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Suspicious package shuts down Ohio roadways, now reopened
Other headlines: Twenty GOP incumbents face far right challenges; Ohio inmates gain Medicaid coverage
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Twenty GOP incumbents face far right challenges
  • Ohio inmates gain Medicaid coverage
  • Prosecutor pushes clemency for death row inmate
  • Suspicious package shuts down Ohio roadway, now reopened
    Authorities in Toledo have shut down two interstate highways near the Ohio-Michigan state line after finding a suspicious item along the roadway.

    Police say Interstate 75 is closed in both directions just south of the state line. Traffic is also being stopped on nearby Interstate 280.

    A spokeswoman with the Ohio Department of Transportation says workers cleaning up litter along I-75 found some sort of suspicious device.

    Police are diverting traffic. It's not clear how long I-75 and I-280 will be closed.

    Both are heavily traveled routes connecting northern Ohio with southeastern Michigan and Detroit.

    UPDATE 1:16pm : 

    Authorities in Toledo have reopened two interstate highways near the Ohio-Michigan state line that were shut down because of a suspicious item along the roadway.

    Police say the item was determined to be safe. They are allowing traffic to move again on Interstate 75 just south of the state line.

    Traffic also had been stopped on nearby Interstate 280.

    A spokeswoman with the Ohio Department of Transportation says workers cleaning up litter along I-75 found some sort of suspicious device.


    Twenty GOP incumbents face far right challenges
    Twenty GOP incumbents face challengers in next month’s primary.

    That’s five times the number of GOP primary contests in 2012.

    Five races in the Ohio Senate and 15 in the House pit Republican against Republican in challenges mostly from Tea party candidates.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports the far right challenges come even as the Ohio legislature, particularly the House, has become increasingly conservative.

    Some of the issues challengers are pushing include tighter restrictions on abortion and doing away with the Common Core standards for math and reading.


    Ohio inmates gain Medicaid coverage
    State officials are assisting a new population of uninsured adults obtain coverage -  Ohio’s prison inmates.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio’s Medicaid expansion now covers inmates who require hospitalization, and provides treatment after their release.

    The shift will save the state’s corrections system more than $270 million over the next decade.

    Prisoners will be signed up for Medicaid before their release.

    Officials say the insurance will cover much-needed mental-health and substance-abuse treatment services.


    Prosecutor pushes clemency for death row inmate
    An Ohio prosecutor plans to submit his position on whether a condemned killer facing execution next month for a Cleveland produce vendor's 1983 slaying should receive mercy.

    Attorneys for defendant Arthur Tyler say he should receive clemency partly because a second defendant repeatedly admitted being the shooter.

    They also argue a jury was coerced into issuing a death sentence and that a prosecutor and some of Tyler's defense attorneys at trial had a conflict of interest.

    Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty plans to file a motion on Tyler's case this afternoon ahead of Tyler's clemency hearing Thursday.

    The 54-year-old Tyler is scheduled to die May 28.

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