Ohio News Briefs


GOP presidential candidate Trump to campaign in Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump plans a campaign rally in northwest Ohio as Democrats continue their convention in Pennsylvania.

Officials with the GOP candidate’s campaign say Trump is scheduled to appear at the Huntington Center in Toledo on Wednesday night.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are the scheduled keynote speakers in Philadelphia that night at the Democrats’ convention, leading up to Thursday’s acceptance speech by that party’s nominee.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine plan to travel to Ohio for a rally in Youngstown on Saturday evening and one in Columbus on Sunday.

Democrat drops out of Ohio race in Boehner district

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Democratic nominee in former Speaker John Boehner’s western Ohio district has withdrawn from the November election, leaving a clear field for now for recently elected Republican U.S. Rep Warren Davidson to win a full term.

Twenty-six-year-old Corey Foister says the June 7 special election results show he’s “not the right person.” He indicates in social media posts that he plans to stay in politics elsewhere.

Davidson romped to victory with 77 percent of the vote and took office that week to complete Boehner’s 8th House District term. Boehner left Congress last year after holding the seat nearly 25 years.

Butler County Democratic Party chairwoman Jocelyn Bucaro says Democrats are exploring options, but aren’t sure if they will be able to get someone else on the ballot.

Ohio asks judge to force school to release attendance data

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials want the state’s largest online school forced to turn over attendance data used in determining school funding.

Ohio’s Department of Education has asked a Franklin County judge to force the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow to turn over records showing when students logged on to do schoolwork last year and for how long.

Students work on computers instead of in actual classrooms at the school that could lose millions of dollars in state funding if students are falling short of the minimum attendance required by the state.

The school has refused to provide log-in and log-out records despite losing an attempt in court this month to block a state audit. School officials argue that log-in durations don’t provide a full accounting of the time students spend doing school-related work.

Chief: Driver called in rant before crashing into cruisers

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio police chief says a man who crashed into multiple police cruisers over the weekend called in a rant about police before he started driving erratically.

Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Jack Davis tells WEWS-TV the 46-year-old man called police around 1:20 a.m. Saturday and started “going off” about officers in an expletive-laced rant that lasted 32 seconds.

Police say the man then crashed into multiple vehicles in the department’s parking lot and collided with an officer who suffered serious, but not life-threatening, injuries. The department identified the officer as Ted Davis, an 11-year veteran of the force.

After the crash, police say the driver told them he set his Akron home on fire. Firefighters arrived to find a blaze that caused major damage.

Authorities haven’t released the man’s name.

Ohio Department of Aging director set to retire on Aug. 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The director of the Ohio Department of Aging is set to retire on the first of next month.

Bonnie Burman has served as the agency’s director since Republican Gov. John Kasich took office in January 2011.

The governor’s office says the 63-year-old Burman has helped strengthen Ohio’s efforts to serve its elderly residents through preventative programs, senior health care reforms and other policies.

Kasich has tapped Stephanie Loucka as Burman’s replacement. Loucka has recently held senior positions with the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, where she’s currently chief of staff. She’s previously served as the Department of Aging’s human resources director and assistant director.

Kasich said he’s confident Loucka can help the agency continue the progress that Burman established.

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