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Ohio's "stand your ground" proposal draws fire
Other headlines: Democrats seek limits to Governor's outside pay; Lorain schools submit restructuring plan

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  • Democrats seek limits to Governor's outside pay
  • Lorain schools submit restructuring plan
  • Couple gets probation in scalding death of toddler
  • Democrats seek limits to Governor's outside pay
    House Democrats are introducing a proposal that would ban a sitting Ohio governor from receiving outside compensation, including from firms seeking state funds.

    Legislation today comes amid concerns over job-creation tax credits that Republican Gov. John Kasich's administration awarded subsidiaries of Worthington Industries over the past two years.

    The central Ohio steel processor donated to Kasich politically and compensated him personally for time on its board of directors.

    The Ohio Ethics Commission said last week that Kasich broke from the firm in 2010 and all payments appeared appropriate.

    The Democrats' bill would exempt the governor's state salary, retirement and pension benefits.

    Ohio's "stand your ground" proposal draws fire
    A gun rights bill pending in the Ohio House is drawing fire over a “stand your ground” provision.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus and some law-enforcement groups are voicing opposition to the provision that essentially authorizes a gun owner to use deadly force when feeling threatened.

    Twenty-two states have “stand your ground” provisions, including Florida where George Zimmerman was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

    The bill sponsored by fifteen House Republicans had one hearing before the summer recess. Lawmakers resume debate after Labor Day.

    Lorain schools submit restructuring plan
    A state commission helping a northeast Ohio school district address academic performance problems has submitted a plan to get the district back on track.

    State Superintendent Richard Ross has a month to approve, reject or seek changes to the plan submitted Monday by Lorain schools. Only two districts — Lorain and Youngstown — have such academic distress commissions.

    The Lorain plan sets goals for boosting math and reading proficiency, raising graduation rates and making other changes.

    A state Commission member says the standards are high and will be tough to reach.

    Couple gets probation in scalding death of toddler
    A Northeast  Ohio couple accused of not getting proper medical help for their severely burned 2-year-old son before he died have been put on six months of probation for child endangerment.

    The Mansfield News Journal reports boiling water spilled and burned the boy over one-third of his body in May 2012. His parents initially treated him with salve and burdock leaves, using a remedy from the Amish community in which his father was raised. By the time the toddler was taken to a hospital, it was too late.

    A defense attorney called the death a tragic situation.

    The parents, William and Jenica Keim pleaded no contest to misdemeanor child endangerment, more serious charges were dismissed.

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