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Working-class whites no longer hold voting dominance in Ohio
Other morning headlines: Appeals court: Lawsuit against Cleveland Clinic police can proceed; Ashland man to be sentenced in slave labor case
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Amanda Rabinowitz
 
The latest WKSU morning news headlines: 

Working-class whites no longer hold voting dominance in Ohio
New census data show working-class whites now make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters. Unpublished 2014 census figures show about 4 million, or 48 percent, of eligible voters in Ohio are working-class whites. That's down from 50 percent in November 2012. As recently as 1980, that number was 66 percent. Most of the change is because they're aging out of the workforce: eligible white voters 65 and older in Ohio increased from 17 percent to nearly 19 percent in 2014. In response Democrats are trying to paint themselves as the party of diversity with a 2014 statewide ticket that features three white men, two white women and one black woman. Republicans meanwhile are trying to reach more female voters and college students as they try to widen their appeal.

Appeals court: Lawsuit against Cleveland Clinic police can proceed 
A court decision revives a couple's claims that Cleveland Clinic police illegally broke into their home and intentionally inflicted emotional distress by hurling racial slurs and beating their adult son. The decision from a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati overturns a federal judge’s ruling dismissing the entire lawsuit filed by Essex and Annie Hayward, a Cleveland couple in their 80s, and their son against the Cleveland Clinic, the medical center’s police department and a number of officers. The couple says officers busted down their door without a warrant over minor traffic violations, repeatedly shocking their son with a stun gun, beating him with batons and kicking him in the head. In a statement, the Cleveland Clinic says officers acted lawfully and appropriately and denied they ever used racial slurs.

Ashland man to be sentenced in slave labor case
An Ashland man accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman is set to be sentenced today in federal court in Youngstown. A jury there found 27-year-old Jordie Callahan guilty of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and a drug charge in March. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for Callahan. The jury also found his 31-year-old girlfriend, Jessica Hunt, guilty of identical counts. She's scheduled to be sentenced Thursday. Prosecutors say the couple kept the woman and child in a damp, dark basement without a bathroom. Prosecutors say the couple threatened the woman with a python and pit bulls and forced her to engage in sexual acts.

Stay order puts Ohio school, 600 students in limbo
An appeals court has put on hold a judge's order that the Ohio Department of Education sponsor a downtown Cincinnati charter school to keep it operating. The Hamilton County judge had ordered the education department to sponsor VLT Academy and give it $300,000 to begin the school year. The First District Court of Appeals decision staying the judge's order threatens to force the school to close. That would send 600 low-income, at-risk youth and their caretakers scrambling for the upcoming school year. The department said Monday that school is underperforming and financially irresponsible.

Convicted lawmaker denied early prison release
A judge has denied early release from prison for a former Ohio lawmaker who authorities say took trips and cash in exchange for taking steps to introduce legislation. Columbus Democrat W. Carlton Weddington pleaded guilty in 2012 to charges of bribery, election falsification and filing a false financial disclosure statement. He was requesting to be released after serving two years of a three-year sentence, saying he has participating in community service and been a literacy tutor for other inmates. The judge says he would reconsider the motion, if one is filed later.

Akron woman wins naming contest for new blimp
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. says a 76-year-old Akron woman will get a special ride its new airship because she submitted the name chosen for the aircraft, Wingfoot One. Charlotte White stood outside watching the blimp circle overhead Monday as she learned of her prize. Of roughly 15,000 contest submissions, 10 names were chosen for a public vote. Goodyear has used the "Wingfoot" symbol for a century, and the latest airship was assembled at the Wingfoot Lake hangar. The high-tech, helium-filled craft has a semi-rigid internal structure different from earlier models that raises questions about whether it's truly a blimp, though Goodyear still refers to it as such. Its silver balloon-like body has Goodyear's yellow logo on a blue background.

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