Ohio universities say state budget provision will cost them $370 million
Ohio’s public universities say a provision included the House GOP state budget would force them to lose more than $370 million a year, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Under the proposal, an institution must charge in-state tuition if it provides an out-of-state student with a letter or utility bill that the student can use to show residency and vote in Ohio. Bruce Johnson, president of the Inter-University Council, which represents the state’s public four-year institutions testified against the measure Tuesday before a Senate Finance subcommittee. House Republicans have said the provision is aimed at lowering tuition.
Diebold cutting hundreds of jobs
Diebold is cutting 700 jobs, and many of them are expected to come from Stark and Summit counties. The Green-based company announced the layoffs Tuesday – saying many have already taken place. The security and ATM company hopes to cut $150 million in costs overall, and announced it lost more than $13 million in the first quarter of this year. It has put plans for a new global headquarters on hold and plans to limit travel, cut consultants and reduce company vehicles as well. Diebold employs about 2,000 people in Northeast Ohio.
Columbus Catholic Bishop defends firing of gay gym teacher
The Roman Catholic bishop in central Ohio says the firing of a gay teacher at a Columbus Catholic school was based not on her sexual orientation but on the need to maintain the institution's values. Bishop Frederick Campbell tells The Columbus Dispatch Carla Hale was fired in March because she violated the church's moral teaching through what he describes as a "quasi-spousal relationship" with a woman. He says an extramarital affair by a heterosexual couple would go against the same teaching. Hale says she was fired from Bishop Watterson High School after her mother's published obituary included the name of her partner and someone complained. The physical education teacher is fighting to get her job back through a grievance with a teachers union and a complaint to the city.
Collective bargaining rights heating up again
Less than two years after Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected collective bargaining limits for government workers, Republicans in the Ohio House are preparing legislation that would prohibit requiring workers from joining or paying automatic dues to a union. State Rep. Kristina Roegner said in a co-sponsorship request circulating Tuesday that she wants Ohio to become the 25th Right to Work state in the nation. Her "Workplace Freedom" bill would apply to private-sector unions, and a companion measure from state Rep. Ron Maag would apply to public-sector unions. Ohio voters repealed a proposed collective bargaining overhaul in November 2011 that would have limited the bargaining rights of public-sector workers.
Internet cafe moratorium moving through legislature
An Ohio Senate panel has approved a bill to immediately halt the expansion of Internet cafes. The measure that cleared the Senate's government oversight committee on Tuesday would extend a current moratorium on the opening of new sweepstakes gambling operations until June 2014. It would require operators of current facilities to file more thorough affidavits with the state, or they could face a fine. A full Senate vote could come today. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine calls the cafes illegal gambling operations. He filed lawsuits Tuesday against three facilities that failed to file affidavits after the statewide moratorium went into effect in 2012. The industry calls them legal. Patrons buy cards for phone and Internet time with chances to play computer games that operate like slot machines with cash prizes.
Underground pipeline work to begin in Ohio
Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners says about 1,500 construction jobs will be in Ohio. A company spokesman says construction will start south of Dayton, and sections will be built in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Indiana. The pipeline will connect to existing lines to transport liquid petroleum products between Pennsylvania and Texas. It will cross at least 13 Ohio counties, including Tuscarawas, Harrison and Jefferson.
Gov. Kasich signs key piece of federal health care law
Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill requiring training and certification for a new group of professionals who will guide consumers through new insurance markets. These so-called health navigators will help educate consumers and small businesses about the online marketplaces created by President Barack Obama's health care law. Open enrollment starts Oct. 1. Kasich signed the measure into law Tuesday. Earlier Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor expressed support for the rules. Taylor leads Ohio's insurance department. Consumer advocates have criticized the measure, saying it limits the number of navigators available to help people by tying the certification process to those funded by the health law. Ohio navigator applicants will share about $2.2 million in federal funds.
Browns' Haslam faces another lawsuit
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam faces another lawsuit tied to the FBI investigation of his Pilot Flying J truck stop business. Bruce Taylor of Mississippi has filed a class-action lawsuit, claiming that Haslam’s company withheld tens of millions of dollars in diesel fuel price rebates and discounts from customers since at least 2005. There are now four pending lawsuits against Pilot Flying J. There have been no charges and Haslam denies wrongdoing.
Grand jury in Steubenville rape case wraps up day one
A grand jury in Steubenville finished its first day of work investigating whether other laws were broken in the case of a 16-year-old girl a judge said was raped by two high school football players. The group will reconvene today and results of its secret work won't be known for weeks. Possible crimes being investigated include situations in which adults including coaches or school administrators knew of the rape allegation but failed to report it. A judge convicted the two teen football players in March of raping the West Virginia girl after following a party. The case has received national attention and divided the community.
Cincinnati-area student who shot himself got gun from home
Police say the handgun used by a Cincinnati-area high school student in a classroom suicide attempt came from his home. Police say the gun was usually kept in a safe. Green Township police Chief Bart West says it's not clear whether the safe was locked or when the youth got the .45-caliber
gun. The student remained hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday as classes resumed at La Salle High School, an all-male Catholic school west of Cincinnati.
12 Cleveland police supervisors face discipline in deadly chase
A dozen Cleveland police supervisors are facing discipline in the massive chase and shooting that left two people dead last November. Police Chief Michael McGrath announced the discipline at a press conference Tuesday. He said the 12 failed to demonstrate leadership during the night, in which officers embarked on a 20-minute chase throughout the city and into East Cleveland. The chase ended when officers opened fire on the car, killing driver Timothy Russell and his passenger, Malissa Williams. Forty six supervisors were on duty that night.
Urban League to get money from fund for crash victims
A community group launching an educational program is getting more than $10,000 originally collected to help cover funeral costs for six Trumbull County teens killed when a speeding SUV crashed into a pond. More than $60,000 was collected after the March 10 crash in Warren killed the 19-year-old driver and five of the seven boys riding with her. The Greater Warren-Youngstown Urban League is getting what's left of the donated money. The nonprofit organization says it will go toward an initiative that will use a software program to help local students surpass high school and college-level education requirements.