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August 15, 2003 - 4:06pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
The state’s unemployment rate fell in July to 6.2%. That’s down from 6.3% in June. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services credits the decline to seasonal hiring in the leisure and hospitality industry. Morgan County had the highest unemployment rate in July at 16.4%
August 15, 2003 - 4:04pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
A former Newark-area volunteer for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of America has been sentenced to 89 years in prison for sexually abusing eleven boys when they were younger than 13. Licking County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Marcelain also classified 35-year-old Scott Wagner as a sexual predator. He won’t be eligible for parole or early release and will be spend the rest of his life in prison unless his conviction is overturned on appeal. Prosecutors said Wagner used a four-wheel vehicle, video...
August 15, 2003 - 4:03pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
The death of a suburban Columbus man on Monday has been linked to the West Nile Virus. It’s the first death in Ohio connected to the virus this year. State and Franklin County Health officials aren’t releasing any details about the 77-year-old man, including whether he died at home or in a hospital. The man had become ill this month. They say a blood sample from the victim led to the connection that he died of complications related to the virus. The disease is transmitted to humans by the...
August 15, 2003 - 9:52am
5 years 38 weeks ago
The lights should be coming on later today for the remaining First-Energy customers in northern Ohio who lost power during the nation’s largest power outage. About 100-thousand customers are still without power. At its peak yesterday, one-point-four million customers were without power. While power is coming back on, the utility may have to institute rolling blackouts. It is asking customers to conserve energy. Early reports indicated that the blackout that’s affected several key cities in...
August 15, 2003 - 7:43am
5 years 38 weeks ago
Teachers upset at the state agency that oversees their pensions will make their complaints loud and clear today to the agency’s board of directors. Current and retired teachers are expected to rally outside the statehouse before attending a state teachers retirement system board meeting. Teachers are upset over reports that millions of dollars have been spent on bonuses, artwork and travel at the same time that assets plunged. The former executive director also has acknowledged making...
August 15, 2003 - 7:35am
5 years 38 weeks ago
A former Newark-area volunteer for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of America has been sentenced to 89 years in prison for sexually abusing eleven boys when they were younger than 13. Licking County common pleas judge Thomas Marcelain also classified 35-year-old Scott Wagner as a sexual predator. He won’t be eligible for parole or early release and will spend the rest of his life in prison unless his conviction is overturned on appeal. Prosecutors said Wagner used a four-wheel vehicle, video games,...
August 14, 2003 - 10:48pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
State emergency officials say six Ohio counties are still mostly in the dark Thursday night. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency says about 90% of utility in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron and Lake counties are without power. Stark, Summit, Portage, Richland and Lorain have up to 50% without power and Lucas, Morrow and Marion have up to 25%. As of 10 p.m., about 880,000 Firstenergy customers were still without power. Lt. Governor, Jennette Bradley says utilities are telling state...
August 14, 2003 - 10:41pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
An immigration judge postponed a decision on whether to deny bail to an Ohio resident from Yemen who’s suspected of having links to Al Qaida. Ashraf Al-Jailani has been jailed for three months without charges. He’s awaiting a deportation hearing in York, PA. The federal government is keeping him in custody while it investigates whether he has terrorist ties. The 39-year-old Geochemist is a permanent legal resident and is married to an Ohio woman.
August 14, 2003 - 1:10pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
The Longaberger Company announced some good economic news today. Director of Corporate Communications Julie Moorehead says the basket making company is calling back some of its employees on lay off. Moorehead says 80 manufacturing workers from the woodcrafts operation are coming back to work based on company seniority. She says the workers will return in the next few weeks. Moorehead says the great response to new products like the canister basket is the reason for the employee callback.
August 14, 2003 - 10:35am
5 years 38 weeks ago
The coalition of school districts has asked the U-S Supreme Court to review Ohio’s long-running school-funding case. The coalition for equity and Adequacy in school funding asked the nation’s top court today for permission to file a federal appeal to reopen the case. The coalition wants the court to order the Ohio Supreme Court to reopen the school funding case. Coalition schools want lawmakers to be forced to comply with the Ohio Supreme Court’s previous rulings to fix the funding system....
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