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Pressure growing for FitzGerald to pick new running mate
Other headlines: High court to review EPA's 'upwind' emissions rule; Watchdogs call on Cleveland hospitals to pay more property taxes
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • High court to review EPA's 'upwind' emissions rule
  • Watchdogs call on Cleveland hospitals to pay more property taxes
  • Videos document deadly high-speed chase
  • Pressure growing for FitzGerald to pick new running mate
    Pressure is growing for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald to seek a new running mate, according to information leaked to the media.

    The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that sources inside the FitzGerald campaign are preparing to announce a change in the ticket due to lingering questions about running mate Eric Kearney’s financial troubles.

    Last month FitzGerald picked Kearney as the number two on the Democratic ticket.  But newss of the Cincinnati state Senator owing more than $800,000 in back taxes soon proved a major distraction for the campaign.

    As of yesterday, campaign officials continued to deny rumors that Kearney may step down as FitzGerald’s running mate.


    High court to review EPA's 'upwind' emissions rule 
    A U.S. Supreme Court case being heard today could affect power plants in Ohio and eight other states which are blamed for pollution in downwind states to the east.

    The case before the high court looks at limits the EPA proposed on pollution from coal-fired power plants in 28 “upwind states” that directly affect air quality on the East Coast.

    The EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, if upheld by the court, would force power plants in Ohio and other upwind states to use the best-available pollution control technologies to prevent emissions from drifting into other states.

    An appeals-court this summer overturned the rule saying it the cost of reducing emissions was not fairly distributed among the polluting states. 


    Watchdogs call on Cleveland hospitals to pay more property taxes
    A group of watchdog organizations, and a prominent teachers union say two Cleveland hospitals are not paying enough in property taxes.

    Policy Matters Ohio, Common Good Ohio, and the Cleveland Teachers Union issued a report that claims the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals could owe Cleveland schools $20 million in unpaid taxes, and more than $2 billion to districts countywide.

    At a press conference Monday, Policy Matters says the tax-exempt status of these institutions should be renegotiated to increase their share.

    According to The Plain Dealer, both hospitals say they more than compensate the communities with millions of dollars in health outreach and other services,


    Videos document deadly high-speed chase
    Dash camera video recorded by two state troopers shows a car racing past at high speeds, followed by the scene of a fiery two-car crash that killed a Toledo couple on the Ohio Turnpike last month.

    The video released by the patrol Tuesday shows the difficulty even troopers had in catching up to the speeding car on Nov. 28.

    One video shows a trooper unsuccessfully trying to catch the car, and about 10 minutes later coming across a crash scene with cars on fire.

    The driver, a 24-year-old Kent man, was charged with vehicular homicide. He's in jail on $1 million bond.

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