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Growing number of U.S. children not vaccinated against any disease

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 17:11

NEW YORK (AP) — A small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease, worrying health officials.

An estimated 100,000 young children have not had a vaccination against any of the 14 diseases for which shots are recommended, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday.

"This is pretty concerning. It's something we need to understand better — and reduce," said the CDC's Dr. Amanda Cohn.

Most young children — 70 percent — have had all their shots. The new estimate is based on finding that, in 2017, 1.3 percent of the children born in 2015 were completely unvaccinated. That's up from the 0.9 percent seen in an earlier similar assessment of the kids born in 2011. A 2001 survey with a different methodology suggested the proportion was in the neighborhood of 0.3 percent.

Young children are especially vulnerable to complications from vaccine-preventable diseases, some of which can be fatal.

The latest numbers come from a telephone survey last year of the parents of about 15,000 toddlers. The 100,000 estimate refers to the 2017 vaccination status of kids born in 2015 and 2016.

A separate CDC study found that overall vaccination rates for older, kindergarten-age children continue to hold about steady, with close to 95 percent fully vaccinated.

The researchers didn't ask why parents didn't get their kids vaccinated.

A significant minority of them did not have health insurance coverage. Health officials said that was a surprise because a government program pays for vaccines for uninsured children.

But the majority were insured. What's going on isn't clear, but one factor may be some parents' misperceptions about the safety and importance of vaccines, some experts said.

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Runner becomes first pro athlete with cerebral palsy to sign with Nike

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 17:05

Justin Gallegos, a runner at University of Oregon, has made history by becoming the first professional athlete with cerebral palsy to sign with Nike. Gallegos, a junior with the school's running club, made the announcement in an emotional video on his Instagram page.

Gallegos was finishing a race on Saturday when he was met by a camera crew, a bunch of his teammates and Nike's Insights director, John Douglass, who told him of the deal. In the video posted to his social media account, Gallegos collapses out of pure joy as his peers applaud him.

"I was once a kid in leg braces who could barely put on foot in front of the other!" he wrote on Instagram. "Now I have signed a three year contract with Nike Running!"

A spokesperson with Nike confirmed to CBS News the signing of Gallegos. It was even more special because it landed on Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. The condition is a neurological disorder that affects movement, motor skills and muscle tone.

Gallegos used a walker as a toddler and pre-schooler, and did physical therapy in order to improve his gait, according to Running Magazine. He began competing in long-distance running in high school and caught the attention of Nike, then helped the company develop a shoe designed for runners with disabilities.

Gallegos, who is aiming to run a half-marathon under two hours, calls this one of the most emotional moments in his seven years of running.

"Growing up with a disability, the thought of becoming a professional athlete is, as I have said before, like the thought of climbing Mt. Everest!"

"Thank you everyone for helping show the world that there is No Such Thing As A Disability!" he said.

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I’m still at loss for words! Thank to everyone for the love and the support not only the past couple days but the last seven years of my life! Beyond blessed to officially represent the swoosh! Still can’t believe I made Nike history! Very excited! Big things are yet to come! Trust in the process! And trust in God! All glory to the most high! God is truly good! #NikeRunning #NIKE #SWOOSH #SwooshFamily #Beaverton #Nike72 #JustDoIt #ThereIsNoFinishLine #StrongerEveryMile #NoSuchThingAsADisability #Limitless #Breaking2

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Hilliard voters to decide if change in city's government is needed

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 15:11

For 165 years, the city of Hilliard has always maintained that a strong mayor form of government is best for its citizens.

In the “mayor-city council” form of government, Hilliard voters elect a Mayor to be the Chief Executive Officer of the city and also vote for seven city council members, thereby creating a separation of powers between the executive (mayor) and the legislative branch (city council).

The mayor has the power to introduce legislation to the city council and he/she can declare a public disaster. The mayor has the authority and is required to see that the charter and the ordinances of the city are faithfully enforced, and to that extent, he/she is the chief law enforcement officer of the city. The contest for the Office of Mayor is partisan and the person elected serves a four-year term.

But times have changed and now voters will be asked to decide if a switch to a city manager run city is better.

Under this form, Hilliard voters would continue to elect members to city council, who then, by a 2/3 affirmative vote, would appoint a city manager to be the Chief Administrative/Executive Officer of the City.

The city manager would report directly to the city council and he/she implements the city’s operating and capital budgets as approved by the city council, and implements policies as directed by council.

That's what is behind Issue 33.

City Council member Andy Teater, who was elected nine months ago, says he supports a change.

"Its important right now for Hilliard because we've grown from 1990 {where} we had 10,000 people, in 2018 we have over 34,000 people. As we've grown the need for professional management is needed," he said.

Council President Al Losue disagrees.

"I believe it's going to take away the checks in power between the legislative branch and the administrative branch of government," he says.

Hilliard is surrounded by other cities who made the switch to a city manager run government decades ago.

Westerville changed in 1916, becoming the first village in Ohio to adopt the new form of government.

Worthington followed in the 1950's and Dublin in the late 1980's to name a few.

But there's more at work here than changing how the government works.

Both sides agree the city had divided leadership.

"There's a lack of unity," says Teater.

"Right now we have a divided council, we have a difference in ways we want our city to go on several different aspects, " says Losue.

If voters approve Issue 33 it would not take effect until January of 2020.

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Social Security checks will grow in 2019 as inflation rises

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 14:39

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent boost in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. It's the biggest increase most retired baby boomers have gotten.

Following a stretch of low inflation, the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for 2019 is the highest in seven years. It amounts to $39 a month for the average retired worker, according to estimates released Thursday by the Social Security Administration.

The COLA affects household budgets for about one in five Americans, including Social Security beneficiaries, disabled veterans and federal retirees. That's about 70 million people, enough to send ripples through the economy.

Unlike most private pensions, Social Security has featured inflation protection since 1975. Beneficiaries also gain from compounding since COLAs become part of their underlying benefit, the base for future cost-of-living increases.

Nonetheless many retirees and their advocates say the annual adjustment is too meager and doesn't reflect higher health care costs for older people. Federal budget hawks take the opposite view, arguing that increases should be smaller to reflect consumers' penny-pinching responses when costs go up.

With the COLA, the estimated average monthly Social Security payment for a retired worker will be $1,461 a month next year.

"For more recent retirees, the 2019 COLA will be the largest increase they have gotten to date," said policy analyst Mary Johnson, of the nonpartisan Senior Citizens League.

But retiree Danette Deakin, of Bolivar, Missouri, said she feels as though her cost-of-living adjustment is already earmarked for rising expenses.

Her Medigap insurance for costs not covered by Medicare is going up, and so is her prescription drug plan. She expects her Medicare Part B premium for outpatient care will also up.

"It isn't enough of an increase that it takes care of all of the increases from health care, plus rent — our rent gets increased every year," said Deakin, 70, who worked in the finance department at a boat dealership.

Health care costs eat up about one-third of her income, she estimated.

"I appreciate the COLA adjustment, and in no way am I complaining," Deakin added. "It's just that every single thing you can talk about goes up. It doesn't go down."

By law, the COLA is based on a broad index of consumer prices. Advocates for seniors claim the general index doesn't accurately capture the rising prices they face, especially for health care and housing. They want the government to switch to an index that reflects the spending patterns of older people.

"What the COLA should be based on is still a very real issue," said William Arnone, CEO of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a research organization not involved in lobbying. "Older people spend their money in categories that are going up at a higher rate than overall inflation."

The COLA is now based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, or CPI-W, which measures price changes for food, housing, clothing, transportation, energy, medical care, recreation and education.

Advocates for the elderly would prefer the CPI-E, an experimental measure from the government that reflects costs for households headed by a person age 62 or older. It usually outpaces general inflation, though not always.

COLAs can be small or zero, as was the case in several recent years. People often blame the president when that happens. However, the White House can't dictate the COLA, which is calculated by nonpolitical experts.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed not to cut Social Security or Medicare. But the government is running $1 trillion deficits, partly as a result of the Republican tax cut bill Trump signed. Mounting deficits will revive pressure to cut Social Security, advocates for the elderly fear.

"The revenue loss in the tax bill contributes to much higher deficits and debt, and that is where the threats begin to come in," said David Certner, policy director for AARP. "Social Security, and in particular the COLAs, have been the target."

Former President Barack Obama floated — but ultimately dropped — a proposal called chained CPI, which would have slowed annual COLAs to reflect penny-pinching by consumers. Behind it is the idea that when the price of a particular good or service rises, people often respond by buying less or switching to a lower-cost alternative.

Because of compounding, smaller COLAs would have a dramatic effect over time on the federal budget and Social Security finances. But if inflation continues to rise, proposals to scale back cost-of-living adjustments carry greater political risk.

Beyond federal budget woes, Social Security faces its own long-term financial problems and won't be able to pay full benefits starting in 2034.

Social Security is financed by a 12.4 percent tax on wages, with half paid by workers and the other half paid by employers. Next year, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax will increase from $128,400 to $132,900.

About 177 million workers pay Social Security taxes. Of those, nearly 12 million workers will pay more in taxes because of the increase in taxable wages, according to the Social Security Administration.

In addition to retirees, other Social Security beneficiaries include disabled workers and surviving spouses and children. Low-income disabled and elderly people receiving Supplemental Security Income also get a COLA.

Categories: Ohio News

"That was quite something": Kanye West steals the show at the White House

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 13:52

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring that his red "MAGA" hat makes him "feel like Superman," rapper Kanye West made a free-styling appearance in the Oval Office Thursday.

Ahead of a private lunch, President Donald Trump and West spoke with reporters as they sat across from each other at the Resolute desk. West dominated the conversation with a series of monologues that touched on social policy, mental health, endorsement deals and his support for the president.

"Trump is on his hero's journey right now," West said, tossing out an expletive to describe himself.

West said that many people believe that, if you're black, you have to be a Democrat and said he was pressured not to wear his red "Make America Great Again" hat. But he said "this hat, it gives me power."

West credited Trump with preventing a war with North Korea and encouraged Trump to swap his usual Air Force One for a hydrogen-powered plane. West also argued that Trump deserved more respect, saying: "if he don't look good, we don't look good."

During a pause in West's comments, Trump said: "I tell you what that was pretty impressive." He also described West as a "smart cookie."

The rapper also spoke against stop-and-frisk policing policies, which Trump recently expressed support for. Trump said he was open to other ideas.

Trump recently tweeted praise for West, who closed a "Saturday Night Live" show wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat and delivering an unscripted pro-Trump message after the credits rolled.

West is married to reality television star Kim Kardashian West, who pushed Trump to grant a pardon for a drug offender this year.

Categories: Ohio News

2018 Circleville Pumpkin Show: Schedule, parking, live webcam

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 13:32

Quick Links: Parking | Schedule | Map | Live Video

As the excitement builds for the pumpkin show, and really, all things fall, those that run the show are giving you a live-look at all the action.

The show begins with a preview Tuesday night but the full-day's worth of events starts Wednesday, Oct. 17 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 20.

Included in the fun at the pumpkin show will be parades (two per day at 3:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and one Saturday); The Miss Pumpkin Show, the Little Miss Pumpkin Show, the largest pumpkin contest and, of course...pumpkin everything when it comes to food.

For more information on the pumpkin show, click here.

Pumpkin show map

Free public parking is available on the city streets surrounding the limits of The Pumpkin Show. These spaces are first come, first serve. Private parking lots surrounding the city are also available. The parking fees for these lots are determined by the owners of these lots. Please note that during busy hours, a walk of several city blocks may be required to reach The Pumpkin Show.

Handicapped parking is available on North Western Avenue. Persons wishing to use handicapped parking will enter from High Street and exit on Main Street. Parking will be diagonal.


Below is a list of some of the highlighted events at this year's Pumpkin Show. For a full list, click here.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

  • 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. -- Tuesday Night preview - Concessions & Rides
  • 5 p.m. -- Pumpkin Show Community Band Concert (Pumpkin Show Park Main Stage - 121 North Court Street)
  • 7 p.m. -- Shane Reunion - Country Rock (Main Stage)

Wednesday, Oct. 17

  • 8:30 a.m. -- 9 a.m. -- Foresman Chimes (Courthouse)
  • 9 a.m. -- Opening Ceremony - (Court & Main St.)
  • 9:15 a.m. -- Giant Pumpkin Weigh In (Court & Main St.)
  • 12:15 p.m. -- Nancy Martin Prettiest Pumpkin Award (Court & Main St.)
  • 1 p.m. -- Lindsey's Giant Pumpkin Pie Auction (Court & Main St.)
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. -- PARADE - Little Miss Pumpkin Show
  • 4 p.m. -- Competition Float Judging (Pickaway County Fairgrounds)
  • 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. -- PARADE - Miss Pumpkin Show
  • 9 p.m. -- Miss Pumpkin Show Judging

Thursday, Oct. 18

  • 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Baby Judging (Circleville Middle School)
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. -- PARADE - Baby Parade
  • 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. -- Pumpkin Show Community Band Concert (Main Stage)
  • 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. -- PARADE -- Parade of Bands

Friday, Oct. 19

  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. -- PARADE - Pet Parade
  • 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. -- Pumpkin Show Community Band Concert ( 121 E. Franklin St.)
  • 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. -- PARADE - Parade of Fraternal & Civic Organizations

Saturday, Oct. 20

  • 9 a.m. -- Circleville Classic 5 Mile Run (Circleville High School)
  • 11 a.m. -- Pumpkin Pie Eating Contests (Main Stage)
  • 5 p.m. -- Hog Calling Contest (Main Stage)
  • 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. -- PARADE - Queen's Parade
Live Video


Categories: Ohio News

'Win the moment': Ohio State football releases Minnesota trailer

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 13:06

The Ohio State Buckeyes have released the trailer for their Big Ten matchup against Minnesota.

"When I needed you the most, you played your best. When I needed you the most, you did your very best."

The Buckeyes and Gophers kickoff at Ohio Stadium at noon.

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Trump: US investigators looking into missing Saudi writer

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:26

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday the United States is being "very tough" as it looks into a Saudi writer missing and feared murdered in Istanbul, adding "we have investigators over there and we're working with Turkey" and with Saudi Arabia.

Trump spoke on "Fox & Friends" about Jamal Khashoggi, 59, a government critic who disappeared a week ago after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey. The wealthy former government insider wrote columns for The Washington Post, including some critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He'd been living in the United States in self-imposed exile.

Turkish officials say they fear Saudi Arabia killed and dismembered Khashoggi but offered no evidence. Saudi royal guards, intelligence officers, soldiers and an autopsy expert were part of a 15-member team from the kingdom that targeted Khashoggi, Turkish media reported Thursday.

"We want to find out what happened," Trump said. "He went in, and it doesn't look like he came out. It certainly doesn't look like he's around."

The president did not provide details on a U.S. investigation. Asked about a Washington Post report that U.S. intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain Khashoggi, Trump said, "It would be a very sad thing and we will probably know in the very short future."

The Post, citing anonymous U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence, said Prince Mohammed ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi from his home in Virginia to Saudi Arabia and then detain him.

Saudi Arabia has called the allegation it abducted or harmed Khashoggi "baseless." It has offered no evidence to support its claim the writer simply walked out of its consulate and vanished despite his fiancée waiting outside for him.

Decades of close U.S.-Saudi relations, which have only intensified under Trump, appeared in jeopardy by the suggestion of a carefully plotted murder of a government critic. Trump on Thursday described the relationship as "excellent."

Pressure, meanwhile, mounted in Congress for the Trump administration to address the writer's disappearance.

More than 20 Republican and Democratic senators instructed Trump to order an investigation under legislation that authorizes imposition of sanctions for perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, torture or other gross human rights violations.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a longtime critic of the Saudi government, has said he'll try to force a vote in the Senate blocking U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said it would be time for the U.S. to rethink its relationship with Saudi Arabia if it turned out Khashoggi was lured to his death by the Saudis.

Trump expressed reservations about withholding arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Speaking with "Fox News @ Night" Wednesday night, Trump warned such a move "would be hurting us."

"We have jobs, we have a lot of things happening in this country," Trump said. "We have a country that's doing probably better economically than it's ever done before."

He continued: "Part of that is what we're doing with our defense systems and everybody's wanting them. And frankly I think that that would be a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country. I mean, you're affecting us and, you know, they're always quick to jump that way."

Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been the Trump administration's point person on Saudi Arabia. Trump visited Saudi Arabia on his first international trip as president and announced $110 billion in proposed arms sales.

The administration also relies on Saudi support for its Middle East agenda to counter Iranian influence, fight extremism and support an expected peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians.

Categories: Ohio News

Face the State with Scott Light | October 14, 2018

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 10:47

This week on Face The State:

  • Final Face Off - Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray go head to head in their third and final debate. The gubernatorial candidates talk Ohio's economy, education, affordable tuition and where they stand on Issue One.
  • Kasich on Kavanaugh - Ohio Governor John Kasich calls out both parties over the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process. Our panel looks at what the decision means for the nation and for Ohio.

Guests this week:

  • David Pepper - Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party
  • Blaine Kelly - The Ohio Republican Party
  • Tracey Winbush - Mahoning County Republican Party Chair
  • Herb Asher - Ohio State Political Science Professor Emeritus

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Mega Millions jackpot is now 9th-largest prize in U.S. history

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 07:45

DES MOINES, Iowa (CBS/AP) -- Lottery players will have a chance at the nation's ninth-largest jackpot when numbers are drawn for Friday's Mega Millions game. The estimated $548 million prize would be the largest jackpot in more than nine months.

Players who buy $2 tickets face extremely long odds, with a one in 302.5 million chance of matching all six numbers.

This is the Mega Millions' third biggest prize ever. Mega Millions' record haul was a $656 million jackpot shared by people in three states in 2012. Just behind that was a $648 million pot won in California and Georgia on Dec. 17, 2013.

The Mega Millions prize has grown so large because no one has won the jackpot since July 24, when 11 co-workers from the San Francisco Bay Area joined an office pool and hit the winning numbers for a $543 million payoff.

The $548 million prize in Friday's drawing refers to the annuity option, which is awarded in 30 payouts. A winner who opted for a cash payout would receive $309 million, minus taxes.

How to play Mega Millions

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 per play and there are a total of nine ways to win a prize, ranging from the jackpot down to $2. You can play Mega Millions in 46 localities: 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

10 largest U.S. jackpots in U.S. history

  1. $1.6 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)
  2. $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)
  3. $656 million, Mega Millions, March 30, 2012 (three tickets, from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland)
  4. $648 million, Mega Millions, Dec. 17, 2013 (two tickets, from California and Georgia)
  5. $590.5 million, Powerball, May 18, 2013 (one ticket, from Florida)
  6. $587.5 million, Powerball, Nov. 28, 2012 (two tickets, from Arizona and Missouri)
  7. $564.1 million, Powerball, Feb. 11, 2015 (three tickets, from North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas)
  8. $559.7 million, Powerball, Jan. 6, 2018 (one ticket, New Hampshire)
  9. $543 million, Mega Millions, July 24, 2018 (one ticket, California)
  10. $536 million, Mega Millions, July 8, 2016 (one ticket, from Indiana)
Categories: Ohio News

Postal service proposes price increase for stamps

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 07:05

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is seeking to increase the price of its first-class stamp by 5 cents to 55 cents to help stem its mounting red ink.

If approved by regulators, the 10 percent increase to the cost of mailing a 1-ounce letter would be the biggest since 1991. The price of each additional ounce would go down, from 21 cents to 15 cents.

The proposed increase would take effect in January. It comes as President Donald Trump has criticized the Postal Service for "losing a fortune" by not charging higher shipping rates for online retailers such as

The Postal Service has seen years of financial losses as an unrelenting drop in mail volume and costs of its health care and pension obligations outweighed strong gains in package deliveries.

Categories: Ohio News

Olentangy Orange High School and Middle School on lockdown after nearby shooting

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 05:52

Delaware, OH - Two schools on lockdown after a shooting nearby.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office says deputies are investigating a shooting in the area of Whites Court and Summerfield Drive. The sheriff's office says someone shot at a car around 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

Olentangy Orange High School and Middle School are both on lockdown, according to a sheriff's office tweet.

7:15am Thursday: We are investigating a shooting at a car on Whites Ct., No injuries. Residents on these 3 streets only are asked to stay in their homes until notified: Whites Ct, Trillium Dr. & Summerfield Dr. - no buses to these streets. On lockdown now: Olen. Orange HS & MS.

— Delaware County SO (@DelCoSheriff) October 11, 2018

People living on these three streets are being asked to stay in their homes until further notice: Whites Court, Trillium Drive, and Summerfield Drive. Buses are not allowed on these streets either.

Stay with 10TV and for updates.

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US, Russian astronauts safe after emergency landing

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 04:53

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — Two astronauts from the U.S. and Russia were safe after an emergency landing Thursday in the steppes of Kazakhstan following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled at 2:40 p.m. Thursday from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz booster rocket. Roscosmos and NASA said the three-stage Soyuz booster suffered an emergency shutdown of its second stage. The capsule jettisoned from the booster and went into a ballistic descent, landing at a sharper than normal angle and subjecting the crew to heavy G-loads.

NASA said that rescue teams have reached Hague and Ovchinin and they've been taken out of the capsule and were in good condition. The capsule landed about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of the city of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan. The launch failure marks an unprecedented mishap for the Russian space program, which has been dogged by a string of launch failures and other incidents in recent years.

"Thank God, the crew is alive," Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters when it became clear that the crew had landed safely. He added that the president is receiving regular updates about the situation.

The astronauts were to dock at the International Space Station six hours after the launch, but the Soyuz booster suffered an unspecified failure and shut down minutes after the launch. Search and rescue teams were immediately scrambled to recover the crew and other paratroopers were dropped from a plane to reach the site and help the rescue effort. Dzhezkazgan is about 450 kilometers (280 miles) northeast of Baikonur. Spacecraft returning from the ISS normally land in that region.

It was to be the first space mission for Hague, who joined NASA's astronaut corps in 2013. Ovchinin spent six months on the orbiting outpost in 2016.

Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin, who watched the launch together with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, tweeted that a panel has been set up to investigate the cause of the booster failure.

Earlier this week, Bridenstine emphasized that collaboration with Russia's Roscosmos remains important.

Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to post-Cold War lows over the crisis in Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential vote, but they have maintained cooperation in space research.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is currently the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the International Space Station following the retirement of the U.S. space shuttle fleet. Russia stands to lose that monopoly in the coming years with the arrival of the SpaceX's Dragon v2 and Boeing's Starliner crew capsules.

Thursday's failure was the first manned launch failure for the Russian space program since September 1983 when a Soyuz exploded on the launch pad. Soviet cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov jettisoned and landed safely near the launch pad, surviving the heavy G-loads without injuries.

Russia has continued to rely on Soviet-designed booster rockets to launching commercial satellites, as well as crews and cargo to the International Space Station.

While Russian rockets had earned a stellar reputation for their reliability in the past, a string of failed launches in recent years has called into doubt Russia's ability to maintain the same high standards of their manufacturing.

Glitches found in Russia's Proton and Soyuz rockets in 2016 were traced to manufacturing flaws at the plant in Voronezh. Roscosmos sent more than 70 rocket engines back to production lines to replace faulty components, a move that resulted in a yearlong break in Proton launches and badly dented Russia's niche in the global market for commercial satellite launches.

In August, the International Space Station crew spotted a hole in a Russian Soyuz capsule docked to the orbiting outpost that caused a brief loss of air pressure before being patched.

Rogozin, the Roscosmos chief, has raised wide consternation by saying that an air leak spotted at the International Space Station was a drill hole that was made intentionally during manufacturing or in orbit. He didn't say if he suspected any of the current crew of three Americans, two Russians and a German aboard the station of malfeasance.

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Pickerington senior might not graduate because of Hilliard City Schools, unpaid fees

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 19:23

She's 17 years old. She doesn't like confrontation or being negative.

"I've just always tried to believe that if I give good to the world, then good comes back to me," Paige Hatton said.

If you knew her story, though, you wouldn't blame her if she was.

"My mom left when I was really young," she said. "Probably 6 months old."

Since then, Hatton lived with her dad. Her mother, she says, was more of an off-and-on occurrence in her life. Then, Christmas Eve, last year.

"She was at our house when [her father] called and said he was leaving," Jeannette Semones said. "It was Christmas Eve and he was going into rehab."

Semones and her husband are an acquaintance of Hatton's father and agreed to keep her.

At the time, Hatton was a student at Hilliard Bradley High School, which was roughly the 10th school in her lifetime.

Semones would drive the 50-mile round trip from Pickerington to Hilliard, every day, twice-a-day, for six months through the end of the school year.

"It put so many miles on my car," Semones said. "That's why we decided to try to make some different circumstances."

To transfer Paige to Pickerington Central High School, the Semones family had to go through the process to get legal guardianship.

"If I didn't have them, I really don't know exactly where I would be now," Hatton said.

Hatton's dad agreed to the change in guardianship.

That was enough to get Hatton into the Pickerington Schools system, but not everything from Hilliard Bradley came with her. Semones says Hilliard City Schools would not send Pickerington Central Hatton's transcripts because she had $522 worth of unpaid fees.

"I don't even know if I'm in the right classes right now, or if I'm taking what I need to take if my testing is right with what they're telling me I need to do," Hatton said.

The fees, according to Semones, are for an iPad that was stolen from Hatton a couple years ago, and for a handful of class fees. Semones says the fees were while Paige was still with her dad.

"I'm pretty well strapped," she said. "We put a lot of money in getting [Hatton] clothed and fed and court papers filed and I've paid all of her fees at Pickerington now that are due that I feel like are under my watch."

Semones, like her 17-year-old, doesn't like confrontation or being negative. She only hopes Hilliard City Schools feels the same way.

"I'd like to see them have a little compassion and give her a fair start in life that she really deserves," Semones said.

A spokeswoman with Hilliard City Schools says the district, under privacy laws, cannot comment on a student's transcripts.

Categories: Ohio News

Trump signs bills to help patients stop overpaying for drugs

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 18:39

WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurers will no longer be able to bar pharmacists from telling consumers when paying cash would be cheaper than using insurance for their prescriptions, as a result of bills signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump.

The two bills had broad bipartisan support as a consumer-friendly move to correct "gag rules" that many viewed as an egregious business practice. One bill applies to private health insurance and the other to Medicare.

The measures bar health plans or middlemen that manage pharmacy benefits from getting in between pharmacists and their customers. No longer can pharmacists be contractually prohibited from telling consumers when they would actually save money by not using their insurance plans.

Such head-scratching situations can arise because of convoluted deals between drug companies, insurers, middlemen and pharmacies.

Trump complained that drug prices are "way out of whack" and "way too high." But a recent Associated Press analysis of brand-name prescription drug prices suggests repeated strong criticism from the president hasn't had much impact. The analysis found it's been business as usual for drugmakers, with far more price increases than cuts.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the bills give patients the right to know about ways to pay the lowest price.

Under pharmacy "gag" rules, pharmacists have been prohibited from proactively telling consumers when their prescription would cost less if they paid for it out-of-pocket rather than using their insurance plan. Pharmacists who disobeyed risked penalties that could impact their business.

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1 in 'extremely critical' condition following shooting in north Columbus

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 17:58

COLUMBUS - Columbus Police are on the scene of a shooting that left one person in "extremely critical" condition in north Columbus.

It happened just before 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Agler Road and Brentnell Avenue.

No other information was immediately available.

Stay with 10TV and on this developing story.

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Limousine service operator charged in crash that killed 20

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 14:48

LATHAM, N.Y. (AP) — A limousine service operator was charged Wednesday with criminally negligent homicide in a crash that killed 20 people, while police continued investigating what caused the wreck and whether anyone else will face charges.

The operator's lawyer said that the man wasn't guilty and that police were rushing to judgment.

The company, Prestige Limousine, has come under intense scrutiny since Saturday's crash outside Albany killed two pedestrians and 18 people in a super-stretch limo.

Prestige Limousine operator Nauman Hussain hired a driver who shouldn't have been behind the wheel of such a car, and the vehicle shouldn't have been driven after state inspectors deemed it "unserviceable" last month, State Police Superintendent George Beach said at a news conference.

"The sole responsibility for that motor vehicle being on the road on Saturday rests with Nauman Hussain," Beach said, though he noted that investigators continue looking into whether anyone else should be held accountable.

As Hussain, 28, awaited arraignment, his lawyer, Lee Kindlon, said his client handled only marketing duties and phone calls, while his father ran the company, though police called Hussain its operator.

"My client is not guilty," Kindlon said. "The police jumped the gun in charging him with any crime."

Under New York law, criminally negligent homicide involves not perceiving a substantial, unjustifiable risk that leads to someone's death. It's punishable by up to four years in prison.

Police charged Hussain with a single count involving all 20 victims. He was arrested Wednesday in a traffic stop on a highway near Albany.

Hussain has had a brush with law enforcement before. State police accused him and his brother of claiming each other's names after a 2014 traffic stop, which happened while the brother was driving without a valid license.

Their father, Prestige Limousine owner Shahed Hussain, also has a history with law enforcement — as a government informant in terror plot investigations after the Sept. 11 attacks.

In Saturday's crash, a 19-seater Prestige limo ran a stop sign and plowed into a parked SUV at the bottom of a long hill in Schoharie, about 25 miles west of Albany. The crash appeared to be the nation's deadliest traffic accident since a bus full of Texas nursing home patients caught fire while fleeing 2005's Hurricane Rita, killing 23.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the limo driver didn't have the required commercial license, and that Prestige Limousine "had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road."

The limo had been written up Sept. 4 for code violations, including a problem with the antilock brakes' malfunction indicator system.

A sticker was placed on the vehicle declaring it "unserviceable," state Department of Transportation spokesman Joseph Morrissey said.

It was the latest in a series of inspection knocks for the Gansevoort, New York-based company. Four of its limos were cited this year with a total of 22 maintenance violations, though none was deemed critical.

Kindlon told CBS News on Tuesday the "safety issues had been addressed and corrected," saying many were minor. But Morrissey said any assertion that the limo involved in the crash had been cleared for service was "categorically false."

Kindlon said he didn't think the infractions contributed to the crash. He suggested the driver, who died in the crash, might have misjudged his momentum on the hill.

The T-intersection at the bottom was a known danger spot, Kindlon noted. It was rebuilt after a deadly 2008 wreck, but there have since been other accidents at the junction.

"I think, frankly, the Department of Transportation and the state of New York is doing a great job in saying, 'Look over there! It's not our fault!'" Kindlon said, suggesting the state "faces an incredible amount of liability if they're found to be at fault."

The limo's driver, Scott Lisinicchia, had been told he didn't have the proper license to drive it during an Aug. 25 traffic stop, state police said Wednesday. They said a trooper issued violations, advised that Lisinicchia couldn't drive the limo and "took steps to ensure that the vehicle was taken off the road."

The Times Union of Albany first reported about the traffic stop.

Lisinicchia's family, meanwhile, said he was unwittingly put in an unsafe vehicle.

Kim Lisinicchia told CBS in an interview broadcast Wednesday that her husband repeatedly said he wouldn't drive the car the way it was. But then "he trusted in what the limo company said, that the cars were all right," she said.

She said her husband was an excellent, veteran driver with over 20 years of experience in tractor-trailers and was in fine health.

"I feel for these victims," the widow said. "I am in no way trying to make it seem like it's about me or my husband. I just want my husband to be vindicated. I have to stand for him, 'cause nobody else will."

A vigil for the victims was set for Wednesday evening in a Schoharie school gymnasium.

Services have been set for some of the victims, including 24-year-old Savannah Devonne Bursese, of Johnstown, the accident's youngest victim. Her family is holding a private service Friday. In nearby Amsterdam, a funeral Mass is scheduled Saturday for the four King sisters, three of their husbands and the brother of one of the husbands.

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Judge sides with Ohio again over voters purged from rolls

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 14:44

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge rejected a voting rights group's latest arguments Wednesday that voters were illegally purged from Ohio's voting rolls.

U.S. District Judge George C. Smith largely sided with the state's arguments defending confirmation notices sent to voters that set off a removal process tied to failure to participate in the election process, in another blow to the A. Phillip Randolph Institute.

The institute's broader argument that Ohio's election administration process was unconstitutional lost in the U.S. Supreme Court in June, but the group continued to contest the legality of the notices.

Acknowledging the effort may have been "an end run around the Supreme Court's decision and a final attempt to have the previously removed voters reinstated," the court allowed arguments to go forward.

Smith ordered Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted to continue using the state's current confirmation forms, which have been repeatedly revised in response to years of legal wrangling.

Wednesday's decision effectively makes Husted's voluntary changes permanent. The judge also ordered him to make one additional change to make them compliant with the National Voting Rights Act, which is adding information telling people who move out of state how to remain eligible to vote.

Stuart Naifeh, of Demos, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said the judge's order was validation of plaintiffs' claims that the forms were improperly vague in letting recipients know failure to reply could trigger removal proceedings.

"We are gratified that the court ruled that Ohio's notice has for many years been out of compliance with the NVRA in one way, but unfortunately, the court failed to recognize the multiple other ways in which Ohio had violated federal law," Naifeh said. "And it left Ohio voters who have been wrongfully purged or are set to be wrongfully purged after the November election with no relief or option to cast a ballot that will count this November."

Naifeh said plaintiffs were deciding their next steps.

"This decision comes after the voter registration deadline has passed and just as early voting is beginning, when voters and our clients can no longer take matters into their own hands to correct the Secretary's violation of federal law," he said. "We are considering our options."

Husted, a candidate for lieutenant governor, said Wednesday's ruling was yet another win for Ohio's voting procedures. He characterized the plaintiffs as "out-of-state activist litigators" who have "tried to undermine Ohio's election system and compromise election officials' ability to maintain accurate voter rolls" for three years.

"As multiple federal courts have stated, including in today's winning decision, Ohio is a national leader in making voting accessible to its residents," he said in a statement. "Ohio's process for managing its voter rolls has been upheld by multiple courts — including the U.S. Supreme Court. It's now time for the plaintiffs to move on and end their attempts to undermine Ohio's elections."

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Family of murder victim devastated by release of accused killer just before trial

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 14:28

An accused killer is being released from jail, after a last-minute discovery just as he was about to go on trial.

Sharla Spangler's murder in 1985 sat unsolved for 32 years. Last year, Columbus Police Cold Case Detectives charged Doug Krumlauf in the killing.

But Tuesday, a judge released him after a surprising courtroom announcement.

Prosecutors say they got a call from BCI, the state crime lab, just before jury selection.

They told the judge BCI had discovered that some DNA evidence recovered from Sharla's body hadn't been fully tested.

"We've had this trial date for over six months, but in order to have a fair trial, we have no choice but to let BCI test the DNA," said Franklin County Judge Laurel Beatty Blunt.

"We're not grousing and pointing the fingers at anybody but BCI. They've had this evidence for close to two years," said defense attorney Sam Shamansky. "I would submit, Your Honor, to keep Mr. Krumlauf locked up pending trial is singularly unfair."

The judge agreed, releasing Krumlauf on house arrest, after more than 18 months in jail.

"It just broke my heart all over again," said Sharla's sister, Carla Spangler. "It's just not fair that they let him go home."

Though she remains confident Krumlauf will be convicted, her long wait just got longer.

"I can't wait," she cried. "I've been waiting a long time."

The Ohio Attorney General's Office, which runs BCI, tells 10TV there was no mistake on BCI's part.

A spokesperson says "BCI conducted all the testing requested of them by Columbus Police, as well as any additional testing" required by their protocol.

They said, "In reviewing the file for trial, our staff learned of additional information not provided by Columbus Police at the time of testing that led our staff to recommend additional testing be conducted."

Columbus Police answered that with a one-sentence response: "Our officers did their jobs."

Krumlauf was arrested after domestic violence charges were filed in 2015 in Knox County. His fingerprints were entered into a database, and Columbus Police say they matched prints from the scene of Sharla's murder.

Detectives developed the case, and linApril of 2017, charged Krumlauf with murder.

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Security for gun rights walk, protest costs Kent State $65K

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 13:57

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Officials at Kent State University say the school spent about $65,000 on security for what turned out to be a mostly peaceful demonstration and counter-protest over gun rights in late September.

The Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier reports the university's cost included paying for additional campus police and dispatchers, supplies, communications and other expenses.

More than 300 officers were on hand, including some from the State Highway Patrol, Kent police, campus officers from other colleges and local sheriff's deputies. Reports indicated they outnumbered the participants.

A recent graduate and gun activist organized the walk by about 50 activists in support of Second Amendment gun rights. About 100 people showed up for a counter-protest.

Four arrests were reported for disorderly conduct. No one was seriously hurt.

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