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Wednesday's Word
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 10:35

Here's a look at the stories we're following today:

Two Up, Two Down That's the way the results of yesterday's special elections fell. The fourth time was the charm for the Olmsted Falls school district, as their levy passed by a 55-45 margin. It was a split decision in Columbia Station, as their renewal levy passed 62%-37%, but the bond levy to add on to the middle school and build a new elementary school failed 52%-48%. In Amherst, the library levy failed 54%-36%

West 83rd Blast Intentional Fire investigators have determined that the explosion in a house on West 83rd Street in Cleveland was no accident. Although they have stopped short of blaming arson, they have ruled out all intentional causes.

Toyota Recall Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told Toyota owners to stop driving their cars and get them fixed. He said in a press conference today that drivers should take their cars to the dealership because they believe they have a fix for the accelerator, which is prone to becoming hung.

Human Services Tax on the May Ballot The Cuyahoga County Commissioners voted today to place a human services tax on the May ballot. These levies usually don't fail (the only time a human services levy has gone down was in 1976), it could be more difficult this year given the corruption scandal.

Tune in for the AP Radio News at the top of every hour and local news updates at 6:03, 7:03, 8:03, 11:30, 1:30, 3:30, and 5:30 on 88.3 FM The Sting!

Election Day
Tuesday, 02 February 2010 11:04

Although it's only the beginning of February, it's election day in the Olmsted Falls and Columbia school districts as well as the city of Amherst. Here's a look at what's on the ballot:

Olmsted Falls An 8.7 mill operating levy. The Olmsted Falls City Schools have tried to pass a levy for over a year and have not been successful. In fact, the last time Olmsted Falls passed an operating levy was in 1999. Many cuts have been made already, including the end of busing for students who live within 2 miles of their school. Many more cuts are expected should the levy fail.

Columbia There are 2 levies on the ballot for the Columbia Schools. The first is a 3.1 mill renewal of a 5 year operating levy. The second is a new 2.75 mill continuous improvement levy that will be used to build an addition to Columbia Middle School and a new elementary school to replace Copopa Elementary, which was built in 1921 and is beginning to fall into disrepair

Amherst An 1.17 mill, 28 year bond issue to finance an addition to the Amherst Public Library. The addition would be 24,000 square feet and bring the total square footage of the library up to 38,000. The library would remain open during the renovation.

The polls will be open until 7:30 tonight, so if you live in Amherst, Columbia Station, Olmsted Falls, or Olmsted Township, WBWC encourages you to do your civic duty and VOTE!

Tune in for the AP Radio News at the top of every hour and local news updates at 6:03, 7:03, 8:03, 11:30, 1:30, 3:30, and 5:30 today on 88.3 FM The Sting! 

Monday's Mashup
Monday, 01 February 2010 08:18

Here's a look at some of the stories we're covering today:

Fire in Euclid A multi-alarm fire broke out last night at the Georgetown of the Highlands condominium complex in Euclid.  The complex was destroyed, but fortunately no one was injured.

Gas prices lower AAA says that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded dropped 7 cents from last week to $2.51 a gallon. Now if only we could have the average price from this time last year, which was $1.82 a gallon.

Emaciated horses found in Oak Harbor 37 horses were found in a barn at a farm in Oak Harbor. All of them were extremely malnourished. Humane officials were able to rescue 31 of them and put them in barns at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds, while 6 had to be euthanized.

Toyota parts on the way The parts to fix Toyotas being recalled should be at dealerships this week. 4.2 million Toyotas have been recalled thus far because the accelerators can hang, causing the cars to not stop.

Tune into the AP Radio News at the top of every hour and local newscasts at 6:03, 7:03, 8:03, 11:30, 1:30, 3:30, and 5:30 today on 88.3 FM The Sting! 

Help for Haiti
Sunday, 31 January 2010 16:12

There are many charities that are working to help the people of Haiti. Here is a list of some of the groups that are accepting donations:

Text Message Donations
American Red Cross: Text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10
Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund: Text "QUAKE" to 20222 to donate $10
Yele Haiti: Text "YELE" to 501501 to donate $5

Websites That Are Accepting Donations
Doctors Without Borders
American Red Cross
Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund
Yele Haiti
Direct Relief
Partners in Health
Save the Children
Feed the Children
Habitat For Humanity

Sunday on Newspulse
Saturday, 30 January 2010 00:00
This Sunday on Newspulse, WBWC News Director Jasen Sokol sits down with Baldwin-Wallace College Director of Community Outreach and Service Learning Mila Cooper to discuss what B-W is doing to help the people of Haiti. Sean Maloney will bring you the news from across the country and around the world, and Kadryn Goodwin will get you caught up on what's going on in entertainment. Newspulse airs Sunday at 5:30 PM on 88.3 FM The Sting!
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