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Morning news headlines for March 4, 2013
Strongsville teacher strike enters day two; Cleve. councilman arrested for drunk driving; Cleveland OKs controversial residency requirement
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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  • More subs expected in Strongsville schools on day two of teacher strike
  • Report: Cleveland councilman arrested for drunk driving
  • Prosecutors working to link Beasley with co-defendant Rafferty
  • Cleveland passes controversial residency requirement
  • Democrats introduce bill to clarify driver’s license rules for immigrants
  • Sawyers, Ross finalists for state schools superintendent
  • Ohio GOP chairman Bennett plans retirement
  • KeyCorp sending about 60 jobs to India
  • Attorney General warns of collection scam
  • InfoCision founder dies
  • Ohio ranked second in attracting new business
  • More subs expected in Strongsville schools on day two of teacher strike
    More substitute teachers are expected to be in place on day two of a teacher strike in the Strongsville School District. There were about 140 teachers on hand Monday --- about one third of the 385 on strike in what officials and students described as chaos in classrooms. School board President David Frazee tells the Plain Dealer he expects to have about 175 subs today and more will be added each day. The newspaper reports the federal mediator working with the sides has told them she will likely not schedule another negotiation session for another week, unless one side makes a new offer and pushes to return to the table.

    Report: Cleveland councilman arrested for drunk driving
    Several media outlets are reporting that Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving overnight. WKYC reports Reed is being held in the Cleveland City Jail. He's been pulled over three times in the last eight years on suspicion of drunk driving.

    Prosecutors working to link Beasley with co-defendant Rafferty
    Prosecutors are working to link an Akron man to his teenage co-defendant and to victims allegedly lured to their deaths by Craigslist ads offering employment. Prosecutors in an Akron courtroom presented computer and other evidence Monday to strengthen their case against 53-year-old Richard Beasley. The trial is in its second week.  Witnesses testified about emails between Beasley and some of the victims and a Facebook photo of Beasley with co-defendant Brogan Rafferty of Stow. The 17-year-old Rafferty was tried separately, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. He has agreed to testify against Beasley, who is accused of killing three men lured by the Craigslist ads.

    Cleveland passes controversial residency requirement
    Cleveland City council has passed a controversial ordinance that bans city employees from living out of state. The residency requirement legislation was approved Monday after being under consideration for nearly a year. It was introduced after a series of city audits found payroll abuses in the fire department --- where some firefighters were found to be living outside the state for months at a time. The proposal includes stricter residency rules for safety forces. Cincinnati officials have passed a similar law, but it was struck down by an appellate court over the summer. The Ohio Supreme Court refused to hear the case in December.

    Democrats introduce bill to clarify driver’s license rules for immigrants
    Two state lawmakers say driver's licenses for some young illegal immigrants are being blocked, and they are introducing an Ohio bill to clarify rules around those in a new federal program. An Obama administration program grants valid federal work permits to qualified applicants brought to the U.S. as children without legal authorization. Democratic Sens. Eric Kearney of Cincinnati and Charleta Tavares of Columbus say some bureau of motor vehicles offices aren’t complying and their bill would make sure they all do.

    Sawyers, Ross finalists for state schools superintendent
    It’s down to two candidates for the job of state schools superintendent. A state Board of Education subcommittee has named Ohio’s acting superintendent Michael Sawyers and the governor’s top education adviser Richard Ross as finalists for the job.  The full board will conduct final interviews with the pair next week. The job has been vacant since former superintendent Stan Heffner resigned amid ethics violations.  

    Ohio GOP chairman Bennett plans retirement
    The Ohio Republican Party chairman has informed GOP leaders he'll retire May 31 but plans to stay involved in politics through 2014, when statewide officeholders are elected. GOP Chairman Bob Bennett announced his plans in a letter. Bennett was chairman from 1988 to 2009 and returned last year after supporters of Gov. John Kasich ousted Chairman Kevin DeWine.  The party's executive director, Matt Borges, plans to pursue Bennett's job.

    KeyCorp sending about 60 jobs to India
    Cleveland-based KeyCorp bank is transferring several dozen U.S. jobs to India. The Plain Dealer reports about 60 jobs, including 20 in Cleveland will be eliminated over the next year and more job cuts loom in the future. KeyCorp recently entered into a partnership with Genpact and its work for Key will be based in India.

    Attorney General warns of collection scam
    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning consumers about a scam that exploits his office's work as a collection agency for state departments. DeWine says the scam is not new but his office has noticed an increase in such reports over the past few months. DeWine says scammers posing as Attorney General's employees try to trick consumers over the phone into providing personal information or payments for bogus debts. Scammers often demand that people pay the debt immediately using prepaid money cards or face arrest.

    Infocision founder dies
    The founder of the Akron-based telemarketing company InfoCision has died.  Gary Taylor founded  the company in 1982 with his wife Karen. The company’ $10 million donation in 2008 earned naming rights to the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium.  Taylor also established the Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing at the university.  Gary Taylor died Saturday.  He was 59 years old.

    Ohio ranked second in attracting new business
    Ohio is getting some national recognition for business development and job creation. The Buckeye State ranked second in the country behind Texas last year for attracting new companies and business expansion. That's according to the annual list compiled by the business trade magazine Site Selection. Columbus finished 10th among metropolitan areas with a population of at least 1 million people. Wooster and Ashtabula finished in the top 10 among cities in the smallest population category.

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