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ODNR Seeks Permit From OEPA on Portage Lakes Dam Project

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is usually an issuer of regulatory permits, but for parts of its $75-million Portage Lakes dam project, it is the applicant. ODNR is in a multi-year project of upgrading or replacing the dams and spillways of the Portage Lakes—many date to the 1830s and the Ohio & Erie Canal. But some work could affect water quality so that means permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency ultimately approved by its director. OEPA spokesman Mike Settles...

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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is usually an issuer of regulatory permits, but for parts of its $75-million Portage Lakes dam project, it is the applicant.

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Hundreds of volunteers converged on Akron’s North Hill neighborhood over the weekend to work on houses as part of National Rebuilding Month.

The effort was part of the national Rebuilding Together initiative to provide low-income homeowners with major repairs, free of charge.

Jeff Tucker -- who owns his own construction firm and was helping out on Saturday – says many homeowners in North Hill run into challenges with upkeep because they are veterans or elderly, and their homes are often close to a hundred years old.

Ohio House Pushes Back on Gov. Kasich's Budget

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Gov. John Kasich’s $67 billion budget got ripped apart and put back together by House Republicans, who stripped out his key tax reforms and put more money into other areas. Part of the reason was because nearly a half a billion dollars had to be trimmed from it, and more cuts are likely to come later. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler sat down with the top lawmakers who’ve been studying the budget before a vote on it next week.

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The Lake Erie Charter Boat Association is among a half dozen environmental and business groups that have joined a lawsuit this week against the U.S. EPA.

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Akron Public Schools is investigating why one of its elementary schools failed to stop a man impersonating a police officer from entering the school.

Police say Christopher Hendon visited Leggett Elementary with a weapon several times, but was not stopped because he appeared to be a police officer.

School officials never asked for Hendon’s ID.

Akron Schools spokesman Mark Williamson says the event is a reminder about safety in schools.

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Huntington Bank is the latest company to contribute to a $4.5 million loan fund for projects in distressed Akron neighborhoods.

The bank has given a quarter-million dollars to the Akron Community Revitalization Loan Fund. The group says it will concentrate on loaning money for projects from $500,000 all the way up to $2 million in places like North Hill and East Akron, with interest rates hovering below 2.75 percent.

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There’s a provision in the House version of Gov. John Kasich’s budget that seems to have been inspired by a public service ad campaign last year. It featured Ohio State’s football coach and the state officeholder who’s announced he wants to try again to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown next year. 

State treasurer Josh Mandel’s office said the goal was to raise awareness of the STABLE savings account program for disabled people, which Ohio was the first in the nation to establish. 

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The House’s changes to Gov. John Kasich’s budget are going over fairly well with education leaders. That includes the $90 million in spending added to the $16.3 billion that Kasich initially proposed.

That $90 million will be spread out over more than 610 school districts, joint vocational schools and educational service centers, notes Damon Asbury with the Ohio School Boards Association.

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Convinced that Myles Garrett was too good to pass up, the Browns wasted no time in taking the consensus best player in the NFL draft with the first overall pick Thursday night. Garrett is a defensive end from Texas A&M. The Browns then traded their No 12 pick to Houston and selected all-purpose defensive dynamo Jabrill Peppers of Michigan at No. 25, who fills hole at safety and on returns. They then traded up to select Miami tight end David Njoku. Our commentator Terry Pluto likes that move:

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Summit County Juvenile Court Magistrate Tavia Baxter Galonski has been picked to replace former State Representative Greta Johnson who stepped down to become the county’s deputy law director. 

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