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Ohio issues warnings to troubled charter school sponsors
Other headlines: Ohio winemakers seek federal aid after devastating winter; Charles Ramsey releases account of Seymour Ave. rescue

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  • Ohio winemakers seek federal aid after devastating winter
  • Charles Ramsey releases account of Seymour Ave. rescue
  • Officials offer mass immunizations to head off measles outbreak 
  • State board issues warnings to troubled charter school sponsors
    Three organizations have been told by the state board of education not to open charter schools in Ohio.  It’s the first time the department has issued such a warning. 

    State Superintendent Richard A. Ross says he wants to avoid a repeat of the past, when several charter schools either failed to open, or closed before finishing out the school year.

    The department warns Cincinnati-based Education Resource Consultants against opening a new school under the same leadership that led a school that was closed for failing to meet academic requirements.

    Kids Count of Dayton sought to partner with a developer who owes the state $65,000 after a school failed shortly after opening.

    And the state is advising against the Warren County Educational Service Center from opening three schools for more than 500 students without performing market research to justify state funding.

    However, the department gave positive marks to three other potential charter school sponsors, in Columbus, Toledo and Columbiana County. 

    Ohio winemakers seek federal aid after devastating winter
    Ohio winemakers will ask for federal aid to help them recover after the harsh winter that all but wiped out many varieties of grapes.

    A winter damage survey report from Ohio State University researchers says the extreme subzero temperatures devastated the 2014 vintage of some varieties of wines and caused around $4 million in damage to Ohio wineries.

    Ferrante Winery in Geneva reported to WEWS-TV that the company has lost 100 percent of its crop for 2014.

    The frigid temperatures caused a projected loss of 97 percent of the 2014 crop of grape varieties of European heritage.

    The OSU report was based on a survey of 62 grape producers in 35 counties. Some of those vineyards reported temperatures as low as 27 below zero.

    Charles Ramsey releases account of Seymour Ave. rescue
    One of the most memorable characters in the rescue of three women imprisoned for a decade inside a Cleveland home will soon share his account of events.

    Charles Ramsey helped break down the door to neighbor Ariel Castro’s home last year, freeing Amanda Berry, her daughter, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight from captivity.

    In a Plain Dealer excerpt from his memoir set for released next week, Ramsey calls Castro “a genius monster.”

    Ramsey says in hindsight, he and other neighbors should have connected the dots of clues that something was wrong was happening at the Seymour Ave. home.

    Officials offer mass immunizations to head off measles outbreak
    Health officials in Holmes and Knox counties are mounting a campaign to immunize residents against a measles outbreak.

    At least 16 people have come down with the disease, including four who contracted measles while on a mission trip to the Philippines.

    The Ohio Department of Health is hoping to prevent the virus from moving through the Amish community.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Knox County Health Department vaccinated 136 people in the community yesterday and is prepared to vaccinate hundreds more today.

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