OH-MI-IN News
Detroit still needs $350M from state lawmakers
Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press ED WHITE, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:49

DETROIT (AP) — Pressure is building for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions after the bankrupt city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group.

The deals are tied to Detroit getting money from the state over 20 years, along with $466 million in private money, all to shore up pensions.

Retired police and firefighters would see smaller cost-of-living payments. Other city retirees would see a 4.5 percent pension cut. The $816 million vanishes if retirees don't vote in favor in the weeks ahead.

Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger says deals reached Tuesday are important. But he tells The Associated Press that persuading lawmakers to approve the money soon is difficult because of anti-Detroit sentiment in the Legislature.

Republicans control the House and Senate.


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No school recommended for unvaccinated kids
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Central Ohio officials are warning that children without mumps vaccinations might have to miss weeks of school if an outbreak of the illness hits classrooms.

More than 200 cases of the contagious viral illness, with more than 130 of those linked to Ohio State University, have been reported this year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1ePHzDh ) that the health commissioners for Columbus and Franklin County wrote letters to schools encouraging vaccinations.

The letters also advise parents that unvaccinated students might have to stay home 25 days or longer if clusters of mumps cases begin showing up in schools.

Officials have urged residents of the region to make sure they've been inoculated with two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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Indiana town decides to allow chickens in city
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:44

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana city council has reversed itself and approved a proposal allowing residents to keep chickens at their homes.

The Goshen City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night in favor of a two-year program allowing up to 50 permits for those wanting to have chickens.

The Goshen News and the Elkhart Truth report the ordinance will require residents to get written approval from neighbors and allow up to six hens and no roosters.

Supporters say people should be allowed to raise their own food, while a couple council members said they were worried about health concerns and property values in the 30,000-person city.

The council had voted last month against a similar proposal.


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E.L. Doctorow to receive Library of Congress Prize
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:29

NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist E.L. Doctorow will be honored with the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington made the announcement Wednesday.

Billington said each of Doctorow's books is a "vivid canvas" filled with "color and drama." He likens Doctorow to Charles Dickens.

Doctorow says novelists live with self-doubt. He says the honor confers "a blessed moment of peace and resolution."

Works from his five-decade career include "Ragtime," ''World's Fair," ''Billy Bathgate," ''The March" and his current book, "Andrew's Brain."

The Bronx-born novelist majored in philosophy at Kenyon College in Ohio.

The award will be presented Aug. 30 in Washington.

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Online:

http://eldoctorow.com/


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Judge to sentence seven in deadly Ohio pill mill case
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 06:23

CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge has set sentencing dates for six doctors and the owner of three pain management clinics where they worked, all of whom previously pleaded guilty to charges related to the clinics' operations.

Indictments in 2012 and last year alleged dozens of customers a week would travel hundreds of miles to visit clinics in southern and central Ohio and pay $200 per visit for painkillers.

The indictments said prescriptions were written without meaningful physical exams and contributed to the deaths of at least two patients.

Cincinnati federal Judge Michael Barrett will sentence the clinic owner and five doctors on May 21 and a sixth doctor on June 12.

No sentencing date has been set for an eighth defendant who pleaded guilty last month to failing to file federal income taxes.


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