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Ohio lawmakers: College athletes aren't employees
Written by AssociatedPress   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 02:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican-controlled Ohio House has approved a proposal that says college athletes are not employees under state law.

The measure was approved as part of a broader bill Wednesday that heads next to the Ohio Senate.

It comes after a landmark National Labor Relations Board decision last month involving Northwestern University's football team. That ruling says full scholarship players can be considered employees and thus are eligible to form a union.

If it holds, the ruling could have widespread repercussions in the multibillion-dollar college sports industry.

Ohio lawmakers are among the first in the nation to react legislatively to the ruling. The provision's supporters say it clarifies state law and could have little effect.

The Ohio AFL-CIO accuses majority Republicans of trying to "engineer punitive proposals."


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Ohio man accused of theft of student financial aid
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 02:17

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland man is being accused of fraudulently collecting up to $55,000 in student financial aid funds.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that 35-year-old Robert Williams has been indicted on one count of theft of federal student financial aid money.

Court records do not list an attorney for Williams.

According to the federal indictment, Williams enrolled in approximately six different Ohio colleges between 2007 and 2012 in order to get financial aid benefits from the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Prosecutors accused him of using the money for his own personal use and enjoyment, while having no intention of obtaining a degree.


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Eight-year-old girl befriended by MSU hoops star dies
Written by MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:36

DETROIT (AP) — Lacey Holsworth, the 8-year-old girl with cancer who befriended Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne and inspired the team to make her happy by playing well, has died, the girl's father said.

Matt Holsworth said Lacey died at their St. Johns, Mich., home late Tuesday "with her mommy and daddy holding her in their arms." Lacey met Payne during one of her hospital stays two years ago, and their friendship quickly blossomed.

"Please don't let her love and smile fade," Matt Holsworth told The Associated Press in a text message.

When it was Payne's turn to be honored during Senior Night, the 6-foot-10 center scooped up Lacey and carried her around the court. He did it again in Indianapolis after Michigan State won the Big Ten tournament, and the little girl with the blond wig was there when he took part in a recent slam-dunk competition.

"She loved unconditionally and without hesitation," Holsworth said. "Spreading her smile and love throughout the world."

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Ohio prosecutor appealing ruling on GPS tracking
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:28

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor said he will ask the Ohio Supreme Court to consider whether police can use GPS devices to track vehicles without a warrant.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien will request an appeal of last week's ruling by a county appeals court that threw out evidence in a burglary case because a detective placed a GPS device on a suspect's car without asking a judge for a warrant, according to The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1oLKQ00 ).

Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Holbrook ruled in February 2013 that some evidence against 22-year-old burglary suspect Montie Sullivan was inadmissible because it violated his constitutional right against illegal searches.

Holbrook relied on a 2012 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that found that placing a GPS device on a vehicle and tracking it constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment. That ruling, however, did not address the need for a warrant.

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Purdue hosting forum among 8 astronaut alumni
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:05

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University says free tickets are available for a forum Saturday evening with eight graduates who became astronauts.

The astronauts expected to attend the forum are Eugene Cernan, Mark Brown, Andrew Feustel, Guy Gardner, Gary Payton, Loren Shriver, Scott Tingle and Charles Walker.

A total of 23 Purdue graduates became astronauts, including the late Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels will moderate the 7 p.m. forum in the Elliott Hall of Music. Daniels is co-chairman of a National Research Council committee that is studying the future of the U.S. human spaceflight program.

Tickets are available at the box offices in Elliott Hall of Music and Stewart Center or by calling 765-494-3933.


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