OH-MI-IN News
Kasich to give State of the State speech in Medina
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Monday, 13 January 2014 16:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich has picked the northeast Ohio city of Medina for this year's State of the State address, a location that honors a retiring Republican lawmaker and allows the governor to deliver his election-year policy goals in the backyard of his likely Democratic gubernatorial rival.

The speech will take place Feb. 24 at the Medina Performing Arts Center.

"Medina is one of Ohio's great communities, and this is a great way to celebrate it," spokesman Rob Nichols said in a statement.

The city is home to Republican House Speaker Bill Batchelder, who will end his 46-year career in public service this year because of term limits.

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Ohio man gets $2M bond on child-buying sex charges
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 13 January 2014 16:31

ALLIANCE, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ordered that a northeast Ohio man be held on $2 million bond on charges that he tried to pay $400 for a 10-year-old girl to keep at home for sex.

The defendant, 36-year-old Robert W. Thomas of Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) Falls, had a public defender appointed for him Monday in Alliance Municipal Court near Canton. A preliminary hearing was set for Friday.

The public defender's office in Canton declined to comment.

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Rail company to keep trying for Toledo link funds
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 13 January 2014 07:22

BLISSFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A railroad company in southeastern Michigan's Lenawee County says it will keep pushing for financial help in re-establishing a freight line to Toledo, Ohio.

The Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road Co. lost out in 2013 grant awards through the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program. Railroad owner Mark Dobronski says it will reapply for the next round and also is pursuing other financing.

"We're still trying. We're getting a lot of help from local governments," Dobronski said.

Officials say the lack of a rail link hampers economic development in the county.

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State to award $4M for Ohio school safety
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 13 January 2014 07:23

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Department of Transportation will award $4 million to Ohio schools this year for projects designed to help children from kindergarten through eighth grade walk or bike to school safely.

The department will accept applications until March 3 for the Safe Routes to School Program.

Department Director Jerry Wray encourages every community that needs the program to apply.

The department is currently working with Toledo Public Schools, Akron Public Schools, and Columbus City Schools to determine ways of improving safety for students walking and bicycling to the districts' schools.

Local and regional governments, schools and community organizations are eligible to apply for funding.


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Ohio courts seeing fewer trials
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 13 January 2014 07:21

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper reports that the number of criminal and civil cases that go to trial in Ohio has reached an historic low.

Based on numbers from the Ohio Supreme Court, The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1aW2zpE ) figured that just 2.5 percent of criminal cases in the state's common pleas courts were resolved by going to trial in 2012. That's the most recent year for which statistics are available.

Experts are citing a number of reasons for the low trial rates, including the escalating cost of taking civil cases to trial and tougher sentencing laws that make criminal defendants more willing to take plea deals.

Common pleas courts handle felony crimes and civil disputes involving more than $15,000. Trial rates are similar in municipal courts.

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


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