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Morning news headlines for December 10, 2012
Murder-suicide at Cleveland Hopkins parking lot; Insurance fraud increasing in Ohio; Testimony to begin in new exotic animal law challenge
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
  • Murder-suicide at Cleveland Hopkins parking lot
  • Cleveland Mayor set to announce school advisory panel members
  • Insurance fraud increasing in Ohio
  • Soldier blinded in Afghanistan returns home
  • Gas prices continue to drop
  • Canton to consider traffic cameras...again
  • Testimony to begin in new exotic animal law challenge
  • Emergency food and shelter aid coming to Ohio
  • Scrap metal registry launches
  • Violent Fugitive Task Force expands in NEO
  • Browns build momentum
  • Murder-suicide at Cleveland Hopkins parking lot
    Two people – including a TSA agent -- are dead in an apparent murder-suicide at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. A police spokesman says the woman was riding to work with a male co-worker Sunday when her husband followed them, rammed their car and fired five shots into it. The male TSA employee ran, the husband fired at him and missed, then turned the gun on himself.   The shooting occurred at the parking lot north of the airport in an industrial area along I-480. Police are investigating if there is a history of domestic violence, or if divorce papers had recently been served.

    Cleveland Mayor set to announce school advisory panel members
    Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson today will announce members of a new advisory panel as part of a sweeping improvement plan for Cleveland’s public schools. The Cleveland Municipal School District Transformation Alliance was approved by the state legislature last June and could eventually be a model for schools statewide. The panel will include parents and representatives from the community at-large, the school district, partnering charter schools, businesses and foundations. Among its duties will be setting up a closer relationship between the district and privately run charter schools that operate in the city. It will help set standards, review applications and make recommendations for new charters. 

    Insurance fraud increasing in Ohio
    Ohio has already received a record number of insurance-fraud allegations this year. The Ohio Department of Insurance says fraud reports are already p 10 percent compared to all of 2011, and 25 percent from 2010. Consumers, insurers, insurance agents, police and others have already lodged more than 4-thousand allegations of fraud with the state through last Friday. The Dayton Daily News reports that officials are attributing it partly to better reporting of suspected incidents of criminal activity and hard economic times. 

    Soldier blinded in Afghanistan returns home
    A soldier blinded while on duty in Afghanistan received a hero's welcome in Summit County. Staff Sgt. Aaron Hale, who was blinded one year ago, returned Saturday to his alma mater, Revere High School in Bath Township near Akron. The 1996 Revere graduate served in the Navy for nearly a decade before joining the Army and was trained to disarm bombs. Hale was blinded on a mission to disarm an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

    Gas prices continue to drop
    Ohio gas prices are continuing to head south this winter. The average price for a gallon of regular gas is 3-35 in today’s survey. That's 2 cents lower than a week ago, and down 7 cents from this time last month. Most experts say prices should continue to drop at a steady pace for the remainder of the year.

    Canton to consider traffic cameras...again
    Canton City Council will be asked to again consider a traffic camera plan it has rejected twice before. Violation for running a red light or speeding would cost $120. The city would receive 66 percent of the money and the contractor Redflex would get the rest. Councilman Thomas West has sponsored the latest proposal and says that 80 percent of the camera revenue could be directed to the police department.

    Testimony to begin in new exotic animal law challenge
    A federal judge is scheduled to begin hearing testimony today in a lawsuit involving Ohio's new law regulating dangerous wild animals. Four owners filed the lawsuit in Columbus federal court last month, contending the restrictions threaten their First Amendment and property rights. The owners claim the law forces them to join private associations and possibly give up their animals without compensation. They also take issue with a requirement that the animals be implanted with a microchip before they're registered with the state, so the creatures can be identified if they get lost or escape.

    Emergency food and shelter aid coming to Ohio
    More than $4 million dollars in federal emergency food and shelter assistance is headed to Ohio counties. The amount represents about 82 cents for each Ohioan living under the poverty line, unemployed, receiving food-stamp assistance or qualifying as "food insecure." Awards were down 47 percent in 2011, and down another 3 percent this year.  

    Scrap metal registry launches
    The online registry of scrap metal and bulk merchandise dealers is part of Ohio's Homeland Security Website. It's designed to crack down on scrap theft and protect infrastructure, like railroads whose spikes and rails are a target of thieves. As part of the effort, the Ohio Department of Public Safety offers training for law enforcement officers and scrap metal industry representatives. The training includes tips on how to determine if someone is trying to sell stolen scrap metal.

    Violent Fugitive Task Force expands in NEO
    A multi-agency task force focusing on capturing violent fugitives in northern Ohio is expanding. The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force will expand to include Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake counties. The task force was created in 2003 and has arrested more than 30-thousand violent fugitives. 

    Browns build momentum
    The Browns now have a 3-game winning streak for the first time in as many years...They trounced the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday 30-7. The team was fueled by a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown by Travis Benjamin. It was the Browns' largest margin of victory in 11 years. They also moved to 5-8 after starting 0-5. Phil Dawson kicked his 300th career field goal. Next week the Browns host the  Washington Redskins.

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