: Convicted murder escapes Michigan prison
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 03 February 2014 07:11

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A man serving life behind bars for murder in four 1993 deaths in Michigan has escaped from prison and apparently abducted a woman before she got away in Indiana, authorities said Monday.

Michael David Elliot, 40, was discovered missing about 9:30 p.m. Sunday from the Ionia Correctional Facility in mid-Michigan, Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said in an email.

Elliot may have abducted a woman from Ionia using a knife or box cutter and drove to Elkhart, Ind., roughly 100 miles southwest of Ionia and near the Indiana-Michigan state line, where they stopped for gas. The woman got away at the gas station and call police, Marlan said.

Police made contact with the woman about 11:50 p.m. Sunday. Elliot left the gas station and was at large Monday morning, Marlan said.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 07:32
United Airlines drops Cleveland as hub airport
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 02 February 2014 07:49

WASHINGTON (AP) — United Airlines said Saturday it will drop its money-losing hub in Cleveland, slashing its daily flights and eliminating 470 jobs.

The company's CEO Jeff Smisek announced in a letter to employees that the airline will no longer use Cleveland to connect fliers coming from other airports around the country. As a result, United's daily departures from the city will fall from 199 currently to 72 by June.

"Our hub in Cleveland hasn't been profitable for over a decade, and has generated tens of millions of dollars of annual losses in recent years," Smisek states. "We simply cannot continue to bear these losses."

United said in November that it aims to cut $2 billion in annual costs in the coming year by shifting flights, making workers more productive, and improving its maintenance procedures.

Similar cutbacks have affected many other small hubs in cities such as Memphis, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City amid a wave of airline mergers over the last five years.

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