July 7, 2015

Elyria
Cloudy
68°F

State officials: Three bids in for for-sale prisons

The state has received three bids for the purchase and operation of five Ohio prisons a day after Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the state’s massive $56 billion budget bill, which calls for privatization of prisons including a pair in Lorain County. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced Friday afternoon that it had Read More…

Ohio Senate committee drops voter photo plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate panel on Wednesday dropped from a broader package of election law changes a provision that would have required voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot in person. Lawmakers moved to delete the proposal a day after the state’s top elections official joined Democrats and the League Read More…

Kasich visits North Ridgeville plant

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Ohio Gov. John Kasich pushed his budget and other reforms during an appearance this afternoon at Kalt Manufacturing. He also fended off criticism from Sheffield Mayor John Hunter who complained Kasich is trying to balance the state’s budget at the expense of workers. Kasich countered that he is trying to bring the Read More…

Elyria Schools will be closed Wednesday

Given the predictions for dire weather, Superintendent Paul Rigda has canceled classes for the Elyria Schools for Wednesday.

Murray Ridge bus involved in crash

CARLISLE TWP. — Eight adult program workers for the Murray Ridge Center were being taken to area emergency rooms after the school bus they were riding in was involved in an accident this afternoon, according to Amber L. Fisher, the center’s superintendent. No one is believed to be seriously injured but everyone was taken to Read More…

It wasn’t your imagination: The earth really did shake

An earthquake along the Quebec-Ontario border in Canada this afternoon was felt across Northeast Ohio, including in Lorain County. The 5.0 magnitude earthquake happened at about 1:45 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That is considered a moderate earthquake, according to the USGS website. Residents in Lorain and Elyria felt the tremor. Lorain County Read More…

EMH sells half its interest in Amherst Hospital; lays off 25

ELYRIA — EMH Regional Healthcare System has sold a 50 percent stake in Amherst Hospital to a group of local physicians who practice out of the hospital. The agreement, which creates a for-profit joint venture between EMH and the doctors, went into effect Sunday, said EMH CEO and President Dr. Don Sheldon. The hospital will Read More…

Madoff gets maximum 150 years in prison

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Madoff has been sentenced to the maximum 150 years in prison for his multibillion-dollar fraud scheme. U.S. District Judge Denny Chin handed down the sentence in New York on Monday. Defense attorneys had sought 12 years, while prosecutors wanted the maximum. The federal probation department had recommended 50 years. Chin Read More…

Farrah Fawcett dies at 62

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Farrah Fawcett, whose stunning looks and blinding smile made her a pop icon of the 1970s, has died. She was 62. Her spokesman, Paul Bloch, says Fawcett died Thursday morning in a Santa Monica hospital. Her 2½-year battle with cancer was depicted in the TV documentary “Farrah’s Story.” She burst on Read More…

Carson sidekick Ed McMahon dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed McMahon, the loyal “Tonight Show” sidekick who bolstered boss Johnny Carson with guffaws and a resounding “H-e-e-e-e-e-ere’s Johnny!” for 30 years, died early Tuesday. He was 86. McMahon died shortly after midnight at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center surrounded by his wife, Pam, and other family members, said his publicist, Read More…