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Feds offer disaster relief to Ohio counties hit by May storms
Other headlines: Cuyahoga County Council reacts to FitzGerald's 'win-tax'; Portman calls for reforms on Ohio VA tour
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Cuyahoga County Council reacts to FitzGerald's 'win-tax' 
  • Portman calls for reforms on Ohio VA tour
  • Casino employees sign first contract
  • Suarez Corp employees testify in contribution case
  • Akron man fatally shot through front door
  • Feds offer disaster relief to Ohio counties hit by May storms
    The U.S. Small Business Administration has granted Ohio's request to issue disaster declarations for two regions of Ohio battered by storms last month.

    The agency's declaration means residents and businesses affected by the May storms and flooding can apply for long-term, low-interest loans.

    The disaster relief covers damage suffered in Lorain, Ashland, Cuyahoga, Erie, Huron and Medina counties by the May 12 storm.

    It also includes counties in central and western Ohio damaged 10 days later.

    Residents and businesses can visit the agency's website — SBA.gov/disaster — for information on the low-interest loans.


    Cuyahoga County Council reacts to FitzGerald's 'win-tax' 
    Reactions have been mixed to Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald proposal to link tax-payer funding to the performance of Cleveland sports teams.

    The Plain Dealer reports that some members of Cuyahoga County Council are questioning the timing of the proposal.  The 20 year ‘sin-tax’ extension won’t begin until 2015.  FitzGerald’s term ends this year.

    FitzGerald says his ‘win-tax’ plan announced yesterday would hold teams accountable, and give taxpayers a better return on their investment.

    The plan requires approval by at least six council members to pass.

     

    Portman calls for reforms on Ohio VA tour
    Ohio's Republican Senator Rob Portman is in Ohio today, touring a Columbus VA clinic and meeting with veterans on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

    Portman is sponsoring a bill that he says will improve mental health care for vets.  Portman wants the VA to shorten waiting lists and also report on outcomes with more transparency.

    In a conference call with reporters today, Portman said Cleveland Clinic head Toby Cosgrove would be a good choice to run the VA, following reports that Cosgrove is being considered for the post.

    Currently, 42 VA facilities around the country are under investigation over patient delays and allegations of falsified waiting lists.

     
    Casino employees sign first contract
    Unionized employees of the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland have ratified their first contract, which gives them a nearly 10 percent raise of the five years of the deal.

    The Ohio Casino Workers Council represents more than 1,000 workers at the Cleveland casino.

    The contract also includes bonuses of up to $1,000, seniority rights, free parking, an arbitration process and credit for previous experience.

     
    Suarez Corp employees testify in contribution case
    Employees of Suarez Corporation Industries continue to testify that they were reimbursed by the company for political contributions they made to Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and Congressman Jim Renacci.

    They’re part of the federal prosecution’s case against the North Canton company and its owner, Ben Suarez. Both are accused of skirting limits on campaign contributions by finding straw donors and then reimbursing them.

    Suarez acknowledges he authorized his former CFO, Michael Giorgio, to solicit $200,000 in donations, but insists payments employees got from the company were advances on profit sharing.

    His defense maintains the characterization of them as reimbursements for the contributions was a fiction created by Giorgio. Giorgio has pleaded guilty in the case and promised to testify against Suarez.


    Akron man fatally shot through front door
    Authorities in northeast Ohio say a man was fatally shot through the front door of his apartment.

    The Summit County medical examiner says the 36-year-old man was shot at about 1:15 a.m. Friday when he went to answer the door of his Akron apartment. He was pronounced dead about 15 minutes later.

    His name hasn't been released yet. There have been no arrests.

     

     

     

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