April 18, 2014

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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…

Ohio House delays formal vote on calamity day bill

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House has held off taking a formal vote on a plan to let schools take up to four additional days off this year because of the season’s extreme weather. A House spokesman said Wednesday that members plan to take an additional week to continue to work on the number of days Read More…

Eastlake, Lake Shore power plants closing early

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — FirstEnergy Corp. is planning to close two northeast Ohio power plants earlier than initially planned. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the utility will close its Eastlake and downtown Cleveland Lake Shore plants this fall, rather than next year. The move should lower the cost of power in northeast Ohio because the Read More…

University of Akron may eliminate degree programs

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AKRON — A University of Akron official has proposed that the school eliminate 55 degree programs. Provost Mike Sherman said the action would come after years of review and is necessary to “correct institutional drift.” The bachelor’s programs include theater arts and geography, and students would no longer be able to get a master’s degree Read More…

Ohio schools may get more time for tests

COLUMBUS — Ohio education officials say they are considering giving schools more time to administer state achievement tests this spring because students have missed so many days to bad weather. Ohio Department of Education spokesman John Charlton tells The Columbus Dispatch that there have been some “preliminary discussions” about giving schools more time to prepare students for Read More…

State of the State tickets available through random drawing

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Residents interested in attending the State of the State address in Medina have a chance to win tickets in a random drawing. Gov. John Kasich will give the annual address on Feb. 24 at Medina High School in Medina, home of retiring Republican House Speaker Bill Batchelder. Residents can submit their names online to be eligible Read More…

Bond set at $5 million for suspect 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, Ohio — A judge set bond at $5 million on Monday for an apartment building owner accused of setting a blaze that killed two Ohio firefighters. Ray Abou-Arab, who was handcuffed and wearing a sleeveless smock, was arraigned in Toledo Municipal Court on aggravated murder and arson charges. Abou-Arab, 61, was arrested Friday Read More…