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Morning news headlines for September 28, 2012
Tribe fires manager Acta; Anthony Sowell challenging conviction; Obama and Ryan returning to Ohio

Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
  • Indians fire Manny Acta
  • Obama, Ryan returning to Ohio
  • Cuyahoga County Executive pushes bill banning business associated with corruption scandal
  • Anthony Sowell challenging conviction
  • Convicted Amish fighting imprisonment
  • Some Ohio counties set final weekend voting hours
  • Cleveland charter schools earn large federal grant
  • EPA awards grants to combat Great Lakes algae
  • Indians fire Manny Acta
    The Indians on Thursday fired manager Manny Acta with six games left to go in what has been one of the more disappointing seasons in recent years. Acta was finishing his third season with the team and after spending 40 games in first place in the Spring, the team won just five games in the entire month of August, the worst in franchise history. Bench coach and former player Sandy Alomar Jr. has been named interim manager and he’s a top candidate for the full-time job.  Acta said during a conference call on Thursday “I had three great years. I have no regrets or bitterness. I gave it my best.”

    Obama, Ryan returning to Ohio
    President Barack Obama will return to Ohio next week in the aftermath of the first presidential debate with Republican Mitt Romney. Mr. Obama will have a Thursday evening rally in Columbus and a rally Friday in Cleveland. No other details have been released yet. Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan will be in Columbus this Saturday for an Ohio Sportsmen Caucus gala. 

    Cuyahoga County Executive pushes bill banning business associated with corruption scandal
    Cuyahoga County is looking to take more steps to separate itself from corruption that plagued local government for years. County Executive Ed FitzGerald wants council to pass legislation that would ban the county from doing business with any contractor that has been convicted or even believed to have committed corruption related crimes. More than 50 public officials, including contractors, have been convicted as part of the scandal, many for paying or receiving bribes and kickbacks to influence county contracts. 

    Anthony Sowell challenging conviction
    The man sentenced to death for killing 11 women whose remains were found in and around his East Cleveland home is now challenging his conviction. Lawyers for Anthony Sowell have filed a petition to have his 2011 conviction overturned and win a new trial. Such filings are common for those sentenced to the death penalty and often are turned down. Meanwhile, a group of local architects is designing a memorial for the site of the Imperial Avenue home. The city demolished Sowell's two-family house in December. 

    Convicted Amish fighting imprisonment
    Several Amish people convicted in hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Holmes County say locking them up now will cause financial hardship for families. One man says putting him behind bars now might mean his 11 children won't have enough food for the winter because he can’t harvest his crops. Nine of 16 Amish convicted this month in the hair attacks last fall have remained free, but the government wants them locked up now before they're sentenced next January.

    Some Ohio counties set final weekend voting hours
    Election officials in several Ohio counties aren't waiting for a federal appeals court to decide whether people can cast an early ballot three days before the fall election. At least two Ohio elections boards have set their own hours during the disputed early voting days, including Wayne and Jefferson counties.  A federal judge has granted a request by President Barack Obama's campaign that restores early voting for all voters during the weekend and Monday before the Nov. 6 election. The state is appealing the ruling. Secretary of State Jon Husted had initially banned county boards from establishing hours during the appeal process. He later rescinded the directive.

    Cleveland charter schools earn large federal grant
    A group of Cleveland-area charter schools is the recipient of over $3 million in grant money from the US Department of Education. Breakthrough Charter Schools will use the money to provide more professional opportunities and pay increases to teachers. Breakthrough had to submit a proposal including opportunities for leadership and advancement and implement an evaluation system to win the grant money.

    EPA awards grants to combat Great Lakes algae
    The EPA is awarding over $5 million in grants to Ohio and Michigan organizations working to reduce algae in the great lakes. Much of the money will go to projects focusing on increasing water quality and decreasing harmful algae in Lake Erie. Several beaches, including Euclid Beach along Lake Erie, have posted notices as recently as this month warning people of outbreaks of harmful algae.



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