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The investigators who raided Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish’s office on Thursday sought Budish’s electronic records, files on the county jail and any evidence of extortion, obstruction and other crimes, according to a search warrant provided by the county.

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The four day Blockland Solutions Conference in Cleveland brought tech leaders from around the U.S. to meet with local entrepreneurs and investors to look for new ways to use blockchain technology in the local economy. 

As Blockland backers plan next steps, there are challenges they'll face in creating a regional tech hub. 

Charles Stack is CEO of Flashstarts, a tech-acclerator that’s putting $6 million in seed money into two dozen blockchain-based startups over the next year.

A U.S. Marshals probe of the Cuyahoga County jail uncovered conditions so severe that they put the safety of staff and inmates at risk, according to a report released Wednesday morning.

Among the Marshals’ findings were that the jail used food as a form of punishment, that meals failed to meet nutritional standards, that inmates received inadequate medical care and that defendants awaiting court were placed in cells without working toilets or running water.

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Cuyahoga County leaders say the investment in renovations at Quicken Loans Arena is paying off with the announcement that the National Basketball Association will hold its 2022 All-Star game in Cleveland.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver delivered the news at the arena Thursday. With the midterm election nearing, Silver says no matter what you think about politics on the national level, they work at the local level. 

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Cuyahoga County council members will soon decide whether to approve legislation that adds legal protections for LGBTQ residents.

The legislation would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the county’s current anti-discrimination laws. If approved, it would be illegal to deny opportunities like housing and employment to Cuyahoga County residents in the LGBTQ community.

Communications Director Mary Louise Madigan says council members as well as County Executive Armond Budish introduced the legislation in June to promote inclusion and diversity in the county.

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Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish has introduced legislation to broaden the county’s anti-discrimination code to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The legislation has been on the county executive’s agenda for years.

The Ohio House passed similar legislation when Budish was speaker in 2009. But the measure didn’t make it past the Senate.

A man was shot and killed by a Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s deputy last night, after crashing his car on Interstate 90 near West Boulevard. The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s office says the deputy is a veteran of the police force with more than 25 years of service.

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Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish  delivered his state of the county address Wednesday in Cleveland. Budish mentioned that the county is considering legislation to prevent housing discrimination. During the question and answer section after his City Club speech, an audience member asked about the housing choice voucher program, also known as Section 8, and when it would be reopened for new applications.

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Cuyahoga County is suing the manufacturers and distributors of addictive opioidss, adding to a growing list of local governments across Ohio to do so.

“If we’re waiting for help from Washington, it is not coming,” says Mike O'Malley.

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The City of Cleveland is searching for a new police headquarters. It’s the last step for the city in the long process of moving out of the downtown Justice Center.

City Council agreed Monday to the $925 million sale of the police building at the downtown Justice Center. The city will then pay a daily rate to house inmates in the county jail. Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, during a press conference at City Hall Tuesday, described it as one part of an ongoing county project to move services from the town and city level to the county level.

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Political figures past and present were on hand in the Statehouse rotunda to honor seven former speakers of the house, going back 50 years.  The ceremony was used to unveil portraits of those former leaders.

Republican former Speaker Bill Batchelder, who served from 2011 to 2015, was very pleased with his portrait by Leslie Adams.

“Oh, it’s beautiful. It’s just beautiful. As a matter of fact, I don’t look that good.”

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Quicken Loans Arena is slated for a major $140 million renovation that will extend the life of the 23-year-old downtown Cleveland sports and entertainment complex.

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A program based in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County is getting close to $3 million to reduce the region's high infant mortality rate.

Ohio's Department of Medicaid is awarding the money to First Year Cleveland, a city-county partnership launched six months ago.

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish says First Year Cleveland was formed because of the city's – and county’s – overlapping efforts to curb the infant mortality rates, which are more than twice the national average.

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Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish used his second State of the County address this afternoon ato announce a new program aimed at curbing recidivism.

The inmate re-entry program at the Euclid Jail will help ex-offenders get help from Cuyahoga Community College, and it will be open to inmates at other county correctional facilities, too. Budish says it’s the best way to cure the back-and-forth cycle for many inmates.

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