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3 American soldiers, 1 US contractor killed in Afghanistan

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 04:27

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Three American service members and a U.S. contractor were killed when their convoy hit a roadside bomb on Monday near the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, the U.S. forces said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The U.S. and NATO Resolute Support mission said the four Americans were killed near the Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, while three others were wounded in the explosion. The base in Bagram district is located in northern Parwan province and serves as the main U.S. air facility in the country.

The wounded were evacuated and are receiving medical care, the statement said. It added that in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of service members killed in action were being withheld until after the notification of next of kin.

In their claim of responsibility, the Taliban said they launched the attack and that one of their suicide bombers detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near the NATO base. The conflicting accounts could not be immediately reconciled.

On Tuesday, local officials said at least five Afghan civilians were wounded in the commotion after the attack on the American convoy. Four were passers-by and the fifth was a driver of a car going down the road, said Abdul Raqib Kohistani, the Bagram district police chief. Abdul Shakor Qudosi, the district administrative chief in Bagram, said American soldiers opened fire immediately after their convoy was bombed.

Monday's U.S. fatalities bring to seven the number of U.S. soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscoring the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-wrecked country even as Washington has stepped up efforts to find a way to end the 17-year war, America's longest.

There are about 14,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan, supporting embattled Afghan forces as they struggle on two fronts — facing a resurgent Taliban who now hold sway over almost half the country and also the Islamic State affiliate, which has sought to expand its footprint in Afghanistan even as its self-proclaimed "caliphate" has crumbled in Syria and Iraq.

Last year, 13 U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan.

The Taliban have continued to carry out daily attacks on Afghan security forces despite holding several rounds of peace talks with the United States in recent months. The Taliban have refused to meet with the Afghan government, which they view as a U.S. puppet.

Meanwhile, the Taliban have agreed to take part in an all-Afghan gathering later this month in Qatar, where the insurgents maintain a political office. But the Taliban say they will not recognize any government official attending the gathering as a representative of the Kabul government, only as an individual Afghan participant.

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Taylor Swift donates $113K to Tennessee LGBTQ advocacy group

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 04:24

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Music superstar Taylor Swift says the efforts of a Tennessee LGBTQ advocacy group to fight a handful of contentious bills moving inside the state's Republican-controlled General Assembly inspired her to make a sizeable donation.

According to the Tennessee Equality Project, Swift donated $113,000 to the organization on Monday. The group posted a handwritten letter from Swift, where she cited the recent petition of Tennessee faith leaders who opposed a series of bills that they say target LGBTQ individuals.

Swift praised the religious leaders for giving all people a place to worship.

Known as the so-called "Slate of Hate," the bills include allowing adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples and preventing government agencies from considering a business's nondiscrimination policies when selecting a contract.

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Inspections show deterioration of US-funded housing for poor

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 04:08

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — In this city known for pre-Civil War mansions, a young mother shared a government-funded apartment with her three small children and a legion of cockroaches.

They lurked in the medicine cabinet, under the refrigerator, behind a picture on the wall. The mother nudged a bedroom dresser and more roaches skittered away as her 2-year-old son stomped on them.

It was home, sweet home for Destiny Johnson and her kids — until she got fed up and moved out last month.

Inspectors had cited the apartment complex with urgent health and safety violations for the past three years. Yet the federal government continued to pay Johnson's rent at a property where a three-bedroom unit like hers can run $900 a month.

"I'm not asking for the best," she told a reporter weeks before leaving, "but something better than this, especially for these kids."

Health and safety inspection scores at taxpayer-funded apartments assigned to low-income tenants have been declining for years, typically with no serious consequences for landlords, an Associated Press analysis of federal housing data shows.

Johnson's former apartment is one of nearly 160,000 at private properties with federal contracts that have failed at least one inspection since 1999. Nationwide data show the vast majority of failing inspections involved urgent violations. They can range from electrical hazards to rampant vermin to piles of garbage.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development subsidizes rents for tenants assigned to both privately owned apartments and public housing run by state or local authorities. Many in these 2.1 million households are disabled, elderly or single parents. As the nation's biggest affordable housing provider, the federal government will spend about $18 billion this year for these two programs.

Yet tenants curse heaters that don't heat, emergency exits that don't open, windows that don't close. They complain of rats, rust, holes and mold.

In 2015 alone, families living in subsidized housing reported at least 155,000 more cases of childhood asthma than expected if the rate were the same as for renters in other households, according to AP's analysis of a national tenant survey. Medical studies tie asthma to mold.

Federal authorities acknowledge the long slide in inspection scores, which started a decade ago in the privately owned housing. They say in recent years they have been protecting tenants by reinspecting sites with surprisingly high scores and closely monitoring repairs.

"These older properties," Housing and Urban Development spokesman Brian Sullivan said, "the private owners may not have the means to do needed repairs."

Conditions have deteriorated so badly in many subsidized buildings that by the government's own estimate it would take tens of billions of dollars to rehabilitate them.

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Destiny Johnson lived with her children ages 1, 2, and 5, at Cedarhurst Homes on a dead-end street in Natchez, where Mississippi River trading and wealth built on slave plantations have yielded to inveterate poverty among a largely black population.

The heater in Johnson's apartment didn't work, so she was using the oven to keep warm until a stovetop fire last year. Johnson, 21, said she tried to use her fire extinguisher, but that didn't work either, so she rushed to borrow one from a neighbor.

The oven still hadn't been replaced several months later. Its door was tied closed with a bright pink cord.

In late March, she said, management finally provided a letter that let her move to a nearby subsidized complex with a better inspection record.

"I couldn't take it anymore," Johnson said.

A former neighbor who still lives at the 30-unit Cedarhurst Homes, Whitley Williams, wanted to show a reporter and photographer her leaking water heater. The door to its closet was damp and swollen. She tried to heave it open, but the bottom scraped the floor and broke apart.

Her three children prefer to stay elsewhere, with her father.

Federal records list the site owner as The Columbia Property Group, which has managed or owned at least 66 federally contracted properties in Georgia, Florida and its home state of Mississippi.

Company President Melanie Moe referred questions to Bryan King, an officer at Mississippi-based Triangle Development, LLC. In an emailed statement, King said his development company was acquiring Cedarhurst Homes and planned to pursue federal tax credits for a "large renovation."

The property earned inspection scores of 46, 53, and 54 out of a possible 100 from 2016 through 2018, federal data show. Any score up to 60 is now considered failing. At least three other Columbia Property Group sites have failed inspections since 2011, federal records show.

Federally subsidized private apartments, where tenants typically pay about a third of their income, fare worst in the South. Louisiana had the nation's highest inspection failure rate at 12%, with Mississippi second at 10%.

Housing experts say landlords in poor, rural communities with low rents can have trouble amassing cash for repairs, despite federal payments.

Nationally, inspection scores at privately owned complexes like Cedarhurst Homes reached a peak of 90 in 2007 during the George W. Bush administration. Scores averaged 86 during Barack Obama's two terms and 81 under President Trump as of June. AP's analysis of historical trends uses data released in January. Since then, HUD has been revising its databases and released one that isn't directly comparable and drops pertinent inspections.

Federal housing officials partly attribute the recent drop in scores to their crackdown on substandard repairs and inflated inspection scores . Under Trump, 92% of inspections found a violation, up from 85% under Obama and 77% under Bush.

Federal housing officials also say their new approach has driven up some scores as managers understand they must take repairs seriously.

In a March report , however, the Government Accountability Office told Congress that HUD's inspection processes are outdated and need a thorough overhaul to ensure stronger oversight of building conditions.

And tenants in some buildings still complain that management hides problems from inspectors, covering cracks with duct tape, mold with a quick coat of paint, or even old junk with temporary partitions.

Michael Kane, executive director of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants, acknowledged the department has gotten tougher on inspections but said the decline in scores reflects continued deterioration of living conditions.

"As the buildings age, they develop certain kinds of problems. They didn't have water leaks and mold at the beginning, but they sure ... did 40 years later," he said.

Federal officials acknowledge they must think hard before taking enforcement action that might shutter a property. The federal government ended most of its efforts to build new affordable housing in the 1980s, and private-sector financing for new construction has long been scarce.

HUD's main programs now rely on the existing, gradually aging housing stock. "We lose the affordable housing forever. You never get it back," HUD spokesman Sullivan said.

Since the start of 2016, he said, the agency has terminated 36 housing contracts. There are now about 24,000.

Most failing sites get what amounts to a warning and multiple chances to correct violations.

"Yet what's going to save these programs is aggressive enforcement," says Linda Couch, a housing policy official at the elderly advocacy group LeadingAge.

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Job cuts over decades have hobbled HUD's enforcement efforts from within.

"You could walk around all the offices and see all the empty desks where people used to work," said Merryl Gibbs, a lawyer who enforced anti-discrimination housing law before retiring from the department in 2016.

The Trump administration proposed deep cuts in department funding as recently as March, but Congress has resisted.

Spending for HUD's main housing programs is expected to increase about 2% to nearly $40 billion this year, by AP's calculation. The total includes a third program that gives vouchers to another 2.2 million households, letting tenants pick a unit on the private market.

Many housing advocates want more vouchers and incentives for private landlords to accept them. Others suggest increasing tax credits for construction and repairs, more federal staff and resources for better oversight, and more tenant participation in site improvements.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson has acknowledged a drastic shortage of low-cost housing and stressed the federal role. A physician by training, Carson has also pointed to the connection between residential mold and asthma.

That tie is supported in federal data. The share of U.S. households reporting mold was higher in subsidized rentals than other rentals, according to the latest data available from the American Housing Survey. Meanwhile, 13% of subsidized rental households reported at least one child with asthma, compared with 7% for other rentals. The differences hold even accounting for family size and poverty.

Housing advocates say funding remains the bottom line.

"We try and come up with solutions that don't cost anything," said Priya Jayachandran, a former senior administrator at HUD and now president of the National Housing Trust. "The answer is money."

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On a recent visit to Baltimore's Rosemont Tower for elderly or disabled tenants, stairwells were littered with plastic caps for needles used to inject heroin.

Tenants in this federally funded public housing complained of bedbugs and mice. Signs saying "mandatory fire watch" alerted residents that the sprinkler system was broken, requiring a firefighter to stand watch around the clock.

A recurrent leak has sopped a prized Oriental rug and spread mold into the living room of Della Thomas.

"Every time there's a real heavy rain, the ceiling gets a big bubble, and it starts to leak. They just kind of patch it up until the next time," said Thomas, 64. She pointed to a plastic trash can, saying management provided it to catch drips.

Ingrid Antonio, a spokeswoman for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, said security guards make regular rounds and pest extermination happens at least every three months. She said stairwells are cleaned daily.

To increase funds for repairs, however, the building will be converted to private ownership in coming months but remain subsidized housing, she said.

Inspectors gave the 200-unit high-rise a failing score of 25 in 2017. That jumped to 71 last year, according to the housing authority, though urgent violations and smoke detector problems persisted. A reinspection was planned for later this year.

Of 37 Baltimore public housing sites, 22 failed their last inspection, according to data from HUD and the housing authority.

"Steadily declining federal investment in public housing for more than a decade has taken a tremendous toll," the city's housing authority said in a statement.

Largely due to Baltimore's blighted complexes, since 2013 Maryland had the country's highest inspection failure rate for public housing at 32%. The District of Columbia was second at 29%. The national average was 10%.

Around the country, inspection scores at public housing have fallen under both Democratic and Republican administrations. Scores averaged 89 during Obama's second term, dropping to 79 under Trump through March 2018.

HUD's most recent estimate, from 2010, concluded that public housing needed about $25.6 billion in large-scale repairs and at least $3.4 billion more each year. That would have added up to well over $50 billion by now. Instead, Congress has restricted repair spending to $23.5 billion.

The federal government also has tried to avoid expensive takeovers.

HUD knew for years of broken appliances, pests, racial discrimination and other "deplorable conditions" at buildings run by the Alexander County Housing Authority in southern Illinois, according to the agency's inspector general. It wasn't until 2016 that department officials finally took control.

By then, they needed to close four complexes and relocate hundreds of residents.

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Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena being renamed

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 03:59

CLEVELAND (AP) — The massive makeover of Quicken Loans Arena will include a new name.

The Cavaliers' downtown home will be renamed Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday night. The announcement of the change will be made Tuesday at a news conference, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not revealing the nature of the media gathering.

The Cavs sent out an advisory about a "major announcement" and said owner Dan Gilbert and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and general manager Koby Altman would be among those in attendance.

Best known as "The Q," the 19,000-seat arena, which hosted the Republican National Convention in 2016, was previously known as Gund Arena before Gilbert bought the building and team for $375 million from Gordon Gund in 2005.

The building has been undergoing a $185 million renovation over the past few months and it set to be completed this fall. The project, which was financed by the Cavs, will give the building a sleek, new glass facade and more than 42,000 square feet of public space.

The Cavs play their season finale on Tuesday against Charlotte.

Gund Arena opened in 1994.

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Ohio man accused of fleeing police, causing crash that hurt 3

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 03:44

WALTHOURVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An Ohio man is accused of fleeing a traffic stop, leading Georgia authorities on a car chase, causing a crash and then fleeing on foot while carrying his child.

WTOC-TV reports 36-year-old Ryan Storts was arrested on charges including fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer in the chase that seriously wounded two women and a state trooper. State police said Monday that the Storts is charged with offenses including reckless driving.

Authorities say Storts fled the traffic stop last week and swerved into oncoming traffic, causing the crash. They say he then fled on foot with the child, and the two were found walking down Highway 84. Authorities say they later searched Storts' home and found a marijuana grow operation.

It's unclear if Storts has a lawyer.

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Virginia earns first national championship with win over Texas Tech

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 21:47

MINNEAPOLIS — Now that, Virginia, is the way to close out a season.

Led by De'Andre Hunter and his NBA-ready game, the Cavaliers turned themselves into national champions Monday night, holding off tenacious, ferocious Texas Tech for an 85-77 overtime win — a scintillating victory that came 388 days after a crushing setback that might have sunk a lesser team for years.

But Virginia was better than that.

A season after becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 — the one thing that had never happened in a tournament where anything can — the Cavaliers watched a 10-point lead turn into a 3-point deficit before Hunter came to the rescue. The sophomore made the game-tying 3 with 12.1 seconds left in regulation, then made another with just over two minutes left in the extra period to give the Cavs the lead for good.

After going scoreless for the first 18 1/2 minutes, Hunter finished with a career-high 27 points, and if he leaves as a lottery pick — well, what a way to go out.

He helped the Cavs bring home the first NCAA title for a program with a colorful, star-crossed and, now, very winning history.

Nothing came easily — appropriate given where Virginia has been over the last year, with each of its 35 wins, and each of the team's scant three losses, all punctuated by the reminder that only the end result would serve as the ultimate report card on whether the Cavs had erased the baggage of last year.

Hunter's key 3 gave Virginia a 75-73 lead, and after the teams traded possessions, Tech guard Davide Moretti scrambled after a loose ball heading onto Virginia's end of the court. It appeared it would be Texas Tech ball, but a replay showed Moretti's pinkie finger had barely scraped the ball. Virginia got possession, and worked the ball into Ty Jerome, who got fouled and made two free throws.

Brandone Francis missed a 3 on the other end, and Virginia pulled away — the first time this game felt remotely comfortable, even after Kyle Guy, the free-throw-shooting hero of Saturday night's win over Auburn, made a 3 to give the Cavs a 10-point lead with 10:22 left in regulation.

Guy's not Virginia's only clutch free-throw shooter, by the way. The Cavs went 12 for 12 from the line in overtime to ice this game.

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Community remembers 7-year-old killed in Columbus crash

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 21:05

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The community came together Monday night to remember a seven-year-old girl who was killed in a crash Saturday on Cleveland Avenue.



“All of a sudden you just heard screeching. I looked down there and it was just unimaginable. It was like off a movie,” said Adina Bailey, who lives down the street from where the crash happened.

Five children were inside with the driver as a maroon SUV veered off, hit a pole, then another car and flipping. 7-year-old Lillie Reed died at the hospital.

“This is my first candlelight vigil. I wanted to make sure that I came to hers because she just held a place in my heart ever since I saw what happened,” Bailey said.

7 year-old Lillie was one of 6 children. Family says she was bright, and just liked to play and have fun. Her funeral will be this Saturday. pic.twitter.com/jmAnchRaBV

— Lacey Crisp (@LaceyCrisp) April 9, 2019

More than one hundred others, some who knew Lillie and many who did not, wanted to come to support the family, friends, and neighborhood.

“This is a beautiful thing for everyone to come out. I don't know her personally, but I feel for her parents' loss,” said Ron Johnson.

At the vigil, Lillie's mom was wearing one of Lillie's necklaces, to remember her little girl.

“You see all the people here, not that they knew her, but her spirit drew them. She's like an angel,” said Rev. L.B. Towns.

Police say the driver of the SUV admitted he had been drinking, smelled of alcohol and failed field sobriety tests. Because he has not been charged, 10TV is not identifying him.

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Police: Dog rescued from subzero temperatures in south Columbus has been adopted

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 18:17

COLUMBUS – The Columbus Division of Police said a dog they rescued from subzero temperatures has found a new home.

Back in January, police posted about the dog, now named Leroy. Officers were called to the city’s south side because the dog was tied up outside.

Police said the owner was hospitalized and family would occasionally stop by to feed the dog.

Officers loaded the dog into a cruiser and brought him to a police substation where they fed him before taking him to the Columbus Humane.

In an update posted Monday, police said the dog overcame heart worm and has put on 20 pounds.

Police said Leroy was adopted over the weekend.

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Bill aims to end confusion amid crackdowns on CBD products

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 16:33

COLUMBUS – Since the inception of Ohio’s medical marijuana law took effect, Sen. Stephen Huffman admits there’s been some confusion out there.

Most of it from retailers wondering if they’re allowed to sell CBD products. There have been reports that some stores have seen those products removed from their shelves amid crackdowns.

“My understand is that there was a truck load of CBD soda that was removed from Jungle Jim’s (International Market) in Cincinnati and that there are other places around the state and that it has been removed and other places have just said ‘I’m taking it off the shelf before I lose my product or until it gets cleared up,’” Huffman, R – Tipp City, said in a phone interview Monday. “So what SB 57 is going to does – it says that CBD oil that are derived from medical marijuana by law has to be dispensed in the dispensary and that CBD oils made out of hemp can be sold in retailers around the state.”

The bill cleared the Senate in late March and is set to have its first reading in a House committee on Tuesday.

Huffman, who was the primary sponsor of Ohio’s medical marijuana bill when it passed in 2016, says he’s been told the bill is a fast track.

The confusion, Huffman said, has been likely attributed to a state board of pharmacy ruling that stated:

“HB 523, which created the state’s Medical Marijuana Control Program, made no exception for possession or sale of CBD oil. HB 523 includes CBD oil in the definition of marijuana, regardless of whether it is a plant extract or synthetic product.

All marijuana products, including CBD oil, can only be dispensed in a licensed Medical Marijuana Control Program dispensary…”

But 10 Investigates found retailers like the Columbus Botanical Depot and major grocery store chains like Fresh Thyme are still selling or advertising CBD products – despite the claim from the state board of pharmacy.

Huffman said that the board only has jurisdiction over pharmacies, not all retailers.

Huffman’s bill may correct what some view as an overreach by the state.

Liz LeMaster with the Columbus Botanical Depot said they’ve never received any cease-and-desist letters or any resistance. All of the products sold at the store, she says, are derived from hemp and not marijuana – a key distinction she says.

“There’s a huge array of reasons people come in but definitely the most common is arthritic pain, sleep, depression, anxiety – things like that,” she said. “A lot of people are curious but kind of scared of it because they are uneducated or don’t know what’s going on. But it’s ok. A lot of time when people are educated they understand it’s not what it’s made out to be.”

Messages left for representatives with Fresh Thyme were not returned Monday.

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Man arrested for murder in Lancaster

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:47

LANCASTER, Ohio - A man has been arrested for murder after a stabbing, according to the Lancaster Police Department.

Police said dispatchers received a 911 call just before 11 a.m. Monday saying two men had been stabbed in the 100 block of West Walnut Street.

When officers responded, they found a man dead inside the home. Police identified him as 52-year-old Victor White.

Police said White died from injuries sustained during a fight with 39-year-old Chad Kerens.

Kerens, of Lancaster, was arrested for White's murder according to police.

Police are still investigating what led to the altercation and ask anyone with information to call detectives at 740-687-6680, ext. 3.

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Longtime Columbus activist for immigration issues, minority rights dies

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:46

A man known for his passionate advocacy for minorities in Columbus has died.

Ruben Castilla Herrera fought for change and equality on issues of immigration, women's rights, and LGBT rights.

He worked with the People's Justice Project on police-minority relations, and with Edith Espinal, an undocumented immigrant who has spent more than a year seeking sanctuary in a Columbus church.

"It's very important to have people that speak truth, and speak loudly. Because not all of us have the courage to do that," said Ramona Reyes of Our Lady of Guadalupe Center. "Many of us do that from the background. And he was out front, with that megaphone: 'Si se puede' and 'Hasta la victoria,' that's what he would always say, and just always a presence in the fight for equality."

Herrera's family says he died unexpectedly Saturday after a brief illness.

He was 61 years old.

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Columbus Post Office hosting job fairs to hire city carrier assistants

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 14:54

The Columbus Post Office will be hosting a job fair at all branches as they are looking to hire 75 city carrier assistant positions.

Representatives will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 10.

The starting salary is $17.29. The post office says these positions may lead to full-time employment.

There is no fee to apply for a position with the United States Postal Service and attending the job fair is optional.

For more information on jobs, click here.

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Blues Traveler to play free show at Columbus Commons

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 14:44

The Common Ground Concert Series at John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons will kick off with a free concert from Blues Traveler.

The band will be performing with Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons on Friday, May 17.

Gates for the event will open at 6 p.m. with Blues Traveler taking the stage around 8 p.m.

Food trucks and a bar will be available.

Tickets are required to attend the concert. To reseve free tickets, click here.

Columbus Commons Main Garage at 55 East Rich Street will have $5 parking available for the show.

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"It’s impossible for us to close all the gaps": Licking Heights school officials ask for more state funds

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 14:43

Monday, Licking Heights School district leaders testified before the financial subcommittee on primary and secondary education, in hopes of persuading the state to invest more state dollars into education.

"We’ve done a lot to try to help ourselves," said Philip Wagner, Licking Heights superintendent. "We’re at the point where we can’t do anymore."

Wagner says his district has grown by 57.4% in student population over the last decade.

"Our cafeteria is so over capacity at the high school that we actually have closed down the gymnasium for two periods a day. They canceled gym so we can make that the annex for the lunch room," said Wagner.

Right now, Licking Heights only receives 55.97% of the funding needed to educate it's nearly 4,600 students.

"We’re in a maintenance mode because of this cap. So, as a fast-growing school district, you would also want to grow certain programs. We’re not able to do that. So we have limitations on what we can provide for our music programs, art programs, our athletic programs," Wagner said.

In an effort to gain more state dollars, Wagner shared budget statistics with the financial subcommittee on education as they prepare to vote on a new budget this coming summer.

"It’s impossible for us to close all the gaps without this support," he explained to the committee.

Among those who heard the testimony was state representative John Patterson of Ohio House District 99, who serves as co-chair for the committee.

"I didn’t have the projections of what your district is going to look like over the next 10 years... and that’s an absolutely horrifying statistic," Patterson said.

A new budget is set to be voted on and approved by June 30th. The approved budget would cover state spending through June 20, 2021.

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Arena Football League unveils Columbus Destroyers uniforms

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 14:25

The Arena Football League unveiled new uniforms for the 2019 season.

The league partnered with Phenom Elite for the design and production of the new uniforms.

During the event, uniforms were presented for all of the teams in the league including the Columbus Destroyers. Click here to view the uniform combinations.

The AFL says teams had the opportunity to design their uniforms.

The Destroyers will open the season on the road on April 27. Their first home game is set for May 18.

Columbus Destroyers Schedule

  • April 27: Columbus @ Albany - 7 p.m.
  • May 4: Columbus @ Atlantic City - 3:30 p.m.
  • May 10: Columbus @ Baltimore - 7 p.m.
  • May 18: Columbus vs. Albany - 7 p.m.
  • May 25: Columbus vs. Washington - 3:30 p.m.
  • June 1: Columbus @ Philadelphia - 7 p.m.
  • June 7: Columbus vs. Atlantic City - 7 p.m.
  • June 15: Columbus vs. Baltimore - 3:30 p.m.
  • June 22: Columbus vs. Philadelphia - 7 p.m.
  • June 28: Columbus @ Baltimore - 7 p.m.
  • July 14: Columbus vs. Albany - 3 p.m.
  • July 20: Columbus @ Washington - 3:30 p.m.
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Rape charge filed against Grandview daycare provider; police searching for additional victims

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 14:01

An in-home daycare provider has been charged after allegedly engaging in inappropriate sexual contact involving two children.

Grandview Heights Police received a referral from Franklin County Children Services on April 7 regarding the contact between 69-year-old Terry J. McFadden and two children under his care, ages 4 and 7.

Detectives interviewed McFadden the following day. According to police, probable cause was obtained to charge McFadden with one count of rape of a juvenile. Additional charges are pending.

Before his arrest, there were additional children removed from the residence for their own welfare, police said.

The Grandview Heights Police Department is requesting any parents or individuals that know of children who are or were previously under the care of McFadden to contact them at 614-488-7901.

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Gahanna police looking for missing 17-year-old girl

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 12:56

GAHANNA, Ohio – Gahanna police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 17-year-old girl.

Police said Cassidy Gregory is a runaway and was last seen on April 5 in Gahanna.

She is 5-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs 95 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to call Gahanna police at 614-342-4240.

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Construction worker killed after getting buried in trench in Marysville

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 12:21

The Marysville City manager confirms a construction worker was killed near Memorial Hospital Monday.

Marysville Police said the incident happened around noon in the 600 block South Plum Street.

The worker was inside of a 20-foot deep trench when he was buried under mounds of wet dirt that collapsed on top of him.

"When we arrived at the scene his co-workers were trying to dig him out. He was the only one in the trench at the time," Fire Chief Jay Riley of the Marysville Fire Division said.

Riley identified the worker as 34-year-old Chris McDonald. He was an employee of J & J Schlagel.

10TV searched OSHA records for the company over the past 10 years and found the company paid a penalty in 2015 after an inspection found a serious violation related to trenches.

The standard cited was 19260652, which notes: "Each employee in an excavation shall be protected from cave-ins by an adequate protective system designed in accordance with paragraph (b) or (c) of this section."

According to Riley, a trench box is lowered into the hole to prevent collapses like this from happening. He said crews were getting to do that when the walls caved in.

This fatal accident happened during trench week safety according to the Department of Labor which is designed, "To raise awareness about the hazards in the trenching and excavation industry, including potentially deadly trench collapses."

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US measles tally hits 465, with most illnesses in kids

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 11:52

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. measles cases are continuing to jump, and most of the reported illnesses are in children.

Health officials say 465 measles cases have been reported this year, as of last week. That's up from 387 the week before.

The numbers are preliminary. The 2019 tally is already the most since 2014, when 667 were reported. The most before that was 963 cases in 1994.

Outbreaks have hit several states, including California, Michigan and New Jersey. New York City accounted for about two-thirds of the U.S. cases reported last week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the numbers Monday. Roughly 80 percent of the cases are age 19 or younger.

The CDC recommends that all children get two doses of measles vaccine. It says the vaccine is 97% effective.

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Columbus announces search committee for new Chief of Police

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 11:28

The City of Columbus has begun its search for the next Chief of Police by announcing members of a search advisory committee.

It’s been two months since former Police Chief Kim Jacobs retired. Tom Quinlan was named Interim Police Chief.

“We have an opportunity with the selection of the next chief of police to help assure that she or he is the best possible candidate whether they are internal or external to the Division,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “I am looking for a change agent who will pursue innovation and excellence in policing, someone who will use the recommendations of the resident-led Safety Advisory Commission as a roadmap to guide the Division. I am looking for someone committed to increasing diversity among police officers, aligning how we police with community expectations, and approaching this position as an opportunity to serve and protect every person in every neighborhood.”

Members of the search advisory committee include:

  • Dawn Tyler Lee, Chair, Deputy Chief of Staff of External Affairs in the Office of the Mayor
  • Dallas Baldwin, Franklin County Sheriff
  • Dee Debenport, Coordinator, Merion Village Block Watch
  • Stephanie Hightower, President, Columbus Urban League
  • Reverend Dr. Jefferey P. Kee, New Faith Baptist Church of Christ
  • Kenny Ramos, Retired Sergeant, Columbus Division of Police
  • Siobhan Boyd-Nelson, Development Director, Equality Ohio
  • Pastor Brian Williams, Hope City House of Prayer


The committee will meet for the first time this week and will hire a firm to manage community outreach during the process.

"Community engagement will be the cornerstone of our chief of police search,” said Mayor Ginther. “In the coming weeks, we will be inviting residents to share their thoughts about what they would like to see in our next police chief. We will be engaging a variety of people in a variety of ways. We want to hear from students, seniors and everyone in between."

A new chief is expected to be selected by the end of the year.

“As I have said many times, I have great confidence in the Columbus Division of Police, and I believe our officers are among the best in the country,” said Mayor Ginther. “The officers and the residents of Columbus deserve the very best in their next Chief of Police.”

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