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Michigan governor backs plan to give bankrupt Detroit $350M
Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 07:23

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is pledging to commit up to $350 million in state funds to help Detroit as the bankrupt city tries to shore up pension funds that are billions in debt and prevent valuable city-owned art from being sold.

The Republican joined legislative leaders on Wednesday to announce a proposal that would provide the money over 20 years, as long as a larger settlement is reached with labor unions and city workers concerned about pensions. The lawmakers acknowledged the plan may be a hard sell in the GOP-controlled Legislature, but they said it was better than a protracted legal fight in a city facing an estimated $18 billion in debt.

The governor was quick to say the money would not be a bailout, but rather a way to help Detroit quickly settle its bankruptcy and allow it to grow. He also noted the plan follows roughly $330 million that has been pledged so far by charitable foundations, largely in exchange for protecting works at the Detroit Institute of Arts that might otherwise be sold during bankruptcy.

"If Michigan's to be a great state again, we need Detroit on a positive path to success," Snyder said.

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Indiana board suspends doctor linked to 31 deaths
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 16:10

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Medical Licensing Board has suspended an Anderson doctor whom court records link to the drug-related deaths of 31 people.

The board Wednesday suspended the license of 83-year-old Dr. Frank Campbell. The Herald Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/1c3YDHX) the board also fined Campbell $500 on each of the six counts of violating physician regulations filed by the state. Campbell can seek reinstatement in a year.

Campbell was medical director of the Madison County Community Health Center until the Drug Enforcement Administration questioned him last year over allowing two physician assistants to prescribe controlled substances using prescriptions he pre-signed.

Campbell said he trusted the assistants and pre-signed prescriptions for expediency.

An Indiana Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigator submitted a court affidavit saying 31 of Campbell's patients died drug-related deaths since January 2009.

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Information from: The Herald Bulletin, http://www.theheraldbulletin.com


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Ohio ex-con charged in fatal shooting of girl, 5
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:07

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former inmate has been charged with aggravated murder in the Cleveland death of a 5-year-old girl who was shot in the head while sitting in a vehicle with her mother.

An arraignment was scheduled Wednesday for the suspect, 32-year-old Geoffrey Gurkovich of Cleveland, who was arrested Tuesday. No attorney for him was listed in Municipal Court records detailing the charge.

Police obtained crime-scene surveillance footage of the Sunday night shooting, which also injured the girl's mother.

Authorities identified the slain girl as Jermani Brooks. Her mother, 33-year-old Noni Brooks, was hospitalized in fair condition.

Police say Gurkovich has served time behind bars for escape and domestic violence. Prison records show he was released in 2012 after serving more than three years on a sentence out of Cleveland.


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Parents' lawyer: Adopted Ohio boy gets needed help
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 13:09

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The attorney for a southwest Ohio couple accused of abandoning the adopted 9-year-old son they raised since infancy says the case has had some positive results.

Attorney Anthony VanNoy said Wednesday that Cleveland and Lisa Cox are visiting with the boy and hope to be reunited.

VanNoy tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News that the couple will not accept any plea deals. They have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of nonsupport of dependents, which allege they recklessly abandoned or failed to provide adequate support for the boy.

Authorities say they returned him to Butler County Children Services in October without telling him he wouldn't return home.

VanNoy says the boy is now getting the help that the adoptive parents have always wanted for him.


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Ohio Supreme Court rejects part of tow-truck law
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 07:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's high court has tossed out part of a state law regulating tow trucks in a dispute that involved Cleveland's home-rule authority and its ability to adopt and enforce laws on the operators.

The unanimous ruling Tuesday from the Ohio Supreme Court upheld part of the 2003 law that gives the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio the power to regulate towing companies. But the court found unconstitutional a provision that says towing companies are not subject to local laws or rules.

State Supreme Court Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger wrote that that part of the law violates the home-rule authority granted municipalities by the Ohio Constitution. She said it limits the power of municipalities to make their own laws.

Cleveland challenged Ohio's tow-truck law in 2009.


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