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Morning Headlines: Motocross Bike Injures 7 at Summit Fairgrounds; ODOT Wants to Change Speed Limits


Here are your morning headlines for Monday, Feb. 25:

  • Motocross bike injures 7 at Summit Fairgrounds;
  • ODOT wants to change speed limits at anytime;
  • Strong winds cause thousands of outages, airport cancellations;
  • Striking charter school teachers, administration to resume talks;
  • Cedar Point drops cellphone ban for Steel Vengeance riders;
  • Brown heads to Las Vegas for next stop on state tour;

Motocross bike injures 7 at Summit Fairgrounds

Authorities said a motocross bike flew into the stands at an event at the Summit County Fairgrounds and injured seven people. Officials say the bike hit elevated seats Saturday evening in Tallmadge. Four people, including at least one rider, were taken to hospitals. The Beacon Journal reports two people remained in the hospital Sunday. The fairgrounds took down a social media post made shortly after the incident saying erroneously that no one was injured. The fairgrounds hosted the event, which was put on by Summit Indoors MX. 

ODOT wants to change speed limits at anytime

Ohio's Department of Transportationis seeking permission to change speed limits anytime statewide. The department currently is allowed to impose variable speed limits based on road conditions on only a few interstate stretches, such as when a snow storm hits I-90 east of Cleveland. The proposed change would mean electronic speed limit signs on Ohio highways that could be altered depending on conditions. Department Director Jack Marchbanks said the department could apply the speed changes for construction projects, white-outs or other issues impacting traffic and motorists' safety. Marchbanks said the department is not interested in raising speed limits.

Strong winds cause thousands of outages, airport cancellations

Strong winds topping 60 mph have downed trees and power lines and led to power outages across many parts of Ohio. Thousands of outages were reported as of Sunday afternoon in areas of northeast Ohio, including Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Medina and Summit counties. FirstEnergy reported early Monday morning that there were more than 800 without power in Northeast Ohio. Some cities, including Stow, Ashland and Cuyahoga Falls opened warming centers as people were without heat. There are also a number of flight delays and cancelations at Cleveland Hopkins airport.

Striking charter school teachers, administraiton to resume talks

The teachers’ union and administration at a small Parma charter school will return to the bargaining table today, as a strike enters its second week with classes canceled through at least Wednesday. Around 20 Summit Academy teachers are calling for the administration to reduce class sizes and hire more teacher’s aides at the school that specializes in children with learning problems. Summit Academy is headquartered in Akron and operates more than two dozen schools across Ohio.

Cedar Point drops cellphone ban for Steel Vengeance riders

Cedar Point amusement park has reversed a policy that banned visitors waiting in line for the roller coaster Steel Vengeance from carrying cellphones. The Sandusky-area park is adding zippered pouches to the bottom of the roller coaster seats, to hold phones and other loose items. Cleveland.com reports the park implemented a policy banning cellphones in the line for the record-breaking ride which features four inversions. During the first weeks of the ride's operation, numerous riders reported losing their cellphones and other items on the roller coaster. Park spokesman Tony Clark says "standard safety rules still apply" and the only change is allowing riders to carry their phones again.

Brown heads to Las Vegas for next stop on state tour

Democrat Sherrod Brownis bringing his pro-worker message to Las Vegas casino workers who are members of what's considered Nevada's most powerful labor union. The Ohio U.S. senator is eyeing a run for the White House in 2020 and said Saturday that if he runs, he'll be the most pro-union candidate in the field. His visit with members of the Culinary Union kicked off his trip to the early Western caucus state. Brown is the first potential contender to hold an event with the heavily Latino union, though other potential and announced 2020 contenders have had private meetings with union leaders in recent months.

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Amanda Rabinowitz
Amanda Rabinowitz has been a reporter, host and producer at WKSU since 2007. Her days begin before the sun comes up as the local anchor for NPR’s Morning Edition, which airs on WKSU each weekday from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. In addition to providing local news and weather, she interviews the Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto for a weekly commentary about Northeast Ohio’s sports scene.
Lydia Taylor is a news intern for WKSU. She is a junior multimedia journalism major at Kent State University with experience in print and visual journalism. She is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Journalism. During the school year, Taylor works for Kent State Student Media in The Kent Stater and KentWired. She is currently an assigning editor and a reporter in the Kent State University Student Media Newsroom for the spring semester.