The owner of an Ohio nuclear plant along Lake Erie says a lack of exterior weatherproofing coating caused concrete to crack in the outer shell protecting the plant.
FirstEnergy Corporation told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the exterior cracking at the Davis-Besse plant near Toledo traces back to a 1978 blizzard when wind, rain and a drastic temperature drop caused moisture to penetrate the concrete. The Blade newspaper reports the utility says the moisture caused the concrete to freeze and expand, prompting the cracks found in October.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the 2012 election is about freedom and stopping government interference in the lives of Americans. The former Pennsylvania senator spoke to about 500 people at a hotel in Perrysburg in northwest Ohio on Tuesday, a week before the state's primary. Santorum says oil prices are rising while the Obama administration blocks access to fossil fuels that could lower prices and help the economy.
Some good news for consumers today: Columbus Gas of Ohio says a near-record gas supply is driving down prices.
Columbia says beginning in March, the average monthly bill for customers who spread payments out through the year will drop from $82 a month to $53. Columbia spokesman Ken Stammen says the price drop comes amidst a mild winter and near-record gas supplies.
As Black History month comes to a close, a new book about a 19th century African-American Daniel Rudd - a former slave who lived in Springfield, Ohio and helped change the face of the Catholic church.
"A Cry for Justice," follows the life of Daniel Rudd a young slave from Bardstown, Kentucky. He was freed after the Civil War and traveled to Springfield to work at a newspaper. His beliefs also led him to challenge the Catholic Church to deliver equality and justice for black people.
North Carolina authorities have charged 27 people with a variety of crimes stemming from what investigators say was a Robeson County dog-fighting ring that drew participants from three other states.
State Alcohol Law Enforcement officers raided a home in Maxton on Saturday during the middle of what they say was a dog fight. State and federal authorities seized 18 dogs, including some with serious wounds, along with tens of thousands of dollars and other paraphernalia.