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Castro found competent for trial in kidnappings
Other noon headlines: Ohio officials praise health care law delay; Ohio's VA director retires

Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
  • Castro found competent for trial 
  • Ohio officials praise health care law delay
  • Device helps clear Cleveland man of murder
  • Ohio's VA director retires
  • Castro found competent for trial in kidnappings 
    The Cleveland man accused of kidnapping three women and holding them captive in his Seymour Avenue home for a decade has been found competent to stand trial. Cuyahoga County Judge Michael Russo had ordered the evaluation to make sure that Castro understood the charges and is able to assist with  his own defense. During the hearing this morning, Castro also asked the judge if he could have contact with the child he fathered with Amanda Berry, one of the women he’s accused of holding captive. Russo rejected the request, saying: "I just think that would be inappropriate.”

    Ohio officials praise health care law delay
    Ohio officials are praising a move by President Barack Obama's administration to delay a central requirement of his health care law. The Obama administration unexpectedly announced on Tuesday a one-year delay in a requirement that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines. Ohio's insurance director, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, says she hopes the delay will lead to repealing the mandate altogether. The health law requires companies with 50 or more workers to offer affordable coverage to their employees or face potentially large fines if just one worker ends up getting taxpayer-subsidized insurance. Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio says in a statement the delay is proof the plan is more onerous and complex than initially envisioned.The administration says it's responding to businesses' concerns.

    Device helps clear Cleveland man of murder
    An insurance data recorder has helped clear a Cleveland man in the suffocation death of his infant daughter. The Plain Dealer reports Michael Beard was acquitted after the car device showed he was only out of his car three minutes, when he discovered his daughter wasn't breathing and then rushed the girl to the hospital. 

    Ohio's VA director retires
    The director of Ohio's veterans services agency who was imprisoned in a cell next to John McCain during the Vietnam War is retiring. Gov. John Kasich says that Thomas Moe will retire July 22 after more than two years as director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. Kasich says Moe led efforts to help veterans find employment and get new access to health care. Moe was in the Air Force in Vietnam in 1968 when he was captured behind enemy lines. He was a prisoner of war until his 1973 rescue. McCain, the senator and 2008 presidential nominee, was in a neighboring cell. The retired Air Force colonel is a member of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame and the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor.

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