Judge blocks hospital’s efforts to force chemotherapy on Amish girl
A judge has again blocked Akron Children’s Hospital’s efforts to force a 10-year-old Amish girl to resume chemotherapy after her parents decided to stop the treatments. The ruling comes just a week after an appeals court sent the case back to the judge and told him to give more consideration to the hospital’s request. Akron Children’s wants a registered nurse to take over limited guardianship of the girl and decide whether she should continue treatments for leukemia. The hospital says she will die without chemotherapy. The girl's parents say that the chemotherapy's effects were terrible and they're using "natural" medicines. The judge says in his latest ruling that not allowing the parents to make medical decisions for their daughter would take away their natural rights.
Ohio lawmakers still weighing Syria decision
As the President firms up his stance on Syria, Ohio lawmakers are deciding where they fall on the issue.
GOP Congressman Bob Gibbs of Holmes County is not yet convinced military action is the best move, but he’s waiting on more information. His office calls the situation “fluid.”
Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan of Niles says he’s also undecided about whether a military strike is appropriate. Republican Senator Rob Portman thinks the U.S. should respond, but wants more information. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown has not yet publicly given his stance on the situation, but has said he's glad the president is consulting Congress.
Republican Representative Mike Turner, from the Dayton area, is on the House Armed Services Committee. He won’t support funding an attack as long as the military is falling under cuts from sequestration.
Sebelius expected to speak at father’s memorial service
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and her three siblings are expected to be among the speakers at a memorial service for their father, former Ohio governor and congressman John Gilligan.
Gilligan died at home on Aug. 26. The public memorial service in Columbus follows a mass and visitation in Cincinnati on Wednesday for the 92-year-old Democrat who was Ohio governor from 1971 to 1975.
Missouri fugitive caught inside northeast Ohio nursing home
A rape suspect who escaped from a Missouri jail last month has been caught inside a nursing home in northeast Ohio.
Westlake police say 23-year-old Brian Adkison, was arrested Wednesday in the Cleveland suburb after a brief struggle with police. WKYC reports authorities say they set up a perimeter Wednesday afternoon to try to locate Adkison after a citizen reported having observed the man bicycling. Adkison is wanted in several Missouri counties on charges including rape and kidnap of a former girlfriend.
FitzGerald to return improper campaign donation
Democratic gubernatorial contender Ed FitzGerald says he's returning an improper campaign donation from an investment banker he nominated to a local economic-development board.
The Cuyahoga County executive collected the $1,000 contribution from banker J.W. Sean Dorsey in April, a week after nominating the League Park Advisors CEO to the Cuyahoga County Community Improvement Corp.
The panel reviews economic-development loan requests. Under the ethics ordinance FitzGerald championed after taking over Cuyahoga County's corruption-ridden government in 2011, county appointees can't contribute to politicians who appoint them. FitzGerald's campaign said it had flagged and planned to return the donation. An Ohio Republican Party spokesman said it shouldn't take five months to return a check.
Professors’ union, University of Akron reach tentative deal
The union that represents professors at the University of Akron has reached a tentative contract agreement with administrators.
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the Akron chapter of the American Association of University Professors announced the agreement Wednesday. This would be the AAUP’s third contract with the University of Akron.
The union has been in negotiations since May.
Earlier this year, the AAUP filed a grievance against administrators, saying they were trying to save money by piling more work on professors. A private meeting is planned for later today to consider the new contract proposal for about 700 full time faculty.
Union members will vote online Friday.
Climate change expected to impact fish habitat
Climate change could have some very negative effects on Ohio’s fish habitat.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, about half the lakes and streams where fish live will no longer support them by the end of the century, because water temperatures will be too warm.
The information comes from a report released by the National Wildlife Federation.
The group wants the government to act quickly to cut pollutants linked to climate change.
In Ohio, climate change could affect the habitats of perch, bass and trout that live in the state’s streams, as well as other fish in a growing oxygen-depleted zone in Lake Erie.
Ohio spends $750,000 dollars a year to stock more than 130,000 fish in streams and lakes around the state.
Medicaid expansion supporters ready issue for ballot
A group that’s pushing for Medicaid expansion in Ohio is trying to force the General Assembly to address the issue.
If it doesn’t, the Plain Dealer reports, Healthy Ohioans Work says it will take the issue to the ballot.
Earlier this week, the group filed paperwork to get that started.
Governor John Kasich included healthcare expansion in his budget back in February, but so far, no action has been taken on the issue because of opposition from conservative Republicans.
More than a quarter million Ohioans without healthcare would be covered if the program was expanded.
Dangerous interchange could get makeover
One of the most dangerous intersections in Ohio could be getting a makeover.
According to the Plain Dealer, Strongsville city council placed on first reading a plan to allow the mayor to apply for federal funding to revamp the I-71, state route 82 interchange.
The new ramp would connect I-71 southbound to Shurmer Road and bypass route 82… an area that often sees delays.
Last year, ODOT listed the interchange as one of the 25 most dangerous intersections in the state.
The area was also listed as fifth in frequency of accidents.
If approved, the city will be able to apply for 8 million dollars to complete the project.
Parma looking for new uses for old library buildings
The city of Parma is trying to figure out what to do with two former library branches that will close at the completion of the new flagship branch. The Plain Dealer reports the Parma-South and Parma-Ridge branches will close in mid-October.
The South building already has two tenants: A portion of Parma General Hospital’s accounting department, and the offices of US Representative Jim Renacci. The Ridge building is under evaluation.
The new 43,000 square foot Parma library branch will open October 26th.