May 22, 2015

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Ohio House passes bill that would give schools more flexibility in scheduling

COLUMBUS — Sponsors say a bill passed by the Ohio House would give school districts more flexibility in making up snow days and other lost time. The bill passed Wednesday would change state law regarding the time students must spend in school. It would require them to spend a minimum number of hours in school Read More…

State Supreme Court rules against Ohio homeowners over electric rates

CLEVELAND — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled against homeowners still fighting with an electric utility over the end of deeply discounted rates. The state’s high court on Wednesday dismissed consumer arguments that they have the right to sue FirstEnergy for fraud and a breach of contract because the utility had promised them lifetime discounts Read More…

Cleveland mom charged with murder in toddler’s death

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CLEVELAND — Cleveland police say they have charged a 20-year-old woman with aggravated murder in the death of her 3-year-old son whose body had been bagged and thrown in the trash. A police official said Wednesday that Camilia Terry has been charged in the death of her son Emilliano. His body was found intact inside Read More…

Tipster in Ohio State scandal receives one-year law license suspension

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court has suspended for a year the law license of an attorney whose emails to Jim Tressel triggered an ongoing scandal and NCAA investigation that cost the coach his job at Ohio State. At issue was whether Columbus attorney Christopher Cicero violated professional rules of conduct that prohibit revealing information Read More…

Sheffield Lake man arrested for sex with boy in Chicago area

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PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. — Suburban Chicago police say a Sheffield Lake man traveled to the area several times to have sex with an underage boy to whom he sent sexually explicit photographs and videos. David H. Six was charged with charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and possession of harmful material. Palos Heights police announced Read More…

Report: Ohio graduation rate among lowest for black students, better for white students

COLUMBUS — New statistics show that Ohio has one of the lowest high-school graduation rates for black students, but one of the better rates for white students. The U.S. Department of Education comparable state-by-state graduation numbers show that only three states have a wider disparity between graduation rates for blacks and whites. Ohio’s graduation rate Read More…

Ohio man gets a month in jail for making fun of girl with cerebral palsy

CANTON — A northeast Ohio man accused of making fun of a young girl with cerebral palsy has been sentenced to a month in jail. Canton Municipal Judge John A. Poulos ordered the maximum sentence for 43-year-old William Bailey, who pleaded no contest Tuesday to reduced misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and aggravated menacing. The Read More…

Ohio hunters killed 24 percent more deer on first day of season this year

COLUMBUS — Ohio hunters killed 24 percent more deer on the first day of gun season this year compared to last year. The Columbus Dispatch reports that hunters took 29,297 white-tailed deer on Monday, the first day of the week-long gun season. That was a significant increase over the number killed during a soaking rain Read More…

Consumer group settles with Columbia Gas over regulated pricing

COLUMBUS — Columbia Gas of Ohio has reached a settlement with a top consumer group that could end regulated pricing of natural gas by 2017. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel announced this week that it has dropped its opposition to the plan. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the settlement removes a key opponent to a proposal Read More…

Gov. Kasich signs executive order on exotic animals

COLUMBUS — Gov. John Kasich has cleared the way for Ohio to enforce temporary rules set by a board that was created under the state’s new law on exotic animals. The Dangerous and Restricted Animals Advisory Board established interim rules for cage sizes and the caretaking of regulated animals, such as alligators, cougars and lions. Read More…