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Noon headlines: Double homicide in Akron; Contraception coverage debate; Jesus painting removed
Police investigate Akron double homicide; Ohio AG backs wants contraception opt-out; Jesus painting removed

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  • Police investigate double homicide in Akron
  • Ohio AG backs opt-out option for contraception coverage
  • Jesus painting removed from southern Ohio school
  • Drug ringleader sentenced to 18 years 
  • Police investigate double homicide in Akron
    Police say the deaths of a prominent Akron attorney and his wife in their home is under investigation as a double homicide. Autopsies are planned today on the bodies of Jeffrey Schobert and his wife, Margaret. Their bodies were found by construction workers Tuesday afternoon in New Franklin, south of Akron. Agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisting.
    Officials offered no immediate comment on how they were killed.
    Schobert specialized in representing hospitals and doctors. The Akron Beacon Journal says his wife was active in charitable groups in the area.

    Ohio AG backs opt-out option for contraception coverage
    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is asking the federal Department of Health and Human Services to exempt private employers from health-care plans that include contraception coverage for workers. DeWine says employers should be able to opt out on religious grounds.
    Kellie Copeland of NARAL Pro Choice Ohio says it's a dangerous first step. 
    “What if you need a treatment that involves something that’s been developed with stem-cell research and your employer doesn’t believe in that? Or if you want to have your HPV vaccine covered, but your employer doesn’t believe in vaccinations? I mean, truly, where does the line end? ... Politicians are inviting employers in to the doctor’s office with patients; it’s a step too far.”
    Copeland maintains that, in the case of most employer-subsidized health care plans, the employee pays a large share of the monthly premiums.
    DeWine says Copeland is making false comparisons.
    “There’s clearly a compelling government interest to have people vaccinated for example or to have other things that are provided.”
    Leaders in 12 other states are asking for the same exemption Dewine wants.

    Jesus painting removed from southern Ohio school 
    A portrait of Jesus that has hung in a southern Ohio school district since 1947 has been taken down because of concerns about the costs of a federal lawsuit against its display.
    The superintendent of Jackson City Schools said the decision was made after the district's insurance company declined to cover litigation expenses. He said the faculty adviser and two student members of a Christian-based service club that owns the portrait took it down this morning.
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Madison, Wisc.-based Freedom from Religion Foundation had sued on behalf of a student and two parents, calling the portrait an unconstitutional promotion of religion in a public school.

    Drug ringleader sentenced to 18 years
    A man described as a ringleader of a scheme to obtain thousands of prescription painkillers from Florida to sell illegally in Ohio has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
    Michael Berry of Columbus was one of 52 people indicted by a  Franklin County grand jury. Prosecutors say he was one of two leaders of the operation. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the 30-year-old Berry pleaded guilty to drug trafficking. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien has said the drug ring got more than 90,000 oxycodone pills with a street value of $2.8 million.

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