July 28, 2014

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Ohio House OKs moving Gov. Kasich’s State of the State speech

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House has agreed to the governor’s plans to move the State of the State speech out of the capital for the second year in a row. The House approved the move with an 80-16 vote today. The Senate was expected to vote later today. Republican Gov. John Kasich wants to give Read More…

Judge rules that football players’ rape trial will stay in Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A judge ruled today to keep the upcoming trial of two high school football players charged with raping a 16-year-old girl in the eastern Ohio county where the attack allegedly happened, rejecting requests by the defendants’ attorneys who wanted the trial moved. Prosecutors had opposed the request by the defendants’ lawyers, who Read More…

Ohio natural gas prices will be falling

CLEVELAND — Customers who buy natural gas from two Ohio providers will pay less in February thanks to high production from shale gas wells and other factors. The Plain Dealer reports that rates will be lower for customers who buy natural gas through Dominion East Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio’s standard choice offer. Beginning Read More…

Judge Burge rejects request to remove himself from death row case

ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge rejected a request from Assistant County Prosecutor Tony Cillo this morning that the judge remove himself from the case of convicted killer Stanley Jalowiec. Cillo said that Burge’s comments Tuesday to the Ohio Parole Board that he is being investigated by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Office Read More…

Gov. Kasich days away from Medicaid decision

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO — Ohio Gov. John Kasich is just days away from announcing whether he wants to make Medicaid benefits available to more lower-income Ohioans. The choice is a key element of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Kasich isn’t saying which way he’s leaning, but plenty of others are making Read More…

Boys basketball: Fourth-quarter run, confidence make difference for Elyria against Vermilion

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ELYRIA — The best laid coaching plans are often validated or undone by a single word — confidence. On Tuesday, despite having sophomore point guard Anthony Duckett thrust into the starting lineup, Elyria had the confidence to go on a 15-4 run to start the fourth quarter to secure a 59-47 non-league win over Vermilion. Read More…

Boys basketball: Raiders turn to ‘D’ for win over Firelands

COLUMBIA STATION — It’s not often Columbia’s potent offensive attack goes scoreless for six-plus minutes. It’s even rarer for a team to survive such a stretch in a fierce conference test against a fellow division leader. Both occurred Tuesday night, though, as the Raiders withstood a scoreless stretch of six minutes, 28 seconds over the Read More…

Nancy Smith petitions Parole Board for pardon

COLUMBUS — Nancy Smith sobbed, but never wavered, during her appearance Tuesday before the Ohio Parole Board to ask them to recommend that Gov. John Kasich grant her a full pardon in the controversial Head Start child molestation case. “I’m not a sex offender. I did not commit this crime against these kids,” Smith said Read More…

Judge Burge says disciplinary counsel is looking into handling of Head Start case

COLUMBUS — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said Tuesday that his handling of the Head Start child molestation case is being reviewed by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Burge’s admission that he is the subject of a confidential inquiry came during his appearance before the Ohio Parole Board to back Read More…

Fire overnight closes West Side Market

CLEVELAND — Cleveland’s historic West Side Market is closed for the day after an overnight fire damaged some its indoor stalls. Media reports said firefighters were called to the market at about 2:20 a.m. to put out a fire that started in one of the stalls and spread to others nearby. There was no structural Read More…