House bill would revise guidelines for Autism Scholarship program

Published: 10/08/2015

State Reps. Louis Blessing III, R-Cincinnati, and Jeffrey Rezabek, R-Dayton, are pushing for lawmakers to support a bill that would allow children who are with a legal, permanent or temporary custodian to apply for one of the state’s Autism Scholarships.

The Autism Scholarship Program pays scholarships, upon application, to the parents of identified autistic children in grades pre-kindergarten to 12.

Local businesses are busy backing Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Published: 10/08/2015

Every October there is a sea of pink which takes over for Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help bring awareness and find a cure.

It’s also an opportunity for local businesses and foundations to participate in the effort.

The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, for example, teams up with Kroger and holds the Pink Ribbon campaign in Stores when customers are able to purchase a pink ribbon for one dollar.

Aggravated robbery conviction upheld for thief with teardrop tattoos

Published: 10/08/2015

An opinion recently released by the 8th District Court of Appeals affirmed an aggravated robbery conviction out of Cuyahoga County.

Appealing from the judgment of the county court of common pleas, defendant Anthony Yancy argued that his convictions on one count of aggravated robbery and two counts of felonious assault with firearm specifications were not supported by the sufficiency or the manifest weight of the evidence.

Lawmakers push to exempt college textbooks from sales taxes

Published: 10/08/2015

State Reps. Mike Duffey, R-Worthington, and Michael Stinziano, D-Columbus, have filed a bill into the Ohio General Assembly that would exempt all college textbooks from sales taxes.

In order to qualify for the exemption, House Bill 308 states that students would have to be enrolled in an Ohio college or university and any applicable textbooks would have to be required by the course a student is enrolled in.

Students would be expected to show a student ID and a list of required materials for a course.

Court affirms restitution for killed chickens, lost egg profits

Published: 10/08/2015

The judgment of the Xenia Municipal Court was recently affirmed in a case involving a loose dog, dead chickens and potential egg sales.

The defendant, Zachary Carroll, challenged the judgment of the lower court in the 2nd District Court of Appeals arguing that part of the restitution he was ordered to pay was contrary to the law.

Carroll pleaded guilty to one count of failure to confine his dog, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, after his dog ran loose and killed nine hens and four ducks owned by his neighbor, Jeffery Lacon.

OSU president backs report to help reduce college costs

Published: 10/08/2015

The heavy weight that sits on a college students’ shoulders, “How am I going to afford school?,” may soon be a little more manageable.

Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake responded positively to a report recently released from the Ohio Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency in Higher Education, which suggests streamlining operations, reforming administrative practices and policies, improving affordability of classroom materials and facilitating completion of an undergraduate degree at Ohio universities.

Inmates help other prisoners face death in Columbus prison hospice program

Published: 10/08/2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As late-morning sun streams through narrow prison windows, convicted killer Scott Abram stands beside a fellow inmate, speaks quietly to him and starts singing “Amazing Grace.”

The prisoner appears to smile, but it’s difficult to gauge his response. He is dying.

He passes away two days later in early September.

Abram is a counselor trained in a national ministry program who sees his volunteer work as part of his own growth.

Leaders who follow: What presidential candidates' Twitter lists reveal

Published: 10/08/2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jeb Bush follows Donald Trump on Twitter but that’s a one-way street: Trump mainly follows people with a connection to himself.

Ted Cruz’s follow list is a big tea party, though he keeps an eye on President Barack Obama, too.

Marco Rubio seems open to following everyone under the sun — Democrats, fellow Republicans, insiders of every type and an odd assortment of outliers who offer advice on matters ranging from body-piercing to playing craps and getting out of debt.

Ohio State confident offense will reduce its turnovers

Published: 10/08/2015

COLUMBUS — Billy Price knows all about the angst over Ohio State’s recent performances, and the left guard for the top-ranked Buckeyes has a message for those worried fans.

“To address the criticism, I think everybody just needs to relax,” he said. “We will take care of our business.”

It worked out for Ohio State on Saturday, when it won 34-27 at previously unbeaten Indiana after entering as a three-touchdown favorite.

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