Ohio briefly, Sept. 10

Cleveland airport to improve air traffic flow

CLEVELAND (AP) — A new navigation system that will begin operating later this month at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is designed to improve traffic flow.

The changes are part of a Federal Aviation Administration project to improve air traffic coordination throughout the region.

The project covers airports in Cleveland and Detroit and 10 smaller airports in the area.

Cleveland.com reports the new system in Cleveland will change from ground-based navigation to more efficient satellite-based navigation.

The FAA says travelers might not see differences in flying, but it does expect an increase in on-time flights.

Worker charged with eating into profits

BOLIVAR (AP) — Authorities in eastern Ohio say a grocery store employee has been charged with felony theft for helping herself to deli ham for years.

Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Hale told The Columbus Dispatch an eight-year employee of regional grocery chain Giant Eagle was charged Friday with stealing food estimated by the store to be worth $9,200.

The store’s loss prevention manager received a tip that an employee had been eating three to five slices of ham nearly every day over eight years. Authorities say she also sometimes ate salami.

Other details including her name weren’t available immediately.

The store is in Bolivar, about 70 miles south of Cleveland.

Sen. Harris to speak to Democratic Party

CINCINNATI (AP) — A U.S. senator from California is adding a second Ohio appearance, keynoting the Ohio Democratic Party’s Oct. 7 state dinner in Columbus.

The NAACP announced earlier Sen. Kamala Harris is to speak Oct. 6 at the local branch’s annual Freedom Fund dinner in the downtown Cincinnati convention center.

Harris is considered a potential 2020 presidential candidate, and drew attention last week for her questioning of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in his Senate confirmation hearings.

The former California attorney general was elected to the Senate in 2016. She was born to an Indian mother and Jamaican father.

Ohio is an often-pivotal swing state that Republican Donald Trump won in 2016 after Barack Obama twice carried it. There are heated 2018 statewide races including governor, and in several House seats.

Ohio celebrates state landmarks

COLUMBUS (AP) — The state is hosting an annual celebration of Ohio landmarks by offering special tours and events.

The Ohio History Connection created the Ohio Open Doors program two years ago to promote and inspire pride in the state’s heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

This year’s Ohio Open Doors event runs through Sunday.

More than 200 organizations are hosting events around the state, including at a 214-year-old log house in Hamilton in southwestern Ohio, the 1920s-era Ohio Theatre in Columbus, and the McKinley memorial in Canton.

All Ohio Open Doors events are free and most are one-day-only opportunities.

T-shirts to benefit shooting victims, police

CINCINNATI (AP) — A local T-shirt company has produced a “Cincy Strong” shirt to benefit victims and first responders in the recent shooting that killed four people, including the gunman. Two more people were hospitalized.

Cincy Shirts co-owner Josh Sneed told The Cincinnati Enquirer the company expects to raise more than $10,000. It will work with Fifth Third Bancorp and the Cincinnati Police Department to distribute the proceeds.

He said this gives the business and patrons a way to help.

The gray shirts have a message in “police blue” that incorporates the Fountain Square’s namesake fountain. It’s available in the company’s local stores and online.

Police have been trying to determine why 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez began shooting Thursday inside the Fifth Third Bank headquarters building.

Pipeline dumps jet fuel into Indiana river

DECATUR, Ind. (AP) — A Texas company says one of its pipelines has spilled more than 8,000 gallons of jet fuel into a river in the northeastern Indiana city of Decatur.

Houston-based Buckeye Pipe Line says it immediately shut down the line Friday evening when it detected a pressure problem.

The fuel spilled into the St. Marys River in Decatur, a community of about 9,500 people roughly 100 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Local officials say booms were placed in the river to contain the fuel, which was being vacuumed off the water’s surface.