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High court rejects JobsOhio records request
Other headlines: Prison report clears guards in high profile suicides; Republic Steel looks to restart damaged furnace

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  • Prison report clears guards in high profile suicides
  • Republic Steel looks to restart damaged furnace
  • Cleveland names new fire chief 
  • High court rejects JobsOhio records request
    The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a lawyer's request for records kept by the state's privatized job-creation agency on procedural grounds.

    The decision came Tuesday in a complaint filed by former ProgressOhio attorney Victoria Ullmann. She filed the complaint in August after being dropped as lead lawyer on a more high-profile constitutional challenge to JobsOhio that continues.

    Justices said the state law creating JobsOhio "specifically exempted" the office from Ohio's public records law.

    Ullmann had asked justices to declare JobsOhio a state agency because the privatized economic development entity acts as the "functional equivalent" of one under the law.

    Such a ruling would have opened JobsOhio to public records requests and other forms of scrutiny that were prevented under its enabling legislation.

    Prison report clears guards in high profile suicides
    The department in charge of Ohio’s prisons is releasing a report on the increase of prison suicides in the state.  Ohio’s prison suicide levels are at a six-year high, according to state statistics.

    The high profile deaths of Ariel Castro and death row inmate Billy Slagle prompted the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to hire two nationally known prison experts to study the problem.

    Their report released today does not blame prison staff for the suicides, but does recommend Ohio take action to correct with it calls a culture that allowed guards to falsify reports and skip rounds.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio prisons Director Gary Mohr also announced today that three of the guards on duty the night kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro died will receive two years’ probation. 

    The report shows that the 10 prison suicides so far this year exceed the nationwide average, but Ohio’s prison suicide rate taken over the past five years is below the national average.

    Republic Steel looks to restart damaged furnace 
    A northeast Ohio steel mill struck by fire last week is set to restart soon, but the cause of the blaze is still under investigation. 

    Republic Steel’s $85 million dollar arc furnace in Lorain had just come on-line when the accident occurred Saturday.

    The Lorain Morning Journal reports Republic officials are committed to restarting the furnace as soon as possible, but still don’t know the extent of the damage or what led to the fire.

    Cleveland names new fire chief 
    Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson will swear-in a new Fire Chief today.  Patrick Kelly will replace outgoing chief Daryl McGinnis who was relieved of duty this summer over questions about his training. 

    McGinnis served just shy of eight months as chief. 

    Kelly has acted as interim chief since August.

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