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Youngstown mayor and others in corruption case expected to plead not guilty today
Other morning headlines: RNC team to visit Cleveland next week; Indiana accident takes generator for Ohio cities offline
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ
and LYNDSEY SCHLEY


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
  • Youngstown mayor and others in corruption case expected to plead not guilty today
  • RNC team to visit Cleveland next week
  • Lakewood man sentenced to seven years in prison and millions in restitution for embezzlement
  • Indiana accident takes generator for Ohio cities offline
  • Ohio Supreme Court allows Cleveland curfew law
  • Health officials urge Ohioans to vaccinate in wake of measles outbreak
  • Senate passes bill that would require parental permission for painkillers
  • House bill would clarify rules on concealed-carry in school zones
  • Four Ohioans make it to National Spelling Bee semi-finals 
  • Youngstown mayor and others in corruption case expected to plead not guilty today
    Youngstown’s mayor, the Mahoning County auditor and a failed candidate for prosecutor are expected to enter ‘not guilty’ pleas to more than 80 corruption charges in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court today.  Mayor John McNally has repeatedly declared he’s innocent of the charges, which he calls a rehash of ones that were filed in Mahoning County and then dropped. The charges include bribery, money laundering and perjury. They are linked to Mahoning County’s purchase of a building when McNally was a county commissioner. At the time, the county was renting the space for Job and Family Services from the Cafaro Co., and McNally fought moving the offices to the newly purchased building.  Also facing the charges are Auditor Michael Sciortino and attorney Martin Yavorcik. 

    RNC team to visit Cleveland next week
    A team from the Republican National Committee is visiting Cleveland next week as part of the 2016 convention city selection process. Cleveland is the first of four cities the committee will visit. The team will be in the city for three days as Cleveland auditions for the big convention. The other finalists still in the running are Kansas City, Denver and Dallas.

    Lakewood man sentenced to seven years in prison and millions in restitution for embezzlement
    A Lakewood man accused of embezzling millions of dollars from a Euclid credit union has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison. Sixty-three-year-old William Memmer has also been ordered to pay $7 million in restitution. Memmer was the treasurer of to the GIC Federal Credit Union. Federal prosecutors say he began falsifying quarterly financial reports as early as 2003 to hide losses, and he was using GIC funds to pay nearly $2 million on his personal credit-card accounts. The National Credit Union Administration closed GIC, and liquidated its assets. 

    Indiana power plant accident takes generator for Ohio cities offline
    An accident has taken a generator offline at an Indiana power plant that serves dozens of Ohio cities. A water storage tank overflowed, taking out one of two generators at the Prairie State Energy Campus which has faced a number of problems recently, including maintenance issues. The plant is owned in part by American Municipal Power, which serves about 60 Ohio cities, including Cleveland and Bowling Green. The plant will go back online as soon as repairs are made.

    Ohio Supreme Court allows Cleveland curfew law
    The Ohio Supreme Court says the city of Cleveland has the right to enforce a curfew law for a downtown park. The court voted 6-1 Wednesday to uphold an ordinance that prohibits people from the park area of Public Square from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. without a permit. Two Occupy Cleveland protesters were arrested in October 2011 after refusing to leave the park. They appealed after pleading no contest to a curfew violation. An appellate court in Cleveland ruled the women's arrests violated their First Amendment right to free speech and assembly. Attorneys for the city appealed, arguing the ordinance is about public safety. The Supreme Court ruling said the women could have moved from the grassy area of Public Square to an adjacent sidewalk to avoid arrest.

    Health officials urge Ohioans to vaccinate in wake of measles outbreak
    State health officials urging Ohioans to ensure they're vaccinated for measles and mumps say graduation celebrations and summer travel can be opportunities for such diseases to spread if people don't take preventative measures. At least 396 cases of mumps have been confirmed in an outbreak of the contagious viral illness in central Ohio. The total has grown to 164 cases for a separate measles outbreak that began among Amish who had traveled to the Philippines, which has had an epidemic of the respiratory illness. One-hundred of those cases are in Knox County. The Ohio Department of Health says it has distributed more than 13,000 doses of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to fight the measles outbreak. Officials say local health departments have administered more than 8,000 of those doses so far.

    Senate passes bill that would require parental permission for painkillers
    The Ohio Senate has approved a bipartisan measure aimed at preventing drug abuse by youth by requiring a guardian's consent before a minor is prescribed painkillers. The bill also would limit supplies of painkillers to minors to three days when another adult authorized by a minor's parent or guardian, such as a grandparent, gives the required consent. The parent or guardian still would eventually be required to sign the consent form. The Senate approved the bill unanimously Wednesday. It returns to the House for agreement on minor changes. The bill was sponsored by Republican Rep. Stephanie Kunze, from the Columbus suburb of Hilliard. She says the issue caught her attention when she learned about a girl who was prescribed addictive painkillers without parental consent and later abused the drugs.

    House bill would clarify rules on concealed-carry in school zones
    An Ohio House committee has signed off on a bill clarifying that guns legally carried onto the grounds of a school must remain in a locked car. Ohio law currently says that a person with a concealed-carry license can carry a gun into a school safety zone while dropping off or picking up a student. But there was confusion as to whether the person could legally exit the car with a firearm on their person. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the bill was proposed to avoid the kind of scene that occurred at a school in suburban Columbus in January. A parent called police after she saw another parent get out of a car with a gun on him. That led to the school being locked down.

    Four Ohioans make it to National Spelling Bee semi-finals
    Four Ohio middle schoolers have made it to the semi-finals of the National Spelling Bee. Returning competitor Ashwin Veeramani of North Royalton comes from a family of super spellers. His sister, Anamika Veeramani, won the bee in 2010. Ohio’s other competitors are Harry Harmon of New Concord, Max Danner of Lewis Center and Joseph Cusi Delamerced of Cincinnati. The winner of the Spelling Bee will receive a $30,000 cash prize. 

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