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Headline News for Tuesday, April 12, 2011
ATM manufacturer Diebold will be staying in Northeast Ohio, Gov. John Kasich promotes his budget in Dayton, A state senator wants to expand Ohio's hate crimes law
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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  • ATM manufacturer Diebold will announce plans today to build a $100 million campus and headquarters in the Akron-Canton area with at least $50 million in state aid
  • Governor John Kasich promoted his budget at a senior center in Dayton addressing concerns about his elderly care proposal
  • Democratic state Sen. Eric Kearney wants to include people who have disabilities to the law
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A second northeast Ohio company considering a move out of Ohio is staying with incentives from the state. The Plain Dealer reports ATM manufacturer Diebold will announce plans today to build a $100 million campus and headquarters in the Akron-Canton area with at least $50 million in state aid. The company, based in Green in Summit County, employs nearly 2,000 in the region. Last month, Ohio lawmakers approved legislation giving American Greetings nearly $100 million in incentives to keep its headquarters in northeast Ohio.

 

Governor John Kasich promoted his budget at a senior center in Dayton.  But as Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports, his audience had some concerns about one particular part of his spending plan.

 

A state senator wants to expand Ohio’s hate crimes law. The law now says people who threaten or attack others because of their race, religion, or ethnicity can expect tougher punishment. Democratic state Sen. Eric Kearney wants to add “disability” to the list. Kearney says that for an attacker to get extra jail time or a bigger fine under his bill, the victim would have to prove that the attacker was motivated by hatred for people who are disabled.

 

Cuyahoga County’s early childhood development program has received a major financial boost. More than one-million dollars in private and non-profit funding was announced Monday. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, the announcement follows a call for the private sector to help the county’s poor children.

 

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown has raised more than one million dollars in the first quarter of 2011 for what he’s expecting will  be a tough 2012 re-election bid. The Ohio Democratic Party released the numbers Monday and says the first-term Democratic senator has $2.5 million cash on hand. Potential GOP challengers include Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and former Summit County state Sen. Kevin Coughlin.

 

Lubrizol shareholders will vote June 9th on a $9 million offer from Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway company.   Berkshire has offered $135 per share for the specialty chemical maker based in the Cleveland suburb of Wickliffe.  Lubrizol is expected to keep its headquarters and current management.


 

A Medina man who maintains he did not murder his wife with antifreeze has been sentenced to life in prison.  60-year-old Dennis Auerswald was sentenced Monday after a jury found him guilty last month. Prosecutors believe he killed his wife with poisoned cranberry juice because he wanted to collect life insurance money.  

 

Retired two-term Ohio Supreme Court Justice Francis Sweeney Sr., best known for writing the court's first school-funding decision, has died at age 77. The Democrat served on the court from 1993 to 2004.  Sweeney in 1997 wrote the court's first decision finding the state's school-funding system unconstitutional because it favored rich districts over poor ones.

 

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio wants to be the next landing spot for one of nation's space shuttles. NASA plans to announce the new locations for the retired orbiters today, the 30th anniversary of the first shuttle launch. The museum in Dayton says the Air Force has been an important NASA partner in the shuttle program.  Nearly 20 museums and sites are in the running. 

 

The former owner of Akron-based Fair Finance has been released from an Indianapolis halfway house where he’s been held for nearly a week. Timothy Durham is accused of defrauding 2,000 Ohio investors out of more than $200 million.  A judge on Monday said he was allowed to leave the halfway house after he agreed to submit a more accurate disclosure of his assets.

 

An Ohio inmate who killed one man over drugs and another over the changing of a TV channel is being put to death today. Forty-nine-year-old Clarence Carter was sentenced to death after a 1988 beating in a Cincinnati jail. Carter's lawyers argued that the killing was not premeditated, and that Carter is borderline mentally disabled. 

 

A proposed ban on trans fats is advancing in Cleveland, and council members are discussing expanding it to the city's schools. The ordinance introduced by Councilman Joe Cimperman would outlaw trans fats in prepared foods such as restaurant meals.  The measure was approved in committee on Monday.

 

The winning streak is now at eight as the Indians beat the Anaheim Angels last night. Mitch Talbot took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians got home runs from Asdrubal Cabrera and Matt LaPorta in the 4-0 win.

 

 

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