71% of Ohioans OK with high drivers, KSU Undergrad Student Gov. candidates lose endorsements and a local battle of the Bard: News Around Your Area

Rebecca Reis | Web Editor Published:

Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including KSU organizations refusing to endorse USG candidates, 76 percent of Ohioans in poll say they're comfortable with their driver being high on marijuana and local high school actors compete to be the best at the Bard.

SHAKESPEARE: Actors from 29 local high schools competed Saturday in the Northeast Ohio Shakespeare Competition for the chance to study the Bard in London, England, according to the Plain Dealer. First place went to Lia Yoo of Lake Ridge Academy who out-acted her competitors with a cold reading, a sonnet and a prepared monologue from "Romeo and Juliet." Yoo will represent Northeast Ohio at New York's Lincoln Center against around 50 other actors for the London opportunity. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.

DRILLING CASE: The Ohio Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week in the Munroe Falls drilling case filed by the city last year, where the court is to decide who has authority over oil and natural gas well drilling in the state, according to the Stow Sentry. The case involves Ravenna-based Beck Energy, who brought a bulldozer on private Munroe Falls residential property to construct a driveway for planned drilling operations in March 2011, and the city, which said it had not issued zoning and building permits for the construction. Beck Energy said it did not think it needed those permits because of an oil and gas permit from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The The Summit County Court of Common Pleas sided with the city in 2011, but the Ninth District Court of Appeals partially overruled that decision. An appeal was filed with the high court in March 2013 and was accepted that June. Click here to read more at StowSentry.com.

MARIJUANA: The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute released results of a poll revealing that 87 percent of the 1,370 registered voters surveyed earlier this month support medical marijuana and 51 percent said possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use should be be legal for adults, according to The Daily Record. The survey, which had a margin of error of about 3 percentage points, also said 55 percent of voters said they hadn't tried marijuana and 51 percent said they did not think marijuana leads to the use of other drugs. Additionally, 76 percent said they would feel either "somewhat" or "very" comfortable riding in a car with someone who had smoked or consumed a moderate amount of marijuana at the wheel. Click here to read more at The-Daily-Record.com.

UTICA SHALE FORMATION: According to Rick Simmers, chief of ODNR's Oil and Gas Resources Management Division, the Utica Shale formation has the potential for 20,000 wells to be drilled, according to Ohio Gas & Oil. Simmers also said during a talk to Rotary members from Alliance in February that although it costs between $500,000 to $1 million to construct each well pad and between $7-to-$10 million to drill just one well, the wells have the potential to pay back that initial investment within three months. As of mid-February, there were 1,000 permits for drilling issued n the area with more than 700 wells already drilled and 301 in production. Click here to read more at OhioGO.com.

KSU UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT GOVERNMENT: Three high-profile Kent State University organizations — the College Republicans, College Democrats and PRIDE! Kent — announced Tuesday in a joint press release that they will not be endorsing any candidates for Undergraduate Student Government elections this year because they believe there is a lack of accountability and transparency, according to the Daily Kent Stater. The issue arose after the printer for student organizations to use went inkless for months despite many alerting USG that it was out, leading to questions about the USG budget and where money was going. After College Republicans and College Democrats asked for the budget to be made public it was published Feb. 18, but when asked about specific items on the budget by organizations, USG officials said they didn't know what some of the items were. USG did not immediately respond to the press release. Click here to read more at KentWired.com.

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