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One hundred in North Ridgeville protest feral kitten shootings
Other morning headlines:  Turnpike commission finalizes $1 billion in bonds; Browns cancel Bon Jovi concert and rally

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  • 100 in North Ridgeville protest feral kitten shootings
  • Turnpike commission finalizes $1 billion in bonds
  • Browns cancel Bon Jovi concert and rally
  • Two Medicaid proposals to be discussed today
  • Day care worker denies allegedly drugging kids
  • Jury rules church should pay woman $3.6 million
  • Summit Metro Parks to ask for renewal levy

  • 100 in North Ridgeville protest feral kitten shootings
    Residents packed a Northeast Ohio city council meeting Monday to protest the shooting of five feral kittens by a humane officer. As many as 100 people showed up to the meeting at North Ridgeville, standing outside with signs. Those who spoke to council called for a change to a city policy allowing the cats to be shot if an officer feels they are a threat.  The kittens were shot earlier this month after a resident filed a nuisance complaint.  Representatives of the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Alley Cat Allies called for a trap, neuter and release method, saying most cities have  banned the practice of shooting cats.  North Ridgeville’s police chief said the city will review its policies.

    Turnpike commission finalizes $1 billion in bonds
    The Ohio Turnpike Commission has finalized plans to issue bonds and change its name. The commission will likely issue $1 billion in bonds by August for road projects in Northern Ohio under Gov. John Kasich’s plan.  Turnpike users should expect higher tolls for the next ten years to pay for these bonds. About $70 million will go to start the replacement of the turnpike’s 60-year-old concrete base, a project that is expected to take 25 years and cost about $1 billion. The commission also decided to change its name to the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, since the group is responsible for more than just the Turnpike.

    Two Medicaid proposals to be discussed today
    An Ohio legislative committee is slated to hear two Medicaid proposals today as lawmakers try to find common ground on changes to the health program. One bill is aimed at curbing Medicaid costs and making the program more efficient while neither expanding it nor cutting beneficiaries. The bipartisan bill's sponsors have described the legislation as a starting point for discussions. A separate measure would extend Medicaid eligibility to cover thousands more low-income Ohioans. The bill from Republican State Rep. Barbara Sears would also encourage cost sharing for new enrollees. Republican Gov. John Kasich's proposed two-year budget initially called for expanding Medicaid. But GOP leaders stripped the idea from the House version of the state spending plan in April, and it's since remained out.

    Day care worker denies allegedly drugging kids
    A central Ohio day care worker is denying accusations that she sprinkled drugs on snacks to get children in her day care to sleep during the day. Tammy Eppley was charged Monday with child endangering after police in Westerville say they obtained text messages in which she admits giving children the drugs Benadryl and Melatonin. Eppley said that the messages were tongue-in-cheek jokes that she regrets but don't refer to anything that really happened.

    Browns cancel Bon Jovi concert and rally
    The Cleveland Browns have cancelled a concert at their stadium by rockers Bon Jovi. The show had been scheduled for July 14 at FirstEnergy Stadium to kick off the 2013 season. The team did not provide any reason Monday for the cancellation. The event was to include a pep rally for fans at the 70,000-seat stadium. Last month, Browns CEO Joe Banner said the team was hoping the concert could attract bigger-named acts and events in the future.

    Jury rules church should pay woman $3.6 million
    A jury near Columbus has ruled that a church should pay $3.6 million to a woman who was sexually assaulted by a former pastor when she was a teenager. The jury in Delaware County found Monday that Grace Brethren Church was negligent in supervising pastor Brian Williams. He pleaded guilty to assaulting the girl in 2008 and is serving an eight-year prison sentence. The lawsuit claims the women, who was 15 at the time of the assault, suffers from post-traumatic stress.

    Summit Metro Parks to ask for renewal levy
    Voters in Summit County will be asked this fall to approve a renewal levy for Summit Metro Parks. Commissioners on Monday approved the ballot issue that would collect almost $16 million a year in real-estate taxes for seven-years. Officials say they renewal would be used for day-to-day maintenance, development and improvements of Metro Parks properties. The system operates 14 parks with 125-miles of trails.  

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