Supreme Court of Ohio: Justices rule a separate sentencing opinion only necessary when jury recommends death penalty

Published: 02/11/2016

The Ohio Supreme Court this week ruled that a judge was not required to issue a separate sentencing opinion when he was compelled to impose a sentence recommended by a jury.

Larry Stewart appealed to the high court from the judgment of the 8th District Court of Appeals, which dismissed his complaint for a writ of mandamus against Judge Michael Russo.

Case summary states that Stewart was found guilty of aggravated murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping in 1997 in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

Bill amendment would protect local hiring provision for ODOT-led Cleveland project

Published: 02/11/2016

In a third hearing by House committee members, opponents of a Senate measure Republicans say will promote economic development and job security for Ohio workers were able to secure protection for a public construction project in Cleveland.

Boomers see health care changes as they enter Golden Years

Published: 02/11/2016

Baby boomers can cite many firsts for their generation — growing up with television, being the seemingly lifelong target of carefully crafted advertising campaigns and a close association to suburban living.

Ohio boomers can add another feather to their cap for being the first to benefit from a concerted shift from a provider-centric model of caring and aging to a person-centered model.

No longer is the attitude that the doctor, health care worker, rehabilitation specialist or even a family member knows what’s right for an elder.

The 'agrihood': New homes built around working farms

Published: 02/11/2016

Gated communities with houses clustered around golf courses, swimming pools, party rooms and fitness centers are common in many suburban areas.

But homes built adjacent to functioning farms?

Welcome to “agrihoods” — pastoral ventures with healthier foods as their focus.

This farm-to-table residential model has been sprouting up everywhere from Atlanta to Shanghai.

Eight states had significant drop in uninsured

Published: 02/11/2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential campaign.

All but Florida had accepted a Medicaid expansion that is one of two major pathways to coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The law’s other coverage route is subsidized private insurance, available in all 50 states.

Japan worried about 2020 problem, or life after the Olympics

Published: 02/11/2016

TOKYO — Japan is gearing up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with gusto, investing in everything from stadiums to electric cars, and expecting an economic bonanza from a construction frenzy and an influx of visitors.

On the face of it, hosting the Olympics is a big win for Japan at a time when its economy seems besieged by intractable problems. The Bank of Japan estimates the economic perk at $250 billion, many times even the highest estimate of the costs to prepare for and run the event.

Legislatures consider special protections for gun industry

Published: 02/11/2016

TOPEKA, Kan. — A terse letter from Andrew Clyde’s credit card-processing company explained it was discontinuing his corporate account because his Georgia firearms business “no longer met our underwriting guidelines.” In a panic, Clyde called three other companies, which denied him, too.

After hearing from Clyde and others in the gun business who reported similar treatment, the industry’s trade association launched efforts in several Republican-led legislatures over the past year seeking to restrict discrimination by financial institutions.

Iowa city struggles to fill 128-year-old former hospital

Published: 02/11/2016

CLARINDA, Iowa — The 128-year-old former mental health institute in the small southwest Iowa city of Clarinda isn’t your typical real estate opportunity, and so far no one is rushing to move in.

U.N. agency proposes greenhouse gas emissions rules for planes

Published: 02/11/2016

WASHINGTON — A U.N. panel has proposed long-sought greenhouse gas emissions standards for airliners and cargo planes, drawing praise from the White House and criticism from environmentalists who said they would be too weak to actually slow global warming.

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