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Ohio unemployment rate up slightly in July
Other headlines: Cuyahoga County employees disciplined for license infractions; Ousted OSU band director asks for his job back
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Cuyahoga County employees disciplined for license infractions
  • Toledo lawmaker calls for adding manure to fertilizer certification list
  • Ousted OSU band director asks for his job back
  • Newark band director to be sentenced
  • Cleveland landlord fined $100,000 for discrimination
  • Measles outbreak at an end?
  • Ohio unemployment rate up slightly in July
    Ohio's unemployment rate rose slightly in July to 5.7 percent according to state figures released this morning.

    The rate reached a seven-year low 5.5 percent in May and June. July’s increase was the first time in a year that the state's unemployment rate went up. 

     

    Cuyahoga County employees disciplined for license infractions
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald is responding to reports that the county reprimanded eight employees for not having valid driver’s licenses, some during a period when FitzGerald himself did not hold a permanent license.

    Both the Plain Dealer and Columbus Dispatch are reporting FitzGerald’s administration last year punished at least eight employees, with penalties ranging from a written reprimand to a five-day suspension without pay for not having a valid license.

    FitzGerald has apologized for what he describes as carelessness and procrastination during the decade in which he lacked full driving privileges.

     

    Toledo lawmaker calls for adding manure to fertilizer certification list
    A state lawmaker from Toledo is proposing legislation that would expand oversight of nutrient runoff from Ohio farms that is contributing to toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.

    The Plain Dealer reports Democratic Sen. Edna Brown moved to add animal manure to the list of fertilizers farmers will need to undergo special training and certification before using in their fields.

    Toxins found in the water supply of Brown's hometown of Toledo forced 400,000 residents to do without drinking water for three days earlier this month.

     

    Ousted OSU band director asks for his job back
    The fired director of Ohio State's marching band is formally requesting his job back, citing alleged flaws in a university investigation and a positive performance review issued weeks before he was terminated.

    Jonathan Waters was fired July 24 after a two-month investigation concluded he knew about, and failed to stop, a "sexualized culture" in the band.

    A lawyer for Waters has called the firing a "rush to judgment."

    University President Michael Drake is standing by the decision.

     

    Newark band director to be sentenced
    A former band director from Westerville could be dealt a lengthy prison term when he's sentenced today on sex charges involving three students. Anthony Miller pleaded guilty in his case last month.

    The charges involved three female students at Newark High School.

     

    Cleveland landlord fined $100,000 for discrimination
    The owner and manager of a Cleveland apartment complex have settled a federal lawsuit over claims that families with children weren't allowed to live or rent there.

    Zaremba Management Co., Linden Apartment Co. and a property manager agreed yesterday to pay a total of $90,000 to plaintiffs who claimed discrimination and $10,000 in civil penalties to the federal government.

    The government says the defendants had a policy of refusing to rent to families with children or evicting tenants who had children while living at the apartment complex.

     

    Measles outbreak at an end?
    This year’s measles outbreak shows signs of slowing.

    Health officials say no measles cases have been reported in Ohio since mid-July, while mumps cases continue to be tallied.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports that 377 cases of measles have been reported in nine counties, with the last seen more than three weeks ago.

    The state will consider the outbreak officially over at the conclusion of two three-week incubation periods.

    A Columbus Public Health spokesman says two to five cases of mumps have been reported each week for the past month.

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