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Supreme Court orders review of Ohio employer's birth-control case
Other morning headlines: Large crowd attends vigil for murdered Cleveland Heights bar owner; Founding Cleveland gang member indicted

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  • Supreme Court orders review of Ohio employer's birth-control case
  • Large crowd attends vigil for murdered Cleveland Heights bar owner
  • Ohio-Based Shearer's Foods buys over $400 million worth of competitor's product lines
  • Founding Cleveland gang member indicted
  • CSU child care facility reopens today
  • Chevy Cruze sales down from record sales last year, GM's overall sales up
  • Cuyahoga County considers removing party designations from county elections
  • Supreme Court orders review of Ohio employer's birth-control case
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered further review in a case involving Ohio business owners who challenged the birth control mandate under the new federal health care law. The order comes after its Hobby Lobby ruling Monday that businesses can now lodge religious objections to the coverage. The case involves whether Francis and Philip Gilardi, the two Roman Catholic owners of Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics of Sidney, Ohio had the right to object to the contraceptive coverage for their 400 employees without addressing whether their corporation had that right. Last November, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of the brothers. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to consider the federal government's appeal of that decision and ordered the case back to the lower court for further consideration.

    Large crowd attends vigil for murdered Cleveland Heights bar owner
    More than 1,000 people turned out for a vigil to honor a popular Cleveland Heights bar owner who was shot to death at his business Monday afternoon. The Plain Dealer reports Brennon’s Colony patrons, along with city officials, community religious leaders, firefighters and police attended the ceremony for Jim Brennan. The 61-year-old Brennen was killed in what police believe was a robbery gone wrong. They are looking for two suspects. 

    Ohio-Based Shearer's Foods buys over $400 million worth of competitor's product lines
    Shearer’s Foods in Stark County is paying $430 million to buy product lines and two factories from Snyders-Lance. Snyder’s says it expects to clear about $300 million from the sale. Shearer’s is based in the town of Brewster, south of Massillon and employs about 33-hundred people. The deal will give it plants in Iowa and Ontario, Canada, that employ about a thousand workers. Shearer's is owned by a fund known as Wind Point Partners. Earlier this year, it paid $33 million for Medallion Foods assets.  

    Founding Cleveland gang member indicted
    Prosecutors say a founding member of the Heartless Felons gang in Cleveland has been indicted on charges that carry an up to 10-year prison sentence. Donte Ferguson is accused of threatening a Cleveland police officer who was in the drug unit. Last month, more than 40 teenage members of the gang were arrested, stemming from violent attacks at the Juvenile Detention Center. Prosecutors have sought to have the youths charged as adults.

    CSU child care facility reopens today
    Cleveland State University will reopen its child care facility today after abruptly closing it last Friday. The facility, which is operated by the YMCA of greater Cleveland, was set to close on August 15th because of it was underused and concerns it was understaffed. However, the Plain Dealer reports CSU agreed to keep it open through August 15th after parents complained they were given no notice when the facility closed unexpectedly Friday.

    Chevy Cruze sales down from record sales last year, GM's overall sales up
    GM says Chevy Cruze June sales are down 20 percent from the same month last year, though that month in 2013 set an all-time record. Still, the 26,000 Cruzes sold during last month puts sales for the Lordstown-built car up about 9 percent for the year. The Vindicator newspaper reports that the flat sales could be attributed to two days late last month when GM advised dealers to stop selling Cruzes while it figured out which of its 2013 and 2014 cars had potentially defective airbags. 

    Cuyahoga County considers removing party designations from county elections
    Cuyahoga County Council will consider a charter amendment that would remove party designations for some top offices. Republican Councilman Jack Schron, who is running for county executive in November, wants non-partisan elections for county executive, county prosecutor and county council. Schron tells the Plain Dealer the top two primary candidates would advance, regardless of party affiliation. He says that half of the voters in the county are independents and that would encourage them to get to the polls.

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