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Ohio lawmakers to have forum on Lake Erie algae

Toledo -- A group of Ohio lawmakers is planning to meet just outside Toledo this coming week to talk about the algae problems on Lake Erie.

The legislators say the state of emergency brought on over the weekend by toxins in Toledo's water supply shows there should be greater urgency in fighting the algae.

Both Republicans and Democrats who make up the Lake Erie Legislative Caucus are planning to attend a meeting about the algae on Aug. 15 at Maumee Bay State Park. That's just outside Toledo.

State Sen. Randy Gardner and Rep. Chris Redfern are co-chairs of the Lake Erie caucus.

-- Associated PresS

FitzGerald lacked driver's license for decade

Cleveland -- The Democrat running for Ohio governor went without a permanent driver's license for more than 10 years.

A campaign spokeswoman says Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald's license expired in 2002, and he didn't get a new permanent one until November 2012.

Spokeswoman Lauren Hitt says FitzGerald had scheduled his license renewal several times, but things kept coming up. She said the candidate recognizes it's not an acceptable excuse, and he takes full responsibility.

Ohio records show FitzGerald had temporary permits starting in 2008, but he lacked one for more than a year until he got a license.

FitzGerald's driving record has drawn scrutiny because of a 2012 incident in which police found him in his car with a woman at 4:30 a.m. at an industrial park in suburban Cleveland.

-- Associated PresS

Cleveland man

indicted in 3 Ohio slayings from '70s

Steubenville -- Authorities say a Cleveland man has been indicted in the slayings of three people in eastern Ohio during the 1970s.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office says 65-year-old Stanley Rusnak was indicted and arrested Aug. 6 in connection with two slayings in 1975 and another in 1977 in the Steubenville area. He's charged with three counts of murder.

Authorities say Rusnak was indicted based on unspecified new evidence.

He is accused of killing his 75-year-old uncle, James Kelsie Noble, and Noble's sister-in-law and caretaker, 52-year-old Sophie Groch Bell, during a home invasion at Noble's residence in April 1975. And he is believed to have killed 78-year-old Robert Scott sometime in July 1977. Scott's body has never been found.

-- Associated Press

LeBron, sons pitch in on home rehab

Akron -- LeBron James and his two sons are getting their hands dirty in helping to rehab a house in the NBA star's Akron hometown.

James took the controls of a backhoe Aug. 5 to help fix up a crumbling house for the family of a sixth-grader in his Wheels for Education mentoring program.

His sons -- LeBron Jr. and Bryce -- pitched in to help remove the front steps, a retaining wall and some porch railings under the direction of reality TV show host Nicole Curtis. Work on the house will be featured later on Curtis' show "Rehab Addict" on the HGTV network.

-- Associated Press

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