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The View from Pluto: Cavs Opener Shows LeBron James is Still the Best in the NBA

A crowded court The Cavs won their highly-anticipated season opener against Kyrie Irving and the Celtics, 102-99. Irving demanded to be traded over the summer and landed in Boston. The new-look Cavs added Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder and LeBron James' former Miami Teammate and friend, Dwyane Wade. Add them to James and Kevin Love, and the court can feel a little crowded. “You have so many guys who are used to shooting the ball, and you only have one ball,” said WKSU commentator Terry Pluto ....

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Cuyahoga County is considering a 10-cent per bag fee on paper and plastic shopping bags.

County councilwoman Sunny Simon has introduced the measure. She says Lake Erie has grown increasingly polluted with plastic bags.

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ALLIANCE FOR THE GREAT LAKES

Tens of thousands of fish were killed off in the western Lake Erie basin earlier this year. Now the state of Ohio is holding three men responsible for the fish kills. Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller has more.

 

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AMERICAN FIREWORKS

For decades, customers at fireworks stores in Ohio have had to sign forms promising they will leave the state before setting them off. Now the Ohio House has passed a bill that would loosen state regulations on fireworks sales. 

The bill would allow retail sales of consumer grade fireworks beginning in 2020. Republican Rep. Bill Seitz says passage of this bill would make Ohio the 45th state to both allow sale and use, something he suggests is already happening anyway.

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The leader of the Ohio House of Representatives is optimistic a new panel looking at ways to reform congressional redistricting will be able to come up with a good solution soon. 

Republican Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says the four members of the bipartisan panel are ready to work on a new plan to draw the Congressional map.

BILL LAGER
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The state’s largest online charter school said in court filings last week that it will close by January if it’s forced to pay back nearly $80 million to the state from two attendance audits. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the state auditor says that doesn’t mean the bill would be settled.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, October 12th:

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The Indians’ season came to a heartbreaking end in game five of the American League Division Series against the Yankees. They lost 5-2, losing three games in a row after leading 2-0 in the series.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the game felt off from the very beginning. The Yankees quickly took a three-run lead. Meanwhile, the Indians kept striking out.

“You could just tell their hitters were pressing,” Pluto said.

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Sofar Sounds

A monthly concert series in Cleveland is about to mark three years. But you’ve likely never heard of it. That’s because Sofar Sounds’ performances are meant to be kept a secret. For this week’s Shuffle, we look at this subscription-only concert experience.

Imagine getting a ticket to a show but all the details --- from the performers to the location --- are a mystery until the last minute. That’s Sofar Sounds, or Sounds From a Room. It’s a subscription to intimate pop-up concerts.

FERC Approves Construction of Nexus Pipline in Ohio

Oct 12, 2017
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NEXUS GAS TRANSMISSION

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave final authorization Wednesday to begin construction of the Nexus gas pipeline through northern Ohio. Communities along the way have tried to stop or re-route the pipeline and lawsuits are still pending.   

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A major Israeli business accelerator is now set to work with the Youngstown Business Incubator to bring high-tech start-ups to the Mahoning Valley. 

Youngstown incubator CEO Barb Ewing says the agreement with The Junction connects entrepreneurial tech ventures in Israel with markets and operating opportunities in Ohio.  

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One thing you can say about Rimas Meleshyus: He's definitely persistent.

"I'm a very determined person," he told the Whidbey News-Times in 2015. "I'm very strong."

Meleshyus, who is in his mid 60s, departed Hilo, Hawaii, aboard his 30-foot sailboat Mimsy in June and was rescued a few days ago by the U.S. Coast Guard off Saipan, a U.S. territory north of Guam.

A federal judge in Maryland has blocked parts of President Trump's most recent attempt to impose broad limits on who can enter the U.S., granting a motion for a preliminary injunction that was filed by plaintiffs led by the International Refugee Assistance Project.

The plaintiffs "have established that they are likely to succeed on the merits," District Judge Theodore Chuang wrote in dealing another setback to the Trump administration's attempt to ban travel to the U.S. by citizens of certain countries.

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In late August, Hurricane Harvey brought record rainfall to Houston. In mid-October, the city's two large federal reservoirs have finally been emptied of the massive amount of water that had filled them up to their brims.

There are 2,666 emojis available for tweets and texts.

Everything from a butterfly to a croissant to a unicorn.

But global health advocates think there's one important emoji that's missing: the mosquito. It is, after all, the world's deadliest animal. The diseases it spreads, like malaria and dengue, cause one million deaths a year.

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