July 3, 2015

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Cuyahoga County has plan to start off every child with $100 college account

CLEVELAND — A proposal in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County to start off every kindergartner with a $100 college savings account is expected to be approved by county leaders. The idea was floated in November by Ed FitzGerald, the chief executive in the northeast Ohio county that includes Cleveland. The Plain Dealer reports that it is expected Read More…

Plain Dealer announces plan to cut home delivery to three days a week

CLEVELAND — The Plain Dealer in Cleveland announced today that it is cutting back home delivery of the newspaper to three days a week. The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest daily, will be delivered on Sunday and two other still unspecified days of the week beginning in late summer, publisher Terry Egger said in a news Read More…

Report: Ohio courts illegally jailing the poor

COLUMBUS — The American Civil Liberties Union says several small courts in Ohio are illegally and unconstitutionally jailing people because they’re too poor to pay court-imposed debts. The ACLU’s Ohio chapter says an investigation found defendants are also being denied their right to a hearing to determine whether they’re financially able to pay their fines. Read More…

Man sentenced to death for Craigslist plot

Richard Beasley in court at the Summit County Courthouse in Akron, Ohio. (AP photo.)

AKRON — A self-styled street preacher was sentenced to death today in the killings of three down-and-out men lured by bogus job offers posted on Craigslist. The jury that convicted Richard Beasley of murder recommended that he face execution. The judge had the option of reducing the sentence to life in prison. Beasley, 53, was Read More…

$13.5 million donation will pay for OSU sports medicine center

COLUMBUS — Ohio State University says a single donation of $13.5 million will pay for most of the development of the nation’s largest sports-medicine facility. The donation is from the Crane family, owner of several local companies, and university trustees are to vote on Friday to name the building the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute. Read More…

Ohio partners with feds to target food stamp fraud

DAYTON — The state is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to crack down on fraud in the federal food stamp program. The state and the federal agency will share information about their transactions, and the USDA will provide training and data-mining assistance to identify suspicious patterns of benefit redemption that could indicate illegal Read More…

Student saving for college — 25 cents at a time

By PHIL TREXLER, Akron Beacon Journal AKRON — He’s saving for college 25 cents at a time. For Firestone High School senior David Krichbaum, that means handfuls of peanut M&Ms and shiny quarters, a ton of sales pitches and more than 200 rejections. This 17-year-old budding entrepreneur bought his first gum ball machine off Craigslist Read More…

Attorney and wife found dead in home

NEW FRANKLIN — Authorities in northeast Ohio say the deaths of a prominent attorney and his wife in their home is under investigation as a double homicide. The medical examiner in Akron says autopsies were planned Wednesday on the bodies of 56-year-old Jeffrey Schobert and his 59-year-old wife, Margaret. There was no immediate comment on Read More…

Ohio per capita income rising third fastest in the nation

DAYTON — Ohio’s per capita income rose at one of the fastest rates in the nation last year, another sign that the Rust Belt state’s economy is bouncing back after the recession. The measure that includes all earnings — wages, dividends, interest income, rent — rose 1.7 percent from 2011 to 2012, to $39,289. That’s Read More…

Tea party leader to seek chairmanship of Ohio GOP

COLUMBUS — A leading figure in a conservative backlash against the Ohio Republican Party says he’s running for chairman. Tom Zawistowski, a businessman, tea party and liberty group leader from Portage County, announced his bid today to succeed Chairman Bob Bennett. Zawistowski was in a group of about 80 self-identified conservatives who wrote to state Read More…