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Another lieutenant governor candidate in personal tax trouble
Other morning headlines: Snow storm leads to two fatal NE Ohio crashes; State school board now has four vacancies
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
  • Another lieutenant governor candidate in personal tax trouble
  • Snow storm leads to two fatal NE Ohio crashes
  • State school board now has four vacancies
  • Medicaid applicants top 17,000
  • Akron police tout homicides solved
  • Democratic Secretary of State candidate taps former Obama campaign official
  • Vigil planned for Barberton teens murdered on New Year's Eve
  • Another lieutenant governor candidate in personal tax trouble
    Another candidate for Ohio lieutenant governor appears to be caught up in personal tax troubles. The Columbus Dispatch reports 56-year-old Brenda Mack of Canfield, who has been named as the running mate for tea party leader Ted Stevenot, is linked to nearly $60,000 in unpaid state and federal taxes and penalties. The newspaper reports the tax problems and a 2008 bankruptcy filing appear to be linked to her small Youngstown-area cleaning company she owned for about 10 years. On Tuesday, Stevenot and Mack plan to announce their primary challenge against Gov. John Kasich.  Last month, Democratic state Sen. Eric Kearney quit gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald’s ticket after it was discovered that he had nearly $1 million in unpaid state and federal taxes tied to his Cincinnati publishing company. 

    Snow storm leads to two fatal NE Ohio crashes
    The winter storm has moved out of the region and leaving us in a deep freeze. A wind chill advisory is in effect this morning, as some spots of the region are in the single digits with negative wind chills. The storm led to two deaths on Northeast Ohio roadways on Thursday. In Wayne County, a New Philadelphia woman was killed when her vehicle lost control and slid into a snow plow heading in the opposite direction. In Stark County, a 75-year-old Alliance woman died when her car slid into a semi. The blizzard-like conditions knocked out power to more than 15,000 Cuyahoga County homes, mostly west of Cleveland.   

    Weather: 
    • Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 13. Wind chill values as low as -6.
    • Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -11.
    • Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 29. Wind chill values as low as -11.
    • Saturday Night: A 30% chance of snow, mainly after 1am. Low 23. 
    • Sunday: 80% chance of snow. High near 32.

    State school board now has four vacancies
    There’s yet another vacancy on the Ohio Board of Education. The Columbus Dispatch reports Jeffery Mims has reigned to take an elected position as Dayton City Commissioner. That leaves four vacant seats on the 19-member panel. Last month, Bryan Williams of the Akron-area stepped down after he apparently was violating state ethics laws by lobbying the legislature while holding an elected office. Two of the eight appointed seats on the board also sit vacant. Angela Thi Bennett, of East Cleveland, stepped down in July, and Governor Kasich never filled a seat held by Stanley Jackson, of Marion, which expired a year ago. 

    Medicaid applicants top 17,000
    Ohio officials say they've received more than 17,000 applications from people seeking Medicaid health coverage through a new state website. The online enrollment option became available Dec. 9 to eligible low-income families, along with individuals and coverage for the newly eligible took effect Wednesday. County caseworkers will have to finalize most of the initial online applications. But the state expects the enrollment process to be more automated in the coming months. Gov. John Kasich's administration moved forward with expanding Medicaid last fall. Coverage for the newly eligible took effect Wednesday.

    Akron police tout homicides solved
    Akron police say they investigated 22 homicides in 2013 and are touting that they closed the cases with arrests in all but one of them. The Beacon Journal reports that’s better than in 2012, when just 14 of 25 murders were solved. Akron’s police chief, James Nice tells the newspaper the department has increased its community policing and worked with a new state program that reaches out to the city’s most notorious criminals and warning them about the consequences of further misconduct. This week, Cleveland announced its murder rate had dropped 11 percent in 2013. 

    Democratic Secretary of State candidate taps former Obama campaign official
    The Cleveland-area Democratic State Senator running for Secretary of State this year has tapped a campaign manager who worked on President Obama’s re-election campaign. Nina Turner has brought on Angélique Roché, who served as southeast regional field director for Obama's North Carolina campaign in 2012. The incumbent lost the one-time battleground state. After Obama's re-election, Roché worked on the president's inaugural committee, helping to recruit volunteers. Turner is hoping unseat Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted. 

    Vigil planned for Barberton teens murdered on New Year's Eve
    A vigil is planned in Barberton where a shooting killed two teenagers and wounded their father and father's girlfriend during an apparent robbery on New Year's Eve. Meanwhile, Barberton police say they have few leads and no suspects in the Tuesday night shooting that killed 18-year-old Ashley Carpenter and 14-year-old David Kohler-Carpenter. A vigil is planned for 8 p.m. Friday at Lake Anna in Barberton.
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