Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald wants to bring college savings funds statewide
Cuyahoga County Executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald wants to bring his county’s college savings account program statewide. In Cuyahoga County, each student gets a savings account that can only be used for educational expenses. Parents can add to the account and each account comes preloaded with 100 dollars. Fitzgerald says if he became governor, he says he would make this statewide. He also says he supports student loan refinancing, restoring grant funding and providing more opportunities to earn college credit during high school. Governor Kasich has been touting his history with higher education. He says his funding policies are holding colleges more accountable and encouraging degree completion. He also touts tuition caps, college credit opportunities and construction reform for university buildings he signed into law.
Former OSU football coach starts as YSU president tomorrow
Jim Tressel is starting his tenure as the President of Youngstown State University tomorrow. However, the Youngstown Business Journal is reporting the former Ohio State coach is already getting down to business. Tressel says he’s focusing right now on listening to community members to better understand the college. He also says he is expecting some big challenges at the university, which has been facing budget cuts, instructor layoffs and falling enrollment.
Ohio has some of the highest rates for ACA marketplace
Ohioans have the fourth highest costs for health care plans through the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange. A report from the Obama administration shows the average out-of-pocket cost for the health care plans was about 80 dollars nationally, but Ohio’s average is 140 dollars a month. However, this is still less than pre-ACA, which was about 220 dollars a month, according to a report by the Society of Actuaries. The administration is touting the report as evidence the ACA is working.
Last night's storms bring power outages and damage to region
Around 13,000 FirstEnergy customers throughout the region are without power this morning. In Cuyahoga County Mayfield Hts., Cleveland and Euclid are hardest hit by outages. Around 4,000 homes in Lorain County are without electricity, and 1,700 customers in Geauga County. Part of the roof of a high school gym in Munson Township was blown off Wednesday night during thunderstorms. AEP is reporting more than 3,000 homes in Huron County are without power, along with a handful of homes in Stark County due to the severe weather.
Stark county town declares state of emergency after heavy flooding
Plain Township in northern Stark County has declared a state of emergency because of flooding earlier this week. The hardest hit communities in Stark County are Louisville, North Canton, Lake Township, Plain Township and Nimishillen Township. Flood Warning remain in effect this morning for Southern Summit and Stark counties until 8:30am. Showers are still moving through the area. The National Weather Service says less than an inch of rain is expected, but with flood waters still receding and the ground saturated, we could see additional flooding in low lying areas.
Parma man sues police for citation for DUI checkpoint sign
A Parma man says police violated his First Amendment rights of free speech when they cited him for holding a sign warning motorists to turn if they wanted to avoid a police DUI checkpoint. Douglas Odolecki held a sign Friday in Parma that said: "Check point ahead! Turn now!" He and his attorney are fighting the citation. Odolecki says police sometimes abuse their authority and he believes he's fighting for a just cause. City attorneys say the part of the sign telling motorists to turn is illegal.
At least five die from bad heroin in Akron
Akron police in northeast Ohio say at least five heroin overdose deaths in the past two weeks may have been caused by a bad batch of drugs. Police report a 31-year-old Akron man and a 58-year-old man from Largo, Florida, were found dead on Tuesday. Three other heroin-related deaths have been reported in Akron in the last two weeks. Several more heroin users have been treated at local hospitals. Police have not determined whether the deaths were linked to something poisonous in the heroin or its purity level. They are warning heroin users to avoid using any drugs purchased in the past two weeks.
Ohio coal company sues Obama Administration over carbon emissions rules
One of the nation's largest coal companies has sued President Barack Obama's administration seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency's new carbon emissions rules for power plants. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in a Federal appeals court Murray Energy, based in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Murray Energy is the nation's largest privately owned coal company. It calls the EPA regulations illegal and argues they'll destroy jobs. EPA rules announced this month seek to reduce global warming by forcing a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. An EPA spokeswoman says the EPA "writes solid rules and they stand up in court."
Conservation group sues over federal rule allowing wind farms to kill eagles
A conservation group says it is suing the Obama administration over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years. The suit from the American Bird Conservancy is expected to be filed today in federal court in California. The group argues that the rule issued last year violates federal law. It says the government extended by 25 years the time a company could be authorized to kill eagles without analyzing the consequences. The wind energy industry sought the change to reduce its liability. AP last year documented dozens of eagle deaths at wind farms, findings confirmed by federal biologists.
Timken to hold last meeting as single company today
Canton-based Timken will hold its final investor meeting today as a unified company. Activist stockholders last year forced the split of Timken’s bearings division from its steel division. Starting June 30th the new company TimkenSteel will be an independent, publicly traded company. CEO of that company, "Tim" Timken, Jr. says, “this marks an exciting new beginning for our business and our steel team." Richard Kyle, president and chief executive officer of the parent company says Timken will continue to focus on its core bearings business and related power transmission products and services.
Illinois is first state to ban microbeads
Environmentalists and business groups are finding common ground in a campaign to get rid of tiny plastic bits that are polluting the Great Lakes. Illinois recently became the first state to vote to phase out plastic "microbeads" used in facial scrubs and other products such as toothpaste. Similar measures are pending in Ohio, New York, and California. Instead of the usual industry-versus-environmentalists battle, both sides in Illinois agreed the microbeads need to go and negotiated a timetable. Some leading manufacturers of personal care products say they're willing to phase out microbeads in favor of natural abrasives such as salt and ground-up fruit pits.
Judge's wife pleads guilty to poisoning husband
A northeast Ohio judge's wife accused of trying to poison him with antifreeze has pleaded guilty to one count of felonious assault. Carla Hague was charged last year with using the chemical in September to try to poison her husband, Ashtabula County Common Pleas Juvenile-Probate Judge Charles Hague. They have been married for 45 years. Carla Hague pleaded guilty Wednesday in Ashtabula County court after original charges of attempted murder and contaminating a substance were reduced. WJW-TV in Cleveland reports the 71-year-old Hague said she thought if she put the chemical in her husband's drink, which court officials said was wine, he would stop drinking it. She was sentenced to two years in prison, with release eligibility after six months.
Facebook crashes for 30 minutes in early morning
Facebook went down for about a half an hour early this morning. The main site, apps and social plug-ins stopped working at around 4 a.m. Facebook says the issue that caused the crash has been resolved and the website is now working at 100 percent. It is the 2nd most-visited website after only Google and many users took to other social media talk about the outage.
Sandusky couple charged with involuntary manslaughter after disabled son found dead
A northern Ohio couple are accused of neglect in the death of their disabled 33-year-old son, who investigators say was malnourished and covered in bed sores. Authorities near Sandusky say David Arthur Sr. and his wife, Deborah Arthur, were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter and failing to provide for a functionally impaired person. They are being held at the Erie County jail. A message was left at the jail inquiring whether the couple has an attorney. Erie County deputies went to the Arthurs' home Sunday after the man's biological son, David Arthur Jr., was found dead. The Sandusky Register reports Deborah Arthur is his stepmother. Chief Deputy Jared Oliver tells the newspaper David Arthur Jr. was malnourished and it appeared he'd been in bed for a long time.