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Reward upped in Cleveland woman's fatal stabbing
Other morning headlines: Feds give Ohio $300K to pay for students' AP tests; Ohio casinos have high turnover among workers
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Amanda Rabinowitz
 
Reward upped in Cleveland woman's fatal stabbing
Feds give Ohio $300K to pay for students' AP tests
Ohio casinos have high turnover among workers
Affordable rent push urged at Ohio housing forum
OH treasurer crashes twice, makes no staff report
Cleveland woman seeks new trial over poisoning death 

Reward upped in Ohio woman's fatal stabbing
A reward has been doubled to $50,000 as police try to solve the March fatal slaying of a nurse on a downtown Cleveland street. The Plain Dealer reports that the daughter of 53-year-old Aliza Sherman  announced the increase in the reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. Cuyahoga County Crime says it's the largest reward in recent memory. Sherman was a Cleveland Clinic fertility nurse and mother of four. She was stabbed 11 times on the afternoon of March 24 outside her divorce attorney's office downtown. She still had her purse, and her SUV was parked nearby.

Feds give Ohio $300K to pay for students' AP tests
The state of Ohio will receive more than $300,000 in federal funds to pay for a portion of the fees charged to low-income students taking advanced placement tests. The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday announced the grants given to 42 states. The money is expected to pay all but $10 of the cost of each exam. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a statement said AP courses give students a jumpstart in college by challenging to develop critical-thinking skills. The agency says the funding per state is based on state estimates of the number of tests that low-income students are expected to take.

Ohio casinos have high turnover among workers
State records show that nearly one out of every three workers at two of Ohio's casinos have either quit or been fired. Overall, the turnover rate at the state's four casinos is about 18 percent. The Plain Dealer reports that Hollywood Casino in Toledo has a 35 percent turnover rate, while Hollywood Casino in Columbus shows a 30 percent turnover in employees. Both of those casinos are operated by Penn National Gaming. A company spokesman says the turnover rate isn't unusual, especially in areas where casino gambling is new. Cleveland's turnover is about 14 percent when transfers to other properties are included.

OH treasurer crashes twice, makes no staff report
Republican Josh Mandel has kept two traffic accidents quiet since becoming Ohio treasurer in 2011, including one involving a potential federal campaign finance law violation. Law enforcement reports obtained by The Associated Press show a March crash near Toledo and one in April 2011 in downtown Columbus. During the late-night March crash, Mandel rode in a vehicle owned by his 2012 U.S. Senate campaign, months after he'd lost his high-profile bid against Democrat Sherrod Brown. Under federal campaign finance law, Senate campaign property can't be used for personal use or to campaign for a different office, such as treasurer. Mandel's treasurer campaign says it rented the vehicle from the federal campaign. The rental check came after Mandel had used the vehicle for months and after it was totaled.

Cleveland woman seeks new trial over poisoning death 
Lawyers are requesting a new trial for a Cleveland woman convicted of killing her fiancé by poisoning his raspberry iced tea with antifreeze. Holly McFeeture was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, but her attorneys are seeking a delay and arguing for a new trial. The Plain Dealer reports the defense alleges the prosecutor's office withheld information about the credibility of a key witness who was an informant in another case. The prosecutor's office says that witness wasn't promised anything for his testimony and was cross-examined at trial. The 35-year-old McFeeture could face life in prison. She was convicted in the 2006 death of 31-year-old Matthew Podolak, the father of their two children. Prosecutors alleged she poisoned his tea over several weeks.

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