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Morning news headlines for March 19, 2013

by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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  • Two girls arrested on suspicion of threats against Steubenville rape victim
  • JobsOhio faces deadline to open its books
  • Cleveland councilman Reed loses committee posts after drunk driving arrest
  • GOP politicians back Borges for party chairman
  • Turnpike won’t charge military vehicles
  • Thistledown to open racino April 9
  • Former state rep reports to prison
  • Man killed in Solon shootout was hit four times
  • Two girls arrested on suspicion of threats against Steubenville rape victim
    A day after two Steubenville high school football players were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl, authorities have arrested two girls suspected of making social media threats against the accuser. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the girls arrested Monday posted threatening Facebook and Twitter comments on Sunday, the day the players were convicted. The girls are being held in juvenile detention on allegations of aggravated menacing. A judge sentenced the players to at least a year in juvenile prison. A grand jury will look into whether others broke the law by not speaking up after the attack last year.

    JobsOhio faces deadline to open its books
    The state's job creation nonprofit JobsOhio faces a noon deadline to produce its private financial records for the state auditor — or explain why it won't. Questions have mounted about how JobsOhio is spending its private dollars since Ohio Auditor Dave Yost issued a subpoena last week seeking access to the private side of its books. Yost said he was driven to issue the order after JobsOhio declined to volunteer the information.  Gov. John Kasich's administration and GOP leaders who control the Legislature contend Yost only has authority to audit JobsOhio's public dollars. Yost says he also has the right to audit the private funds because they've been generated by public investments. His subpoena seeks financial statements, spending and revenue ledgers, salary and benefits payments and other documents.

    Cleveland councilman Reed loses committee posts after drunk driving arrest
    Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed has been stripped of his council committee assignments after his third arrest on suspicion of drunk driving earlier this month. Reed, however, will likely keep his council seat for the remainder of his term.  Cleveland’s chief corporate counsel, Richard Horvath, told WEWS-TV on Monday that council has no authority to punish one of its members for behavior outside of official proceedings. Council president Martin Sweeney said he’s looking into whether council members can oust a colleague with a two-third majority vote. Police said Reed failed a field sobriety test and was charged on four counts, including operating under the influence.

    GOP politicians back Borges for party chairman
    Ohio Republicans have emerged from last year's bitter leadership feud to unite behind a new chairman. Elected officials backing 40-year-old Matthew Borges include Gov. John Kasich, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Rob Portman. An April election is scheduled. Borges would replace Bob Bennett, a long-time chairman picked to temporarily lead the party after Kasich allies forced out then Chairman Kevin DeWine last year. Democrats are highlight Borges’s past. He was convicted in 2004 of misuse of public office in a contributions-for-favors scandal that hit the office of then-Ohio Treasurer Joe Deters. Borges' record was later cleared.

    Turnpike won’t charge military vehicles
    The Ohio Turnpike will no longer require military vehicles to pay rolls. The Turnpike Commission voted Monday to change its agreement and allow passage of the vehicles on official business. The Plain Dealer reports the free rides will cost the turnpike about $18,000 a year. Turnpike Executive Director Rick Hodges tells the newspapers other toll roads have similar policy and he said the change was prompted by Superstorm Sandy, when military vehicles headed to the East Coast paid tolls.

    Thistledown to open racino April 9
    A new so-called racino opening at Thistledown in North Randall is set to open April 9. The horse track has added about 1,100 slots-like video lottery terminals. In January, Rock Ohio Caesars said it was investing up to $88 million to transform the main building at the racetrack into a VLT parlor. Thistledown is expected to be the second racino to open in Ohio. Scioto Downs in Columbus opened last year.

    Former state rep reports to prison
    A former four-term Ohio state representative has reported to prison to begin serving a sentence for falsifying campaign reports and misspending. 49-year-old Clayton Luckie of Dayton turned himself into the Franklin County jail in Columbus on Monday to await transfer to the state prison system. Luckie was sentenced to three years in prison in January after pleading guilty to skimming nearly $130,000 in campaign funds for personal use and failed to list campaign expenditures for six years.

    Man killed in Solon shootout was hit four times
    A medical examiner's office says a northwest Ohio man killed in a shootout with police in suburban Cleveland was shot four times. Authorities say 22-year-old Kevin Bailey of Sylvania Township fled a police stop in Solon late Sunday night, crashed and then fired on approaching officers. The officers returned fire. The Cuyahoga County medical examiner's office says Bailey was shot in the head, torso and extremities. It wasn't clear why the man fled officers. State crime lab agents are investigating what happened.

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