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United Way ordered to set aside $50,000 for Chardon victims, families
Other morning news: Legislative leaders to talk over new budget at governor's mansion; No September primary for Cleveland mayoral race

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Amanda Rabinowitz
  • United Way ordered to set aside $50,000 for Chardon victims, families
  • Legislative leaders to talk over new budget at governor's mansion
  • No September primary for Cleveland mayoral race
  • Judge finds SW Ohio village in contempt over traffic cameras 
  • 30 human trafficking cases identified in Ohio
  • United Way ordered to set aside $50,000 for Chardon victims, families
    A Geauga County judge has ordered the United Way of Greater Cleveland  to set money aside from the Chardon Healing Fund for the victims or families of the students who were killed in a shooting last year at Chardon High School. Judge Timothy Grendell ordered that $50,000 of the fund be used to help the families and that $25,000 be put toward community mental health services. Relatives of three teenagers killed at Chardon sued United Way, which maintains the fund, saying it wasn't properly administered. United says the fund  is managed transparently according to its purpose. The judge also wants the lawsuit to be settled through mediation by July 31st. If they don't settle the case by then, the judge's order mandates that certain portions of the fund be set aside for the families and community needs while a trial is pending.

    Legislative leaders to talk over new budget at governor's mansion
    Gov. John Kasich and Republican legislative leaders are scheduled to gather at the governor's mansion to discuss the newly approved $62 billion, two-year state budget. Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker William Batchelder will join Kasich at the meeting today. The Ohio Legislature on Thursday approved the $62 billion state budget that cuts personal income taxes, revamps Ohio's school funding system and adds new abortion restrictions. Kasich has until midnight Sunday to sign the bill, and has the power of a line-item veto. 

    No September primary for Cleveland mayoral race
    There will be no primary election this September in the race for mayor of Cleveland. Mayor Frank Jackson and businessman Ken Lanci, both Democrats, were the only two to submit petitions to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections by Thursday’s deadline. They’ll face each other November 5th. Any write-in candidates still have until Monday to file for the race. Jackson is seeking his third four-year-term as mayor. Lanci has never held public office. He lost a bid for Cuyahoga County executive in 2010.

    Judge finds SW Ohio village in contempt over traffic cameras
    A judge has found a southwest Ohio village in contempt of court, saying it violated his order to take down traffic cameras. The village of Elmwood Place also must pay back fines collected since the March ruling in Hamilton County court. The judge ruled that using the cameras to catch speeders is unconstitutional. The village has appealed the judge’s injunction, and has said it stopped issuing citations after his ruling. An opponent of the cameras says they were taken down Thursday. The ruling comes a day after the Ohio House approved a measure that would ban traffic cameras in cities across the state. It now moves on to the Senate. 

    30 human trafficking cases identified in Ohio
    The Ohio Attorney General's Office says local law enforcement agencies reported 30 human-trafficking cases in the state in the past year. The numbers were released Thursday as part of a new Ohio law requiring local agencies to collect data on human trafficking cases and report it to Attorney General Mike DeWine's office. According to the report, authorities identified 38 sex-trafficking victims, most of them between the ages of 18 and 29. The 30 cases included investigation of 21 suspected traffickers, resulting in 15 arrests. Also Thursday, the Ohio House approved a measure that increases penalties for human trafficking offenders and adds protections for victims.
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