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Politicians may be subpoenaed in campaign contribution case
Other noon headlines: Former superintendent sentenced to year in prison for bribery; Cleveland still in contention for Republican National Convention
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR
and LYNDSEY SCHLEY


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Jeff St. Clair
 
  • Politicians may be subpoenaed in campaign contribution case
  • Cleveland still in contention for Republican National Convention
  • Women to be ordained as 'Catholic priests'
  • Two convicted of multimillion-dollar Iraqi currency fraud
  • Sen. Sherrod Brown asks NFL to make Redskins change name
  • Former superintendent sentenced to year in prison for bribery
  • Cuyahoga County to offer tax relief to flood victims 
  • Chiropractors could clear concussed athletes to return to play
  • Measles outbreak reaches 143 confirmed cases
  • U.S. Congress approves Ohio senator's Asian Carp amendment
  • FirstEnergy urges stock owners to reject low-ball bids
  • Politicians may be subpoenaed in campaign contribution case
    Two Ohio politicians could be subpoenaed in the federal trial of a Stark County business man accused of making illegal campaign contributions. The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting U.S. Representative Jim Renacci and state treasurer Josh Mandel could be called to the trial of businessman Benjamin Suarez who allegedly used straw donors to contribute to their 2012 campaigns. Both politicians returned the contributions they received from Suarez.

    Cleveland still in contention for Republican National Convention

    Cleveland remains the only Ohio city in contention to host the Republican National Convention in 2016, after Cincinnati formally withdrew its bid. The Republican National Committee made the announcement Thursday, paring down its list from six to four. The other cities still in the running besides Cleveland are Dallas, Denver and Kansas City. Prior to the RNC committee's vote, Las Vegas also formally withdrew its bid. In a statement, Cincinnati officials said they were withdrawing their bid after failing to meet RNC criteria regarding adequate convention facilities. Republican officials plan to pick the host city by late summer. Columbus, Ohio, was dropped from the list in an earlier round.

    Women to be ordained as 'Catholic priests'

    Six women will claim ordination as Catholic Priests or deacons on Saturday in Brecksville. However, as the Plain Dealer reports, the Cleveland Catholic Diocese says the church is against female priesthood and the ordinations are not valid. The ceremony is sponsored by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, which hopes to change the church’s position on female priests.

    Two convicted of multimillion-dollar Iraqi currency fraud
    A jury in Toledo has convicted two businessmen on federal charges in an alleged multimillion-dollar fraud scheme involving the sale of Iraqi currency and nonexistent hedge funds. The Blade reports jurors convicted Bradford Huebner of Ottawa Hills and Charles Emmenecker of Sylvania yesterday. They will be sentenced at a later date. A third defendant was acquitted in the scheme.

    Sen. Sherrod Brown asks NFL to make Redskins change name
    Sherrod Brown is among 50 senators asking the NFL to tell the Washington Redskins to change their name. In a letter, the senators said the Washington, D.C. football team’s name is a racial slur and, therefore, offensive. The NFL has rejected the idea, saying in a statement that the "intent of the team's name has always been to present a strong, positive and respectful image."

    Former superintendent sentenced to year in prison for bribery
    A judge has sentenced a former school superintendent to a year in prison on charges that he and another official took bribes from the operator of a childcare center renting space from their suburban Cleveland school district. Fifty-two-year-old Robert Moore was superintendent of the Richmond Heights district. He pleaded guilty to one count each of bribery and theft in office.
    A judge also sentenced 43-year-old Richard Muse to 10 months in prison Wednesday on charges of theft in office and forgery. Muse was the district's buildings director. Investigators from the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office and sheriff's department arrested the men during a sting operation Feb. 28. They had accepted a payment from the childcare operator earlier in the day.

    Cuyahoga County to offer tax relief to flood victims 
    Cuyahoga County will offer some residents tax relief because of damage from last week’s flooding. The county will allow residents to request property value deductions based on the damage their home sustained in last week’s storms. The form is available on the County website.

    Chiropractors could clear concussed athletes to return to play
    Ohio lawmakers are still disagreeing on whether chiropractors should be allowed to clear young athletes for play after they suffer concussions. After such language was removed from a bill last month, the House this week agreed to again add chiropractors to the mix. Ohio’s return-to-play law went into effect last spring. The law requires coaches, referees, or officials to remove an athlete exhibiting the signs of a concussion during practice or a game. The athlete is not permitted to return until they have been assessed by a physician. Physicians say chiropractors don't have the proper training for that responsibility. The Columbus Dispatch reports Sen. Bill Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican, agrees, and recommended the concussion decision be addressed by conference committee.

    Measles outbreak reaches 143 confirmed cases
    A measles outbreak in the state has grown to 143 confirmed cases in six counties. About two-thirds of those cases are in Knox County. Neighboring Ashland and Holmes counties each have 19 cases. Residents of Coshocton, Richland and Wayne counties also have been infected.

    U.S. Congress approves Ohio senator's Asian Carp amendment
    Congress approved an amendment added by Ohio’s U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown to a critical water infrastructure bill headed for the president’s desk. The amendment puts the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in charge of the various government agencies tracking the spread of the invasive Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be in charge of coordinating a federal multi-agency efforts that includes the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    FirstEnergy urges stock owners to reject low-ball bids
    An Akron-based utiliy is advising investors to ignore a Canadian company’s bid for stock. TRC Capital Corperation is trying to buy 3 million shares of FirstEnergy stock, but at a discount price. The investment firm is offering to buy the stocks for $30.15 a share, about a dollar and a half less than the market value. FirstEnergy is suggesting that stockowners "exercise extreme caution" with the unsolicited offers.

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