September 2, 2015

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Lawmakers react to Barack Obama renaming Mt. McKinley to Denali

A woman gazes at Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska on Aug. 3. On Sunday, the White House said President Barack Obama will change the name of North America’s highest peak to Denali, restoring a native Alaskan name with deep cultural significance. (ANDY NEWMAN / HOLLAND AMERICA LINE VIA AP)

Staff and wire reports The renaming of Mount McKinley was criticized Monday by Republicans representing Medina County and the state. The White House announced Sunday the name of North America’s tallest peak would be renamed Denali, the traditional name used by native Alaskans. U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth, slammed President Barack Obama for snubbing Read More…

Ohio bill would ban abortions after fetal Down syndrome diagnosis

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An Ohio House of Representatives bill that would ban abortions after the fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome could gain approval by the House as early as October. If House Bill 135 — called the “Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act” by its supporters — passes, Ohio would join just eight other states that outlaw abortions Read More…

Summit County judge denies NEXUS temporary restraining order

A Summit County judge on Wednesday denied a request by an energy pipeline company to get a temporary restraining order to access properties in Green and New Franklin to complete survey work. According to the NEXUS Gas Transmission LLC lawsuit filed last month, 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of highly pressurized natural gas would Read More…

Two Lorain County landowners file suits against NEXUS

Two lawsuits were filed Wednesday by Grafton Township and LaGrange landowners in Lorain County who allege their property was damaged by NEXUS surveyors. The proposed NEXUS project, backed by Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp., would involve a natural gas pipeline, 36 inches in diameter, being built across 11 Ohio counties, parts of Michigan and into Canada. Read More…

Gov. John Kasich makes cut for Thursday’s GOP debate in Cleveland

Gov. John Kasich pauses before announcing his run for the 2016 Republican Party’s nomination for president during a campaign rally at Ohio State University on Tuesday in Columbus. (AP PHOTO)

Fox News announced Tuesday that Gov. John Kasich earned the 10th and final spot on the stage for Thursday’s Republican presidential debate at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. “It’s only fitting that this phase of the Republican presidential nomination begins in Ohio — the Mother of Presidents,” Kasich said in a press release after Tuesday’s announcement. Read More…

Several Medina County communities rank among Ohio’s safest

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SafeWise.com, a website that offers home security and safety advice, researched the 50 “safest” communities in Ohio and multiple Medina County areas made the list. The website said it analyzed 2013 FBI crime statistics of cities with populations above 8,000 and determined the chances of crimes happening per 1,000 people. Using those measures, Montville Township Read More…

Cleveland activists announce national tour focused on police violence

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CLEVELAND — Activists and family members of those killed by police are launching a national tour asking Americans to choose a side in the debate over police violence. About 20 people gathered in Cleveland for the announcement Wednesday of the “Which Side Are You On?/Rise Up October” tour. It was held near the site where Read More…

Sen. Sherrod Brown urges safer rail standards

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, is urging other lawmakers to support stronger safety standards for companies that ship hazardous material by rail. By law, states are required to notify county emergency management agencies when a radioactive shipment passes through a county. Brown has proposed requiring the Energy Information Administration to publish data regarding railroad shipments Read More…

Ohio Gov. John Kasich seeks GOP nomination for president

Gov. John Kasich pauses before announcing his run for the 2016 Republican Party’s nomination for president during a campaign rally at Ohio State University on Tuesday in Columbus. (AP PHOTO)

Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday made his campaign for the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination official, citing his experience, his family and his campaign work for former President Ronald Reagan. At a speech at Ohio State University, his alma mater, Kasich spoke about his work as a legislator in the Ohio House and then in Read More…

Toledo judge wants to know if he can ‘opt out’ of same-sex weddings

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TOLEDO — A judge who refused to marry a same-sex couple said Wednesday that he wants to know if he can skip out of performing gay weddings altogether. Toledo Municipal Court Judge C. Allen McConnell said he didn’t marry the couple earlier this week because of his personal and religious beliefs. Another judge was brought Read More…