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Harvest for Hunger raises nearly $4.1 million, sets record
Other morning headlines: Elyria man gets life in prison for sex and drug trafficking; Former President Clinton to speak at Columbus fundraiser

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Amanda Rabinowitz
  • Harvest for Hunger raises nearly $4.1 million, sets record
  • Former President Clinton to speak at Columbus fundraiser
  • Business group asks Gov. Kasich for help with worker's comp suit
  • Elyria man gets life in prison for sex and drug trafficking
  • Lordstown union members raffle off millionth Chevy Cruze
  • ODOT says highways need no changes after rare floods
  • Harvest for Hunger raises nearly $4.1 million, sets record
    Harvest for Hunger hit a new fundraising record. The campaign raised $4,080,250 which will fund 16.6 million meals. It was about $100,000 short of the goal, but still topped the $4 million raised last year. The annual fund and food drive helps four regional food banks serve food pantries and soup kitchens in 21 Northeast Ohio counties. The campaign is over, but donations are still being accepted.

    Former President Clinton to speak at Columbus fundraiser
    Former President Bill Clinton is headlining an Ohio Democratic Party event to help raise money in one of the nation's top presidential battleground states. He is scheduled to speak tonight at the party's annual state dinner in Columbus. Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern says about 2,350 people plan to attend the dinner, the political organization's largest fundraising event

    Business group asks Gov. Kasich for help with worker's comp suit
    A group is asking Gov. John Kasich to help them with a worker’s comp suit. A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court ordered the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation to pay over $850 million to small businesses for overcharging for premiums for eight years. However, an appeals court ruled that the amount needed to be recalculated due to lower rates during the period when the charges occurred. The group “Pay Us Back Ohio BWC” held a press conference Thursday asking Kasich to help them settle the dispute and has launched a statewide campaign. So far, Kasich is not commenting.

    Elyria man gets life in prison for sex and drug trafficking
    A northeast Ohio man accused of prostituting four women and helping to keep them addicted to drugs has been sentenced to life in prison. A federal jury convicted Jeremy Mack of Elyria in February on charges that included conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, sex trafficking of a minor and drug trafficking. Mack's attorney, Lawrence Whitney, declined to comment on the sentence but said the trial involved complex issues that will get an airing in the court of appeals. An FBI and Elyria police investigation says that the 38-year-old Mack and an Avon Lake woman worked together for months to keep the young women addicted to drugs and would make them work as prostitutes in exchange for drugs.

    Lordstown union members raffle off millionth Chevy Cruze
    Union members at GM’s Lordstown plant will be raffling off its one millionth Chevy Cruze -- the vehicle that revitalized the plant four years ago. The Youngstown Vindicator reports union leaders wanted to keep the benchmark car in the area so they got permission to raffle off the vehicle that rolled off the line in April. Tickets are available to current and former members of the two local United Auto Workers unions. The proceeds will pay for the car and any excess raised will go to St. Vincent de Paul Society.

    ODOT says highways need no changes after rare floods
    State transportation officials who studied last month's flooding of southwest Ohio highways say no major changes are needed. The Ohio Department of Transportation says the flooding that overwhelmed sections of Interstate 70 and Interstate 75 north of Dayton was the result of unusually heavy rain. The agency says so much rain fell in some locations that it was the equivalent of a 1,000-year flood. The agency said in a report released Thursday that the highway was not designed for the "rare and extreme" event that resulted in 4 feet of water on some sections of the highways and required motorists to be rescued from their swamped cars. The Dayton Daily News reports that total rainfall in the area of the flooding was about 4 ½ inches in a two-hour period.

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