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New Madison Local school resource officer 'already making a difference'

Channel 10 news - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 12:32

For the first time ever, students in the Madison Local School District in Richland County are walking the halls with law enforcement officers.

Deputy Bryce Ernsberger took on his new role in January and said he's making it a priority to get to know each student. At Madison Comprehensive High School, sophomore Nate Barrett said he was happy to see the deputy in the building.

"Because I can come to school and know I'm safe, and we know we have someone out there that's looking out for us," Barrett said.

Approximately 3,000 students attend Madison Local, which has dealt with its share of incidents. In 2018, at the high school and middle school combined, the sheriff's office responded to a half dozen drug offenses, nine reports of assault and five bomb threats.

Deputy Ernsberger said his mere presence is already making a positive difference so far.

"I've been here for more calls when I was on the road for different things than I have been since I've been here," Ernsberger said.

He's working to build trust with students so they feel safe coming to him to share information or seek advice, and that includes troublemakers.

"A lot of times, I try to give them a warning and say I'm here now, this can't happen again. So, I'm not just coming out and throwing them to the wolves," Ernsberger said.

The sheriff's deputy said he recently received a tip from a concerned student that allowed him to launch an intervention and stop a fight before it started.

"I believe if I was on the road and there was no school resource officer here, that fight would have happened," Ernsberger said.

The deputy's claim is getting some back up from Barrett.

"Kids will be doing things they're not supposed to in the bathroom — fights, bomb threats," the teen said. "Once (Ernsberger's) here, I've heard less stories about that."

The Richland County Sheriff's Office said Deputy Ernsberger will try to visit every school in the district, including the elementary schools, at least once a week.

The sheriff's office said its goal is to have a resource officer at all county schools in the next few years.

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Facebook down; users told site down for 'required maintenance'

Channel 10 news - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 11:06

Facebook is having issues as users reported problems with the social media site Wednesday.

According to downdetector.com, users are reporting issues with posting and live streaming among other problems.

Some users are locked out completely and receive a message saying the site is down for 'required maintenance right now' when attempting to log in.

Users are also reporting issues with Instagram.

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Mount Carmel says actions of 48 employees under review; 30 placed on leave

Channel 10 news - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 11:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In response to questions posed by 10 Investigates, Mount Carmel now says the actions of 48 nurses and pharmacists are under review and have been forwarded to state regulatory agencies including the boards of nursing and pharmacy.

That figure includes 30 current employees of Mount Carmel and 18 former – many of whom, Mount Carmel says, left the hospital years ago.

Mount Carmel released a statement Wednesday afternoon that read in part:

“Placing colleagues on administrative leave does not reflect final judgment on their actions. It is the appropriate step to take while we continue our internal investigation. All of our actions to date—including colleague decisions—were based on the information we had available at the time. Given the ongoing nature of the investigation, these actions may change as new information becomes available.

We also want to emphasize that colleague actions are being thoroughly reviewed on a case-by-case basis. After a thorough review of each colleague through our fair and just culture process, we anticipate some colleagues may return to work at the appropriate time.”

To date, 35 patients are believed to have received excessive doses between 2014 and 2018. Of those, 28 of these patients are believed to have received potentially fatal doses of pain medications, the hospital has said.

All of the patients died and all were under the care of Dr. William Husel, a critical care intensivist who started at Mount Carmel in 2013. Husel’s medical license has been suspended. He and his attorneys have in the past repeatedly declined to comment. An active criminal investigation is underway by the Columbus Division of Police and the Franklin County prosecutor’s office.

Some of the nurses and pharmacists named in 24 wrongful death lawsuits have since gone on to work at other health facilities in central Ohio.

10 Investigates has reached out to other health agencies but have not heard back on whether they have taken administrative action or discipline against the former Mount Carmel employees.

Wednesday’s statement from Mount Carmel, attributed to CEO and President Ed Lamb, also said:

“Mount Carmel continues to take significant steps after the deaths of patients under the care of Dr. William Husel to chart a new path for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Mount Carmel West. We have great confidence in our colleagues and our leadership, however, we understand that these events likely lead the communities that we serve to wonder what allowed this situation to develop and persist. As a result of our investigation and to address these concerns, and without passing judgment on our clinicians, we have taken a number of steps to ensure that our patients and our communities can be confident that we are doing everything possible and that they can continue to trust Mount Carmel to provide extraordinary people-centered care that is safe.

To that end, we have:
- Appointed new interim clinical leadership for Mount Carmel West as a whole, as well as new leadership in key areas of the ICU at Mount Carmel West—our previous physician, nursing and pharmacy leaders are on administrative leave;
- Removed from patient care any colleague who was in any way part of medication administration for an impacted patient;
- Provided information to appropriate licensing boards on all colleagues who were in any way part of medication administration for an impacted patient; and
- Continued our internal investigation and active cooperation with all relevant authorities and regulatory bodies.

This story will be updated.

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Denison University cancels class following death of student

Channel 10 news - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 10:51

Denison University canceled classes for Wednesday after the death of a student who took her own life.

The university said Tianyue Li was found dead Tuesday.

President Adam Weinberg said Li was a member of the class of 2019 and a communication major.

“Please be there for each other. If you need help, ask for it. Denisonians care about each other. This is a strong and caring community. We need to pull on the strength of our community and be there for each other as we mourn and grieve,” Weinberg said.

The university said they will have professional staff available throughout the coming days.

This is the second death by suicide of a Denison student in the last five months.

If you have concerns about yourself or someone you know, resources are available.

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Local services

  • Franklin County Suicide Prevention Hotline – (614) 221-5445 – 24/7
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  • Suicide Prevention Services – (614) 299-6600 ext. 2073
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Former Trump campaign chairman sentenced to 3½ more years in prison

Channel 10 news - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 10:21

A federal judge has sentenced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to more than 3 1/2 additional years in prison.

That's on top of the roughly four-year sentence he received in a separate case in Virginia last week.

The sentence followed a scathing assessment by the judge and a prosecutor of Manafort's crimes.

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Actress Loughlin surrenders as admissions fallout spreads

Channel 10 news - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 10:21

BOSTON (AP) — Fallout from a sweeping college admissions scandal swiftly spread Wednesday, with actress Lori Loughlin surrendering ahead of a Los Angeles court hearing and a Silicon Valley hedge fund replacing its leader.

Loughlin and fellow actress Felicity Huffman headline the list of some 50 people charged in documents unveiled in Boston that describe a scheme to cheat the admissions process at eight sought-after schools. The parents bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into selective schools, authorities said.

Loughlin turned herself in to the FBI on Wednesday morning and is scheduled for a court appearance in the afternoon, spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Prosecutors allege Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, paid $500,000 to have their two daughters labeled as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, even though neither is a rower. Giannulli was released Tuesday after posting a $1 million bond.

The scandal also ensnared movers and shakers in the corporate world. The Palo Alto, California, hedge fund Hercules Capital announced Wednesday it was replacing its leader, Manuel Henriquez, who was arrested in New York City on Tuesday and released on $500,000 bail. Shares of the hedge fund plunged 9 percent.

Henriquez will still hold a seat on the board and serve as an adviser, Hercules said.

Mark Riddell — an administrator for Bradenton, Florida's IMG Academy, which was founded by renowned tennis coach Nick Bollettieri and bills itself as the world's largest sports academy — was suspended from his job late Tuesday after he was accused of taking college admissions tests as part of the scheme.

Riddell didn't return several phone calls seeking comment.

At the center of the scheme was admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer, founder of the Edge College & Career Network of Newport Beach, California, authorities said. Singer pleaded guilty Tuesday, and his lawyer, Donald Heller, said his client intends to cooperate fully with prosecutors and is "remorseful and contrite and wants to move on with his life."

Prosecutors said that parents paid Singer big money from 2011 up until just last month to bribe coaches and administrators to falsely make their children look like star athletes to boost their chances of getting accepted. The consultant also hired ringers to take college entrance exams for students and paid off insiders at testing centers to correct students' answers.

Some parents spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, as much as $6.5 million, to guarantee their children's admission, officials said.

"These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege," U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said at a news conference in Boston, where the indictments in the scandal were handed up.

At least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents were charged. Dozens, including Huffman, the Emmy-winning star of ABC's "Desperate Housewives," were arrested by midday Tuesday.

Huffman posted a $250,000 bond after an appearance in federal court in Los Angeles. Her husband, actor William H. Macy, has not been charged, though an FBI agent stated in an affidavit that he was in the room when Huffman first heard the pitch from a scam insider.

Loughlin became famous as the wholesome Aunt Becky in the 1980s and '90s sitcom "Full House." She has lately become the queen of the Hallmark Channel with her holiday movies and the series "When Calls the Heart."

The coaches worked at schools such as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles.

Stanford's sailing coach John Vandemoer pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boston. A former Yale soccer coach had pleaded guilty before the documents went public and helped build the case against others.

No students were charged, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of what was going on. Several of the colleges involved made no mention of taking any action against the students.

Several defendants, including Huffman, were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

"For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected," Lelling said.

Lelling said the investigation is continuing and authorities believe other parents were involved. The IRS is also investigating, since some parents allegedly disguised the bribes as charitable donations.

The colleges themselves are not targets, the prosecutor said. A number of the institutions moved quickly to fire or suspend the coaches and distance their name from the scandal, portraying themselves as victims. Stanford fired the sailing coach, and USC dropped its water polo coach and an athletic administrator. UCLA suspended its soccer coach, and Wake Forest did the same with its volleyball coach.

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Claire's recalls makeup after FDA warns of asbestos in products

Channel 10 news - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 08:11

NEW YORK (AP) — The retailer Claire's is recalling three makeup products after U.S. regulators warned they might contain asbestos.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration said product samples tested positive for asbestos but that Claire's refused to recall any products that might still be in homes. The retailer at the time disputed the test results but said it removed the products from stores.

Now, the company is also recalling the products , which were sold between 2016 and this month. A Claire's representative wasn't immediately available for comment.

Asbestos can get in the lungs and cause cancer, but the greatest risk is to people with frequent, long-term exposure. The FDA said it's not aware of anyone being sickened by the makeup.

Cosmetics don't have to be reviewed by the FDA before they're sold.

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Oh, baby: April the Giraffe is about to give birth again

Channel 10 news - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 07:35

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Tail held aside? Check. Udders filled? Check. Swelling backside? Check. April the Giraffe shows every sign she'll soon deliver her calf, to the delight of an enthralled YouTube audience.

"April is eating, eating, eating and eating," Jordan Patch, owner of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, said Tuesday afternoon. "We continue to sit and wait. The physical development and signs suggest we are there, it's just a matter of when."

Since Patch announced in a March 6 Facebook post that the delivery was imminent, tens of thousands of fans have been tuned into April's livestream , posting a constant stream of comments and observations. It's a replay of 2017, when April drew more than 232 million YouTube live views during the seven weeks leading up to the birth of Tajiri, her fifth calf.

This time, Patch doesn't expect the suspense to stretch out so long. "If we hit April 1, I'll be absolutely shocked, based on the observations we're seeing in house," he said.

When he started livestreaming April's pregnancy in 2017, Patch never expected to draw worldwide attention to his small zoo 130 miles (209 kilometers) northwest of New York City.

"We were helping our local fan base tune in," Patch said. "Then it grew to what it became, and we were no longer just informing a small population, we were educating a world of interested parties."

At any given moment, 50,000 to 60,000 people are watching the livestream and discussing giraffes, Patch said. That "is bringing awareness to the cause, which is conservation," he said. Giraffe numbers in Africa have plunged by 40 percent over the last 30 years, leaving fewer than 100,000 today, according to the nonprofit Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

Not everyone is celebrating, however. "Another giraffe calf will be born into captivity, doomed to spend his or her life in confinement, all for one roadside zoo's desire for internet fame and profit," blogger Katherine Sullivan wrote on People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' website in July.

Patch bristles at suggestions the giraffe cam is motivated by money.

"The entire event is free to the world," he said. "No one has to pay a cent to participate here. But people are so compelled and moved that they want to support what's happening."

Some of the most ardent April fans are people coping with illness who see the livestream and convivial chat as a welcome distraction. Penina Scullion of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, commented on Animal Adventure Park's Facebook page that she and her dying 21-year-old daughter Julia watched avidly from the hospital as April gave birth in 2017. This time, she's watching alone.

"Bittersweet calf watch for me, but wishing the best for April and her calf," Scullion wrote. "Hey, if it's a girl, consider Julia for her name?"

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Alex Trebek resumes taping "Jeopardy!" after cancer diagnosis

Channel 10 news - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 05:14

Alex Trebek resumed taping "Jeopardy!" on Tuesday, his first time back on the set since he announced he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. "We are taping today, and Alex is here as scheduled," said a spokeswoman for Sony, which produces "Jeopardy!"

Trebek, 78, said last week he would continue working after he received his diagnosis, saying he still had three years left on his contract.

"I'm going to fight this," he said in the YouTube announcement. "And I'm going to keep working, and with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers, also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease."

According to a Sony Pictures spokeswoman, the show tapes Tuesday and Wednesday. Trebek had already finished taping Wednesday when he posted the YouTube video with the announcement.

Pancreatic cancer is the the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, killing more people than breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Rates are rising faster than any other cancer in the country.

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Maine could end non-medical opt-outs for vaccinations

Channel 10 news - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 05:09

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers could tighten vaccination requirements under a Democrat's bill.

The bill would end non-medical exemptions for routine childhood vaccines required by schools and certain health care facilities.

A Republican's bill would leave medical exemptions at the "sole discretion" of a health care provider, including anyone authorized to administer vaccines. That bill would prevent requirements that medical exemptions be reviewed, while also preventing school boards and municipalities from having stricter immunization requirements than state law.

Public hearings on the bills are scheduled Wednesday.

Federal data shows Maine had among the nation's highest rate of non-medical vaccine exemptions in 2017-2018.

Multiple studies have debunked claims that measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations increase the risk for autism.

Oregon and Washington are also considering bills to end non-medical exemptions for routine childhood vaccines.

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States weigh bans on shackling jailed moms during childbirth

Channel 10 news - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 04:58

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Michelle Aldana gave birth to her first child chained to a hospital bed.

Then serving time at the Utah state prison on a drug charge, she says she labored through the difficult 2001 birth for nearly 30 hours, her ankles bleeding as the shackles on both her legs and one arm dug in. "I felt like a farm animal," she says.

The practice of keeping inmates shackled during childbirth was once common around the United States, but that's gradually been changing after women began speaking out, with 22 states passing laws against it over the past two decades.

Utah and at least three other states are considering joining them this year, after the federal government recently banned the practice with a sweeping criminal justice reform law. Many other states have policies against shackling, but advocates say that without a law it's harder to stop a practice they condemn as dangerous and inhumane.

Women are America's fast-growing segment of prisoners. The American Civil Liberties Union estimates about 12,000 pregnant women are incarcerated in U.S. jails or prisons each year.

"For me, it's just a fundamental issue of dignity," said Democratic state Rep. Stephanie Pitcher, who is sponsoring the Utah measure. "A woman deserves dignity in childbirth."

Though the state prison changed its official policy to prohibit shackling in 2015, Pitcher has heard from a number of Utah doctors who have treated incarcerated women having babies in shackles, some as recently as this year. Her bill, which would apply to both the prison and local jails, passed the state House and is being considered by the Senate.

The practice is an outgrowth of policies requiring all prisoners to be restrained during medical treatment for safety, said Amy Fettig, deputy director of the National Prison Project at the ACLU.

But childbirth is different, she said. Preventing a woman from moving during labor increases the risk of potentially life-threatening health risks inherent in childbirth, like blood clots. It also makes it harder to move her if there is an emergency, or feed the baby after it's born.

Meanwhile, the physical conditions of labor make escape attempts unlikely, and there are no documented cases of a woman getting away while having a child, Fettig said.

Still, some have raised safety concerns. In Utah, Republican Rep. Eric Hutchins has pointed out that violent incidents happen often in state prisons, and hospitals have far less built-in security.

He ultimately voted in favor of the bill, which does allow some shackling during transportation and the use of soft restraints if an inmate is documented to be dangerous. Prison officials are also in support.

Most other states without laws against shackling do have policies in place, but without strict controls, the practice is hard to stamp out, said Lauryn King, a public-policy Ph.D. student at The George Washington University who completed a state-by-state analysis of laws on the topic.

"What are the odds that without specific training, your average corrections officer knows every policy?" she said. In New York, for example, a report found the practice continued even after a law was passed.

In Wisconsin, a woman said in a lawsuit she was shackled with a chain so short that she couldn't reach the stirrups during labor in February 2014. Tennessee and Arkansas have faced similar lawsuits and are weighing bans on the practice this year, along with South Carolina.

In Utah, Aldana suffered a broken pelvis during her 2001 labor but has recovered and is now a substance abuse counselor pregnant with her third child. She still suffers with anxiety about childbirth but said a law against shackling would be a relief.

"I just don't think any woman, when they're that vulnerable, should ever be treated that way," she said. "It's just wrong."

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NASA says the first person on Mars will "likely" be a woman

Channel 10 news - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 04:47

The head of NASA may not know who the first person to set foot on the red planet will be, but he believes that person will "likely" be a woman. In an interview with Science Friday, a science and technology radio show, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said that if thing go as planned, the next American astronaut to return to the moon will also be a woman -- who would then be the first woman on the moon.

"NASA is committed to making sure that we have a broad and diverse set of talent," he said. "And we're looking forward to the first woman on the Moon."

Who will be the next to step foot on the moon? Here's what the head of @NASA has to say: https://t.co/P5BWx4s4fL pic.twitter.com/BaaOD2Zsv5

— Science Friday (@scifri) March 12, 2019

"We will go to the Moon in the next decade with innovative, new technologies and systems to explore more locations across the lunar surface than ever before," Bridenstine said in a statement Monday. "This time, when we go to the Moon, we will stay. We will use what we learn as we move forward to the Moon to take the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars."

NASA announced last week that it's planning for the first all-female spacewalk later this month, which is coincidentally Women's History Month. Expedition 59 — scheduled for March 29 — includes astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch, aided on the ground by flight directors Mary Lawrence and Kristen Facciol at NASA's Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. It's scheduled to last about seven hours.

The first six female astronauts joined NASA in 1978. According to the agency, women currently make up 34 percent of NASA's active astronauts.

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Michael Flynn asks for delay in sentencing

Channel 10 news - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 04:37

Michael Flynn, President Trump's first national security adviser, requested a delay in sentencing for lying to the FBI, according to court documents released Tuesday night. The special counsel's office said Flynn's work with the government is "complete."

Flynn's attorneys are seeking a delay in sentencing until after the trial of his Turkish business associates, set to begin in July. Flynn plans to cooperate in that trial, which will take place in the Eastern District of Virginia. The government said it took "no position" in Flynn's request.

Flynn, a former Army lieutenant general, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to federal investigators concerning his contacts with Russian officials. Special counsel Robert Mueller's office released a memo a year later asking he not serve any jail time because he had provided "substantial assistance" to its investigation.

Flynn falsely stated he had not talked about sanctions with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, before Mr. Trump took office. In fact, Flynn called Kislyak five times at the end of December in 2016, and the two discussed sanctions the Obama administration had put on Russia. The day after Flynn resigned, according to then-FBI Director James Comey, Mr. Trump then encouraged Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.

Flynn had initially been set to be sentenced in December 2018, but a judge granted a delay so Flynn could cooperate further with the government. Judge Emmet Sullivan said he would take into account Flynn's 33 years of military service into account when deciding a sentence, but called his crime "very serious."

"Arguably, you sold your country out. The court's going to consider all that," Sullivan told Flynn in December. "But I'm not hiding my disgust, my disdain for this criminal offense."

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Columbus police looking for missing 12-year-old girl

Channel 10 news - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 21:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus police are looking for 12-year-old Janyra McKrimmon.

Police said she left a home in the area of Carlton Avenue and Elaine Road in southeast Columbus on Tuesday.

She was last seen wearing a maroon jacket, black jeans, and bright orange tennis shoes.

She has black hair and brown eyes.

McKrimmon is 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.

Police said McKrimmon is an endangered runaway.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to call Columbus police at 614-645-4545.

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ODOT warns some projects could hit the brakes if the gas tax isn't passed

Channel 10 news - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 20:15

The Ohio Department of Transportation is hoping state lawmakers do not give them the brake on additional funding and vote to increase the gas tax.

“It's fair if they go and fix the roads because they are awful right now, I don't mind,” said driver Remo Picciano.

Two major projects in the Columbus area could get the red light if funding is not passed - six phases of the I-70/I-71 project downtown costing nearly $400 million would be stopped as well as the project on the I-70 corridor on the east side to SR-256 that would eliminate weaves and merges.

“98 percent of our revenue comes from the gas tax. That's important because I think when folks think I pay my taxes, they don't really understand what tax funds the transportation system,” said ODOT Spokesperson Breanna Badanes.

In 2006, shortly after the current 28 cents per gallon gas tax was put in place, ODOT received just over $900 million.

Last year ODOT received just more than $1 billion from the gas tax, but the cost of construction has increased.

“We're taking a look at our project list and trying to think what we can shift things around if we don't get that additional funding. What's going to fall off the list, what's going to get built and how are we going to maintain roads for Ohio,” Badanes explained.

Some drivers say ODOT is out of their lane.

“Scare tactic, don't ya think?” asked Jack, who did not want to provide his last name.

Governor Mike DeWine initially proposed an additional 18 cents a gallon, the House approved 10.7 cents a gallon. The Senate is expected to vote on the transportation budget next week.

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Dick's Sporting Goods to stop selling guns in 125 stores

Channel 10 news - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 19:04

Dick's Sporting Goods said Tuesday that it's removing guns from 125 of its stores, further cutting back from the category after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting led to policy changes at the company.

The sporting goods retailer stopped selling guns in 10 stores last year to test how they perform. Now, the store has decided to remove firearms from 125 additional stores after seeing positive sales. Dick's has over 700 stores in the U.S.

The retailer is planning to regionalize its store strategy by replacing hunting goods where they underperform with better-selling merchandise, like apparel, athletic footwear or outdoor equipment. Dick's CEO Ed Stack said in Tuesday's earnings call with analysts that he's looking into categories that are "based on the needs of that particular market."

Stack said the changes will be completed late this year and that the company is considering a multiyear initiative depending on how the stores perform.

"If it goes as well as expected, we would probably take another batch of stores next year," Stack said in Tuesday's earnings call.

The announcement came after a dip in fourth-quarter sales and a soft profit forecast Tuesday morning sent Dick's stock tumbling. Shares in the sporting goods store fell 11.2 percent in Tuesday trading to close at $34.61.

Dick's reported net income of nearly $103 million, down from $116 million the year before. The report met Wall Street expectations of $1.07 earnings per share, according to analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research.

The Coraopolis, Pennsylvania-based company also posted revenue of $2.49 billion in the period, exceeding Street forecasts. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.48 billion. But that was down from $2.66 billion a year earlier.

Regardless, sales at stores opened at least a year, a key measure for retailers, fell just over 2 percent.

Stack made a public decision to stop selling guns to customers under 21 and to stop selling assault-style weapons after the Parkland high school shooting last February. The store had legally sold a shotgun to Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz in 2017, although the particular gun wasn't used in the shooting.

The new company policy sparked a backlash from gun advocates among its consumers, making the already flagging sector a drag on the retailer. In its annual earnings report, the company noted that its hunting and electronics categories together led the drop in same-store sales.

"If they were to remove the hunting category, they would not lose as much as they would gain in other categories," said Joseph Feldman, senior managing director at Telsey Advisory Group.

Dick's also said it's planning to enhance store experiences and focus on online sales.

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Columbus woman who was shot and paralyzed in 2010 passes away

Channel 10 news - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 18:41

A Columbus woman who was shot and paralyzed in 2010 has passed away, according to her family.

Alix Reese did not give up in seeking justice for her shooting.

Police said Drakkar Groce fired gunshots at a group of people standing across from Atcheson Street and Trevitt Avenue, on the east side on May 27, 2010.

At the same time, then 25-year-old Reese was driving by. She was hit by a bullet in the neck and paralyzed from the neck down.

In December 2017, Groce was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

Groce also offered an apology to the family during sentencing.

Prosecutors said that is all Reese wanted.

Groce was also sentenced to 28 years for several drug charges, unrelated to the shooting.

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Ohio lawmakers re-introduce bill to raise age teens can get driver's license

Channel 10 news - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 18:32

Every year, young drivers in Ohio are involved in an average of 8,300 crashes involving injury or death.

Two lawmakers say inexperience behind the wheel is a big part of the problem.

Representatives Gary Scherer (R) and Michael Sheehy (D) re-introduced a bill to raise the age of first-time drivers from 16-year-old to 16 and a half.

This change would happen because the length of the temporary instruction permit phase would go from 6 months to 12 months.

The bill would also restrict teens from driving from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. unless accompanied by an adult or guardian. There would be exceptions for work, school or religious activities.

Seventeen-year-olds Gavin Schloterbeck and Hunter McClelland lost their lives in a car crash on Africa Road in 2017.

Gavin's mother Stay Schlotterbeck supports the idea of raising the age when teenage drivers get their licenses.

"I think when teenagers get behind the wheel and they crash people assume they were doing something they were not supposed to be doing and none of that was found," she said.

Stacy said investigators explained the crash this way:

"He was not on his phone at all, they basically said it was inexperience he went off the berm and over corrected because he had never been in that situation before."

Aside from the age increase, Stacy would like to see even more done.

"I personally would like to see more intense curriculum for driver education so that they get more defensive driving skills I think that's something they are lacking," she said.

Stacy hopes the change will prevent another parent from suffering the loss of a child because of inexperience behind the wheel.

"I think the more experience they get the better it is,” she said.

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Report: Odell Beckham Jr. traded to Cleveland Browns

Channel 10 news - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 18:09

CLEVELAND (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. is about to run a deep route out of New Jersey and straight to Cleveland.

The superstar wide receiver is bound for the Browns to be a target for quarterback Baker Mayfield as the center piece of a blockbuster trade, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

The Browns are sending a first- and third-round pick in 2019 along with safety Jabrill Peppers to the Giants for Beckham, one of the NFL's top players, said the people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because league rules prohibit teams from announcing trades until 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The deal is conditional on both players passing physicals.

With the Browns, Beckham will be reunited with receiver Jarvis Landry, a close friend and teammate at LSU. He'll also give Mayfield an elite weapon, and his arrival could vault the Browns, who went 7-8-1 last season after not winning a game in 2017, into legitimate championship contenders.

Rumors of a possible deal have swirled for weeks, with several Browns players teasing a major move by Cleveland general manager John Dorsey on social media. Dorsey pulled it off, bringing a major talent to accelerate his attempt to rebuild the Browns into consistent winners. Cleveland hasn't been to the playoffs since 2002.

The trade is the second major one involving a star wide receiver in four days as the Pittsburgh Steelers recently sent Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders.

While Beckham is immensely talented, there is some baggage as he can be temperamental and difficult. He was suspended for one game for his on-field battles with Carolina cornerback Josh Norman . He also comes off two injury-plagued years. Before last season, he became the league's highest-paid receiver with a five-year, $90 million contract extension.

He played five seasons in New York, making the Pro Bowl in his first three. He was the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2014.

It's the second trade completed in the past week by the Giants and Browns. Cleveland sent guard Kevin Zeitler to New York for edge rusher Olivier Vernon, who will now play on the opposite side from Pro Bowler Myles Garrett.

The Giants had been reluctant to trade Beckham, with GM Dave Gettleman insisting over the past few months that the club did not sign him to the historic deal in late August to trade him. But the Browns were persistent and Dorsey, who has done a phenomenal job remolding the Browns since coming to Cleveland at the end of 2017, came up with a package the Giants simply couldn't resist.

"John Dorsey is officially a genius..." tweeted Browns defensive back Damarious Randall.

And now new Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has another playmaker for Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick last year who had a dazzling debut season in which he set the NFL record for touchdown passes by a rookie.

Kitchens will have to try to keep Beckham in check, something Giants coach Pat Shurmur struggled to do. Early last season, with the Giants off to another bad start, Beckham seemed upset with his role in Shurmur's new offense and said quarterback Eli Manning was not capable of throwing deep passes.

Mayfield and Beckham are already tight; they spent part of last summer working out in California with Landry, who has been campaigning since he arrived in Cleveland for his former college teammate to join him.

When news of the agreement broke, Mayfield posted a photo on Twitter of him shaking hands with Beckham. "Movement" was the caption.

The Browns have had a busy offseason, signing troubled running back Kareem Hunt to a one-year contract, trading for Vernon and agreeing to a three-year, $39 million deal with defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

Many were expecting the Giants to take a step forward after going 5-11 in Shurmur's first season. They were looking to improve their offensive line, get some pass rushers and shore up the defense, which struggled in coordinator James Bettcher's switch to a 3-4 front.

In the past week, the next step has turned into a rebuild.

Vernon was dealt, the team did not put a franchise tag on safety Landon Collins — the catalyst of the defense and leading tackler each of the last four seasons is about to sign with NFC East rival Washington.

With the trade of Beckham, the offense has lost its top playmaker, although one could argue the Giants started shifting that role to halfback Saquon Barkley last season. Beckham beat out Mayfield for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Complicating the situation: The Giants haven't figured out their quarterback situation. Eli Manning is 38 and the team has only made the playoffs once since winning the Super Bowl in February 2012.

But the Giants have three of the top 37 draft picks in April, and 12 overall.

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Trump's budget calls for ending student loan forgiveness program

Channel 10 news - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 17:18

President Trump's 2020 budget proposal calls for eliminating a loan forgiveness program for public employees and advocates other changes that could cost struggling students more.

The budget blueprint released by the White House on Monday says "streamlining and improving student loan repayment" is a priority, but includes proposals cutting several current programs and initiatives. That includes an elimination of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which was created under President George W. Bush in 2007. The program forgives student loans for workers in the government and some nonprofits after they make payments for 10 years.

Under Mr. Trump's proposal, the program would no longer apply to new student loans taken out after July 1, 2020, which the White House projects would save about $53 billion over nine years.

The president's budget also suggests for additional education cuts, including:

  • A reduction of $7.1 billion — or 10 percent — of the Education Department's budget, leaving it with $64 billion in funding.
  • Restructuring income-driven repayment plans, which let borrowers repay their loans based on factors such as income and family size. There are currently a variety of plans that generally have borrowers pay between 10 and 15 percent of discretionary income. The budget calls for replacing this with a single plan, in which monthly payments are capped at 12.5 percent of income.
  • Eliminating subsidized student loans, which could raise costs for borrowers.
  • Undergraduate students in income-driven plans would have remaining debts forgiven after 15 years of monthly loan payments. This is five years sooner than the current plan. But graduate students would only have remaining debt forgiven after 30 years of monthly payments — which is five years later than the plan now.

The budget also asks Congress to expand Pell grants to cover short-term career-training programs. And it calls for creating a system where taxpayer-funded schools would "have skin in the game through a student loan risk-sharing program." The budget says the Trump administration would work with Congress to address those issues.

The education cuts require approval from Congress, and are unlikely to pass in a Democrat-controlled House.

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