September 21, 2014

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Census: Median income rising in Medina County as poverty rate declines

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Household incomes rose in Medina County last year for the second year in a row since the end of the Great Recession in 2009, the Census Bureau reported today. The county’s median household income rose to $66,078 last year, an increase of about $450 from 2012, adjusted for inflation, according to the 2013 American Community Read More…

Elections chief issues early voting hours in wake of federal ruling

Jon Husted

Ohio’s elections chief set a longer early voting schedule ahead of the fall election, while vowing Monday to continue appealing a federal judge’s ruling that led to the new times in the swing state. In a Sept. 4 decision, U.S. District Judge Peter Economus blocked an Ohio law trimming early voting and ordered Secretary of Read More…

Feds end Ohio State investigation over band director’s firing

Just weeks after Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band for failing to address a “sexualized culture” within the group, the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday announced it was closing a four-year investigation into the university’s handling of sexual abuse allegations. The agency said Ohio State’s investigation into the band Read More…

Federal judge rejects law banning false statements against candidates

A federal judge on Thursday struck down Ohio’s law barring people from knowingly or recklessly making false statements about candidates in a case that the U.S. Supreme Court said needed to be heard. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black ruled that Ohio’s law is unconstitutional and prohibited the Ohio Elections Commission and its members from Read More…

Chardon High School shooter, others in custody after prison escape

School Shooter Escape

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A teenager convicted of killing three students at an Ohio high school scrambled over a fence to escape a state prison with two other prisoners and was captured nearly six hours later hiding by a church early Friday, authorities said. T.J. Lane, 19, was caught only about 100 yards from the Read More…

Federal judge throws out GOP law, orders expanded early voting in Ohio

A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked an Ohio law that scales back early voting, ordering the state’s elections chief to set additional voting times just ahead of the fall election. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Peter Economus comes in a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups, several predominantly black churches and others challenging Read More…

Put-in-Bay’s police under investigation for unlawful arrests

PUT-IN-BAY — Allegations of unlawful arrests and heavy-handed tactics against police in the Lake Erie island resort town of Put-in-Bay are being investigated by a county sheriff and a state agency. Numerous complaints from residents and business owners on South Bass Island sparked the investigation into the police department, said Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick. Read More…

International pipeline company: Eminent domain would be ‘last resort’

Eminent domain could become an issue for residents with property along the route of a proposed 250-mile natural gas pipeline from Kensington, Ohio, to Dawn Hub, Ontario. Arthur Diestel, a spokesman for Spectra Energy Co.’s NEXUS Gas Transmission project, said that while the company doesn’t use eminent domain as a negotiation tool, the company will Read More…

Upset homeowners told gas pipeline may run through their properties

To view a map of the pipeline, click here. To view a letter sent to a homeowner, click here. Katie Anderson and Jon Wysochanski | The Gazette Mario Pascolini got a letter in the mail Friday informing him that a 250-mile natural gas pipeline from Kensington, Ohio, to Dawn Hub, Ontario, might be crossing his Read More…

Complaint filed with federal government over Ohio’s food stamp rules

Legal advocates for the poor have filed a civil rights complaint with the federal government over the state’s move to enforce work requirements for food stamp beneficiaries in most counties, saying the decision has disproportionately impacted minorities in urban areas. Ohio previously had not enforced the federal welfare-to-work requirements. But officials at the Ohio Department Read More…