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AEP Ohio offers energy efficiency tips ahead of sub-zero temps

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 18:50

Dave Tabata wants you to know how to keep your house warm while keeping your electric bill down.

"There's little tips that we can provide to customers that can save them some money," he said.

Tabata is the consumer programs manager for AEP Ohio. He says there are things you can do right now ahead of Wednesday's sub-zero temperatures.

Weather stripping, he says, installed at the bottom and side of doors, can stop drafts from coming into your house. It can cut down the time that your thermostat is running.

Also, Tabata says to keep layers between outside and inside like keeping the garage door closed and blinds. He says even the thinnest of blinds, if down, creates a barrier that can mean significant savings on your power bill.

As for the thermostat, itself, Tabata says to turn it down.

"You're not going to sacrifice comfort," he said. "But, you may feel a slight difference, but a two-degree difference will make a difference on your electric bill."

A couple degrees could save you more than $8 a month, Tabata says.

"On average, if you were to lower your thermostat, you probably would see roughly about a $100 per year savings by just lowering [the thermostat] two degrees."

Tabata encourages people to download the free AEP Ohio app, which can help to keep tabs on usage and, ultimately, spending. AEP Ohio also offers an average monthly payment plan that can drastically cut down the costs during those seasonal spikes.

"It will be pretty much a steady [cost] each month," he said. "You'll know exactly what you're paying so it's a nice budgeting tool."

To learn more about AEP Ohio's Average Monthly Payment plan, click here.

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Agent: Panarin won't discuss contract until after season

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 17:45

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Artemi Panarin's agent says the star forward won't discuss a new contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets until after the season.

Dan Milstein tweeted a statement Monday saying Panarin's "priority now is to focus on the rest of the season."

Panarin will be an unrestricted free agent. The team's efforts to sign him to a multiyear extension have been unsuccessful, and he isn't sure if he wants to stay in Columbus. The team may consider trading him before the Feb. 25 deadline. Columbus entered Monday in third place in the Metropolitan Division, in line for a postseason berth.

Panarin is making $6 million this season.

The Blue Jackets also will have to make a decision about goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who also will be an unrestricted free agent and has declined to sign an extension.

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Trump backs push for Bible classes in schools

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 17:40

President Trump appeared to endorse efforts by legislators in several states to allow public schools to offer Bible classes.

"Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!" Trump tweeted Monday morning after "Fox and Friends" ran a segment on the topic.

Christian lawmakers in six Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country are pushing for legislation that would allow public schools to offer elective classes on the New and Old Testaments.

The push by conservative legislators in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia has stirred some controversy. Critics of the proposals, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), argue that public school classes on the Bible would jeopardize the separation of church and state enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Alabama, Iowa and West Virginia have also considered Bible literacy bills, but all of the measures were voted down, according to the Fox News report.

But in Kentucky, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signed legislation in 2017 to allow public school students to take Bible and Hebrew scriptures classes. A year ago, in January 2018, the ACLU of Kentucky expressed concern to the Kentucky Board of Education after an Open Records Act investigation found that many courses violated constitutional requirements that say that religious texts used in classrooms must be secular, objective and not promote any specific religious view.

The ACLU said it found "public school teachers using the Bible to impart religious life lessons" and use of Sunday school lessons and worksheets for source material. These are not academic approaches to objective study of the Bible and its historical or literary value, the ACLU pointed out.

In June 2018, the Kentucky Board of Education approved standards for the classes, but the ACLU was still worried about what was being taught in Bible literacy courses.

"Without more specific guidance, we fear some classrooms will once again be filled with preaching, not teaching," the organization wrote in a statement last August. "The ACLU-KY reminds students and parents that 'Bible Literacy' courses may not promote religion or a particular religious viewpoint, test students on matters of religious faith, nor be designed to instill religious life lessons."

"Religious education is best left to parents and churches, not school or government," the ACLU added.

Evangelicals and other Christian groups were an integral part of the president's electoral coalition during the 2016 election and have largely remained supportive of his administration — particularly because of his stance on social issues like LGBT rights and abortion, and his appointment of conservative judges to the Supreme Court.

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St. Matthew Catholic School closed Tuesday after more than 100 students stay home with flu-like symptoms

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 17:26

GAHANNA, Ohio – St. Matthew Catholic School in Gahanna will be closed Tuesday because more than 100 students did not attend school Monday due to flu-like symptoms, according to the Catholic Diocese of Columbus.

The diocese said approximately 107 students were not at school Monday.

The school will be cleaned and disinfected on Tuesday.

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Houston police: 5 officers injured in shooting, suspect dead

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 16:31

HOUSTON (AP) — Five Houston officers were injured in a shooting Monday in an incident involving a suspect and taken to a hospital, police said.

Houston police tweeted the officers were "struck with gunfire following an encounter with a suspect" Monday afternoon in a neighborhood in southeast Houston.

Joe Gamaldi, president of the Houston Police Officers' Union, tweeted that two officers were in critical condition and the other three in stable condition at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston.

One of the officers was transported to the hospital by helicopter, Gamaldi said.

"Please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers," he said.

A suspect was dead at the scene and SWAT officers were working to make sure no one else was inside the building where the shooting took place, police said.

Additional information on the suspect was not immediately available.

Both Turner and Police Chief Art Acevado went to the hospital where the injured officers were taken, but didn't immediately comment to media there. They were scheduled to hold a news conference later Monday evening.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the shooting was a "solemn reminder" of the service and sacrifices made by officers.

"The city of Houston and the Houston Police Department will have whatever state resources they need to bring swift justice to those involved," Abbott said in a statement.

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Cold weather options for kids if schools are closed

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 16:27

As the City of Columbus prepares for subzero temperatures mid-week, the Department of Recreation and Parks has plans in place to open its community centers as warming centers for those with limited heating resources.

Five community centers across the city will open to the public for extended hours 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Barnett Community Center, 1184 Barnett Rd.
  • Beatty Community Center, 247 N. Ohio Ave.
  • Marion Franklin Community Center, 2801 Lockbourne Rd.
  • Westgate Community Center, 455 S. Westgate Ave.
  • Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St.

Kids over the age of 11 are allowed to use the centers unaccompanied by an adult. Children 10 and young must have a chaperone.

“The primary purpose really is to be a warming place for people to get out of the weather, said Brian Hoyt with the Columbus Department of Recs and Parks. “So, we’re not going to have programming or childcare that one might expect — it’s really about safety and just staying out of the biting cold that really can cause danger.”

For younger kids, daycares are proving to be a good option for families to turn to if schools are closed.

City Kid’s Daycare in the Arena district, and Mango’s Place in Powell are two centers taking drop-ins during the cold weather.

“If we can get them in, we will certainly take them,” said Juliet Blackenberry, director at City Kids Daycare. “We require the parents to fill out all of the required paperwork — phone numbers, health records, all of that has to be filled out in order for them to leave their child.”

Mangos Place operates on reservations, allowing parents to reserve childcare by the day and hour.

“We can make a two-hour reservation if they want. They can do an all-day thing if their school is closed,” said Olivia Febus, customer service manager for Mangos Place.

Both centers offer structured activities but ask parents to provide lunch for their child.

“We do provide snacks for some of the rooms and then as far as activities we are running on a schedule. So we always provide activities like sensory, math, music, circle time — lots of arts and craft throughout the day,” said Febus.

Rates range between $50 and $75 per child, per day.

Another great option for kids is the Columbus Public Libraries. Kids age 7 and older can attend libraries unaccompanied during business hours.

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2 injured in southeast Columbus altercation

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 16:21

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two people are being treated for injuries after an altercation southeast Columbus, according to police.

Police said officers were called to the Commons at Waters Edge apartment complex on Refugee Road Monday evening.

Dispatchers said one person is believed to have been stabbed and taken to Mount Carmel East in stable condition.

Another person is believed to have been shot and taken to Grant Medical Center also in stable condition, according to police.

No other information was immediately available.

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Judge facing suspension for sexual harassment resigns from Ohio Court of Appeals

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 15:42

A Franklin County Appeals Court Judge accused of sexual harassment is stepping down.

In December, the Ohio Supreme Court Board of Professional Conduct found Judge Tim Horton had abused his power and sexually harassed two women in his office.

The Board recommended an indefinite suspension of his law license.

Monday Horton's attorneys filed a response, saying Horton will leave the bench effective February 28, 2019.

They argued the Board was wrong in its findings and recommendation and asked the Supreme Court to continue to allow him to practice law.

In its strongly-worded ruling, the Board of Professional Conduct found Horton repeatedly violated the Codes of Professional and Judicial Conduct.

Along with violating campaign finance laws and misusing county employees to work on his campaign, the Board finds he "abused his position of authority" and "engaged in sexual harassment."

"His conduct was predatory when he engaged in inappropriate sexual discussions with his employees and former employees of the court," the panel wrote.

"The crucial factor was the control and power that (he) possessed over his employees, whether or not he was in the workplace."

The panel called the testimony of the women "credible. They had nothing to gain but much to lose," by coming forward.

The panel said, they "believed little of (Horton's) testimony."

They added, "(Horton's) conduct demeans the public's trust in the legal system."

Horton’s attorneys said the Board’s recommendation was “unduly harsh” and not supported by precedent.

They asked, instead, for the Ohio Supreme Court to impose a penalty “no greater than a suspension fully stayed on the conditions outlined by the Board.”

The Ohio Supreme Court will have the final say on Horton’s case later this year.

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What is the polar vortex?

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 15:35

This is the time of year arctic blasts are known to invade the region. One term that has been popularized in the past few years w/ regards to this is the "polar vortex." It sounds very menacing and it's a real weather phenomenon.

The polar vortex is nothing more than an expansive area of low pressure and cold conditions at the top and bottom of the world at the poles. The fast winds high in the atmosphere are where the term vortex originates.

The polar vortex is always there but it's stronger in the winter. Sometimes it weakens and sends a blast of bitterly cold weather southward.

This is what we're expecting by midweek; a blast of cold air and very gusty winds. This will bring dangerous wind chill values that could hit -23 to -35 (possibly -40 in some isolated spots) by Wednesday morning.

This will be the coldest air since February 2015 and we'll see several hours of wind chill values below 0.

The polar vortex isn't as uncommon as you might think. The cold snap in February 2015 was influenced by it. But the arctic plunge that brought the term into the popular vernacular hit back in early January 2014.

We had wind chill values with this blast of cold air that were -30 to -40 in much of Central Ohio. Midway in Madison County had a wind chill value as low as -42. Another bout hit in January of 1994 when central Ohio saw almost three days of temperatures (not wind chills) below zero.

Perhaps the worst bout we had with the polar vortex happened back in 1985. On January 25 of that year, we experienced what's been called the "coldest day in history" in Columbus.

The high that day was -5 while the low was -19 at the airport. But that's only half the story. The wind chill at 10 a.m. that morning was -47.

In short, the polar vortex is nothing new and it's around all year long near the poles. In recent years it's become synonymous with what've always been called arctic blasts or what some have just called plain old winter.

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Officials: Marion County part of statewide hepatitis A outbreak

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 15:03

MARION COUNTY, Ohio – Marion County is now part of the statewide hepatitis A outbreak according to Marion Public Health.

The agency said it has investigated a total of 24 cases since January 2018 with 14 of those cases coming in the last seven weeks.

Symptoms include jaundice, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.

The agency said those who have an increased risk for hepatitis A include people who use drugs, people who are homeless and people who are incarcerated.

Marion Public Health is offering several walk-in clinics to administer the vaccine to those at the highest risk on Feb. 5, Feb 12. And Feb 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The address for Marion Public Health is 181 S. Main Street, Marion, Ohio.

Vaccinations, including the one for hepatitis A, is offered during their vaccination clinic every Wednesday from noon until 5 p.m.

For more information, people can call Marion Public Health at 740-387-6520.

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Pelosi invites Trump to give State of the Union on Feb. 5

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 14:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has issued a new invitation to President Donald Trump to give his State of the Union speech on Feb. 5.

The formal letter Monday suggests Trump will reschedule the speech after it was postponed because of the partial government shutdown. Trump and Congress reached a deal Friday to reopen the government, which had been Pelosi's condition for allowing Trump to speak.

Pelosi said in her letter that she and Trump spoke Monday and agreed on the new date. She wrote: "In our conversation today, we agreed on Feb. 5."

The House and Senate still must pass a resolution officially inviting Trump to speak to a joint session of Congress.

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Ohio program could help suspended drivers regain licenses

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 13:08

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans who had their driver's license suspended for certain violations may be able to have their license reinstatement fee waived or reduced under a new program going into effect this week.

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles says the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative goes into effect Thursday. It allows drivers six months to apply for a fee reduction or a waiver. Drivers can apply from Thursday through July 31, 2019.

The bureau will determine eligibility based on qualifying offenses.

Offenders must have completed all court-ordered sanctions other than paying the reinstatement fees and at least 18 months must have passed since any court-ordered suspension ended. The offense cannot have involved drugs, alcohol or a deadly weapon.

Bureau spokeswoman Lindsey Bohrer says about 410,000 Ohioans are eligible for the program.

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IRS returns to work with 5 million pieces of unopened mail waiting

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:54

Parts of the government that were shut for 35 days are now open again – at least for the next three weeks. According to Standard & Poor's, the shutdown has cost the U.S. economy $6 billion – more than the $5.7 billion President Trump requested for the border wall that's at the heart of this dispute.

The federal watchdog National Taxpayer Advocate determined it could take the IRS at least a year to get back to normal after five million pieces of mail went unopened during the shutdown, reports CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes. In the first week of tax season, the IRS is struggling to get Americans their refunds on time.

"It's going to be massive catch up at this point," Michelle Harris of the IRS said. She is one of thousands of IRS workers who were furloughed for 35 days. She put off emergency dental work and car repairs in the last month and still hasn't gotten her back pay.

Harris said some of her colleagues quit.

"I know that it was more than people could handle and they put in their notice," Harris said. "I don't blame 'em."

In a weekend interview, President Trump said the chances of congressional negotiators reaching a budget deal are "less than 50-50." He also said he wouldn't rule out another shutdown if Congress doesn't give him the $5.7 billion he wants for a border wall.

Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of lawmakers from both chambers is scrambling to strike a deal against the odds. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney warned there will be consequences if the two sides don't cut a border deal fast.

"He's willing to do whatever it takes to secure the border," Mulvaney told "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan.

"Is the President really prepared to shut down the government again in three weeks?" Brennan asked.

"Yeah. I think he actually is," Mulvaney said.

Seventeen congressional leaders – eight Republicans and nine Democrats – have less than three weeks to fulfill a vague mission: beef up border security funding by an unspecified amount.

The president said Friday that if Congress doesn't approve the wall, he'll declare a national emergency or allow another partial shutdown, even though many in his party still feel burned by the last one.

"Shutdowns are never good policy, ever," Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins told "Face the Nation."

The White House said federal workers will start to get their back pay early this week and that all overdue checks should go out by Friday. As for President Trump's State of the Union address, CBS News learned Feb. 5 is being discussed as a possibility, but the date still remains uncertain.

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Peaches sold at Ohio Walmarts under recall for listeria concern

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:33

Peaches that were sold at Walmart locations in Ohio are a part of a recall by Jac. Vandenberg Inc.

According to the FDA, the company is recalling 1,727 cartons of peaches, 1,207 cartons of nectarines and 365 cartons of fresh plums in more than dozen states because of a listeria concern.

The nectarines and plums were not sold in Ohio.

No illnesses have been reported. The company is investigating the source of the contamination.

Anyone who purchased any of these items is urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

The peaches were sold with the PLU sticker 4044, 3035 or 4378 with Chile as the country of origin.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at compliance@jacvandenberg.com.

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Proposed law would make animal cruelty a felony nationwide

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 11:51

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives re-introduced a bill last week that would make malicious acts of animal cruelty a felony nationwide. A person convicted of the crime could face a fine or up to seven years in prison, or both.

The bill, known as the Preventing Animal Cruel and Torture (PACT) Act, is co-sponsored by Democrat Ted Deutch and Republican Vern Buchanan. PACT would criminalize "crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling animals." The measure would also address bestiality and other attempts to sexually exploit animals.

Deutch tweeted, "We will get this done. It's bipartisan, common-sense policy that will protect our animals."

His congressional colleague, Buchanan, also said that protecting animals from cruelty is a "top priority" for him.

"The torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law," he tweeted.

The legislation contains exceptions for hunting, veterinary care, and actions necessary to protect life or property from a serious threat from an animal.

The Humane Society Legislative Fund supports the measure, noting that while most states consider certain acts of animal cruelty a felony, some penalties are still considered misdemeanors. The bill earned 284 bipartisan co-sponsors and more than 200 law enforcement endorsements in the previous session of Congress, according to the group. However, former Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) kept it from coming to the floor for a vote. Goodlatte is no longer in Congress and supporters of the measure are more optimistic about its chances of passing this time around.

A previous law to protect animals, the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, passed in 2010and outlaws producing gruesome videos of animal abuse.

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Boy who left home in snowstorm after fight over cellphone found dead

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 11:15

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (CBS News) -- Police say the body of a 13-year-old Iowa boy who left his home during a snowstorm Tuesday night has been found.

Marshalltown police said in a news release that Corey Brown's body was located about 10:45 a.m. Sunday in a secluded area on the west side of town.

Police said there's no evidence the boy's death involved criminal activity, but that they will continue to investigate. They have not released a cause of death.

In an earlier release, police said Corey was last seen around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday. CBS affiliate KCCI reports that police Chief Michael Tupper said surveillance video captured the boy leaving home. Tupper said at a Thursday news conference the teen's parents took his phone away as punishment after a "disciplinary discussion," reported the Des Moines Register.

"It's a typical interaction with a 13-year-old child, nothing extraordinary," Tupper said Thursday. "But he reacted emotionally to that."

At the press conference last week, the boy's parents had issued an emotional plea for him to return home.

"Corey you know how much we love you, and I'm not gonna stop until we find you," his mother Michelle Brown said through tears.

Volunteers and public safety workers searched for him, but the search was complicated by frigid temperatures and blustery winds.

The Marshalltown Community School District said Sunday it was saddened to learn about Corey's death and that he "was loved by many and will be deeply missed."

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Seventh wrongful death lawsuit levels allegations against former doctor, Mount Carmel Health System

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:48

COLUMBUS – The language of a seventh pending complaint is strikingly similar to other wrongful death lawsuits filed in wake of the scandal at Mount Carmel West Hospital, where 28 patients are believed to have received fatal doses of fentanyl over the past three years.

At least 34 patients are believed to have been impacted – 28 were given fatal doses, and six others were given doses that “went beyond providing comfort” but likely were not the cause of their deaths, the hospital has said.

The hospital is still investigating the matter but said it was first informed through a “formal report” of an allegation involving Dr. William Husel on October 25, 2018 – the day after patient James Nickolas Timmons, 39, died after receiving a 1,000 microgram dose of fentanyl, his family’s attorney says.

Three more patients died between October 25 and Nov. 21 – when the hospital decided to remove Husel from patient care. The hospital has said it should have acted to sooner to remove Husel and has apologized to patients’ families for what it calls a “tragedy.”

10 Investigates obtained a copy of a seventh wrongful death lawsuit, which was still pending Monday, and was not available through online court records.

It alleges that Dr. William Husel, a former Mount Carmel critical care doctor and intensivist, ordered that “grossly inappropriate” amounts of fentanyl be given to near death or intensive care patients.

It was filed on behalf of the family of Jeremia Hodge.

It states that around April 1, 2018, Hodge was experiencing shortness of breath and was transported by squad to the emergency department of Mount Carmel West. While there, the lawsuit alleges, they checked her heart and had her evaluated in the cath lab before admitting her to the ICU where she came under the care of Dr. Husel.

The pending lawsuit names Husel, Mount Carmel Health System, its parent company Trinity Health, and anonymous “John and Jane Doe” nurses, pharmacists and physicians as defendants.

It alleges that Dr. Husel ordered “grossly inappropriate” amounts of fentanyl be given to Hodge, which was in excess of 500 micrograms of fentanyl. It also alleges that Husel told Hodge’s family that her organs were shutting down and that they needed to make a decision about whether to withdraw life support.

“Dr. Husel then ordered a fatal dose of the drug fentanyl be given to Jeremia Hodge through her IV,” the lawsuit alleges.

Husel was fired by Mount Carmel West Hospital in early December. Twenty caregivers – including 14 nurses and 6 pharmacists – were removed from patient care.

Husel has declined to comment; so have his attorneys.

On Friday, the state medical board voted to suspend Husel’s medical license. He declined to answer the board’s questions during an appearance on January 22, and invoked his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination, the medical board said.

Among the questions he declined to answer:

  • What is your understanding of a lethal dose of fentanyl?
  • What is your understanding of the toxicity of fentanyl when it is combined with a benzodiazepine?
  • In twenty-seven patients identified by Mount Carmel as receiving potentially lethal doses of fentanyl or a combination of fentanyl and midazolam, did you administer drugs to these patients for the purpose of ending their lives?

The Ohio Department of Medicaid also suspended Husel’s provider agreement and alleged he committed fraud for providing “medically unnecessary services involving grossly inappropriate” amounts of Fentanyl, a department spokesman said. The department sent its findings to the Ohio Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Unit.

Husel has not been charged with a crime. But both the Columbus Division of Police and the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office have said that they have an active ongoing investigation into the matter.

The Ohio Department of Health has also conducted a site investigation at the hospital on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a wing of the federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services that has oversight over hospital quality and patient safety.

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Shutdown projected to cause $3B permanent hit to economy

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:21

WASHINGTON — The federal government shutdown will cause slight permanent harm to the economy — about $3 billion — according to a report Monday by the Congressional Budget Office.

The report says the five-week shutdown has slowed growth in the near term but that most of the lost growth "will eventually be recovered."

Overall, CBO predicts that just $3 billion in lost gross domestic product will be permanently lost, a modest figure in a $20 trillion-plus economy. By year's end, CBO says, GDP would be just 0.02 smaller because of the shutdown, which shuttered many domestic agencies. Most of the 800,000 furloughed federal workers are returning to their jobs Monday.

More broadly, the report estimates a drop in GDP growth to 2.3 percent this year as the effects of President Donald Trump's tax cut on business investment begin to drop off. It also says that the U.S. budget deficit will hit $897 billion this year.

The CBO credits the 2017 tax bill — which cut corporate and individual income taxes by $1.9 trillion over a decade — with a burst in growth last year, but it says that this year "the boost that recent tax legislation gave to business wanes."

The report comes as the government is reopening after a 35-day partial shutdown. The CBO says the shutdown will have a modest negative impact on the economy, lowering projections of economic growth by 0.4 percent to 2.1 percent in the first quarter, though the economy is expected to mostly make up for it over the rest of the year.

"The shutdown dampened economic activity mainly because of the loss of furloughed federal workers' contribution to (gross domestic product), the delay in federal spending on goods and services, and the reduction in aggregate demand," the report said.

"Underlying those effects on the overall economy are much more significant effects on individual businesses and workers," CBO said. "Among those who experienced the largest and most direct negative effects are federal workers who faced delayed compensation and private-sector entities that lost business. Some of those private-sector entities will never recoup that lost income."

The CBO Report predicts a $118 billion increase over last year's $779 billion deficit. It predicts that the economy will grow by 2.3 percent this year, a slowdown from 3.1 percent last year

The report lands in a divided Washington, where neither Trump nor Democrats controlling the House are expected to make curbing the deficit a priority. In fact, Trump and lawmakers are likely to increase spending for the Pentagon and other federal agencies, which would otherwise face cuts from outdated budget caps that are the remnant of the 2011 budget deal. And Congress is ultimately going to face pressure to make permanent provisions of the 2017 tax cuts for individuals that would otherwise expire in 2025.

The agency also predicts that Trump's trade policies — higher tariffs on Chinese goods and products such as imported steel — would have only a relatively modest negative impact on the economy.

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Police: Body of man shot found on foot bridge over I-77

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 08:29

CLEVELAND — Police say a man has been fatally shot in the head and they are investigating the shooting as a suspected homicide.

Cleveland police say the 33-year-old man's body was found on a foot bridge over Interstate 77 on the city's east side around 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The shooting victim's identity was not immediately released. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Medical Examiner's Office will release the identity once the man's family has been notified.

Police say homicide detectives are investigating the shooting. No further details were immediately available.

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Extreme cold to hit central Ohio this week; Wind chills between 25 & 35 below zero

Channel 10 news - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 08:18

An arctic blast will be returning midweek and this time it is coming with a vengeance. In fact, with subzero lows forecasted Wednesday and Thursday morning, we could potentially tie or break previous lows recorded in Columbus on those dates:

  • Jan 30: -5 degrees in 1966
  • Jan 31: -6 degrees in 2004

This will be paired with dangerously cold wind chills. Wind chills between 25 and 35 below zero are possible, with the coldest wind chills as low as 40 below zero possible Wednesday morning in our northwestern counties.

Daytime highs on Wednesday will struggle to get above zero and likely not exceed single digits.

According to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, the last time we had wind chills in the 25 to 35 below zero range was when we had wind chill reports of 20 to 30 below zero on February 19, 2015.

A Wind Chill Watch has been issued for parts of Central Ohio from Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon. Please keep in mind that the dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

These extreme temperatures may have significant impacts on plumbing, municipal water mains, and human and animal safety.

Parts of the area will likely see temperatures at or below 15 degrees for 48+ consecutive hours from Tuesday evening through Thursday night.

Precautions should be taken including checking in on the elderly, keeping pets indoors, and ensuring agricultural animals are indoors with ample food and have access to unfrozen water. Keep space heaters in a safe location where they will not tip over. Alternative heating units should be well ventilated to ensure that the silent killer of carbon monoxide does not build up and become a hazard.

If plumbing lines are poorly insulated or are known to freeze, keep a constant flow of water by leaving a faucet or two slowly dripping. If pipes are located along the outside wall, open cabinetry to allow heat to circulate around the pipes if possible.

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