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Chardon shooter's family settles with victims for almost $3 million
Other morning headlines: Committee to vote on renewables freeze today; Cleveland Cavaliers' draft luck continues

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Amanda Rabinowitz
  • Committee to vote on renewables freeze today
  • Documents reveal cost of OSU presidential search
  • Gambling seizure nets over $1.5 million
  • Senate votes today on Governor's tax break package
  • Chardon shooter's family settles with victims for almost $3 million
  • Pilot Flying J fires employees after rebate scandal
  • Cleveland hardware store owner donates stock to charity as he retires
  • Cavaliers' draft luck continues
  • Committee to vote on renewables freeze today
    The House Public Utilities Committee plans a vote today on a bill pausing rollout of targets for how much renewable energy, such as solar and wind, Ohio utilities must generate by 2025. The bill's opponents have stepped up efforts this week. They aired a television ad, released research findings and lodged protests aimed at drawing the attention of lawmakers and the governor.

    Documents reveal cost of OSU presidential search
    Newly released documents show Ohio State University spent more than $600,000 on the search for its new president. Expenses included $85,000 for an ad in the New York Times, $186,000 for private jet service and about $230,000 for an executive head-hunting firm. The documents were released Tuesday at the request of media outlets. The seven-month search ended in January with the selection of University of California, Irvine chancellor Michael Drake as the 15th president of Ohio State.

    Gambling seizure nets over $1.5 million
    Authorities have seized more than $1.5 million in what they're calling an investigation into illegal gambling in eastern Ohio. Warrants were served at eight locations in and around Steubenville in the investigation by the Ohio Attorney General's Office and the Steubenville Police Department. DeWine says the investigation is continuing. 

    Senate votes today on Governor's tax break package
    The Ohio Senate is expected to vote today on a package of tax breaks proposed by Gov. John Kasich along with a plan that asserts the role of local school districts in implementing Ohio's new learning standards. Four separate midterm budget bills cleared committees Tuesday. One measure incorporated a package of tax changes backed by Kasich that accelerates a planned income-tax cut and expands certain exemptions and credits. His plan would also boost proposed small business income-tax reductions to 75 percent from 50 percent for tax year 2014. Another bill delivers a one-year reprieve to school districts and teachers from sanctions tied to new learning and teacher evaluation standards. It also safeguards the collection and dissemination of certain student information.

    Chardon shooter's family settles with victims for almost $3 million dollars
    The family of Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane has agreed to pay almost $3 million to the families of the victims. The settlement was reached last month and the families asked to keep the details sealed, but The Plain Dealer reports Judge Timothy Grendell released the terms in hopes that families understand the potential consequences of allowing their children to access firearms.  Lane’s father has an insurance policy that will help pay the families of shooting victims Daniel Parmertor, Russell King, Jr. and Demetrius Hewlin. A lawsuit is still pending against Chardon schools and the Lake County Alternative School.  

    Pilot Flying J fires employees after rebate scandal 
    Pilot Flying J, the truck stop company owned by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, is shedding more employees in the aftermath of last year’s gas rebate scandal. The company announced Tuesday that it’s let go of three executives and two sales associates. Pilot has paid 85 million dollars to 5,500 companies that were cheated out of promised rebates and discounts. Some lawsuits are still pending. Several former executives have pleaded guilty and president Mark Hazelwood left the company this week.

    Cleveland hardware store owner donates stock to charity as he retires
    A Cleveland hardware store owner who is retiring and closing his doors after 54 years says he is donating his entire stock to Habitat for Humanity. Rudy Rosales is shuttering Rudy's Hardware in the city's Slavic Village neighborhood this week. But instead of liquidating the stock of the 10,000-sqaure-foot-store, he's donating every last nut and bolt to the charity that builds homes for deserving people.

    Cavaliers' draft luck continues
    The Cleveland Cavaliers have continued their remarkable lottery luck, winning the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft for the second straight year. It's the third time in four years the Cavs will be atop the draft after moving up from the ninth spot. They had just a 1.7 percent chance of winning the top spot Tuesday night. They drafted Kyrie Irving first in 2011 and will hope to do better with this win than last year, when they took Anthony Bennett, who had a forgettable rookie season.
    The Cavs can choose among the likes of Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid of Kansas, Duke's Jabari Parker, or another player from what's considered a deep draft on June 26th. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s son Nick was on the podium for the previous two wins, but general manager David Griffin was there this time. Griffin was carrying one of Nick Gilbert's signature bowties as a good luck charm.
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