Top Ohio headlines
CLEVELAND — Amazon.com and caffeine powder distributors didn’t provide proper warnings about the supplement’s dangers, resulting in the death of an Ohio high school student last year, the teen’s father said in a lawsuit filed Friday.
EUCLID, Ohio — An 85-year-old man says his suburban Cleveland home has been pelted with eggs several times a week for a year, and police haven’t been able to crack the unusual case despite stakeouts, questioning neighbors, installing a surveillance camera and even testing eggshells as evidence.
Ford says it is starting production of two new engines at its plant in Cleveland. The company said that production is beginning at the plant on the 2.0-liter and 2.3-liter EcoBoost engines for vehicles built in North America. It will mark the first time those engines have been built in the U.S.
A mix of unusually volatile property values and shifting school-funding formulas over the past decade has detached school funding from reality in Ohio. That was the analysis from Howard Fleeter, who has spent 25 years researching Ohio school funding and has uncovered additional issues with Gov. John Kasich’s latest formula. The proposal already has many lawmakers encouraging people to stay calm because they are looking for a fix.
Divorced with four children, Pam Harris had no health insurance — choosing between medications to treat her depression and rheumatoid arthritis or paying utility bills — when she suffered her first stroke two years ago. After leaving the hospital, the 40-year-old, who lives in Jamestown in Greene County, couldn’t afford follow-up care or physical therapy. Church friends showed her exercises she could do at home.
Debate continues on Gov. John Kasich’s school-funding formula with more questions coming from those testifying for before lawmakers yesterday. Worthington Superintendent Thomas Tucker asked that lawmakers keep the current formula, Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel writes. A stable formula “is essential if districts are to operate with the efficiencies that you, as legislators, have a right to expect,” he said.
WASHINGTON — Speaker John Boehner joined seven other House Republicans and three Democrats yesterday to press President Barack Obama to provide Ukraine’s pro-Western government with advanced weapons to combat Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine.
WASHINGTON — Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman along with Rep. Joyce Beatty will attend this weekend’s 50th anniversary events commemorating the historic civil-rights marches in Alabama that helped lead the way to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
CINCINNATI — Daniel von Bargen, who played George Costanza’s dim-witted boss Mr. Kruger on Seinfeld, has died. He was 64. Von Bargen died on Sunday in the Cincinnati area, Harry Gilligan, owner of Gilligan Funeral Homes, confirmed yesterday. Gilligan said he couldn’t provide the cause of death. WLWT-TV in Cincinnati first reported the death.
It likely will take southern Ohio residents a while to dig out from a major winter storm that socked some parts of the region with more than a foot of snow on Thursday and left thousands without power. In central Ohio, however, the storm struck but a dainty blow. Columbus received less than an inch of snow on Wednesday night, and only a “trace” on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled an unusual 150-minute argument April 28 on whether Ohio and three other states violated the Constitution when they banned same-sex marriages. The court’s decision, which is expected toward the end of June, could finally end a controversy that has divided the nation for much of the past two decades. In 2013, the justices by a 5-4 vote struck down as unconstitutional a 1996 federal law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
AKRON, Ohio — The state auditor has released Akron from Ohio’s fiscal caution list after the city fixed accounting and budget practices that led to the designation in 2011.
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Marine Patrol officers with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources have cited a central Ohio man for unlawful possession of unrefrigerated shellfish and careless driving.
TOLEDO (AP) — A man who spent almost 20 years behind bars for murder before being freed has sued the state for wrongful imprisonment, hoping it will allow him to collect compensation for the time he was incarcerated.
Prosecutors will meet this month to decide whether to seek the death penalty against a man accused of gunning down three people at a suburban Cleveland barbershop.
A teacher who follows a vegan lifestyle has sued the northeastern Ohio school district where he works for firing him last year for a Facebook post critical of dairy-farming practices.
Officials hope an autopsy will show what caused the death of a man whose body was found buried in the snow near downtown Dayton.
CINCINNATI — A new Cincinnati law meant to hold pet owners accountable for dog bites allows for fines of up to $15,000. The law adopted on Wednesday stops short of criminalizing dog bites. Councilman Kevin Flynn said the target is bad owners, not specific dogs or breeds.
The quality of police training academies in Ohio and the need for stronger statewide training standards are among the issues an attorney general’s committee is considering as it explores possible changes in the way Ohio prepares police officers.
An ordained minister and Air Force fighter pilot, whose role in helping to save the lives of hundreds of orphans in the Korean War was immortalized in a Hollywood film, died this week in suburban Dayton.
In the clearest sign yet that Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to keep his presidential campaign options open, he will travel to New Hampshire — home of the nation’s first 2016 primary election — by month’s end. What is officially a continuation of his balanced-budget tour also will take him elsewhere in New England, including a likely visit to Maine in response to an invitation, sources close to Kasich said.
A high-profile killer will receive $7,500 in damages after a dog for which he was caring as part of a state prison adopt-a-dog program bit off part of his nose. The settlement between Vincent Doan and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation Correction was approved yesterday in the Ohio Court of Claims.
State prison officials want to give judges the authority to release inmates who are brain-dead or suffering from severe dementia — and costing taxpayers lots of money in the process. Ohio prisons chief Gary Mohr asked state legislators on Thursday to tweak state law as he testified about his agency’s 2016-17 budget before a House subcommittee. The state spends nearly $190 million a year on inmates’ medical care, which it is required by law to provide.
The tests used to measure whether Ohio students are meeting Common Core standards are going under the microscope of a special advisory committee and could be dumped. State Sen. Peggy Lehner said anything is possible regarding the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests.
Liberals and conservatives don’t agree on much but there is this: They don’t like Gov. John Kasich’s tax reform plan that cuts income taxes and raises severance, tobacco and sales taxes for a total of a $500 million tax cut. During committee testimony yesterday, the proposals “took body blows yesterday from the left and right of the economic philosophical spectrum,” Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel writes.
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