Bid protest on Air Force museum in Ohio denied
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 19 January 2014 07:18

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force says work on a new building can go ahead in southwest Ohio.

Work on the $35.4 million expansion project was held up after another contractor filed a protest of the award to Turner Construction Co. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reviewed the bid award and rejected the protest.

A notice to proceed was issued Friday.

The fourth building for the museum near Dayton will allow relocation of the Presidential Aircraft Gallery from a hangar in a restricted-access area of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. A gallery on research and development will also move, and a new space gallery will showcase a space shuttle exhibit. Another gallery will focus on airlift operations.

The fourth building is now expected to open in 2016.

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State cites NE Ohio city water system over testing
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 19 January 2014 07:17

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — State regulators have cited a northeast Ohio municipal water system over a contractor's failure to do required testing.

In response, Youngstown's city water department will no longer use the testing lab.

According to The (Youngstown) Vindicator (bit.ly/1b7Xtqu), the contractor failed to analyze water samples in a timely manner because of an equipment problem.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued a citation against the city. The citation didn't include a fine, but the city must notify water customers in the next monthly bill.

Youngstown Water Commissioner Harry Johnson III says there is no problem with the water.

The city is mandated by the EPA to test water for specific contaminants at various times during the year.

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Bundle up: Another round of cold is on the way
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 18 January 2014 07:30

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The polar vortex that gripped much of the country has moved on, but don't get too comfortable — another round of frigid air is expected to arrive next week across the northern U.S., from the Dakotas eastward to New England.

It'll be cold, but not the life-threatening cold of last week when subzero temperatures enveloped much of the country and contributed to at least a dozen deaths.

Temperatures will start falling over the weekend into Monday, said Bob McMahon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The cold is expected to persist until Thursday, just in time for a second blast of frigid air to move in and keep temperatures about 10 degrees below average, he said.

"We get these periods of below-normal temperatures in the winter. It's not abnormally cold, it's not a record cold but it is colder than normal," McMahon said Friday. "People just need to be aware of that and take normal precautions."

The freeze will start moderately Saturday in Pennsylvania and states northward. Highs will generally range from the teens to lower 20s, and the cold spell could extend as far south as the Gulf states.

State aid for Detroit may be tough sell in Michigab Capitol
Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press   
Saturday, 18 January 2014 07:32

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — In his annual speech to a statewide audience, Gov. Rick Snyder avoided asking the public what he had already floated privately with lawmakers: state aid to help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy.

It's politically tricky terrain for the Republican governor and lawmakers uncomfortable with talk of a "bailout." Snyder appears to have some allies in the leadership of the Republican-led Legislature, but other legislators are worried about state financial assistance to Detroit setting a precedent if other cities collapse.

They have their own spending priorities, too.

"I represent mid-Michigan taxpayers. They're looking for more funding for their roads and their schools and their revenue sharing," Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge said after Snyder met with the Senate Republican caucus Thursday, the same day of his State of the State address. "I have to think about my constituents, the people I represent. Although I want to assist the governor in transitioning Detroit into a new vibrant city, I'm going to be very reluctant to vote for funding."

Ohio officers disciplined in school gun discharge
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 18 January 2014 07:27

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Two police officers in northeast Ohio have been disciplined after a gun accidentally fired while they cleaned their weapons at the high school where they were assigned.

The round lodged in a cinder block wall and no one was hurt.

The incident occurred in mid-December at Field High School and involved police from Brimfield Township east of Akron.

Township Police Chief David Oliver told the Akron Beacon Journal (bit.ly/1b8yQtO) on Friday that the officers used poor judgment by cleaning their pistols during school hours.

He said they used an isolated, cinderblock room while students were in class.

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