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Cavs owner accused of illegal campaign donation
Other morning headlines: Food insecurity impacting Ohio families; Newspaper company expected to file bankruptcy

Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
  • Cavs owner accused of illegal campaign donation
  • Newspaper company expected to file bankruptcy
  • Food insecurity impacting Ohio families
  • Ohio Supreme Court reverses ruling on confronting accusers
  • Carney announcement planned for next week
  • Pre-check security lanes coming to Akron-Canton airport
  • Cavs owner accused of illegal campaign donation
    The owner of the Cleveland Cavs and the city’s casino is under scrutiny, accused of making illegal campaign donations to a Detroit mayoral candidate. Dan Gilbert gave $34,000 to Michael Duggan’s campaign in July. It was made through Gilbert’s Quicken Loans Political Action Committee. A Detroit labor activist has filed a formal complaint with the Michigan Gaming Commission, demanding that Gilbert’s license be revoked. Casino owners and operators in Michigan are not allowed to contribute money to state or local races. Gilbert owns the Greektown Casino-Hotel in Detroit, along with casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati. A record-keeper for the Quicken Loans PAC tells the Detroit Free Press that the claim “has no merit” because it’s an independent legal entity. Another $80,000 donation from the PAC to a SuperPAC that also supports Duggan has been returned after it was called into question.

    Newspaper company expected to file bankruptcy
    A bankruptcy filing is expected soon from the company that owns several newspapers in Northeast Ohio. Gatehouse Media plans to file for prepackaged bankruptcy, which means it has already been given creditor support. The company owns daily newspapers in Canton, Massillon and Dover. Fortress Investment Group, an investor in troubled companies, says it will create a newspaper and website company -- called New Media -- from GateHouse and another firm called Newcastle Investment Corp.

    Ohio Supreme Court reverses ruling on confronting accusers
    The Ohio Supreme Court has reversed an appeals court ruling in deciding that defendants have the right to confront their accusers, including co-defendants.
    Six of the seven justices ruled today that a Sandusky judge should not have allowed an officer to relay the testimony of an alleged accomplice because it violates both the U.S. and Ohio constitutions. The case involved Thomas Ricks and Aaron Gipson, who were convicted of the March 2008 drug-related murder of Calvin Harper in Sandusky. At Ricks’ trial, a police officer testified that Gipson identified Ricks in the killing, but Gipson was never called to the stand. The high court decision says Ricks has the police statements were “unfairly prejudicial.”

    Food insecurity impacting Ohio families
    Food insecurity now touches more than one in six households in the state of Ohio. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the percentage of families forced to skip meals, eat less or unable to afford nutritious meals has grown more in Ohio over the past 10 years than all but two other states.
    Those numbers come from a new report by the U-S Department of Agriculture. Only 9 states fared worse than Ohio in the report.
    Food banks throughout the state say the issue is an even bigger problem because of what’s going on in Washington. Next week, Congress will start talking about how to cut the deficit… which includes the possibility of further scaling back the food-stamp program. Benefits are already on schedule to be scaled back in November, when the stimulus bill expires.

    Carney announcement planned for next week
    The last name to be added to the 2014 Ohio democratic ticket is expected to be finalized next week. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Representative John Patrick Carney will be the one to take on incumbent auditor Dave Yost. The key issue in the race likely will be Governor Kasich’s privatized economic development agency, JoshOhio. Carney has demanded more oversight from the auditor’s office since JobsOhio’s inception. Yost has asked for the authority to inspect JosOhio’s books, but the GOP-controlled assembly passed legislation this year to restrict Yost's oversight of the agency.

    Pre-check security lanes coming to Akron-Canton airport
    The Akron-Canton airport is one of three in Ohio to get TSA approval for pre-check security lanes by the end of the year. Columbus and Dayton will also get the new checkpoints, which allow trusted, frequent fliers to go through security without having to take off their shoes or removing computers and liquids from their carry-on bags. 

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