February 28, 2015

Partly sunny

Local doctors back Ohio House bill to expand Narcan access

Medina Gazette Logo

A proposal to allow friends and family members of an addict to gain access to a heroin-overdose antidote drug has the support of local doctors. The bill is being considered in the Ohio House and gained approval from the Health and Aging Committee on Wednesday. Under the proposed law, pharmacies would be able to distribute Read More…

State of the State: Gov. John Kasich urges tax cuts, innovation (with text of speech)

John Kasich

WILMINGTON, Ohio — Ohio needs to move beyond its Rust Belt roots, liberate its small businesses through tax cuts and energize the next generation of schoolchildren through educational innovation if it wants to continue to flourish, Gov. John Kasich said during Tuesday’s State of the State address. The second-term Republican called upon state lawmakers gathered Read More…

Ohio man charged with supporting terrorism

Associated Press AP Logo

COLUMBUS — An Ohio man provided support for people engaged in terrorism and tried to conceal his efforts through money laundering, according to court documents that include a request for a $2.5 million bond. In the past year and a half, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud provided material support or resources or electronic devices to people engaged Read More…

Drugs causing rural, suburban Ohio counties to send more to prison than urban counties

The Lorain County Correctional facility in Grafton is one of the most crowded prision facilties in the state. (2006 AP FILE PHOTO)

Drug crimes are the main cause of a dramatic shift in the number of people being sent to prisons from non-urban versus urban Ohio counties over the past two decades, county officials said. In the early 1990s, two-thirds of everyone sent to Ohio prisons came from six urban counties — Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Montgomery Read More…

Ohio’s marijuana legalization ballot proposal revised to include home grow

Medina Gazette Logo

Ohioans would be able to grow up to four marijuana plants for personal use under a revised constitutional amendment proposed by ResponsibleOhio. The initial draft ballot language for the marijuana legalization amendment, released last week, hadn’t allowed people to grow their own plants, a restriction that drew criticism from other pro-marijuana advocates. “After extensive conversations Read More…

PARCC exams stir controversy, confusion between parents, administrators

Medina Gazette Logo

Students across Medina County started the new state-required testing this week, but Medina eighth-grader Ian Rose wasn’t one of them. His mother, Callie Rose, chose to exempt Ian and his siblings, sixth-grader Branden and fifth-grader Olivia, out of the exams. “I sent the opt-out letter in today,” Callie Rose said Tuesday. “It’s been sitting on Read More…

State lawmakers representing county support abortion ‘heartbeat bill’

Steve Hambley

Medina County’s two state representatives are among 50 sponsors of legislation aimed at banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The bill would prohibit abortions for fetuses with a detectable heartbeat, which typically develops about six weeks after conception. State Rep. Steve Hambley, of Brunswick, who represents eastern Medina County, including the cities Read More…

Ohio abortion foes introduce ‘heartbeat’ bill for third time

Associated Press AP Logo

COLUMBUS — For the third time in as many legislative sessions, Ohio abortion opponents have introduced a proposal to effectively ban the procedure after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, which can come as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The so-called “heartbeat bill” re-emerged on Tuesday with 50 of 99 state representatives signed on Read More…

Northeast Ohio breaks century-old record for low temperature Monday morning

Associated Press AP Logo

Cities across northern Ohio are seeing record low temperatures. Both Cleveland and Toledo saw temperatures on Monday morning dip to historic lows for this date. Cleveland’s Hopkins Airport reported a reading of 10 below. That broke the record set 111 years ago of minus 8 degrees in 1904. Toledo’s low on Monday broke the record Read More…

Get milk, renew vehicle registration at same place

Medina Gazette Logo

Transportation officials said some Ohio motorists soon will be able to renew their vehicle registration at grocery store kiosks. The Ohio Department of Public Safety said self-service kiosks will be placed in supermarkets in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus in the next six to eight weeks as a test of the program, the Northeast Ohio Media Read More…