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Ohio's foreclosures continue to drop, but Summit sees a spike
Other noon headlines: GOP leaders signal the end for 'right-to-work' bills, Chesapeake ratcheting up Ohio drilling, consumer groups push for Cordray; DNA testing in death case
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Foreclosures were down throughout Ohio by 1.5 percent, but only 1 percent in Cuyahoga. And they actually went up in Summit.
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In The Region:
  • Northeast Ohio foreclosures mirror the state drop, with some notable exceptions
  • Ohio GOP leaders back away fast from 'right-to-work' bills
  • Consumer groups pressure Portman to confirm Cordray
  • Chesapeake say the slowdown is over in drilling Ohio's Utica shale
  • Portage death row inmate may get another try at DNA testing 
  • Ohio's foreclosures are dropping with some significant exceptions
    The newest report by the Ohio Supreme Court shows foreclosures continue to drop throughout the state and throughout Northeast Ohio. Overall, the numbers were down 1.5 percent in 2012 over 2011. But the recovery continues to be sluggish in Cuyahoga County, and new foreclosures actually went up in Summit, Lorain, Trumbull and Wayne counties.

    Still, every county in the region has fewer foreclosures than in the year the crisis started in 2008. And Stark County has seen the most significant decline with new filings down by a third.

    Here's a look at counties in our region:  

    County 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2012/ 2011 2012/ 2008
    Ashland 282 348 319 249 217 -12.9% -23.05%
    Ashtabula 782 802 759 708 641 -9.5% -18.03%
    Carroll 122 168 170 132 115 -12.9% -5.74%
    Columbiana 636 702 681 534 448 -16.1% -29.56%
    Cuyahoga 13,858 14,171 12,825 11,544 11,427 -1.0% -17.54%
    Erie 562 539 548 444 478 7.7% -14.95%
    Geauga 435 508 497 463 416 -10.2% -4.37%
    Holmes 109 103 117 105 69 -34.3% -36.70%
    Huron 396 423 382 303 336 10.9% -15.15%
    Lake 1,517 1,695 1,760 1,609 1,590 -1.2% 4.81%
    Lorain 2,442 2,696 2,385 1,742 1,859 6.7% -23.87%
    Mahoning 1,836 1,755 1,819 1,381 1,360 -1.5% -25.93%
    Medina 961 1,155 1,098 906 845 -6.7% -12.07%
    Portage 874 935 991 792 771 -2.7% -11.78%
    Richland 862 903 798 717 736 2.6% -14.62%
    Sandusky 321 408 325 268 294 9.7% -8.41%
    Stark 3,017 2,700 2,549 2,124 2,020 -4.9% -33.05%
    Summit 4,113 4,633 4,320 3,658 3,794 3.7% -7.76%
    Trumbull 1,481 1,605 1,413 1,161 1,249 7.6% -15.67%
    Tuscarawas 389 453 409 340 334 -1.8% -14.14%
    Wayne 462 588 493 356 431 21.1% -6.71%
    Statewide 85,773 89,061 85,483 71,553 70,469 -2% -17.84%

    Portage judge must consider new DNA testing in death-row case 
    The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered a Portage County judge to decide whether to order new DNA testing in the case of Tyrone Noling, who’s been on death row for 15 years.  

    Noling insists he did not kill an elderly Portage County couple. Earlier DNA testing of a cigarette butt found at the scene excluded Noling, but he wants the additional testing to see if the DNA points to someone else.  Noling is represented by the Innocence Project, which says it is also hoping the trial court orders testing on other evidence in the case.

    Consumer groups push GOP Sen. Portman on Cordray confirmation
    Consumer groups are trying to ratchet up the pressure on U.S. Senate Republicans – including Rob Portman – to confirm former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

     A group called Americans for Financial Reform has collected more than 160,000 signatures demanding Cordray’s confirmation. The Ohio Public Interest Research Group and a group called Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People are part of the umbrella group and say more than 5,000 Ohioans signed the petitions.

    Republicans first blocked Cordray’s confirmation last year, leading President Obama to make his a recess appointment. He re-nominated Cordray this year. The GOP senators have no objection to Cordray, but rather to the agency itself, which they say has too much power. The consumer groups say the Republicans want to weaken the two-year-old agency and consumer protections in areas including predatory lending, credit-cards and college loans.

    Drilling expected to soar in Ohio in second half of 2013
    Chesapeake Energy Corp. exceeded earnings expectations for the first quarter, in part because of a more than 50 percent boost in oil output.

    In a conference call announcing those results, the drilling giant said its natural gas production from the Utica shale in eastern Ohio is ratcheting up and is expected grow significantly the last half of this year. According to the Youngstown Business Journal, Chesapeake had drilled nearly 250 wells in the Utica shale, but only 66 are in production. Another 86 are being connected to pipelines, and two processing plants are being built in West Virginia and in Columbiana County.  

    GOP flees Ohio 'right-to-work' bill
    The bill some Republicans say is key to job growth is Ohio is likely to go nowhere in the GOP-dominated Legislature.

    Within hours of a package of so-called ‘right-to-work’ bills being introduced yesterday in the Ohio House, Ohio Senate President Keith Faber was signaling that the Senate, at least, isn’t interested. He said the bills serve only “to generate a bunch of breathless fundraising appeals from the Ohio Democratic Party.”

     


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