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Charter schools students cost more to transport
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  • Early voting underway for May primary
  • 172,000 Chevy Cruzes join massive GM recall 
  • Burton man charged in fatal buggy crash
  • Early voting underway for May primary
    Democratic candidate for governor Ed FitzGerald was among the Ohioans casting ballots today on the first day of early voting for the May 6 primary.

    Early in-person voting hours are mostly from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in all 88 counties. Voters also get the Saturday before Election Day to cast a ballot.

    The state says county boards of elections have so far received nearly 24,000 requests for absentee ballots.

    Contests include races for congressional and state legislative seats. Ohio voters also will decide whether to renew a public works program that funds improvements to infrastructure.

    Cuyahoga County executive FitzGerald is facing Democrat Larry Ealy in the May primary, the winner will face Republican Gov. John Kasich this fall.

    Charter schools students cost more to transport
    Taxpayers are footing the bill for public school buses that have to drive farther to transport students attending charter schools, according to newspaper collaborative.

    State officials have forced traditional public schools to pick up and deliver kids to privately run charter schools, often while cutting transportation to their own kids.

    The Akron Beacon Journal analyzed statewide data and determined that it costs about 44 percent more per child to deliver the charter school attendees door to door.

    172,000 Chevy Cruzes join massive GM recall
    The Northeast Ohio made Chevy Cruze has joined the list of vehicles being recalled by General Motors.  GM dealers last Friday were instructed to stop selling the Cruze 1.4 Liter Turbo models. 

    The company now says that around 172,000 of the cars built at Lordstown in 2013-2014 will need repairs on the front right axle.  No injuries have been reported from the defect.

    This latest recall is part of a massive 6.3 million vehicle recall underway including 2.6 million cars under scrutiny for faulty ignition switches.

    Burton man charged in fatal buggy crash
    A northeast Ohio man was in court today to face an aggravated vehicular homicide charge following a crash with an Amish buggy that killed one person and injured three others.

    Douglas Learn was arraigned this morning in Chardon municipal court where a judge set a $75,000 bond.

    The State Highway Patrol says Learn was driving the SUV Sunday night that slammed into the back an Amish buggy carrying five members of a family near Burton in Geauga County.

    Twenty-eight-year-old Joseph Byler died later at a hospital, and three family members were hurt.

    The patrol has said alcohol played a role in the crash.

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