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No plea deal yet in Castro case, trial still set for Aug. 5th
Other noon headlines: Haslam's Pilot J sets up rebate settlement website; Cuyahoga County will ask voters to approve higher tax
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
  • No plea deal yet in Castro case, trial still set for Aug. 5th 
  • Haslam's Pilot J sets up rebate settlement website
  • Cuyahoga County will ask voters to approve higher tax
  • Ohio won't promote new health care law
  • Alligator found in Stark County park  
  • No plea deal yet in Castro case, trial still set for Aug. 5th 
    The man accused of holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for more than a decade is still on track for trial next week. Ariel Castro was back in court briefly this morning, as the defense and prosecution haggle over thousands of pieces of evidence. Castro's lawyers say prosecutors have not provided evidence quickly enough. Meanwhile, the defense says it will go to trial Aug. 5 if the prosecutor doesn't take the death penalty off the table to clear the way for a plea deal. Castro is charged with aggravated murder in the miscarriage suffered by one woman who was beaten and starved. The judge today said several talks of a plea deal have been held.

    Haslam's Pilot J sets up rebate settlement website
    Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's truck stop business has launched a fuel rebate website that spells out settlements for trucking companies. Pilot Flying J has offered settlements to what’s believed to be hundreds of small companies cheated out of thousands of dollars in promised fuel rebates. Haslam and Pilot Flying J are promising truckers who take part in the settlement that they will receive 100 percent of money owed, plus 6 percent interest. Pilot Flying J still faces lawsuits from a half dozen companies. Haslam insists he knew nothing about the alleged scheme.

    Cuyahoga County will ask voters to approve higher tax
    Cuyahoga County voters will be asked to approve a bigger tax this fall. County Council on Tuesday voted to put a five-year, 3.9-mill levy health and human services tax on the November ballot would collect about $100 million, or nearly $30 million more than the current tax. It’s the smaller of two county taxes that support MetroHealth Medical Center, elderly and child-protection services and other county programs. This spring, county shifted $4.5 million from the general fund to pay for human service programs because of declining property values, state and federal cuts.

    Ohio won't promote new health care law
    Ohio officials are taking a hands-off approach when it comes to promoting the federal health care law. Ohio's insurance department says no marketing, advertising or outreach efforts are in the works by the state. That will mean it'll be left up to providers, health centers, and others to get the word out about the law to the more than 1.5 million uninsured Ohioans. Enrollment for new benefits begins in October. Republican Gov. John Kasich has opted to let the federal government run the state's new health insurance marketplace. According to data compiled by The Associated Press, government spending in Ohio for outreach and advertising amounts to 53 cents per capita — much lower than other states more receptive to the law. Spending is $9.23 per capita in West Virginia.

    Alligator found in Stark County park  
    Stark County officials are trying to figure out how an alligator made its way into a park. The 3-foot long reptile was found in Waterworks Park. The Canton Repository reports that alligator was tame and has been transported to a wildlife rehab center. It is illegal to own an alligator, which is considered an exotic animal, in Ohio.

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