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Some Ohio lawmakers want to ban automaker Tesla's business model
Other morning headlines: Cleveland to help finance convention hotel construction; Akron school board to decide teacher's fate following racist rant
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ
and LAUREN SCHMOLL


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
  • Some Ohio lawmakers want to ban automaker Tesla's business model
  • Murder trial scheduled for convicted sex offender in cold cases
  • Toledo teen charged after allegedly bringing pellet gun to school
  • Bond set for Kent driver in deadly turnpike crash
  • Indians closing team shops
  • Cleveland to help finance convention hotel construction
  • Cleveland airport parking prices going up
  • Akron school board to decide teacher's fate
  • Former Cleveland-area charter school employees plead not guilty 
  • Supreme Court aims to keep government officials out of court
  • Some Ohio lawmakers want to ban automaker Tesla's business model
    An amendment tucked into a bill already under consideration in the Ohio legislature seeks to ban relatively-new automaker Tesla from opening dealerships in the state. California-based Tesla is just days away from opening its first dealership in Ohio, near Columbus.The all-electric car maker owns all of its dealerships, while most others are franchises. Some state legislators say that direct selling creates an unfair advantage. The Columbus Dispatch reports a paragraph inserted into an unrelated bill says an auto manufacturer cannot also own an auto dealership. Other states have banned Tesla’s business model and the company has instead opened galleries where customers can look at cars but not test drive them. They then purchase online or over the phone.

    Murder trial scheduled for convicted sex offender in cold cases

    A February 24 trial has been scheduled for a convicted sex offender charged with two murders and 173 counts of rape in Cleveland. The judge set the date Monday for 49-year-old Elias Acevedo over the objections of defense attorneys who asked for more preparation time. Judge Michael Donnelly says he would consider delaying the trial if the defense shows sufficient reason. Acevedo has pleaded not guilty. The murder charges involve the deaths of a neighbor in 1994 and another woman in 1995. The prosecutor says a videotaped statement by the defendant includes an admission. The prosecutor didn't elaborate and wouldn't say after court if the admission amounted to a confession.

    Toledo teen charged after allegedly bringing pellet gun to school
    A 14-year-old accused of bringing a pellet gun to a Toledo-area school that caused a lockdown and short standoff has been charged. The high school student is in custody at a juvenile jail in Toledo following the Monday morning standoff. Police say he suffered minor injuries after officers fired a bean bag round at his feet to end the standoff. No one else was hurt. A student told a school police officer that he had a gun and flashed it, causing other students to flee at Scott High School.

    Bond set for Kent driver in deadly turnpike crash
    Bond has been set at $1 million for a northeast Ohio man charged after troopers say he was traveling at more than 125 miles per hour when his car struck a minivan, killing an elderly couple. Andrew Gans of Kent faces two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide with a reckless specification after the crash Thanksgiving night on the Ohio Turnpike.

    Indians closing team shops
    The Cleveland Indians are closing three of their four team shops. The merchandise stores at shopping centers in Strongsville, Fairview Park and Canton are slated to close on January 27. The only remaining store will be at Progressive Field. Indians officials say the closings are due to a shift to more online purchases and they’re unsure how many jobs will be lost.

    Cleveland to help finance convention hotel construction
    The city of Cleveland will help finance construction of a new hotel at its new downtown convention center. City Council on Monday approved the plan, after originally planning to hold off on a decision until January because of concerns about adequate parking for the 600-room hotel. The Plain Dealer reports the issue was resolved before the meeting, by guaranteeing the use of the adjacent Huntington garage. The city will authorize non-school tax increment financing for 30 years, dedicate the bed tax from the hotel to support it, and allocate $8 million in city-issued bonds for construction.

    Cleveland airport parking prices going up
    Beginning today, it’s going to cost you more to park at several Cleveland Hopkins airport lots. Prices are going up by a dollar fifty at the Blue Lot and in the Smart Parking Garage. The airport says that even with the increase, it has some of the lowest rates in the country. Prices for the Red Lot, Orange Lot and valet parking will stay the same.

    Akron school board to decide teacher's fate
    The Akron City School board will decide next week wither a high school music teacher will keep his job after admitting to a racist Facebook rant. District officials held a termination hearing Monday for David Spondike.  He was put on paid leave in October after a social media posts. He has taken responsibility for the posts, which he says were in response to teens urinating outside his home on trick or treat night.

    Former Cleveland-area charter school employees plead not guilty 
    Three former employees of a Cleveland Heights charter school have pleaded not guilty in an alleged scheme to defraud the school of more than $400,000. Joel Friedman was the former chairman of the now-closed Greater Heights Academy. Friedman, his secretary and a school security officer have all been indicted. An outside school consultant, Jeffrey Pope, is expected to plead guilty. Friedman allegedly worked through employees and contractors to set up phony invoices and collect kickbacks.

    Supreme Court aims to keep government officials out of court
    A branch of the Ohio Supreme Court is aiming to keep local governments out of court unless absolutely necessary. The Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution recently sent out a survey to help come up with a formal process to resolve disputes at all levels of government without going to court. The Columbus Dispatch reports that those disputes commonly involve budgets, public records requests and organizational issues, and can often be costly and time consuming. The court would pay for the new mediation procedures.

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