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Auditor's preliminary finding: CCS violated law in superintendent search

Channel 10 news - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 09:02

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Board of Education violated a law when it conducted its search for a new superintendent, according to the preliminary findings of Ohio Auditor Dave Yost.

"I write today to inform you that, while our investigation is still ongoing, our preliminary investigative work has confirmed that the Board of Education acted in violation of ORC 121.22, the Open Meetings Law, and any decisions made are void ab initio as a matter of law," according to a letter sent by Yost to the board's president dated March 19.

Yost wrote that board members could face "noncompliance citations" and could be personally responsible for financial losses.

The search for a new superintendent officially began in September.

The district voted to pay a recruiting firm $50,000 to conduct a national search. In December, the district announced 19 candidates had applied.

On February 12, the school board voted to approve three finalists for the job, and on February 21, narrowed it to two candidates.

One of those candidates dropped out, leaving only Interim CCS Superintendent John Stanford.

But it's what happened in between those votes that has caught Yost's attention.

"Public business, public decisions have to be made in public, not in some back room," Yost said.

CCS board members declined to address these concerns on camera.

But in a statement to 10TV, the district said it has been "very public and open about the search."

10TV has reached out to the district for an updated comment on the new letter. We have yet to hear back.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com for the latest on this developing story.

Categories: Ohio News

U.S. Census: Columbus metro bigger than that of Cleveland, gaining on Cincinnati

Channel 10 news - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 08:27

COLUMBUS -- New census estimates released Thursday show the Columbus metro area now has more people than the Cleveland metro area.

The Columbus metro area, which includes 10 counties within commuting distance of the city, has surpassed that of Cleveland by about 20,000 people. The 2017 estimates show the Columbus metro area with 2,078,725 people. That's compared to the Cleveland metro area with 2,058,844 people.

Still, Cincinnati’s metro area still has about 100,000 more people with an estimated 2,179,082 people.

Economist Bill LaFayette, the founder of Columbus-based Regionomics, told 10TV's partners at the Columbus Dispatch given current trends, the Columbus metro area would catch Cincinnati’s metro area by 2024.

The Dispatch says the Census Bureau makes its domestic migration estimates based on building permits for housing, so a recent boom in apartment complexes that cater to young workers could account for that jump.

Categories: Ohio News

Man killed in Hocking County crash Thursday morning

Channel 10 news - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 08:27

ATHENS, Ohio - A man was killed Thursday in a single-vehicle crash in Hocking County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred on CR-17 around 4:30 a.m.

Authorities identified the victim as Jason V. Cassells, 47, of Nelsonville, Ohio.

OHSP says Cassells was traveling south when he failed to negotiate a curve and crossed the center line. He then corrected and drove off the right side of the roadway.

The car struck an embankment and overturned before striking a tree. OHSP says Cassells was partially ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hocking County Coroner.

The crash is still under investigation.

Categories: Ohio News

Survey: Americans Spent $1.4B on Credit Freeze Fees in Wake of Equifax Breach

Krebs on Security - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 08:08

Almost 20 percent of Americans froze their credit file with one or more of the big three credit bureaus in the wake of last year’s data breach at Equifax, costing consumers an estimated $1.4 billion, according to a new study. The findings come as lawmakers in Congress are debating legislation that would make credit freezes free in every state.

The figures, commissioned by small business loan provider Fundera and conducted by Wakefield Research, surveyed some 1,000 adults in the U.S. Respondents were asked to self-report how much they spent on the freezes; 32 percent said the freezes cost them $10 or less, but 38 percent said the total cost was $30 or more. The average cost to consumers who froze their credit after the Equifax breach was $23.

A credit freeze blocks potential creditors from being able to view or “pull” your credit file, making it far more difficult for identity thieves to apply for new lines of credit in your name.

Depending on your state of residence, the cost of placing a freeze on your credit file can run between $3 and $10 per credit bureau, and in many states the bureaus also can charge fees for temporarily “thawing” and removing a freeze (according a list published by Consumers Union, residents of four states — Indiana, Maine, North Carolina, South Carolina — do not need to pay to place, thaw or lift a freeze).

Image: Wakefield Research.

In a blog post published today, Fundera said the percentage of people who froze their credit in response to the Equifax breach incrementally decreases as people get older.

“Thirty-two percent of millennials, 16 percent of Generation Xers and 12 percent of baby boomers froze their credit,” Fundera explained. “This data is surprising considering that older generations have been working on building their credit for a longer period of time, and thus they have a more established record to protect.”

However, freeze fees could soon be a thing of the past. A provision included in a bill passed by the U.S. Senate on March 14 would require credit-reporting firms to let consumers place a freeze without paying (the measure is awaiting action in the House of Representatives).

But there may be a catch: According to CNBC, the congressional effort to require free freezes is part of a larger measure, S. 2155, which rolls back some banking regulations put in place after the financial crisis that rocked the U.S. economy a decade ago.

Consumer advocacy groups like Consumers Union and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) have long advocated for free credit freezes. But they’re not too wild about S. 2155, arguing that it would undermine banking regulations passed in the wake of the 2007-2008 financial crisis.

In a March 8 letter (PDF) opposing the bill, Consumers Union said the security freeze section fails to include a number of important consumer protections, such as a provision for the consumer to temporarily “lift” the freeze in order to open credit.

“Moreover, it could preclude the states from making important improvements to expand protections against identity theft,” Consumers Union wrote.

While it may seem like credit bureaus realized a huge financial windfall as a result of the Equifax breach, it’s important to keep in mind that credit bureaus also make money by selling your credit report to potential lenders — something they can’t do if there’s a freeze on your credit file.

Curious about what a freeze involves, how to file one, and other options aside from the credit freeze? Check out this in-depth Q&A that KrebsOnSecurity published not long after the Equifax breach.

Also, if you haven’t done so lately, take a moment to visit annualcreditreport.com to get a free copy of your credit file. A consumer survey published earlier this month found that roughly half of all Americans haven’t bothered to do this since the Equifax breach.

Categories: Technology, Virus Info

Power outage reported throughout downtown Columbus

Channel 10 news - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 07:46

COLUMBUS - Columbus police say a power throughout portions of downtown Columbus was caused by four substations that went down Thursday morning.

Columbus State Community College, Franklin University, Columbus Division of Police Headquarters and The Riffe Center were among locations impacted by the outage. All have since reported that their power has been restored.

Thank you everyone for your patience during the power outage. A LARGE portion of downtown including the courthouse and the Short North were all without electricity for about one hour.

— Columbus State (@cscc_edu) March 22, 2018

The Franklin County Clerk of Courts said all downtown offices will remain closed for the day but the four auto title offices will remain open.

ALERT: All Franklin County Clerk of Courts downtown offices will be closed for the rest of the day due to a power outage. Our four auto title offices will remain open.

— Maryellen O'Shaughnessy (@FCClerkofCourts) March 22, 2018

It is unclear how many people were without power in the downtown area. The City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities says they expected power to be restored by 10:30 a.m.

Power is now on at 910 Dublin Road so our Call Center phone lines are now open. If you are still without power, if an AEP customer please call them for a restoration timeline or if a city power customer experiencing any power issues please call 614-645-8276 or 614-645-7627.

— ColsPublicUtilities (@CDPU) March 22, 2018

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com on this developing story.

Categories: Ohio News

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 07:04

The Doctor opens the mailbag for the latest (March 15) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

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Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himsel...

Categories: Amateur Radio News

I-71 North closed due to a crash in north Columbus

Channel 10 news - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 05:59

COLUMBUS - A two-vehicle crash has closed I-71 north between E. North Broadway and Cooke Road, according to Columbus Police.

Police said the collision happened around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

One person was taken to Riverside in critical condition.

The roadway is expected to remain closed until the police get an update on the condition of the person injured.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com on this developing story.

Categories: Ohio News

Trump: 'Crazy' Biden would go down crying if he assaulted me

Channel 10 news - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 05:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is lashing out at Joe Biden for wanting to "beat the hell out of him," saying the former vice president "would go down fast and hard, crying all the way."

The Republican president tweeted Thursday: "Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn't know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don't threaten people Joe!"

Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018

Biden spoke at an anti-sexual assault rally in Florida on Tuesday and cited lewd comments Trump made in a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape about grabbing women.

The Democrat said, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him."

Categories: Ohio News

YouTube tightens restrictions on firearm videos

Channel 10 news - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 05:19

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — YouTube has tightened its restrictions on firearms videos.

The video-serving network owned by Google is banning videos that provide instructions on how to make a firearm, ammunition, high-capacity magazines, and accessories such as bump stocks and silencers.

The ban includes showing viewers how to install the accessories or modifications. YouTube also prohibits content about the sale of guns or firearm accessories.

The policy comes weeks after a mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead.

The National Sports Shooting Foundation says such restrictions "impinge on the Second Amendment." The group worries about the potential for blocking "educational content" that instructs and improves skills.

Categories: Ohio News

Ashland University women's basketball team advances to the Division II finals

Channel 10 news - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 04:52

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The number one seed Ashland University (AU) women's basketball team advanced to the Division II finals last night after they beat Indiana University-Pennsylvania (IUP).

AU beat IUP 92-68 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

They are going into the National Championships with a 36-0 record.

AU won titles in 2013 and 2017.

They play again Friday night at 8 p.m. against Central Missouri (a number ten seed) on CBS Sports Network.

Categories: Ohio News


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