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EVENING NEWS HEADLINES - FEBRUARY 25, 2013

TOLEDO WATER RATES

The water debate in Toledo continues. Tonight, council members and the administration proposed six different pieces of legislation talking about everything from the deposit policy to monthly billing. Three of the ordinances were tabled for the time being which is a move in the right direction according to the administration. "Everybody realized that the immediate need is to fix our water plant," said Department of Public Utilities Commissioner Dave Welch.

CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT

Toledo city council expects to have a new president tomorrow. Last week, the county Democratic Executive Committee announced its support for Paula Hicks Hudson to take over the top spot. That, after Joe McNamara stepped down as president to focus on his run for mayor. The democrats have an overwhelming majority on council.

CRAIG'S LIST MURDER

(AP) - A judge hopes to complete jury selection early this week in the Ohio triple murder trial in a plot to lure robbery victims with phony Craigslist job offers. A fourth day of jury selection got under way this morning in Akron in the trial of 53-year-old Richard Beasley.

GAS TAX

(AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed to raise gasoline taxes and vehicle registration to raise money for work on Michigan's roads, and is getting support from the business community for that initiative. But his idea is getting a cool reception in the Legislature. But groups representing manufacturers, farmers and the tourism industry say doing nothing is unacceptable.

KWAME KILPATRICK TRIAL

(AP) - Jurors will resume deliberations tomorrow in the corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. The panel cut deliberations short today because of a sick juror. Kilpatrick, his father and a city contractor are charged with running a criminal enterprise that relied on kickbacks, bribes and rigged contracts.

NO DEAL YET

(AP) - There's a lot of urgent rhetoric but nothing indicating the White House and congressional Republicans are actively negotiating a deal to avoid the looming automatic spending cuts. President Barack Obama warned today that "the uncertainty is already having an effect" and "companies are preparing layoff notices." House Speaker John Boehner continued the call for spending cuts saying, "Mr. President, you got your tax increase. It's time to cut spending here in Washington."

ARREST WARRANT IN VEGAS STRIP SHOOTING

(AP) - Police in Las Vegas have issued a warrant for an ex-convict identified as the prime suspect in a shooting and fiery crash that killed three people last week on the Vegas strip. Police are looking for Ammar Harris, and say the manhunt will be advertised on Southern Nevada billboards. The search for Harris is also extending into the southern U.S. as records show that he previously lived in South Carolina and Georgia.

IKEA MEATBALLS

(AP) - Furniture giant IKEA says it is withdrawing stocks of its frozen meatballs from stores in 24 nations including Thailand and the Dominican Republic after discovering they might contain horse meat. IKEA is stressing though that its U.S.-based meatballs are all-American and not subject to recall.

JANET JACKSON MARRIED

(AP) - She can hold a note and a secret. Singer Janet Jackson was married. A representative for Jackson confirmed that the entertainer and Wissam Al Mana wed last year. In a joint statement to Entertainment Tonight, Jackson and Al Mana said their wedding was a "quiet, private and beautiful ceremony."

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