Senators lobby Trump to prioritize type of steel that would benefit AK Steel

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 3:41 PM


            A Grand Opening ceremony was held, Friday, Apr. 7, 2017, on the new world-class AK Steel Research and Innovation Center in Middletown. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
A Grand Opening ceremony was held, Friday, Apr. 7, 2017, on the new world-class AK Steel Research and Innovation Center in Middletown. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Casey (D-PA) today urged President Donald Trump to make electrical steel a priority in any Section 232 trade remedy.

Trump announced March 1 he would levy penalties of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports. He had been weighing protective trade action under a rarely used “Section 232” of the U.S. trade law, which allows for restrictions on imports to protect national security.

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As currently constructed, Butler County-based AK Steel, the last electrical steel manufacturer in the United States, is unlikely to fully benefit from the remedy proposed by the president, according to a statement issued today by Portman’s office.

“If the company doesn’t get relief, they may have to shut down the last production line in the entire country of grain-oriented electrical steel, which is a key component of the power transformers that make up our critical infrastructure,” reads the statement.

AK Steel, which employs 9,200 people at manufacturing operations across seven states, as well as in Canada and Mexico, has a grain-oriented electrical steel production line in Butler, Penn., and a finishing line in Zanesville.

The company is Butler County’s third-largest employer with a total of approximately 2,400 full-time employees at its Middletown Works and corporate headquarters in West Chester Twp.

“We write you today to share our concerns that your proposed section 232 remedy is incomplete when it comes to electrical steel,” the senators said in their letter to Trump. “We write on behalf of a constituent company, AK Steel, which is the last domestic producer of grain-oriented electrical steel (GOES). Since the remedy, as currently constructed, does not include electrical cores and core parts, the remedy will not be effective for the domestic electrical steel market.”

GOES is the type of specialty steel used in the cores of power transformers, which are key components of the country’s critical power grid infrastructure.

The senators told Trump they were pleased to see that his proposed remedy includes grain-oriented electrical steel.

“However, we are concerned that unless you include a handful of additional tariff lines, for products that are essentially just electrical steel sheets stacked, wound and slit, as a part of the scope of the remedy, the remedy will be ineffective for electrical steel,” they said in the letter. “This is because foreign countries will simply set up production of cores, which requires very little capital. They will use foreign GOES to produce the core parts or cores of transformers, and export those products to the United States. In this way, the proposed section 232 remedy actually creates an opportunity for foreign producers to easily bypass the steel tariff and continue to undermine domestic production of electrical steel and cores which are of national security significance.”

The senators urged Trump to consider the concerns they raised and work with them as he finalizes the section 232 remedy.

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Police make arrest in 1986 child murder

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:58 PM

Arrest Made in 1986 Child Murder

suspect was arrested Wednesday in the 1986 child murder case of Michella Welch.

Gary Charles Hartman, 66, was booked into the Pierce County Jail. He's expected to have a bail hearing Thursday, and KIRO 7 will be there. 

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Welch was 12 years old when she disappeared after she and her younger sisters visited Tacoma’s Puget Park on March 26, 1986.

Her body was found in a gulch after police conducted a search. 

In 2016, using technology called DNA phenotyping, Tacoma police and the Virginia-based company Parabon Nanolabs produced computer-generated composites using evidence found after the murders of Welch and 13-year-old Jennifer Bastian.

Welch was found in Tacoma's Puget Park in March 1986, Bastian five months later in Point Defiance Park. Both had been raped and murdered. 

At first, police thought both murders were the work of the same man, until 2013, when a re-examination of evidence proved there were actually two different killers. 

Earlier this year, Jennifer Bastian's suspected killer was also arrested.

That suspect was detained out of state and taken to Washington for prosecution. Officials with the Illinois State Police said they helped apprehend the suspect in Bastian's killing, identified as Robert Washburn.

In court documents, Pierce County prosecuting attorney Jared Ausserer said Washburn first became a suspect when he called police in May of 1986 about a composite sketch released of a suspect in the murder of Welch.

Washburn called police after the suspect sketch was released, saying he saw a similar-looking man while jogging in Point Defiance Park. 

He told police he jogged in the park as often as twice a day, Ausserer said. 

In 1986, a special task force was formed to investigate the murders of Welch and Bastian.

"There are remarkable similarities (in the murders of Welch and Bastian)," KIRO 7 reporter Karen O'Leary said on-air that year. "She and Jennifer were about the same age. Both were riding bikes when they disappeared. Both were found in north Tacoma parks."

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Gay rights pioneer Dick Leitsch, who orchestrated 'Sip-In,' dead at 83

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 8:55 AM

Gay matchers in parades are common now. In 1966, Dick Leitsch helped break ground for gays by staging a
Gay matchers in parades are common now. In 1966, Dick Leitsch helped break ground for gays by staging a "Sip-In" at a Manhattan bar.(Michele Tantussi/Getty Images)

Dick Leitsch, whose milestone “Sip-In” in 1966 ensured the right of gay patrons to be served in a licensed bar, died Friday, The New York Times reported. He was 83.

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The cause of death was liver cancer, according to Paul Havern, a friend. That was confirmed by Leitsch’s niece, Cheryl Williams, The Washington Post reported.

On April 21, 1966, Leitsch and three friends -- Craig Rodwell, John Timmons and Randy Wicker, along with a Times reporter and Village Voice photographer Fred W. McDarrah -- staged the “sip-in” at Julius’, a bar in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan. The “sip-in” was a variation of the nonviolent civil disobedience practiced by civil rights activists.

When Leitsch announced he and his friends were homosexuals, the bartender covered his glass and refused to serve the group. McDarrah snapped a photograph, and the Times published a story the next day, titled “3 Deviates Invite Exclusion By Bars.”

The Mattachine Society, a gay group that counted Leitsch among its leaders, threatened to sue the New York State Liquor Authority to overturn the policy that prohibited bars from knowingly serving alcoholic drinks to gays, the Times reported.

The lawsuit was never filed. Leitsch, in an interview with the Times in March, said “The whole thing was bizarre.”

“We didn’t need to prove that the bars refused to serve us, or that the liquor authority revoked licenses for serving gays,” Leitsch told the newspaper. “They denied ever doing it.”

The publicity led to a Mattachine lawsuit in New Jersey, the Post reported. In 1967, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that “well-behaved homosexuals” could not be barred from a drink, the Post reported.

“In our culture, homosexuals are indeed unfortunates,” the New Jersey ruling said. But “their status does not make them criminals or outlaws.”

Richard Joseph Leitsch was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 11, 1935. Survivors include a brother and sister. His partner of 17 years, Timothy Scoffield, was diagnosed with AIDS and died in 1989, the Post reported.

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Gates open at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Blue Angels show off jet at Air Show

Gates are now open for today’s 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m.

Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Gates close at 6 p.m., and will be open again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Isolated showers early, lingering clouds make for breezy afternoon

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:36 AM

Isolated downpours with a few rumbles of thunder.

Isolated showers this morning with temperatures rising heading into the afternoon. Lingering clouds will make for a breezy day, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydghas. 

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:

  • Few passing showers or storms today
  • Breezy at times this afternoon
  • Heat and humidity return next week

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5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

Today: Mostly cloudy with a few isolated showers around in the morning. Temperatures will be rising out of the 60s. Clouds will linger through the day and become breezy. As an area of low pressure departs to the northeast, the flow wrapping around the low may spark a few passing showers or an isolated storm this afternoon. Highs expected in the upper 70s. Drying out later tonight with some breaks in the clouds. Overnight temperatures will drop into the lower 60s.

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Sunday: Partly sunny and warm with the slight chance of a passing shower. Most of the area will remain dry with highs in the lower 80s.

Monday: Sun and a few clouds, dry with highs in the lower 80s.

Tuesday:  Partly cloudy and warmer. Humidity will slowly begin to climb with highs in the middle 80s. Chance of a few showers may develop into the evening and night.

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Wednesday: Partly sunny skies with showers and a few storms developing. A very warm and muggy day with temperatures climbing into the upper 80s.

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