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Ohio to get 6th natural gas processing plant tied to shale drilling
Other morning headlines: Last Toledo abortion clinic set to close; Judicial panel rejects consolidating Pilot Flying J lawsuits

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Amanda Rabinowitz
  • Ohio to get 6th natural gas processing plant tied to shale drilling
  • Last Toledo abortion clinic set to close
  • Judicial panel rejects consolidating Pilot Flying J lawsuits
  • Ohio exports on record pace
  • Concealed carry permit licenses on record pace
  • Internet café petition circulators face another complaint
  • Former lawyer for JobsOhio files challenge with high court
  • Browns win preseason opener
  • Tribe swept by Tigers
  • Ohio to get 6th natural gas processing plant tied to shale drilling
    Ohio is getting its sixth natural gas processing plant tied to shale drilling — plus a new pipeline that will carry liquids to the Gulf Coast. The plant is planned for Urichsville in Tuscarawas County.  The Beacon Journal reports that the cost for the projects could approach $1 billion. The pipeline would run from the plant and would involve converting 900 miles of the existing Tennessee Gas pipeline from northeast Ohio to Louisiana from natural gas to liquids.

    Last Toledo abortion clinic set to close 
    The last abortion clinic in the city of Toledo is in danger of closing within the month. If that happens, according to The Blade newspaper, Toledo would become the largest city in Ohio without an abortion provider. State law requires places like abortion clinics, to have an agreement to transfer patients to a hospital if there are complications. This past spring, the University of Toledo Medical Center said it would not renew its agreement with Capital Care Network of Toledo when it expires July 31st. It came after Ohio Right to Life and Republican state Rep. Lynn Wachtmann objected to the contract as a violation of the ban on state-funded entities supporting abortion. Toledo's other abortion clinic, Center for Choice, closed in June for similar reasons.

    Concealed carry permit licenses on record pace
    Ohio could see a record-breaking number of new licenses for carrying a concealed weapon this year. The state's attorney general says county sheriffs issued more than 63,000 new licenses in the first half of the year. With the exception of last year, that six-month figure tops the yearly total of new licenses issued since they were first given out in 2004. Attorney General Mike DeWine described the increase as "phenomenal," but said he could only speculate on the reasons. He noted that more people are becoming familiar with the law. The 76,000 total licenses issued throughout 2012 marked the highest number reported in Ohio.

    Judicial panel rejects consolidating Pilot Flying J lawsuits
    A federal judicial panel has denied a request by trucking companies to have one judge preside over numerous lawsuits filed against Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s truck stop business. The panel ruled on Thursday that consolidating the cases would delay settlement proceedings over fraudulent fuel rebates by Pilot Flying J. Pilot, the nation's largest diesel retailer, last month agreed to settle one of the lawsuits, a class-action suit in Arkansas, by offering to reimburse with interest all the money trucking companies were owed since 2005. Attorneys for other trucking companies suing Pilot have called the settlement rushed and inadequate.

    Internet café petition circulators face another complaint
    A group of clergy and civil rights activists has complained that petition circulators for a ballot effort seeking to overturn Ohio's effective ban on storefront Internet cafes are misrepresenting their cause. The group has asked the Franklin County Board of Elections to investigate whether the drive has been painted as seeking a federal probe into the Florida shooting death of unarmed Trayvon Martin. The Committee to Protect Ohio Jobs is leading the signature-gathering effort for a referendum to repeal the law.  The election board is checking to see if the complaint letter dated Wednesday has arrived. Last month, petition backers complained their signature gatherers had been harassed by opponents.

    Former lawyer for JobsOhio files challenge with high court
    A lawyer who formerly played a leading role in a legal challenge to Gov. John Kasich’s private job-creation office has filed her own constitutional challenge against the entity. Former ProgressOhio attorney Victoria Ullmann filed the 4-page complaint at the Ohio Supreme Court Thursday. It asks justices to declare JobsOhio a state agency because the privatized economic development entity acts as the "functional equivalent" of one under the law. Such a ruling would open JobsOhio to public records requests and other forms of scrutiny that were prevented under its enabling legislation. In April, justices rejected Ullmann's attempt to retain a leading role in the high-profile constitutional challenge brought by ProgressOhio and two Democratic state lawmakers. She and the liberal think tank had parted ways in a dispute over legal strategy.

    Ohio exports on record pace
    Ohio’s exports are expected to reach a record setting $50 billion dollars this year. Figures from the federal International Trade Administration show Ohio has exported more than $25 billion worth of goods and services so far this year, three percent more than the first half of 2012. Ohio’s top exports are aircraft parts valued at more than 2.5 billion dollars, along with cars and car parts.

    Browns win preseason opener
    It was a preseason win for the Browns last night, 27-19 over the St. Louis Rams. Brandon Weeden threw a touchdown pass and led Cleveland on two scoring drives, and Travis Benjamin returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown. Weeden finished with 112 yards, which should help end any talk of a quarterback competition in Cleveland.  Chudzinski has not yet chosen Weeden his starter, but the second-year QB did everything he needed to secure the job.

    Tribe swept by Tigers
    It was a lopsided game last night, as the Tigers completed the sweep over the Indians with a 10-3 win. Starter Zach McCallister fell apart early in the game and it led to Manager Terry Francona letting utilityman Ryan Raburn pitch the ninth inning. Raburn retired three straight hitters with a strikeout in his professional pitching debut and drew a standing ovation. Meanwhile, the Tigers’ pitcher Max Scherzer became baseball's first 17-game winner and Detroit rolled to its 12th straight win. They have now opened up a 7-game lead over the Tribe in the AL Central. 

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