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Columbus will seek Democratic convention
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:54

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Though Columbus was rejected as a site for the 2016 Republican National Convention, area tourism officials say they will now focus on luring the Democrats.

Officials said they'll try to capitalize on the national media exposure garnered for the city during its bid for the GOP event. Last week, the GOP eliminated Columbus while keeping Cincinnati and Cleveland alive as possible convention sites.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/PEMC3r ) reports that the city of Columbus had pledged a total of $250,000 toward efforts to bring either convention to town in 2016, and the money left will now be used to compete for the Democratic convention.

Brian Ross, CEO of the tourism bureau Experience Columbus, says a political convention would bring $150 million to $200 million and 45,000 people to central Ohio.

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


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$80,000 for hospital care of Detroit mob beating victim
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 07 April 2014 06:20

DETROIT (AP) — An online fundraising campaign has brought in at least $80,000 for the medical bills of a suburban motorist who was critically beaten by a mob after his truck accidentally hit a 10-year-old Detroit hoy.

Police arrested Detroit boys ages 17 and 16 Saturday in Wednesday's attack on 54-year-old Steve Utash of Macomb County's Clinton Township. Their names and the charges weren't announced Sunday.

Police say at least six people may have been involved in the attack. Police say the mob beat Utash after he stopped at the scene of the crash.

Police say the 10-year-old stepped in front of Utash's pickup truck. He also was hospitalized.

His injuries weren't life-threatening.

The Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/1ig6ZLf ) says donations topped $80,000 by late Saturday.

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Ohio lawmaker charged with fraud set for hearing
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 07 April 2014 06:16

CINCINNATI (AP) — A southwestern Ohio lawmaker charged with misleading investors about a company's financial status and using their money for personal gain is set for a court hearing on Monday.

Rep. Pete Beck is scheduled for a plea or trial setting in Hamilton County court.

If he doesn't change his not guilty plea to the charges against him, then the judge could set his trial date.

Beck has been set for similar hearings in the past but they've been postponed.

Beck pleaded not guilty in July to 16 felony counts.

Beck has denied the allegations and brushed away calls that he resign.


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Harsh winter damages Michigan's fruit trees, vines
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 07 April 2014 06:19

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's heavy snowfall and bitter cold winter have damaged some fruit trees and vineyards, according to a leading state farm group.

The late thaw is finally allowing fruit farmers to assess damage from the cold and heavy snow, the Michigan Farm Bureau said in a report Friday.

"There certainly is going to be some bud damage, and potential damage to the wood," said Ken Nye, a horticulture and forestry specialist with the group.

Michigan is the national center for tart cherry production and also a major producer of apples and sweet cherries.

"Apples probably weren't affected too much, but we'll see some damage to cherries, peaches, grapes and blueberries," Nye said in a statement.

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Couple on motorcycle killed in Ohio crash
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 07 April 2014 06:14

GRAFTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a couple was killed when their Harley-Davidson motorcycle rode into the path of an SUV in northeast Ohio.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash happened at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday in Grafton Township, southwest of Cleveland.

The patrol said Robert Willis was riding the bike south on Grafton Road when he rode left of center in a curve and crashed into a northbound Chevrolet Equinox. His wife, Jolene Willis, was riding on the back and also was killed. Both were 37.

Both were wearing helmets.

Three people were in the SUV, and none of them were hurt.

The cause of the crash was being investigated.


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