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Joe Biden visits Cleveland to promote transportation funding
Other headlines: Storm damage closes roads, schools; Dick Goddard rescued from flooded car

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  • Storm damage closes roads, schools
  • Dick Goddard rescued from flooded car
  • Ohio Senate ponders changes to social services relief
  • Ohio's high court upholds death penalty for Canton killer
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    Joe Biden visits Cleveland to promote transportation funding
    Vice President Joe Biden is in Cleveland today drawing attention to the White House’s plans for transportation funding. 

    The administration says two-thirds of the nation's roadways are in "less than good" condition, and one in four bridges require significant repairs. 

    Biden will be speaking at the site of a new rapids station scheduled to open next year in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood.

     Biden and President Obama are pushing for passage of a new transportation bill, and extension of stimulus funds for transportation projects in place since 2009. 

    The current highway bill expires Sept. 30. The Highway Trust Fund, which provides funding, could run short in August.

    Storm damage closes roads, schools
    Seven roads will remain closed indefinitely in Medina County following Monday’s storms.  Two roads in Akron remain closed, including a section of Bath Road that was washed out by the heavy rains.

    Storm damage closed schools across the region yesterday.  Most have reopened.  Holy Family school in Stow will remain closed through Monday, suffering an estimated $3 million in water damage.

    The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado did touch down Monday night in Lorain County.

    The twister spun through a field in Eaton Township and caused partial damage to one home.

    Dick Goddard rescued from flooded car
    Longtime Cleveland TV meteorologist Dick Goddard had to be rescued after rising water swamped his car on a highway exit ramp this week.

    The eighty-three-year-old Goddard says he thought he was going to "buy the farm" when water flooded his car on an I-71 exit south of Cleveland during heavy rain Monday night.

    Goddard was trapped for about 45 minutes before firefighters in a rubber boat reached his car, broke the window and pulled him out. He was treated for hypothermia.

    Ohio Senate ponders changes to social services relief
    The director of a county Jobs and Family Services office in southeast Ohio says a proposal before the Legislature should be more focused on addressing the basic needs of the state's residents.

    Jack Frech of Athens County says funding for public programs that provide food and cash assistance to Ohioans in need have been reduced by millions. He made the comments in testimony to a Senate committee Wednesday.

    The panel is examining a bill that would create an office within the state's social services agency to revise incentives for public assistance programs and coordinate employment services among the programs.

    A spokesman for the state's Department of Jobs and Family Services said the programs help with residents' immediate needs and put them on a path out of poverty.

    Ohio's high court upholds death penalty for Canton killer
    The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man who stabbed his young children to death and fatally shot his former mother-in-law in 2009.

    In a 6-1 decision Wednesday, the court rejected arguments from James Mammone's attorneys that graphic crime-scene photos were inflammatory and should never been shown to jurors.

    Mammone also argued that publicity ruined his chances for a fair trial in Canton and that two jurors who said they supported the death penalty should have been removed.

    Two months after his wife divorced him, Mammone stabbed his 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son to death as they were strapped in their car seats in Canton in northeastern Ohio. He then went to the home of his ex-wife's mother, whom he severely beat and shot twice.

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