Analysts predict energy independence for America by 2016
Federal energy experts say in two years’ time the country will produce record levels of oil and gas.
The latest report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts by 2016 oil production will reach 9.6 million barrels per day, and we’ll be a net exporter of liquid natural gas.
The report also shows the U.S. will be a net exporter of natural gas much earlier than expected, much of it coming from hydraulically fractured shale deposits.
Analytsts say energy production will peak by 2020 and then begin a slow decline.
Currently 35 percent of the nation's electricity is produced from natural gas, gradually replacing coal.
Akron buys time for troubled neighborhood development agency
The City of Akron is helping buy time for a troubled neighborhood development organization.
City Council voted Monday to cover a $600,000 loan owed by the University Park Alliance.
The Alliance is facing three separate lawsuits for failing to pay its bills.
It’s future is uncertain after its major funder, the Knight Foundation, withdrew $7.8 million dollars in backing.
For the past decade the University Park Alliance has focused on improving the 50 block neighborhood surrounding the University of Akron.
Declining revenue forces cuts at Akron-Summit County library
Library officials in Akron blame five years of declining revenue and staff reductions for planned reductions in the hours it will be open.
Starting January 6, the Akron-Summit County Public Library will open an hour later and close an hour earlier each day. The main branch will be closed on Sundays during the summer.
The library says continued cuts in state funding, including a $450,000 cut this year, has led to the reductions. Lower property values has also reduced income.
Overall revenue has dropped 16% since the recession, but library officials say they’ve been able to avoid cuts until now.
Kidnapped women land book deals
The three Ohio women held captive for years in a Cleveland house all have book deals.
Viking announced Monday that it has acquired the planned book by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. It’s currently untitled and scheduled to come out in 2015.
Berry and DeJesus are working with Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan.
Berry, DeJesus and Michelle Knight were rescued in May and their kidnapper, Ariel Castro, was arrested and eventually sentenced to life in prison. He was found hanged in his cell in September.
Knight is working on her own memoir, which Weinstein Books plans to publish next spring.
Coroner rules Wayne County girl was strangled
A coroner says a 9-year-old Wayne County girl found dead over the weekend in a trash bin likely died of strangulation.
A 24-year-old man who lived near the girl's family has been arrested.
Neighbors say he had been seen building a snowman with the girl and helped search for her after she was reported missing Saturday.
A sheriff's investigator says Jerrod Metsker was the last person seen with the girl at the trailer park where they lived near Smithville.
Metsker is being held on $1 million bond.
Ohio grants $2.7 to repair Edgewater marina
A northeast Ohio marina damaged last year by superstorm Sandy is getting more state money for repairs.
The state Controlling Board on Monday released $2.7 million for improvements at Edgewater Marina.
Sandy devastated the East Coast in October of 2012, and brought high winds and storm surges to the eastern Great Lakes.
Earlier this year the state provided $1.6 million for emergency repairs at the battered marina.
This summer Cleveland Metroparks took over operation of Edgewater Park.
Akron standoff ends peacefully
A brief armed standoff in Akron has ended peacefully.
WEWS –TV reports Police and SWAT were called to Akron's Kenmore neighborhood earlier this morning after a man who had threatened someone with a gun holed up inside his home
Police negotiators spent 90 minutes convincing the man to turn himself in without incident.
Rock hall announces 2014 class of inductees
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has named the latest batch of inductees. For 2014 it’s Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oats, KISS, Nivana, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens.
The new members will be celebrated at the 29th annual ceremony April 10 in Brooklyn.
The Beatles’ late manager Brian Epstein and the Rolling Stones’ ex-manager Andrew Loog Oldham are also part of the class of nonperforming inductees.
Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, is being honored as the 2014 Award for Musical Excellence.
Wendy's debuts new restaurant layout
Ohio-based fast food giant Wendy's is introducing its next generation of restaurant design.
Wendy's plans to open the first of the newly designed outlets today across the street from its headquarters in Columbus.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the restaurant features a digital menu board, Wi-Fi bar, fireplace and flat-screen TVs.
Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy's in downtown Columbus in 1969.
Hit-skip driver pleads guilty in deadly bicycle crash
A driver has pleaded guilty to an involuntary manslaughter charge in a crash that killed a central Ohio teacher who was riding a bicycle.
Thirty-six-year-old Mary Kathryn Paul also pleaded guilty Monday in a Delaware County court with failing to stop after an accident.
The charges against the Westerville woman stemmed from the death of Bob Lennon, a popular teacher and running coach at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus.
The 64-year-old Lennon was bicycling in Delaware County in September when he was struck by a passing driver and was left behind.
A special prosecutor handling the case has said reports from the coroner indicate Lennon died instantly.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Paul's severe vision problems may have contributed to the crash.
Unions support laid-off Ormet workers
Unionized steelworkers in three states are delivering groceries and toys collected for the families of workers laid off from Ormet Corp.'s aluminum smelter along the Ohio River.
The United Steelworkers said items collected by members in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania were being delivered Monday and Tuesday from a union hall north of the shuttered plant in Hannibal, Ohio.
After filing for bankruptcy protection in February, Ormet closed the plant in October after Ohio utility regulators rejected portions of its proposal to reduce electricity costs.
The union has used petitions and a multimedia campaign to try to get Gov. John Kasich involved in returning roughly 1,000 employees to work. His spokesman cites nearly $350 million in power discounts American Electric Power customers granted Ormet, which were insufficient to overcome industry conditions.