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Human remains found in Tallmadge
Other morning headlines: State to spend $4 million for treating kids with mental illness; 1,700 apply for vouchers for private school switch

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Amanda Rabinowitz
  • Human remains found in Tallmadge
  • State to spend $4 million for treating kids with mental illness
  • 1,700 apply for vouchers for private school switch
  • State to spend $6 million on combating gambling addiction
  • Former bus driver convicted of sex crimes to continue fight for parole
  • Gas prices drop in Ohio
  • State warns of medical device scam
  • Human remains found in Tallmadge
    Authorities say decomposed remains believed to be those of a woman and a child have been found in a wooded area behind a Summit County home. Autopsies are planned today to help determine who they were and how they died. Police found the remains Saturday in Tallmadge after a woman called authorities. Neighbors told a few Cleveland-area TV outlets that a woman and her son lived at the home but hadn't been seen in week.

    State to spend $4 million for treating kids with mental illness
    The state is getting $4 million in federal money to bolster services for young adults with severe mental illness. Ohio's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says the grant is part of the state's effort to make it easier for young residents to transition between the child and adult mental health systems. The Department’s Director says young people often get caught between the two mental health systems, which have different policies and eligibility criteria. The project will serve 2,000 young people from 88 counties over the next four years. The initiative will focus on treatment, education, employment and other areas. The agency says less than half of Ohio's young adults who need counseling after age 18 receive it. By age 21, roughly a third receive the service.

    1,700 apply for vouchers for private school switch
    The Ohio Department of Education says it has received 1,700 applications for an expansion of a program meant to help students from underperforming public schools attend private schools. Legislation for the newest state budget expanded the EdChoice Scholarship program to about 2,000 more kindergarten students. The scholarships are worth up to around $4,000 each. The deadline was July 31st and the department expects to start notifying recipients this month. The program is open to students whose families make less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or less than $46,100 a year for a family of four.

    State to spend $6 million on combating gambling addiction
    Ohio will spend more than $6 million this year to prevent and treat gambling addictions. The Columbus Dispatch reports most of that money is earmarked for county mental-health and addiction boards. The newspaper reports that a state gambling helpline received nearly 5,000 calls over 12 months and nearly 450 people have voluntarily asked to be banned from the four casinos in the state. The last of Ohio’s four voter-approved casinos opened this past spring.

    Former bus driver convicted of sex crimes to continue fight for parole
    A former Head Start bus driver in northeast Ohio who served more than a decade in prison says she will continue pushing for a pardon. The Ohio Parole Board rejected Nancy Smith's plea for the pardon, sending the issue on to Gov. John Kasich. The Plain Dealer reports that Smith says she will keep trying, even with future governors if needed. At age 55, the Lorain County grandmother says clearing her name is her top priority. She was convicted of child sex crimes in 1994, after prosecutors charged that she delivered preschool children to a sex offender.

    Gas prices drop in Ohio
    Ohio drivers are seeing some welcome relief at the pump as the week begins and gas prices in the state remain well below the national average. A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.42 in Ohio, according to Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That's 14 cents cheaper than a week ago and 33 cents less than the state average a year ago. Nationally, the average Monday was $3.55 a gallon, down 6 cents from a week ago and 14 cents compared with a year ago. Gas prices in the past month have been some of the cheapest in Ohio since the start of 2013.

    State warns of medical device scam
    The state attorney general says more than 200 Ohioans have reportedly received unsolicited phone calls with offers of medical alert devices. Attorney General Mike DeWine says roughly 40 percent of this year's reports came in the last month. He urges Ohioans not to give out any personal information on these calls and not to press any buttons. Consumers that have gotten such calls hear a prerecorded message, saying they are eligible for a free medical alert system or that someone bought an alert device for them. The recordings might tell consumers to press a button to schedule their delivery, or press another button to opt out. DeWine says not to respond to the suspicious calls at all, because pressing a button could tell scammers that the phone number is active.


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