Excerpt from the Viewpoint editorial in today's Register, May 16, 2012: The purchase request from the Erie County Sanitary Engineering Department was for enough stone to build a highway. County Commissioner Pat Shenigo asked engineering experts for a second opinion and learned the amount of stone in the request was about 10 times what was needed.
The mother of an inmate who was struck by lightning while jogging in a recreation yard is accusing the Ohio prisons department of negligence that contributed to his death. The state is denying the claim.
Toxic blue-green algae in Lake Erie's western basin likely will appear earlier this summer but be less dense than last year's record bloom, partly because of the warmer, drier spring weather, researchers said.