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APNewsBreak: Top aide to Lt. Gov. Taylor resigns
Written by The Associated Press   
Friday, 06 June 2014 21:57
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The top aide to Ohio’s lieutenant governor has resigned after irregularities were found in her timesheets, a spokesman for the office said Friday.
Laura Johnson, who had served as Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s chief of staff since 2011, stepped down Thursday at Taylor’s request, said Taylor’s spokesman Chris Brock. Johnson’s administrative assistant, Heather Brandt, also resigned.
The matter has been referred to the Ohio inspector general and State Highway Patrol to review.
Brock said Taylor’s office discovered Johnson’s timesheet irregularities several weeks ago while responding to a public records request made in April by the Democratic-leaning blog Plunderbund. The blog asked for payroll records, timesheets and parking logs.
Records showed the two women’s reported working hours and their parking garage and building entry logs do not match, according to Taylor’s office. There were also days when both women reported work hours either before entering or after leaving the state parking garage.
For example, Johnson reported working 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 22 but according to parking and building logs, she got to work at 9:45 a.m. and left at 3:20 p.m. Brandt’s Jan. 14 timesheet recorded her working from 8:20 a.m. to 6:05 p.m., but logs indicated she entered state premises at 11:15 a.m. and left at 4:15 p.m.
In a memo to investigators, Taylor said the hours the women’s cars were recorded as being in the office’s parking garage was “significantly less” than the hours they said they had worked in a four-month time period.
Johnson did not immediately respond to messages sent to her Facebook page. A phone number for her was not immediately available.
Johnson had been given some flexibility to work from home when needed after she had a baby in 2011, Brock said, but Taylor said in a statement that the pattern of discrepancies was disappointing.
“As a working mom, I know it’s hard to juggle both family and a job so I’ve tried to be supportive of my own staff as they juggle those demands,” Taylor said. “Unfortunately, the flexibility I’ve tried to show the chief of staff of my personal office hasn’t been appropriately respected and the workings of the office have suffered.”
She told the patrol and inspector general that the women claimed more hours working away from the office than she anticipated in the period that covered Jan. 1 to April 29 of this year. She said in the memo that both were given “some flexibility” due to personal issues each was experiencing. The memo did not identify the issues.
Brandt said in her resignation letter that she was stepping down “due to an unhealthy hostile work environment.” But Brock said he was not sure what Brandt had meant.
No one answered a phone number listed for Brandt, and a message sent to a non-state email address listed on her resignation letter was not immediately returned.
Taylor, a former Ohio auditor and state lawmaker from suburban Akron, has served as lieutenant governor since 2011. She and Gov. John Kasich are running for re-election this fall.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The top aide to Ohio’s lieutenant governor has resigned after irregularities were found in her timesheets, a spokesman for the office said Friday.
Laura Johnson, who had served as Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s chief of staff since 2011, stepped down Thursday at Taylor’s request, said Taylor’s spokesman Chris Brock. Johnson’s administrative assistant, Heather Brandt, also resigned.
The matter has been referred to the Ohio inspector general and State Highway Patrol to review.
Brock said Taylor’s office discovered Johnson’s timesheet irregularities several weeks ago while responding to a public records request made in April by the Democratic-leaning blog Plunderbund. The blog asked for payroll records, timesheets and parking logs.
Records showed the two women’s reported working hours and their parking garage and building entry logs do not match, according to Taylor’s office. There were also days when both women reported work hours either before entering or after leaving the state parking garage.
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Ohio State officials approve freezing tuition
Written by The Associated Press   
Friday, 06 June 2014 21:56
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The board of trustees for Ohio State University has decided to freeze tuition for the second straight year.
The university said Friday that trustees also supported a freeze on mandatory fees.
The approved resolution holds tuition for the 2014-15 school year. That means undergraduate students will pay about $10,037 a year — the same amount charged to those students this past school year.
Tuition for out-of-state students will rise by 5 percent. So undergraduate students from outside Ohio would pay about $26,537 in tuition.
Housing costs may increase. The room-and-board fee will rise by up to 4.3 percent, meaning students will pay $9,800 to $11,500 for a housing plan.
Tuition for in-state students on regional campuses remains at $7,140 for undergraduates and $11,496 for graduate students.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The board of trustees for Ohio State University has decided to freeze tuition for the second straight year.
The university said Friday that trustees also supported a freeze on mandatory fees.
The approved resolution holds tuition for the 2014-15 school year. That means undergraduate students will pay about $10,037 a year — the same amount charged to those students this past school year.
Tuition for out-of-state students will rise by 5 percent. So undergraduate students from outside Ohio would pay about $26,537 in tuition.
Housing costs may increase. The room-and-board fee will rise by up to 4.3 percent, meaning students will pay $9,800 to $11,500 for a housing plan.
Tuition for in-state students on regional campuses remains at $7,140 for undergraduates and $11,496 for graduate students.
 
Woman sues after STD diagnosis posted on Facebook
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Friday, 06 June 2014 16:54
CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio woman whose medical record was posted to Facebook, revealing her name and a syphilis diagnosis, has sued the hospital where she was treated and the worker who accessed her information.

The 20-year-old Cincinnati woman, who filed the lawsuit this week in Hamilton County court, said that the events of the case were set in motion in September, when she refused to tell her ex-boyfriend why she was being treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Her ex-boyfriend, identified as Raphael Bradley, 28, then contacted another woman he was romantically involved with who worked at the hospital, according to the lawsuit.

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Columbus submits 2016 Democratic convention bid
Written by The Associated Press   
Friday, 06 June 2014 21:55
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus has submitted its bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Ohio’s capital touted its convenient transportation, walkable neighborhoods, restaurants and convention center in an application submitted Friday.
The effort comes two months after Columbus was knocked out of the running for the 2016 Republican Convention, which still could go to Cleveland.
Cleveland is also trying to woo Democrats. A tourism bureau spokesman tells media outlets the city has submitted its formal bid.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says has done significant work to prepare for hosting a political convention. Such an event is big business for its host city, attracting 45,000 people and bringing in between $150 million and $200 million.
Columbus Congresswoman Joyce Beatty was among the bid’s backers, calling Columbus “a progressive beacon” in the battleground state.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus has submitted its bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Ohio’s capital touted its convenient transportation, walkable neighborhoods, restaurants and convention center in an application submitted Friday.
The effort comes two months after Columbus was knocked out of the running for the 2016 Republican Convention, which still could go to Cleveland.
Cleveland is also trying to woo Democrats. A tourism bureau spokesman tells media outlets the city has submitted its formal bid.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says has done significant work to prepare for hosting a political convention. Such an event is big business for its host city, attracting 45,000 people and bringing in between $150 million and $200 million.
Columbus Congresswoman Joyce Beatty was among the bid’s backers, calling Columbus “a progressive beacon” in the battleground state.
 
Top aide to Lt. Gov. Taylor resigns
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Friday, 06 June 2014 16:52
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A top aide to Ohio's lieutenant governor has resigned after irregularities were found in her timesheets, a spokesman for the office said Friday.

Laura Johnson, chief of staff to Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, stepped down Thursday at Taylor's request, said Taylor's spokesman Chris Brock. Johnson's administrative assistant also resigned Wednesday.

Records indicate their working hours and parking records do not match, according to Taylor's office. There were days when both women reported work hours either before entering or after leaving the garage.

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