July 4, 2015

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Sen. Sherrod Brown advocates for treatment for veterans, opiate addictions

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, announced this week he would be co-sponsoring legislation aimed at providing safer and more effective pain management services to veterans. He also spoke of his ongoing support for legislation he co-sponsored last year aimed at making it easier for those addicted to opiates to seek treatment. “Opioid abuse in Ohio Read More…

Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage rights nationwide

Carlos McKnight, 17, of Washington, left, and Katherine Nicole Struck, 25, of Frederick, Md., hold flags in support of gay marriage as security walks behind outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015. A major opinion on gay marriage is among the remaining to be released before the term ends at the end of June.  (AP PHOTO)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their Read More…

Justices boost workplace religious protections in case regarding Muslim hijab

In this February file photo, Samantha Elauf stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The court ruled Monday in favor of Elauf, who did not get hired after she showed up to a job interview with clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch wearing a black headscarf. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court strengthened civil rights protections Monday for employees and job applicants who need special treatment in the workplace because of their religious beliefs. The justices sided with a Muslim woman who did not get hired after she showed up to a job interview with clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch wearing a Read More…

Election Commission: Jim Renacci’s campaign delayed reporting donations, fined $5,425

Jim Renacci

CLEVELAND — The re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, has been ordered by the Federal Election Commission to pay a $5,425 fine for failing to promptly report several donations it received before last year’s primary and general elections. The campaign finance agency said Renacci’s campaign did not immediately tell the agency about 22 Read More…

Medina County sixth-grader advances in National Spelling Bee

Owen Kovalik

Medina County’s participant in the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee advanced Wednesday to today’s round of the competition. Owen Kovalik, a 12-year-old sixth-grader from Medina Christian Academy, successfully spelled “accommodate” and “sigatoka” to move on. Sigatoka is a leaf spot disease in bananas caused by mold. Owen moves on today to the semifinals, joined by Read More…

Religious astronaut John Glenn: Evolution should be taught in schools

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COLUMBUS — John Glenn, who declared as a 77-year-old in a news conference from space that “to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible,” says facts about scientific discovery should be taught in schools — and that includes evolution. The astronaut, now 93 with Read More…

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth, to speak in Akron

Jim Renacci

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Greater Akron Chamber’s Small Business Council. The event will be at 7 a.m. May 28 at the Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls, 1989 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. The speech will be part of the council’s Excellence in Business Awards program. Renacci Read More…

Florida judge: Fugitive since ’59 will be sent back to Ohio

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ORLANDO, Fla. — An Ohio fugitive who’s been on the lam since walking away from a prison farm in 1959 will soon be on his way back up north after his recent arrest in Florida. On Monday, Judge Rhonda Babb released her ruling, denying 79-year-old Frank Freshwater’s attempt in court last week to contest the Read More…

New York court rules federal agencies collecting phone data is illegal

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Michael Doyle | Tribune Washington Bureau A key appellate court ruled Thursday that the National Security Agency broke the law with its sweeping collection of telephone call data, in a groundbreaking decision that repudiates the Obama administration and encourages Congress to weigh in. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the New York-based 2nd Read More…

Ohio Gov. John Kasich ‘seriously considering’ 2016 presidential candidacy

Gov. John Kasich

Gov. John Kasich told business leaders in Detroit on Monday that he was “seriously considering” a race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination but isn’t setting a timetable for a decision. The second-term Ohio governor said he wouldn’t rush the decision, even as other Republicans join the race. GOP U.S. Sens Marco Rubio of Florida, Read More…