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Akron votes allow food trucks but some vendors are upset
Other morning headlines: Pilot Flying J president out; Ohio A.G. rejects petitions for clean energy ballot initiative 
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
The latest WKSU news headlines: 
Akron votes allow food trucks but some vendors are upset 
The city of Akron is allowing food trucks to park on public streets, but operators of the mobile vendors are criticizing the high fees attached to the legislation. The city council on Monday approved allowing food trucks, but with the requirement that operators must pay a $225 application fee — and another $1,750 annually to set up on two streets in a specific high-traffic corridor of downtown. The Beacon Journal reports that some council members and community leaders thought the higher fee was warranted to protect the brick and mortar restaurants. The amount of the fee has been criticized by food truck operators and the Institute for Justice, an Arlington, Virginia, law firm that had helped Akron's food truck owners form a coalition.

Pilot Flying J president out
The president of truck stop company Pilot Flying J is out amid an ongoing federal investigation into a scheme to defraud customers. The Knoxville newspaper Metro Pulse obtained an email sent from Pilot CEO and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam to staff on Monday announcing Mark Hazelwood's immediate departure. The email did not say why Hazelwood was leaving. Pilot in November agreed to pay out nearly $85 million to 5,500 trucking companies that were cheated out of promised rebates and discounts. Ten former employees have so far pleaded guilty in the scheme, and an FBI affidavit states that Hazelwood was aware of it.

Ohio A.G. rejects petitions for clean energy ballot initiative
A ballot effort in Ohio to require billions of dollars in state investment in alternative energy has hit a snag after supporters revised the proposal. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected the petition Monday for the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative, saying the proposed constitutional amendment didn't meet a signature requirement. DeWine said the submission contained less than the 1,000 valid signatures that were needed. The amendment calls for $1.3 billion in annual investments over a decade in infrastructure, research and development related to solar, wind and other energy sources.

Ohio Senate nearing committee votes on budget bills
Ohio lawmakers are nearing committee votes on several midterm budget bills. The Four bills contain elements of Gov. John Kasich’s midterm budget plan that deal with workforce programs, taxes, education and general budget policies. The schools bill includes new guidelines for further integrating course offerings at Ohio's public high schools and colleges, in part to dovetail with how credits are counted. The measure also would make changes to the state's Common Core learning targets and impose new restrictions on operators of charter schools. In the wake of a ruling involving Northwestern University, another bill would specify that college athletes are not considered public employees for collective-bargaining purposes.

Suarez Corporation C.F.O. reaches plea deal in campaign funding scheme
The chief financial officer of North-Canton based Suarez Corporation Industries has gone from co-defendant with his boss to a potential witness against him. Michael Giorgio agreed in federal court Monday to plead guilty to seven charges linked to campaign contributions to the Senate campaign of Josh Mandel and congressional campaign of Jim Renacci. The head of the company, Ben Suarez, and Giorgio are accused of disguising contributions by steering more than $200,000 through employees of the direct marketing company and their spouses.  The deal says Giorgio now faces 2 ½ to 3 ½ years in prison. 

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