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Ohio bill says college athletes aren't employees
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 06:09

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio legislative panel changed a budget bill on Monday to make clear that college athletes are not employees under state law, following a recent ruling from a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board that Northwestern University football players could unionize.

The ruling said that full scholarship players can be considered employees and thus have the right to form a union.

The Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Committee amended a sweeping, midterm budget proposal Monday to clarify that college athletes are not considered employees.

Chairman Ron Amstutz, a Wooster Republican, told reporters the change came from staff and could have little impact. "But if it ever comes up, it will be in the law for clarification," he said.

The amendment was among dozens made to the budget bill, which is on track for a committee vote on Tuesday and a likely vote by the full House on Wednesday.

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Former Ohio AG supports inmate's release
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 06:02

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former Ohio attorney general says a man serving a life prison sentence may have been wrongly convicted.

Former Attorney General James Petro asked a federal judge in Cleveland Monday to grant Alfred Cleveland's petition for release or for a new trial in the 1991 slaying of a prostitute.

Petro, who was attorney general from 2003 to 2007, said in a court filing that he was concerned Cleveland was convicted and sentenced to life in prison almost exclusively on the testimony of an admitted drug addict who was paid $6,000 to cooperate with authorities.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/R01xX8 ) reports that the man has since admitted that he lied about seeing Cleveland and three other men commit the 1991 murder.

The judge did not say when he will rule.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com


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Detroit teen charged in mob beating of driver
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 07 April 2014 14:02

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit teenager was charged Monday in the mob beating of a suburban motorist who had accidentally hit a 10-year-old boy who stepped in front of his truck.

Wayne County prosecutors charged Bruce Wimbush Jr., 17, with assault with intent to commit murder and do great bodily harm. He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon.

Police say a group of at least six people descended on 54-year-old Steve Utash after the accident Wednesday. Utash, of Macomb County's Clinton Township, was severely beaten and hospitalized.

Police arrested Wimbush and a 16-year-old boy Saturday. Prosecutors say the younger teen hasn't been charged but will appear Monday in juvenile court. Authorities have five days to determine whether someone is charged as an adult.

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Ohio panel to weigh tweaks to midterm budget bill
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 06:01

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio legislative panel is set to consider more changes to a midterm budget bill that is on track for a House vote this week.

The House Finance and Appropriations Committee amended the sweeping proposal Monday to clarify that college athletes are not considered employees under state law.

The move comes after a decision last month by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board involving the Northwestern University football team. The ruling said that full scholarship players can be considered employees and thus have the right to form a union.

The amendment was among dozens made to the bill.

The Republican-dominated committee removed a provision to require electronic registration for unemployment compensation benefits, and it sought to penalize counties who don't follow state procedures for providing absentee ballots.


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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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