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The Press News Editor Kelly J. Kaczala and investigative reporter Melissa Burden won a second place award in The Press Club of Cleveland’s 2013 Excellence in Journalism awards.

Kaczala and Burden won in the non-daily public service category for their story “Levy revenue would go toward salaries, programs,” that appeared in The Press before last November’s election. The story questioned the wisdom of six local public bodies asking voters to pass new levies on the ballot at a time when local government wages had been outpacing private sector income in Lucas County, and the median household income, population, number of businesses and per capital income had all been dropping in the last four years.
 

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A wild animal outbreak a year ago in southern Ohio is the driving force behind a new law that requires jurisdictions to establish special response teams.

Sheriff’s deputies and others shot 46 of the 56 animals that escaped or were set loose at Muskingum County Animal Farm in March 2012. The dead animals included a wolf, six black bears, two grizzly bears, nine male lions, eight lionesses, a baboon, three mountain lions and 18 tigers. They were buried at the site where they were killed.

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District 3 councilman Mike Craig joined 10 colleagues Tuesday in overriding Mayor Michael Bell’s veto, effectively stopping a $700,000 appropriation to purchase and destroy homes for the expansion of Toledo’s Collins Park Water Treatment Plant.

The $314 million expansion was mandated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and has to be completed within five years. Mayor Bell’s public information director, Jennifer Sorgenfrei, stressed that the EPA report was “quite lengthy” and it dictates what must happen at the plant.

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Northwood City council is looking at eliminating homeowner association fees or assessments that have funded detention ponds and other drainage projects over the years.

The issue came up at a council meeting on July 2 when council continued to debate whether the city should assess residents to excavate a detention pond at the Greenway Estates subdivision near the Woodville Mall to improve drainage in the area.

The area had flooding problems a few years ago.

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Former Oregon Councilman Michael Sheehy, who was recently picked to fill the 46th House District seat vacated by ex-State Rep. Matt Szollosi, said he will officially have his name removed from the November ballot for re-election to council next week.

Sheehy, a Democrat who had been on council since 1993, said a five member committee will then decide whether to find another candidate to be on the ballot.

This fall, all seven seats of council are up for grabs.

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