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Photo of Canton Walmart food drive goes viral
Other morning headlines: NWS confirms two Ohio tornadoes; Six overdose deaths possible last weekend

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Amanda Rabinowitz
  • Canton Walmart food drive goes viral
  • NWS confirms two Ohio tornadoes
  • Six overdose deaths possible last weekend in Cuyahoga
  • Cuyahoga County considering expenditures from new levy
  • Ohio prison investigates second suicide in one month
  • Akron municipal judge race results reversed
  • Teen admits to setting large marsh fire
  • E-Z Pass rental fee dropped for some users
  • Chicago-based group purchases three more Ohio malls
  • Akron councilman resigns with month left in term
  • John Carroll receives large Lincoln donation
  • Photo of Canton Walmart food drive goes viral
    A photo from a Walmart store in Canton has gone viral after it was posted online. This photo shows food drive collection bins in an ‘employees-only’ area of Walmart on Atlantic Boulevard NE, east of downtown. It’s been picked up by news outlets and papers across the world. Workers’ rights groups say it’s a sign of the times: That employees make such low wages, they cannot afford holiday meals. Walmart officials tell the Canton Repository that the store has held the food drive for employees facing unforeseen hardships like a house fire or a spouse’s job loss for four or five years and will continue to do so. 

    NWS confirms two Ohio tornadoes
    The National Weather Service is confirming that two tornadoes touched down in northwest Ohio during the damaging storms that cut across the Midwest. The weather service says a tornado that toppled a drive-in movie screen and damaged buildings south and east of Toledo on Sunday had a preliminary rating of EF-2 with winds up between 111-135 mph. Another tornado that touched down in Jerry City near Bowling Green had a preliminary rating of EF-1 with winds up between 86-110 miles per hour. The tornado that touched down near Toledo followed a path similar to another one that destroyed a high school and killed seven people just over three years ago. There were no reports of widespread or significant injuries in Sunday's storms.

    Six overdose deaths possible last weekend in Cuyahoga
    Authorities say there were as many as six possible overdose deaths during the weekend in Cleveland and its suburbs. The Cuyahoga County medical examiner's office says that expedited tests will be done to determine how the victims died. Federal prosecutors say heroin overdose fatalities are up about 400 percent in recent years in parts of northeast Ohio. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine promised to spend an additional $1 million a year and to help fight what he calls a heroin epidemic.

    Cuyahoga County considering expenditures from new levy
    Cuyahoga County is looking at how to spend money generated by a tax hike voters approved earlier this month. The health and human services tax curbs a potential $15 million in cuts that had been planned if it failed. County Executive Ed FitzGerald has proposed spending nearly $11 million on projects including increasing capacity for the county’s pre-K program, hiring temporary employees to help change the county’s Medicaid processing system, and expanding the re-entry program at the county jail. The budget is still being debated and will be passed next month. 

    Ohio prison investigates second suicide in one month
    A southeast Ohio prison is investigating its second inmate suicide in less than a month. The Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe says 41-year-old James Redmond Jr., serving 19-years for rape, was found hanging in lock down unit cell Sunday evening. That makes 10 inmate suicides in Ohio this year, the highest number since 2007. Ohio’s suicide rate among prisoners remains lower than the national average, according to a September report conducted by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee. Still, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections is doing its own review of deaths over the last two years.

    Akron municipal judge race results reversed
    A tight race for municipal judge in Akron has now flipped. Municipal Judge Katarina Cook trailed challenger, Summit County Probate Court Magistrate Jon Oldham by 16 votes on Election Day. But the Beacon Journal reports that after provisional and absentee ballots were counted, Cook now has a 17-vote lead. There will be an automatic recount because the outcome is separated by less than a half percent. If Cook holds on to her lead, the Republican Party will have held on to its two judicial seats in Akron.

    Teen admits to setting marsh fire
    A 13-year-old boy has admitted to starting a large fire at Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve, telling the judge he was bored. The News-Herald reports the boy entered the juvenile equivalent of a guilty plea to one count of attempted arson Monday in Lake County Juvenile Court. More than 20 fire departments helped fight the 10-acre blaze earlier this month. The teen could be sentenced to anything from probation to a state youth prison until the maximum age of 21. A second boy linked to the fire was not charged.

    E-Z Pass rental fee dropped for some users
    Some Ohio Turnpike travelers who use an E-Z Pass will save a little bit of money starting next year. The Turnpike commission voted Monday to waive the 75 cent monthly transponder fee for drivers who use the turnpike for at least 30 trips a month. The transponder is the electronic device that drivers rent. The change will affect just over 5 percent of users.

    Chicago-based group purchases three more Ohio malls
    Chicago-based Starwood Capital Group now owns the majority of three more Ohio malls and four others nationwide. The $1.6 billion deal with Westfield Group includes Belden Village and Great Northern malls in Northeast Ohio and Franklin Park Mall in Toledo. Westfield is keeping a 10 percent interest in the properties. In announcing the closing of the deal, Starwood says the malls account for nearly 8 million square feet of retail space and 96 percent of that is occupied. Westfield sold seven other malls to Starwood last year. In all, the property management company co-founded by Cleveland developer Scott Wolstein runs 19 malls and shopping centers nationwide.

    Akron councilman resigns with month left in term
    An Akron city councilman says he won’t finish his term, which ends in just a few weeks. Bruce Kilby has served on council for 16 years, but lost his bid for an at-large seat on November 5th. He submitted his resignation Friday, effective November 30thThe Beacon Journal reports Kilby attributed his early departure to changes in the state pension system that requires him to retire by that date. Council will not replace him for the last month of his term.

    John Carroll receives large Lincoln donation
    John Carroll University is getting a large donation of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia on this 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. John Carroll graduate and Kenilworth Steel owner Robert Heltzel, Jr., has been donating some 60 items from his personal collection to the university’s library over the years. The most recent donation includes an original photograph of Lincoln, taken 11 days before the Gettysburg address. There are also documents signed by Lincoln and rare books. Heltzel also donated $1 million for a new endowed professorship in economics.

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