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Noon news headlines for March 27, 2013
Kasich explores new option for Medicaid expansion; Amish forced to install septic systems; Ohio fifth-grader charged with bomb threat

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Jeff St. Clair
  • Kasich explores new option for Medicaid expansion
  • Amish forced to install septic systems
  • Ohio fifth-grader charged with bomb threat
  • Marathon session ends without deal in Strongsville strike
  • Ten Commandments scroll on display in Cincinnati 
  • Kasich explores new option for Medicaid expansion
    Gov. John Kasich is exploring new options in his plan to extend Medicaid coverage to more low-income Ohioans.  The Dayton Daily News reports the Governor is negotiating with Washington to use federal Medicaid dollars to buy private insurance for newly eligible recipients through the online state health exchanges expected to launch October 1st. Kasich has run into opposition from fellow Republicans in Columbus in his plan to expand the state-run health insurance program. They say it will add to the federal budget deficit.

    Under the Affordable Care Act Washington will pay for 100 percent of the Medicaid expansion for three years, and 90 percent after that. The Gov’s Medicaid expansion would add around 360,000 low-income Ohioans to the 2.3 million single-parent families, children, and elderly currently covered in Ohio.

    Amish forced to install septic systems 
    Over the pleas of the local Amish community, a northwest Ohio health board is going ahead with plans to condemn two newly constructed Amish homes because they don't have required septic systems for their outhouses. More than 100 Amish turned out Tuesday night to ask the board to reconsider the order, which requires that the homes be brought into compliance or the families move out. The Columbus Dispatch reports that until now, the 200 or so Amish families in Hardin County have never been made to comply with well and septic rules.

    Ohio fifth-grader charged with bomb threat 
    An 11-year-old girl has been charged with making a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of her middle school in northeast Ohio. Police in Canfield say no bomb was found last week and the fifth-grader admitted writing the threatening note. The girl offered no explanation but regrets it. The case is pending in Mahoning County Juvenile Court. The girl also faces an expulsion hearing. Canfield Police say her family has cooperated and understood she would be charged.

    Marathon session ends without deal in Strongsville strike
    A marathon session yesterday between Strongsville teachers and administrators did not lead to a breakthrough in the nearly 4 week long strike. After nearly 12-hours of negotiations the Board rejected the teachers’ offer of a $300,000 dollar drop in their payment and benefit package. School administrators said the offer is still at least $2 million more than the district can afford.  

    Ten Commandments scroll on display in Cincinnati 
    A piece of biblical history is coming to Ohio.  The Ten Commandments scroll — one of the most important elements of the Dead Sea Scrolls— is going on display in Cincinnati. The tightly guarded artifact, one of the approximately 900 Dead Sea Scrolls, can be seen through April 14 at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Written in Hebrew on a narrow strip of parchment, the scroll is believed to be over 2,000 years old.

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