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Report: Nearly a quarter of Ohio children live in poverty
Other morning headlines: 9-year-old shot while handling agun; transportation board investigating fatal Dayton Air Show crash
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Amanda Rabinowitz
 
  • Report: 24 percent of Ohio children live in poverty
  • 9-year-old shot while handling gun
  • National transportation board investigating fatal Dayton Air Show crash
  • Civilian employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force base to appeal furloughs 
  • Ohio Democrats rally around FitzGerald
  • Gas prices inching down
  • Military veterans' headstones refurbished with federal grant 
  • 'Captain America' shuts down art museum

  • Report: 24% Ohio children live in poverty
    A new report shows nearly 24 percent of Ohio children are living in poverty, defined by less than $20,000 a year for a family of three. That ranks Ohio 24th among states in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count report. It measures 16 key indicators from economic well-being to healthcare and education. Ohio got its lowest marks in assessments of children’s family environment. One in three Ohio children lives in a home where no parent has a full-time, year-round job and 1 in 10 lives in a family whose head of household lacks a high-school diploma. Still Ohio’s overall ranking improved three spots this year, getting high marks for reducing the number of children without health insurance to 6 percent, down from 7 percent in 2008. Also down are the percentage of teens who abuse drugs or alcohol and the rate of child deaths.

    9-year-old shot while handling gun

    A 9-year-old Stark County boy was looking at a gun with his teenage cousin when the firearm went off and killed him in an apparent accident. Stark County’s sheriff says 9-year-old Matthew Schreckengaust of Canton was visiting family when he and his 14-year-old cousin began examining the gun when it fired over the weekend. They didn't know it was loaded. The gun belonged to the older boy's father, but authorities say it’s unclear yet whether the gun had been locked up. Deputies are still investigating the shooting and considering charges.

    Transportation board investigating fatal Dayton Air Show crash
    The National Transportation Safety Board expects to release a preliminary report this week on the crash that killed a wing walker and pilot at the Dayton Air Show. The crash Saturday killed 44-year-old wing walker Jane Wicker and 54-year old pilot Charlie Schwenker when the vintage biplane turn upside-down  as Wicker positioned herself on the wing. Investigators have been asking the public to submit photos of the crash. They’ll also be reviewing the pilot’s flight history, training and any medical issues.  A final report is expected to be released within six months to year. Because of budget cuts, the show did not have a major jet team this year such as the Air Force Thunderbirds or the Navy’s Blue Angels.

    Civilian employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force base to appeal furloughs
    More than 150 civilian employees at Ohio's largest military base have taken steps to appeal furloughs imposed because of federal budget cuts. The Dayton Daily News reports that the civil service workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are among 6,800 nationwide attached to the Air Force seeking to be exempted from the forced time off. More than 10,000 civilian employees at the base near Dayton began receiving the 11-day furlough notices earlier this month. The U.S. Department of Defense said 680,000 civilian employees will get the furloughs one day a week for 11 weeks, starting July 8. The Pentagon imposed the furloughs because of $37 billion in spending cuts. The appeals will be reviewed.

    'Captain America' shuts down art museum
    The Cleveland Museum of Art has given way to another art form… closing to allow for filming of "Captain America: The Winter’s Soldier." Filming closed the museum on Sunday and filming will continue today. The museum is traditionally closed on Mondays and will reopen on Tuesday. The Plain Dealer says the museum hasn't disclosed how much rent they're charging the film studio. The deal could help the museum pay for a massive $350 million expansion and renovation due to be finished later this year.

    Ohio Democrats rally around FitzGerald
    The Ohio Democratic Party rallied around 2014 gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald over the weekend. About 1,400 Democrats turned out for their  annual state dinner and fundraiser Saturday in Columbus. Party Chairman Chris Redfern said the state party will formally endorse the Cuyahoga County Executive this summer or in the fall.   FitzGerald’s campaign says that 63 of the 88 county Democratic chairs have endorsed him.

    Gas prices inching down
    Gas prices in Ohio keep moving in the right direction. After hovering around $4 a gallon for a couple weeks because of refinery problems in the Great Lakes region, prices at the pump here have fallen 42 cents in the past two weeks. The state average for a gallon of regular gas is $3.50 in today’s survey from auto club AAA and its partners.  That's down 24 cents less than at the same time last week. The Ohio price is now below the national average of $3.57 .
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