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Noon headlines April 24, 2013: Medicaid; Cavs; Timken
Senate strips Medicaid expansion from budget; Suspect in sledgehammer slayings enters not-guilty plea; Timken steel sales drop as investors push to split company

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Jeff St. Clair
  • Senate strips Medicaid expansion from budget
  • Suspect in sledgehammer slayings enters not-guilty plea
  • Timken steel sales drop as investors push to split company
  • Cavs rehire Mike Brown as head coach 
  • Ohio moves closer to outlawing Internet cafes
  • DNA evidence used in second "John Doe" indictment
  • Senate strips Medicaid expansion from budget
    Gov. John Kasich's plan to expand health care coverage for low-income Ohioans has been dealt another blow. A top Republican in the Ohio Legislature says the Senate's version of the state budget won't include the governor's proposed Medicaid expansion. Lawmakers in the Ohio House already had stripped the proposed Medicaid expansion that would cover just over 350,000 low income, uninsured Ohioans starting in 2014.

    Suspect in sledgehammer slayings enters not-guilty plea
    An 18-year-old Akron man has been arraigned on aggravated murder and other charges in the sledgehammer killings of a prominent attorney and his wife. A not-guilty plea was entered today on behalf of Shawn Ford Jr.  He's charged with aggravated murder counts that include death penalty specifications. The Akron Beacon Journal reports Ford may enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Fifty-six-year-old Jeffrey Schobert and his 59-year-old wife, Margaret, were found dead in their Portage Lakes home nearly three weeks ago. Ford also is charged with felonious assault in an earlier, nonfatal attack on the couple's teenage daughter. Police say the teens had been dating and the parents may have objected.

    Timken steel sales drop as investors push to split company
    Two weeks before shareholders vote on whether to split the Canton-based Timken Company into two companies, a new earnings report shows sales are down 23 percent from the same period a year ago. The biggest drop came in steel sales, down 35 percent. Timken had ratcheted up steel production in part to supply the oil-and-gas drilling boom. The report shows that demand is down. In all, the sales totaled $1.1 billion for the first quarter of 2013. Timken CEO James Griffith says the first-quarter results were – quote – “in line with our expectations.”  A group of activist investors are pushing to split Timken’s steel and bearing businesses into two.

    Cavs rehire Mike Brown as head coach 
    The Cleveland Cavaliers have rehired former coach Mike Brown two years after firing him.  Brown coached the Cavs from 2005 through 2010, which included the team’s only trip to the NBA finals with LeBron James. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert fired Brown after the team failed to make the finals in 2010.  Brown joined the LA Lakers in 2011, but was fired just five games into last season as the team’s All-Star offense imploded. Browns says he’s “thrilled to return to Cleveland.”  Mike Brown replaces Byron Scott who was fired last week after the Cavs posted only 24 wins this season. 

    Ohio moves closer to outlawing Internet cafes
    The leader of the Ohio Senate says the Republican-controlled chamber is ready to move forward with a bill essentially outlawing Internet cafes. At a news conference today, Senate President Keith Faber said a majority of his caucus now agrees the sweepstakes parlors are illegal and should be banned. The announcement follows pleas by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine for legislative action. DeWine, a fellow Republican, led a raid on six of the facilities in the Cleveland area last week after an appellate court ruled the cafes constituted illegal gambling.

    DNA evidence used in second "John Doe" indictment
    A grand jury in Cleveland has returned a rape indictment against another unknown individual based on DNA genetic evidence in an attack two decades ago. The Cuyahoga County grand jury returned the "John Doe" indictment Tuesday in the rape of a 22-year-old woman in Cleveland in April, 1993. The 20-year statute of limitations would have expired Thursday without the indictment. The indictment will allow prosecution if the DNA leads to the identification of a suspect. The Plain Dealer reports police across Ohio have sent crime labs more than 2,300 previously untested rape kits as part of the program.



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