July 28, 2015


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…

Medina County educators pleased with changes to state testing of students

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Loren Genson and Katie Anderson | The Gazette Medina County educators expressed relief in interviews with The Gazette on Monday that the state made changes to student testing as part of a two-year budget Gov. John Kasich signed last week. The budget reduces the amount of time students are required to take tests, and does Read More…

John Kasich, Hillary Clinton top presidential candidates in Ohio

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If it were Ohio’s choice, the 2016 presidential election would pit Republican Gov. John Kasich against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a recent study by Quinnipiac University. Clinton was the clear choice for the Democratic ticket in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, the three swing states polled by the university’s study released June Read More…

Farmers sought to join lawsuit over GMO corn

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A San Antonio, Texas, lawyer stopped in Brunswick on Friday during a tour of the Corn Belt in search of farmers who have seen their corn income drop in recent years. Attorney Mikal Watts alleged at the 10:30 a.m. meeting at the Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center that corn prices have suffered because of Read More…

Brunswick Schools to be first district in county to post checkbook

Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel stands with Brunswick City Schools Treasurer Patrick East, left and Ohio Sen. Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township as Mandel announces Brunswick schools will be the first government entity in Medina County to put their spending on the online OhioCheckbook.com. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Brunswick will be the first school district in Medina County to put its checkbook online through state Treasurer Josh Mandel’s OhioCheckbook.com. Mandel visited Brunswick on Thursday to join school officials in making the announcement at the district’s administration building. Brunswick is one of only eight districts statewide that has committed to using the software. “The Read More…

NEXUS pipeline surveyors begin knocking on residents’ doors

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NEXUS Gas Transmission is paying off-duty Ohio law enforcement officers to accompany land surveyors doing work for its proposed pipeline project. John Rossdivito, of Montville Township, said Wednesday that surveyors showed up at his home off Chippewa Road. He said a NEXUS representative who called himself Jerry showed up at his door with a man Read More…

NEXUS worker fired after landowner takes photo of worker’s offensive gesture

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Renee Walker, of Swancreek Township in Fulton County near Toledo, took a day off from her family’s farm duties June 26 to be with her son at an antique tractor show. On the drive, her day took an unexpected turn. “We were on County Road E and I saw a group of surveyors along the Read More…