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National Lutheran group elects Northeast Ohioan as first female bishop
Other morning headlines: 'Heartbeat bill' to be resurrected today; Eaton shareholders lawsuit dismissed
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Amanda Rabinowitz
 
  • National Lutheran group elects Northeast Ohioan as first female bishop
  • 'Heartbeat bill' to be resurrected today 
  • Eaton shareholders lawsuit dismissed
  • Ohio/Indiana drone venture names director
  • Cleveland’s embattled fire chief resigns
  • Three indicted on food stamp fraud charges 
  • Husted sets rules for ePollBooks
  • Portman to discuss gun stance at FOP conference 
  • National Lutheran group elects Northeast Ohioan as first female bishop
    The nation's largest Lutheran group has elected a Northeast Ohioan as its first woman as presiding bishop. The Reverend Elizabeth Eaton is the new leader of the liberal-leaning Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Eaton is currently bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod. She a Cleveland native and went to the College of Wooster.

    'Heartbeat bill' to be resurrected today
    Ohio lawmakers are resurrecting a proposal to effectively ban abortions after the first fetal heartbeat is detected — as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The bill's previous sponsor says he and abortion opponents will announce plans to reintroduce the so-called "heartbeat" bill at a Thursday afternoon news conference. House Health Chairman Lynn Wachtmann, a Republican, says the proposal has close to 40 co-sponsors. The measure died last year after the Senate's GOP leader blocked it from a vote. He's since retired due to term limits. The proposal had fiercely divided Ohio's anti-abortion community, with some fearing a court challenge could undo other abortion restrictions already in place. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, stars of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," are also expected to speak at Thursday's news conference.

    Cleveland’s embattled fire chief resigns
    Cleveland’s embattled fire chief has announced his retirement, effective Friday. Daryl McGinnis has been with the department nearly 30 years and was appointed chief by Mayor Frank Jackson in January. He was suspended August 1 as city officials announced he failed to meet the 40-hour minimum required training. Last month, McGinnis received a verbal reprimand for allegedly threatening to stab a firefighter in the neck for violating dress code. Assistant Fire chief Patrick Kelly will continue as interim chief.

    Eaton shareholders lawsuit dismissed
    A lawsuit by shareholders against a local manufacturing giant has been dismissed. A judge says there is no evidence Cleveland-based Eaton Corporation’s actions in a different lawsuit caused stock prices to drop. The Florida Carpenters Regional Council Pension Plan claimed Eaton's alleged concealment of e-mails in a Mississippi case pushed stock down 8 percent, or nearly $1.5 billion. The original suit involved five Eaton engineers who left the company to join rival Frisby Aerospace. Eaton sued, saying the ex-employees had taken classified info on jet engines. A judge threw out the case in 2010, fining Eaton $1.5 million for hiring attorney Ed Peters to influence the previous judge assigned to the case. The company chalks up the loss in stock value to its lower credit rating after acquiring Cooper Industries in 2012.

    Ohio/Indiana drone venture names director
    The center leading Ohio's joint venture with Indiana to develop the region's unmanned aircraft systems industry has its first director. Gov. John Kasich says Dick Honneywell will lead the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aerial Systems and Test Complex based in Springfield in southwest Ohio. The retired Air Force Reserve colonel most recently was vice president of aerospace at the Dayton Development Coalition. The center in Springfield hopes to become one of six national test centers for unmanned aircraft.

    Three indicted on food stamp fraud charges
    A northeast Ohio federal grand jury has indicted three men for engaging in a decade-long conspiracy to defraud the food stamp and other supplemental nutrition programs of more than $780,000. U.S. District Attorney’s office says the men traded food stamps and vouchers from the Women, Infants and Children program for cash and restricted items such as beer and cigarettes at a convenience store in Cleveland's east side. 

    Husted sets rules for ePollBooks
    Ohio's top elections official is setting uniform standards for the use of electronic poll books by local boards of elections. The high-tech books allow poll workers to more easily find voters' information and cut down on check-in time. Rather than flipping through printed pages, elections officials can enter a voter's name or scan a driver's license. Secretary of State Jon Husted on Wednesday issued an advisory to all 88 counties that spells out system requirements and functions. Twelve counties currently use e-poll books, including Stark. Cuyahoga County said it would begin experimenting with the technology this year.

    Portman to discuss gun stance at FOP conference
    Ohio Republican senator Rob Portman plans to speak to a national police officers conference, after drawing heat in recent days for opposing new gun sales restrictions. Portman is among several federal officials speaking this week at the Fraternal Order of Police meeting in Cincinnati. During Ohio stops, speakers in a national bus tour promoting gun-control measures have pointed critically to Portman's vote against legislation to expand background checks to online and private firearms sales. Portman has said the proposed restrictions would infringe upon rights without being able to prevent such mass shootings as the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack in Connecticut.

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