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Judge: Ohio gay couple can be listed as spouses on death certificate
Other morning headlines: Gubernatorial candidate under fire for campaign donation; Majority of signatures invalid on Beachwood petitions


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  • Cleveland withdraws application for trash-to-energy emissions permit
  • Internet sweepstakes cafĂ© ban will not take effect today
  • Judge orders gay man' husband to be listed as spouse on death certificate
  • Gubernatorial candidate under fire for campaign donation
  • State treasurer launches new program for financial literacy
  • Memorial services begin for former governor Gilligan
  • Majority of signatures invalid on Beachwood petitions
  • Ohio jobs growth varying widely
  • First female publisher of Beacon Journal steps down
  • Cleveland withdraws application for trash-to-energy emissions permit
    The city of Cleveland will not be building a controversial trash to energy plant, at least in the near future.
    The Plain Dealer reports the city has withdrawn its application for an air emissions permit for the plant.
    The project has been under scrutiny since its conception. More than a year ago, the federal EPA released a statement saying the plant would release too much nitrogen oxide to be considered a minor source of pollution, forcing project leaders to drastically change plans for the plant.
    And a recent study revealed the cost of the plant would be much greater than other ways of managing waste. City leaders say they’re not eliminating the possibility entirely, if the economics of the project improve.

    Internet sweepstakes café ban will not take effect today
    Opponents of an Ohio law that effectively bans internet sweepstakes cafes have submitted enough signatures to block the law from taking effect today.
    The Committee to Protect Ohio Jobs filed about 430,000 signatures with the secretary of state on Tuesday in its effort to have voters repeal the measure next year.
    Those signatures must still be verified by local elections boards. The group needs more than 231,000 valid signatures to place a referendum on the ballot.
    The committee wants legislators to pass a new law that regulates the industry and shuts down what it calls rogue operators.
    The group Ohioans Against Illegal Gambling is urging county boards to scrutinize the signatures.

    Judge orders gay man’s husband to be listed as spouse on death certificate
    A federal judge has ordered that a gay Ohio man be listed as married on his death certificate and that his husband be listed as his spouse. Judge Timothy Black ruled in David Michener’s favor.
    The Cincinnati man is joining a lawsuit filed in July by a separate couple seeking to get legal out-of-state marriages recognized in Ohio.
    That couple, Jim Obergefell and James Arthur, also succeeded in getting Black to order that their marriage be recognized on Arthur's death certificate.
    Arthur is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease, and the pair has said they want the world to remember their union as that of a married couple.

    Gubernatorial candidate under fire for campaign donation
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald is coming under fire for collecting a $1,000 political contribution from a man he nominated to a county board.
    The Plain Dealer reports FitzGerald, who is a Cuyahoga County Executive, accepted a donation in April from J.W. Sean Dorsey.
    The donation came one week after FitzGerald nominated Dorsey to serve on a board that reviews requests for economic development loans.
    The donation was flagged by aides more than a month ago, but a refund has not yet been processed. The donation goes against a county ethics policy FitzGerald helped shape.
    Dorsey said he was unaware of the policy, and that no one solicited his donation.

    State treasurer launches new program for financial literacy
    Ohio's treasurer has launched a new state program that he says brings government and business together to help high-schoolers meet the state's new financial literacy requirements. Republican Josh Mandel announced the Financial Edge program at Columbus Downtown High School on Tuesday.
    Through a public-private partnership, the effort provides free downloadable course materials, an online resource library and interactive programs and games to help districts meet the mandate kicking in for this year's graduates.
    Mandel said urban school systems will be the first to use the new program. A 2007 state law gives high schools flexibility to incorporate financial education into the curriculum.

    Memorial services begin for former governor Gilligan
    A mass in Cincinnati will begin two days of memorial services for former Ohio governor John Gilligan.
    The 92-year-old political leader, educator and decorated World War II veteran will also be honored in Columbus on Thursday in a program at the Ohio Statehouse.
    The Democrat was governor from 1971 to 1975. He also served in the U.S. House, on Cincinnati city council, and, while in his 80s, on the Cincinnati School Board.

    Majority of signatures invalid on Beachwood petitions
    An overwhelming majority of signatures collected in two petition drives in Beachwood have been rejected by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
    The petitions were aimed for a ballot issue to expand the Beachwood Place Mall. There were only about 10 percent legitimate signatures on each petition, many were from people who don’t live in the city or who aren’t registered to vote.
    One elections official says it’s the highest percentage of rejected signatures she’s seen in 6 years.

    First female publisher of Beacon Journal steps down
    The publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal is stepping down after six years, saying it's been an honor to have held the position.
    The paper says Andrea Mathewson will retire at the end of the month. The 54-year-old Mathewson became the Beacon Journal's first female publisher in 2007, less than a year after the Beacon Journal was bought by Black Press Ltd. of Canada.

    Cleveland homebuyers eligible for $15,000 down payment assistance
    Homebuyers in Cleveland could be eligible for $15,000 in down payment help. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the down payment assistance funding comes from the national mortgage settlement. Applications will be available at the Cleveland Convention Center on September 12th and 13th from 10 until 7. Anyone making more than 120 percent of the median income for the Cleveland area is not eligible, and the homebuyer must agree to live in the home for five years. About 300 assistance packages are available.

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