Ohio News Briefs

Ohio schools, hospitals get $4.8 million in training grants

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Eighteen universities, medical schools and hospitals in Ohio have been awarded almost $4.8 million in federal funds as part of an effort to boost access to primary care.

The workforce grants were recently announced by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

Agency officials say the money will help fund education and training programs for providers who will practice in underserved areas.

The grants help provide nursing opportunities for minorities, training for postdoctoral health care professionals in primary care research, and allow nursing schools to offer partial loan forgiveness.

The University of Cincinnati and the Ohio State University are among the recipients of the grants.

Tressel credited with fundraising boost at Youngstown State

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Leaders of the private entity that fundraises for Youngstown State University are crediting the school’s president for helping to boost donations.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator reports that the YSU Foundation has raised $20.5 million in private gifts during the fiscal year that ended last month. That’s more than the $13 million for 2015 and $6.2 million reported in 2014.

The increase comes after Jim Tressel, a former head football coach at Ohio State University, became president of Youngstown State in 2014.

Paul McFadden, the foundation’s president, says Tressel’s impact on fundraising has been “profound.”

Tressel points to an increase in the number of the foundation’s development officers as a reason for the boost in donations.

The university transferred its fundraising responsibility to the foundation in late 2014.

Lawyer: Ohio mom of starved, beaten 2-year-old has low IQ

CINCINNATI (AP) — An attorney says a Cincinnati woman charged with murder after her 2-year-old daughter died of starvation and blunt-force injury has a low IQ and what he describes as “the mentality of a child.”

Defense attorney Will Welsh tells The Cincinnati Enquirer he’ll try to prove 30-year-old Andrea Bradley has developmental disabilities.

If that’s found to be true, it could remove the death penalty as a possibility in the case. A judge is set to consider the matter Sept. 7.

Bradley has pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder in the March 2015 death of Glenara Bates. The girl’s father pleaded not guilty to the same charges.

Bradley previously refused a deal from prosecutors to change her plea in exchange for removing the death sentence possibility.

Ohio gas prices down as crude oil prices continue to decline

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gas prices around Ohio continue to fall going into the work week.

Ohio’s average gas price for a gallon of regular gas was down to $2.06 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s down 12 cents from a week ago and about 31 cents below the state average this time last month.

Monday’s national average price was $2.16, compared with $2.21 last week and $2.31 a month ago.

This time last year, the state average was $2.50 and the national average was $2.72.

Gas prices continue to drop in most parts of the country due to abundant fuel supplies and declining crude oil costs.