Cleveland man pleads guilty in teen's 1984 slaying
Written by MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 21:49
CLEVELAND (AP) — One of the Cleveland area's most infamous unsolved murder cases came to an end Wednesday with a guilty plea in the 1984 beating death of a 14-year-old girl who was abducted on her way to school.

Hernandez Warren pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated murder and rape in the death of Gloria Pointer. The plea agreement allows him to avoid the death penalty.

Warren, 59, was arrested a year ago after the Cuyahoga County medical examiner's office matched his DNA to evidence found at the scene. Warren had lived in the same neighborhood.

Ohio Senate proposals in a midterm budget bill
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 21:46
The Ohio Senate added and changed provisions in a sweeping midterm budget bill that it passed on Wednesday. Some of the proposals in H.B. 483 would:

— Increase small business income-tax reductions to 75 percent from 50 percent for tax year 2014.

— Raise personal income-tax exemptions for low- and middle-income taxpayers making under $80,000 a year.

— Double the earned income tax credit available to low-income Ohioans from 5 percent to 10 percent of the federal credit.

— Get rid of a $500,000 pilot program to provide businesses with technical assistance related to market research, marketing and the development of connections with other businesses and resource providers.

OHSAA adopts football point-differential rule
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 21:43
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio High School Athletic Association has adopted a football point-differential rule for this fall that will provide for a running clock in most instances after a team takes a 30-point lead in the second half.

The sanctioning body added the rule, intended to speed up lopsided games and already used by many other states, after consultation with the state's football coaches association.

After the lead reaches 30 points in the second half, the only times the game clock will stop will be for a team or official's timeout, the end of a period and when there is a score. The clock will start again for the next play and will continue to run in all other situations.

Ohio store owner donates entire stock to charity
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 21:44
CLEVELAND (AP) — A hardware store owner who is retiring and closing his doors after 54 years has decided to donate his entire stock to Habitat for Humanity.

Rudy Rosales is shuttering Rudy's Hardware in the city's Slavic Village neighborhood this week. But instead of liquidating his 10,000-sqaure-foot store's stock, he's donating every last nut and bolt to the charity that builds homes for deserving people.

The 74-year-old Rosales tells the Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1i3aPYA ) that he's glad the store's stock will do some good in the city.

"I didn't want to just auction it off," Rosales said as volunteers loaded cardboard boxes of hardware onto a truck Tuesday. "When we closed, it was a fully operational hardware store. With everything from plumbing supplies to electrical — we had it all. But I'm glad to see it go and to know that it will remain a part of the community."

Ohio Senate approves school, tax policy change
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 21:42
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State senators passed a package of new tax cuts and adjustments to teachers' performance evaluations on Wednesday as components of Gov. John Kasich's midterm budget plan lurched closer to his desk.

The tax and education ideas were among a slew of policy changes contained separate midterm budget bills approved by the Senate. The House passed earlier versions of the measures. A joint conference committee would likely be appointed to work out the differences in the legislation, a House spokesman said.

One sweeping budget bill including tax provisions supported by the Republican governor passed on a 24-8 vote. The legislation would accelerate a planned income-tax cut and expand certain exemptions and credits.

The provisions, not included in the House version, would double the earned income tax credit available to low-income Ohioans from 5 percent to 10 percent of the federal credit. It also would increase a small business tax cut from 50 percent to 75 percent on income up to $250,000 for the 2014 tax year and raise personal income tax exemptions for taxpayers making under $80,000 a year.

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