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Lawmakers table law that would keep Ohio college athletes from unionizing
Other morning headlines: Brothers convicted of dealing Spice to forfeit nearly $500,000; KSU to get nearly $1 million for playing OSU in football this fall 
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ
and LAUREN SCHMOLL


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Amanda Rabinowitz
 
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  • Midterm budget approved by legislative panel
  • Lawmakers table law that would keep Ohio college athletes from unionizing 
  • Cuyahoga County to mail unsolicited, absentee-ballot applications
  • Three men accused of running illegal gambling operation in Stark County
  • New bill would make allergy shots more accessible
  • State lawmaker released after complications from kidney donation
  • Brothers convicted of dealing Spice to forfeit nearly $500,000
  • PETA drops plan for Dahmer house
  • KSU to get nearly $1 million for playing OSU in football this fall 
  • Midterm budget approved by legislative panel
    An Ohio legislative panel has approved a midterm budget bill that would send more money to family and children services and bolster the state's efforts to combat drug abuse. The Republican-controlled House Finance and Appropriations Committee passed the bill along party lines Tuesday night after making additional changes. The sweeping bill would eliminate a rule concerning campaign spending by labor organizations, nonprofits and corporations. A House GOP spokesman says the campaign finance provision targets part of an Ohio rule that prevents corporations and nonprofits from spending on elections for one year after receiving state or federal money issued by the state. The full House could vote Wednesday afternoon.

    Lawmakers table law that would keep Ohio college athletes from unionizing 
    Ohio Republicans have tabled an attempt by Democrats to scrap a change made to a state budget bill clarifying that college athletes are not employees under state law. The GOP-dominated House committee added the idea on Monday. It comes after last month's landmark decision by a National Labor Relations Board official involving the Northwestern University football team. The ruling says full scholarship players can be considered employees and thus can form a union. If the ruling holds up, it could have widespread repercussions in the multibillion-dollar college sports industry. Republican Committee Chairman Ron Amstutz has said the change could have little effect. But he says if it comes up, it will be in the law. 

    Cuyahoga County to mail unsolicited, absentee-ballot applications
    Cuyahoga County leaders have voted to assert home-rule powers and mail unsolicited, absentee-ballot applications to registered voters there if the state doesn't do so. The Cuyahoga County Council approved the proposal Tuesday in response to a state law barring county elections boards and public officials from mailing such forms. The proposal came from county Executive Ed FitzGerald, a Democrat running for governor. His Republican rival, Gov. John Kasich, signed a bill allowing Ohio's elections chief to send the applications for general elections only if the Legislature directs the money for it. Republicans in the Ohio House had proposed cutting local government funding by 10 percent for any county that doesn't follow state procedures for providing absentee ballots. A House committee later removed that language Tuesday.

    Three men accused of running illegal gambling operation in Stark County
    Federal prosecutors have charged three men with running an illegal gambling operation in Stark County. Investigators say  Yabacushyanei Bennett, 45, of Canton, Tracie Warren-Pastore, 45, of North Canton, and Jerry Warren, 70, of Canton ran a casino called The Nugget with 200 slot machines in Plain Township. Prosecutors also want the men to turn over $1.3 million, along with four vehicles. Documents say the group ran the illegal gambling operation for about five years beginning in 2008. The IRS confiscated dozens of gaming machines during a raid in May.

    New bill would make allergy shots more accessible
    A bill making it easier for schools, camps and coaches to stock general-use supplies of epinephrine shots used to counter allergic reactions has cleared its second legislative chamber. The Senate voted unanimously on the measure Tuesday, as the House did in November. Currently, parents who know their child has allergies can send epinephrine with their child to school. But it's illegal for school nurses to dispense doses to anyone else who might have an allergic reaction at school. The bill outlines training requirements and liability protections for authorized employees.

    State lawmaker released after complications from kidney donation
    A state lawmaker from northeast Ohio has been released from the hospital after donating a kidney to his wife. The Willoughby News-Herald reports that state Rep. Ron Young, a Republican from Leroy Township, was released from the hospital Tuesday after fighting complications from the surgery. Young was admitted to the hospital March 28 after going through numerous tests that showed he was a donor match for his wife Kathy, who had been on a dialysis machine. Doctors performed the surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. It was considered an immediate success for Kathy Young, who was released Monday. But Ron Young had a second surgery a week ago after it was discovered that his small intestine had been perforated during the procedure to extract his kidney.

    Brothers convicted of dealing Spice to forfeit nearly half a million dollars
    Three brothers who pleaded guilty to charges related to dealing the synthetic drug Spice will have to forfeit nearly half a million dollars. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John Russo ordered Johnny, Donny and Elias Ghazoul to turn over more than $432,000. Prosecutors say the men were major dealers of the drug, and continued selling it after it became illegal in 2012. The forfeited money will be divided between Parma police, Westlake police and the county prosecutor’s office.

    PETA drops plan for Dahmer house
    PETA has dropped its plan to turn a former serial killer’s home into a vegan restaurant. The national animal welfare group had proposed turning Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home in Bath Township into a restaurant called “Eat for Life: Home Cooking.” The Plain Dealer reports PETA announced yesterday that it would not be able to move forward with the project. Two years ago, the group proposed something similar for the foreclosed home of O.J. Simpson.

    KSU to get nearly $1 million for playing OSU in football this fall
    Ohio State will pay more than $2 million in total guarantees to bring Kent State, Cincinnati and Virginia Tech to Ohio Stadium to play the Buckeyes in football this fall. Cincinnati will receive the most money — nearly $900,000. Kent State, gets $850,000 to appear in Columbus on Sept. 13. Virginia Tech will receive a $350,000 guarantee. The university disclosed the payouts on Tuesday at the request of The Associated Press.

     

     

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