|Tressel makes the final three in YSU president search|
Jim Tressel is one of three finalists for the president's job at Youngstown State University, where he coached before leading the football program at Ohio State University. Youngstown State trustees interviewed five candidates over the weekend and announced their short list Monday. The other finalists are Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan and Gary Miller, chancellor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The three will visit YSU next week. Trustees expect to make their choice next month. Tressel also is a finalist for the presidency at the University of Akron, where he's been an administrator for two years. He’ll interview there on Thursday and the public is invited to a forum in the student center.
Goodyear posts first quarter loss
Akron-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber reports a $58 million first-quarter loss as Venezuelan currency charges and bad weather in North America hurt the company's bottom line. The company posted a loss of 23 cents a share compared with a profit of $26 million, or 10 cents a share, during the same period a year earlier. Revenue slipped eight percent to to $4.5 billion. North America's operating profit rose 23% to $156 million but revenue fell 13% to $1.8 billion as the number of tires sold dropped. Europe, Middle East and Africa operating profit more than tripled to $110 million.
Ohio to increase dosage of lethal injection drugs
Ohio says it is increasing the dosage of the lethal injection drugs used to put condemned inmates to death. The state says it is boosting the amount of the two-drug combo of a sedative and painkiller "to allay any remaining concerns" after the last execution, when an inmate made repeated snorting-like gasps as he died. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction also said Monday it believes death row inmate Dennis McGuire was not conscious and did not experience pain or distress during his Jan. 14 execution. The state's policy change comes 30 days before the next scheduled execution on May 28, when a man convicted of killing a Cleveland produce vendor in 1983 is set to die.
Measles outbreak continues to grow
Ohio health officials say a measles outbreak that began among Amish who had traveled to the Philippines now involves 21 cases confirmed over three counties. The state Department of Health reports the number of cases in Knox County in north-central Ohio has increased to 19. Nearby Richland and Wayne counties each have one confirmed case of the highly contagious respiratory illness. Officials say the outbreak began with unvaccinated travelers who visited the Philippines, which has had a measles epidemic.
Cleveland to be visited by RNC scouting team Wednesday
Teams checking out potential sites for the 2016 Republican National Convention are visiting Cleveland and Cincinnati this week. The cities are among six still in the running as potential hosts for the convention. Republican officials plan to pick the host city this summer, and Las Vegas has emerged as an early leading contender. The other cities in the running are Dallas, Denver and Kansas City, Mo. The GOP teams plan to gather more in-depth information about the cities' financing, convention venues, media workspace and hotels. Cleveland’s visit is tomorrow.
U.S. Supreme Court orders lower court reconsideration in retrial
The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision that a condemned Ohio killer should get a new trial in the death of a 3-month-old boy. John Drummond was sentenced to death for a baby's slaying in a 2003 Youngstown drive-by shooting. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that Drummond should get a new trial. The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the appeals court to reconsider that decision in light of a Supreme Court ruling last week. That ruling said a Kentucky death row inmate was not entitled to a new sentencing hearing despite his claim that jurors received faulty instructions.
About 600 Summit County employees to receive raises
More than 600 non-union Summit County employees will get 1.5 percent raises. County Council approved the increase last night for employees in more than a half dozen offices including the executive, prosecutor and engineer. The changes come after a fact-finding report recommended similar pay increases for unionized sheriff’s deputies. The nonunion raises will cost the county about a half million dollars a year.
Akron considers offering financial help to two struggling agencies
The City of Akron is considering offering financial help to two struggling agencies. Legislation would give about $150,000 to the University Park Alliance to pay off its debts and $60,000 to the East Akron Community House for rent and utilities. The University Park Alliance has been working to revitalize 50 blocks surrounding the University of Akron. It’s racked up debt and faces several lawsuits. The East Akron Community House -- called EACH -- is near foreclosure and under investigation by the Ohio Attorney General after losing nearly all its operating funds. Council is expected to vote on the legislation on Monday.
Time Warner customers could soon get service from Charter
Time Warner Cable customers in Northeast Ohio could soon be getting service from a different company. Time Warner and Comcast are in the middle of a merger, and when it’s complete, Comcast says will sell more than 1 million subscribers to Charter Communications, including those in Northeast Ohio. Time Warner’s division that serves the region is its third largest, and includes 600 employees in Summit County. The change will occur after the merger is complete.
Coingate report reveals Taft's record expunged
Former Governor Bob Taft’s criminal record has been sealed from public view forever. in 2005, Taft pleaded no contest to four ethics violations tied to the Coingate scandal that involved a $50 million rare coin investment by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. The Columbus Dispatch says the expungement came to light following a state inspector general report released on the Coingate scandal last week. The names of everyone who was prosecuted were included in the report, except for Taft and four others, whose records were also expunged.
Rapist's sentence extended after DNA links to more rapes
A judge has tacked another long sentence onto the prison time of a convicted rapist who recently was linked by DNA to two other attacks in Cleveland 20 years ago. 55-year-old Kenneth Parker pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to between 16 and 50 years in prison. Parker was scheduled to be released next year for two rapes he committed in 1996, but now the new sentence will kick in. Parker was linked to two Cleveland attacks in 1993 when the rape cases were reopened after authorities tested decades-old sexual assault kits.
Another Richmond Heights school official resigns amid scandal
An administrator at the Richmond Heights School District has resigned amid charges of extortion and bribery. Building and Grounds Director Richard Muse resigned Friday. He, along with former Superintendent Robert Moore are accused of shaking down a daycare operator who was leasing space from the district. Muse also faces charges of theft in office, tampering with records, forgery and soliciting. He had been with the district less than 60 days when he was suspended back in March. Moore resigned earlier this month.