April 24, 2014

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UPDATED: Chardon school shooting victim’s dad dies on anniversary

CHARDON — The father of one of three teens killed in a northeast Ohio school shooting was found dead Thursday, the second anniversary of his son’s death, a sheriff’s investigator said. A family member found 48-year-old Russell King Sr. dead inside his home, said Lt. John Hiscox of the Geauga County Sheriff’s Department. There were Read More…

UPDATED: Cleveland among finalists to host 2016 Republican National Convention

This Friday, June 14, 2013 file photo shows the street entrance to the convention center in Cleveland.  ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s three largest cities — Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus — have been named finalists in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus named the three among the party’s eight finalists in a Twitter post Thursday. They join Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Read More…

UPDATED: Bill for extra calamity days hits snag; debate continues

COLUMBUS — State lawmakers disagreed Wednesday over how many additional calamity days to give Ohio schools off this year because of the winter’s hazardous weather, and how districts can make up the ones they have already taken. The impasse came after the Senate passed its own plan Wednesday, different from a version passed earlier by Read More…

Owner pleads not guilty in Toldeo firefighter deaths

Toledo firefighters battle a blaze on Jan. 26 in Toledo. Two firefighters battling the blaze at the apartment complex near downtown Toledo were killed, city officials said. (AP Photo/The Blade, Jetta Fraser)

TOLEDO — The owner of an Ohio apartment building has pleaded not guilty to starting a fire that killed two firefighters. Ray Abou-Arab appeared in a Toledo court Tuesday morning to face charges that include aggravated murder and aggravated arson. He pleaded not guilty to all 13 counts. Abou-Arab, 61, was arrested just days after Read More…

Kasich recognizes women held captive for 10 years

Gov. John Kasich presents Amanda Berry, left, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight with awards at Monday’s State of the State address at Medina High School. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

MEDINA — The three women who survived a decade-long captivity in a Cleveland house before being freed received Gov. John Kasich’s annual courage awards on Monday night. Kasich called the women’s story one of hurt beyond imagination, but also a story that didn’t end there. “It is also a story of three women who found Read More…

Gov. Kasich details new initiatives during State of the State

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MEDINA — Gov. John Kasich unveiled new initiatives, including several education reforms, during a joint session of lawmakers Monday night at the Medina Performing Arts Center. Read More…

Democrats, other opponents voice disagreement with Kasich’s policies at State of the State

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MEDINA — Democratic lawmakers and others dissatisfied Ohioans voiced their opposition before and after Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State speech Monday. Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, and likely Democratic challenger to Kasich in November, questioned the Republican governor’s budget priorities. He said Kasich was “counting on Ohioans to forget that he balanced Read More…

Gov. Kasich to deliver State of the State tonight in Medina

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MEDINA — Five Medina High School students will get the chance to attend Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State address this evening. The students won a lottery held by social studies teacher Simon Spelling and will receive tickets provided by state Sen. Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township. Medina Councilman Brian Hilberg, 1st Ward, and at-large Read More…

Ohio House OKs 4 more calamity days due to weather

COLUMBUS — Schools would receive up to four additional days off this year because of the winter season’s extreme weather with teachers having to report on two of those, under a bill approved by the Ohio House on Wednesday. Snow and frigid temperatures has led many districts across Ohio to exhaust their five allowable calamity Read More…

Ohio racinos mean less money for cities, counties

Christine Valentine dusts a slot machine at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in Northfield. The growth of race track slots gambling in Ohio has led to declining casino revenue for local governments. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

CLEVELAND — Declining casino revenue has cut into the take for local governments, and now the growth of racetrack slots gambling is diverting some of that money from cities and counties to schools. The switch has made some local governments wary of allocating uncertain casino money for mandated expenses like courts, elections and jails. Instead, Read More…