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Ohio city OK to block Christian school
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 09:27

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a central Ohio suburb didn't discriminate in blocking a Christian school that is trying to move to a large office complex in the city.

U.S. District Judge George C. Smith concluded the ordinance that allows exclusive zoning in certain areas of the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington does not treat religious schools differently from other schools.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1kgnPKZ ) reports that Tree of Life Christian Schools has been trying since 2009 to consolidate its schools in an office complex in Upper Arlington.

City officials turned down the request, and Tree of Life sued in federal court. The area is zoned to beef up the city's tax base, and schools are not a permitted use.

The school plans to appeal.

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


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BP pulls out of drilling in northeast Ohio
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:35

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Energy company BP says it's scrapping plans for shale drilling in northeast Ohio.

The company said in a news release that "as a consequence of its appraisal results" it was abandoning plans for drilling in the Utica shale in northeast Ohio.

The company has about 105,000 leased acres in the region, mostly in Trumbull County near Warren. The company said results from existing wells have not been promising.

The move was anticipated by many. Texas-based Halcon Resources in March had stopped its drilling in the area because of poor results.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the Utica shale in the region is rich with natural gas but is lacking liquids that are desired by drillers, especially with low prices being paid for natural gas.


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Lawyer: Ohio ex-governor's record wasn't expunged
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 06:27

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio watchdog's office plans to discuss Wednesday whether to reissue its report on a 2005 rare-coin investment scandal after information surfaced that the document presumed falsely that then-Gov. Bob Taft's criminal record had been expunged.

Inspector General Randall Meyer's top lawyer said Tuesday that Taft's no-contest plea on ethics violations was omitted from mention in the long-awaited report on Coingate, issued Friday, because staff believed the Republican ex-governor's record was among those shielded from public view.

"There has been bunches of miscommunication on this," chief legal counsel Jim Manken said. "We didn't mention the conviction in the report because we had Taft on a list of people whose cases had been expunged. That case was not expunged. Those turn out to be false research results."

Manken said there's a "strong possibility" the Coingate report, already nine years from the start of the scandal, will require a rewrite.

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Ohio man robbed after dropping off Facebook date
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 06:43

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police in northeast Ohio say a man had his car and wallet stolen after dropping off a woman he had met on Facebook.

The 20-year-old man told Akron police that the woman made a phone call as they pulled up at a house Monday night. As the woman walked up the driveway and around the house to the back, two men grabbed the man and pulled him from the car.

One of the robbers fired a shot into the air and threatened to shoot the man. He ran to a nearby house and asked the resident to call the police.

The house where he dropped off the woman turned out to be vacant. The woman and robbers haven't been identified. The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1kmeRx3 ) reports police are still investigating.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com


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Fired Ohio teacher petitions U.S. Supreme Court on religious issue
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 06:25

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A public school science instructor who was fired for refusing to remove religious materials from his classroom has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review a state court's decision to uphold his dismissal.

John Freshwater's attorney, Rita Dunaway, confirmed Tuesday the high court has been asked to consider First Amendment issues in the case.

A divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled in November the Mount Vernon school district had grounds to fire Freshwater in 2011 for insubordination for keeping religious books and a poster of a praying president. But it concluded the district infringed on Freshwater's First Amendment rights by ordering the removal of his personal Bible from his desk.

In January, the court denied Freshwater's request that it reconsider its decision.

Dunaway says the case's "most significant constitutional issues" haven't been addressed.


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