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Ohio lawmaker seeks to block immigrant outreach
Other headlines: FitzGerald's driver's license called into question; Trial of Bedford judge starts Wednesday

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Jeff St. Clair
  • FitzGerald's driver's license called into question
  • Trial of Bedford judge starts Wednesday
  • KSU professor rails against History News Network over Israeli stance
  • State health department director has no medical background
  • Ohio lawmaker seeks to block immigrant outreach
    A Republican state lawmaker has introduced legislation to keep Ohio agencies from agreeing to house immigrants who are in the country illegally.

    State Rep. John Adams of Sidney introduced a bill on Monday in response to cities and charities offering to take in some of the immigrant children who have flooded across the U.S. border recently.

    The law would make local governments and groups ineligible to receive state money if they house the immigrants.

    Adams says he is concerned that immigrants arriving in Ohio may have unscreened health problems or be members of dangerous gangs.

    The city of Dayton has said it would offer temporary housing for immigrant children despite opposition from some lawmakers and other state officials.

    FitzGerald's driver's license called into question
    A late night drive with an Irish diplomat may have included a violation of driving without a license for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports that FitzGerald did not have a regular Ohio’s driver’s license when, in a story that broke last Friday, he was found at 4:30 in the morning in Westlake with a female member of a visiting Irish delegation.

    FitzGerald only had temporary driver’s licenses from 2008 through 2012, which prohibits someone from driving without a licensed driver in the car.

    It was a mistake, FitzGerald told The Dispatch, and since 2012 he has had a valid driver’s license.

    Trial of Bedford judge starts Wednesday
    A northeast Ohio judge is scheduled to go to court tomorrow on counts of bribery, promoting prostitution, and other charges.

    The Plain Dealer reports that Bedford Municipal Judge Harry Jacob III is accused of fixing court cases for prostitutes in exchange for sex.

    Jacobs was suspended as a judge in December.

    His trial comes after Bedford's law director, Kenneth Schuman, last month pleaded guilty to corruption charges. 

    Kent State professor rails against History News Network over Israeli stance
    George Mason University's History News Network in Seattle published an email from a Kent State professor blasting the online journal for its analysis of Middle East Politics.

    The email sent Saturday by Kent State history professor Julio Pino accuses the network of collusion in the deaths of 1,400 Palestinians in the recent conflict.

    Pino, a convert to Islam, cursed the History New Network for including research done in Israel  calling it a stooge of Zionism.

    Kent State issued a statement condemning Pino's comments as “reprehensible and irresponsible.

    State health department director has no medical background
    The governor's Democratic challenger is among those raising questions about the qualifications of the man tapped to lead the Ohio Department of Health.

    Gov. John Kasich picked the state's turnpike commission director Rick Hodges to head the health department, saying he has proven management skills. Hodges is a former state lawmaker and not a doctor.

    But Kasich also named public health clinician Dr. Mary Applegate as the agency's interim medical director and said she'll support Hodges by focusing on medical issues.

    A hospital organization and state medical group have praised the pairing.

    An abortion rights group has criticized the pick, pointing to state requirements that say the director should have "significant experience in the public health profession."

    Democratic candidate Ed FitzGerald has called on Kasich to withdraw Hodges' nomination.

    Listener Comments:

    What is the name of the Republican State lawmaker? I'm also interested in why the name was not included, it seems to be a vital part of the story and valuable information for both supporters and opponents of his/her action.

    Posted by: Chris (Ohio) on August 6, 2014 8:08AM
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