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Morning news headlines for April 25, 2013
Cleveland Police release review of November shooting; FitzGerald announces run for governor; Failed inspection leads to closure of Cuyahoga Falls abortion clinic
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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  • Review: One third of on-duty Cleveland police broke rules in November chase, shooting
  • FitzGerald announces he’s running for governor
  • Cuyahoga Falls abortion clinic shut down
  • Top Senate Republican says the GOP budget won’t include Medicaid expansion
  • Attorney for New Franklin murder suspect says his client plans to plead insanity
  • Timken sales down ahead of vote to split the company
  • Striking Strongsville teachers asking for donations to cover medical expenses
  • Brown sponsoring bill targeting “too big to fail” banks
  • John Carey appointed new Board of Regents chancellor
  • Review: One third of on-duty Cleveland police broke rules in November chase, shooting
    An internal Cleveland review shows some officers and supervisors broke police departmental policies while participating in a chase that ended with 13 officers firing 137 rounds and killing two unarmed people last November. Mayor Frank Jackson says disciplinary action will be up to Chief Michael McGrath. The incident began with a report of gunfire and ended in a barrage of gunfire that killed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. The county prosecutor is conducting a separate grand jury investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing.

    FitzGerald announces he’s running for governor
    The top Democratic official in Cuyahoga County has officially entered the campaign to challenge Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich in next year's election. County Executive Ed FitzGerald kicked off his campaign Wednesday in a crowded Cleveland ballroom, describing the Kasich administration as lobbyist-directed, cutting school aid and backing tax policies that benefit the rich.

    Cuyahoga Falls abortion clinic shut down after failed inspection
    A Cuyahoga Falls abortion clinic has closed after failing a state health and safety inspection. The Ohio Department of Health ordered Capital Care Network to stop operations in an April 16 letter and says it soon will revoke the clinic's license.  State Health department spokeswoman Tessie Pollock says the state simply followed standard protocol. The health department gave the clinic a chance to request a hearing about a proposal to revoke its license, but says the clinic did not reply.

    Top Senate Republican says GOP budget won’t include Medicaid expansion
    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. Senate President Keith Faber said Wednesday that he's pushing for changes to the Medicaid program instead of the wide-ranging expansion plan. Lawmakers in the Ohio House already had stripped the Medicaid proposal that's a key element of President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Kasich proposed going forward with the expansion in his two-year state budget plan. He says it's a way for the state to recapture Ohio taxpayers' federal money. Just over 350,000 Ohio residents would be up for coverage if Medicaid expansion goes into place in 2014.

    Attorney for New Franklin murder suspect says his client plans to plead insanity
    An attorney for an 18-year-old man charged with killing a prominent Akron-area attorney and his wife in their home with a sledgehammer say his client plans to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Shawn Ford Jr. of Akron appeared by video from jail Wednesday but did not speak during a hearing in the Summit County Common Pleas Court. Ford is charged with aggravated murder in the killing of 56-year-old Jeffrey Schobert and his wife, 59-year-old Margaret, who were found dead in their home in New Franklin three weeks ago. Ford's bond is $1 million.

    Timken sales down ahead of vote to split company
    Two weeks before shareholders vote on whether to split the Canton-based Timken Company into two, a new earnings report shows sales are down 23 percent from the same period a year ago. But the biggest decrease came in steel, down 35 percent. Timken had ratcheted up steel production in large part to supply the oil-and-gas drilling boom and says demand is down in both mining and drilling. In all, the sales totaled $1.1 billion for the first quarter of 2013. The California teacher’s pension system and a group called Relational Investors are pushing to split Timken’s steel and bearing businesses into two, and a major advisor for proxy voting backed that move today.

    Striking Strongsville teachers asking for donations to cover medical expenses
    Striking teachers in Strongsville are asking for donations to help pay medical bills during the work stoppage.  Nearly 400 teachers have been on strike for eight weeks and several marathon negotiating sessions with the school board and federal mediator have produced no results. The Strongsville Education Association posted a link to a PayPal on its website, explaining that members do not receive salary or benefits during the strike and they have to pay out of pocket for COBRA insurance.

    Brown sponsoring bill targeting “too big to fail” banks
    Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is sponsoring a bill that target banks that are considered “too big to fail.” The Democrat joined with Louisiana Republican David Vitter to introduce a requirement that the largest banks maintain capital worth 15% of its assets as a backstop, rather than rely on a taxpayer bailout. Brown says the implicit support by taxpayers gives the mega-banks an unfair advantage and they are even larger now than in 2008. He says smaller, regional banks, like Key Bank and Huntington, will have to keep a smaller share of their assets on hand and small banks will have no obligations.

    John Carey appointed new Board of Regents chancellor
    A former state lawmaker has been appointed as the next chancellor overseeing higher education in Ohio. Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday named John Carey chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents. The appointment to lead one of the largest higher education networks in the country is subject to the Ohio Senate's approval. Carey most recently lobbied on behalf of Shawnee State University in Portsmouth. The Ohio University graduate previously served nine years in the Ohio House and eight years in the Senate. Jim Petro retired from the post in February.

     

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