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Headline News 07/19/11
Thunderstorms cut area power; McCafferty should be jailed; Bar owners may ban armed patrons; Medicaid workers aid men posing as foreign drug dealers

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  • Prosecuters say McCafferty should be jailed
  • Bar owners may ban armed patrons
  • Medicaid workers aid men posing as foreign drug dealers
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    Thousands of Ohio customers have lost power due to storms with high winds that snapped trees and power poles like matchsticks.

    The state's utilities early Tuesday reported more than 14,000 outages, mainly in parts of northern and central Ohio hit hardest by the wild weather Monday evening.

    The National Weather Service says a 73 mph wind gust was clocked in Mantua (MAN'-uh-way) in northeast Ohio's Portage County. Winds in excess of 50 mph were reported in other areas, and nickel-size hail was spotted in central Ohio's Fairfield County.

    In northwest Ohio, the emergency manager in Henry County reported that nine utility poles were broken off by the winds and a work trailer was flipped over and blown into part of a road.

    There were no reports of injuries.

    Federal prosecutors say Bridget McCafferty was a lousy judge in more ways than one, and should go to prison as a result.

    McCafferty has been convicted on 10 counts of lying to FBI agents about conversations she had about pending cases with then Auditor Frank Russo, Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and others. She had been scheduled for sentencing this (Monday) morning, but that’s been delayed for two more weeks.
    In their recommendations for a prison sentence, federal prosecutors maintain that lying to the feds was part of McCafferty’s pattern.
    They say she intervened for her boyfriend – a county auditor’s employee -- when he was caught goofing off on county time. They also accuse her of lying to the Ohio Supreme Court to make her backed-up caseload look better. And they say she falsely claimed she graduated with top academic honors from Miami University.

    Ohio’s former attorney general has been tapped by President Obama to chair a new, powerful, consumer protection bureau. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

    Ohioans who have permits to carry concealed weapons have been celebrating the new state law that, starting September 30th, will allow hidden guns inside bars and restaurants that serve alcohol--as long as the gun-carriers aren’t drinking. But Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen reports many bars will still try to keep the guns out and they’ll have a legal right to.

    President Barack Obama is vowing to fight any efforts to block the work of a new consumer protection bureau as he introduced former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray to run the agency.
    If confirmed by the Senate, Cordray would head the agency tasked with being a government watchdog over mortgages, credit cards and other forms of lending. Obama says the agency will protect the public from financial fraud and abuse.
    Republicans have already threatened to block Cordray's confirmation.

    Convicted Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk is facing another investigation in Germany. Prosecutors there have opened a new case based on a complaint accusing Demjanjuk of working in the Flossenburg concentration camp.
    In May, a German court convicted the former Clevelander of nearly 30-thousand counts of accessory to murder for his role at the Sobibor death camp in German-occupied Poland. It was the first war- crime conviction based solely on evidence of a defendant being a camp guard, but with no evidence he committed a particular killing.
    The 91-year old Demjanjuk is in a German nursing home awaiting the outcome of his appeal of the Sobibor conviction.

    Ohio officials are investigating allegations that some Columbus area Medicaid workers inappropriately advised men posing as Russian drug dealers on how to get government health care benefits.
    Conservative activist James O'Keefe posted undercover video on his Project Veritas website Monday suggesting workers in three counties helped the men after being told they were illegal immigrants whose young sisters performed sex acts for drug clients.
    Ohio Department of Job and Family Services spokesman Ben Johnson

    says the video is "extremely troubling". The agency and the counties involved are looking into it.
    In the video, a Franklin County worker suggests the men hide ownership of an $800,000 car, adding "you didn't hear that from me." In a statement, the county says that worker has been placed on paid administrative leave.
    Johnson says the men never received Medicaid benefits.

    The Cleveland Clinic ranked No1 in heart care for the 17 straight year in the annual U.S. News and World Report’s list of top hospitals.   The Clinic is ranked 4th in the nation overall behind no.1 John’s Hopkins, Massachusetts General, and The Mayo Clinic.

    Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich is trying to prevent church closings in his district.
    Kucinich has requested a meeting with a representative of the Pope who will be in Cleveland to investigate the proposed closing of dozens of area churches.
    Kucinich calls the churches  ‘community anchors’ for Cleveland residents.

    Coal-fired power plants across the country are being checked for corrosion problems on billions of dollars’ worth of equipment that is supposed to cut air pollution. And the results from three power companies in Ohio show that the  scrubbers are corroding at a much faster rate than was expected.  WKSU’s M.L Schultze reports.

    Work has begun on the first step in a multibillion-dollar project to keep billions of gallons of raw sewage out of Northeast Ohio’s lakes, streams and rivers.

    Ohio drivers will see a new traffic signal at busy intersections across the state next year. The state Department of Transportation will install lights with flashing yellow arrows that will help drivers know when to turn left.

    Opponents of Ohio's new collective bargaining law say they have enough signatures to get a repeal question on November's ballot.

    The We Are Ohio campaign said Monday it has surpassed the roughly 231,000 valid signatures needed to ask voters whether the law should be tossed out.
    The campaign based its findings on preliminary results from 63 of the state's 88 counties. The group says it has more than 800,000 valid signatures.
    County elections officials were to report their signature review to Secretary of State Jon Husted's office by Monday.
    Husted has until July 26 to verify whether the opponents have met the requirements.
    The contentious law bans public employees from striking and restricts collective bargaining rights for more than 350,000 teachers, police officers, state employees and other public workers.

    Cleveland's police department has a new policy that starts a clock once an arrest is made.

    Officers must bring charges within 36 hours or let the suspect go. The Plain Dealer reports the directive follows instances of people being jailed too long without being charged and given a chance to make bail.

    The new police policy has safeguards so officers can get more time to file charges if needed and don't have to release suspects who should not be back on the streets.
    Ohio courts will be required to hire a foreign language or sign language interpreter in some cases, under a new rule adopted by the state Supreme Court.
    The state's highest court announced Monday that the rule taking effect Jan. 1, 2013 says an interpreter must be paid for if the service is necessary to allow a person involved in a court case to participate meaningfully.
    The Supreme Court in February certified a group of court interpreters for the first time. Officials say Ohio courts handle more than 25,000 cases a year that require an interpreter and accommodate about 80 languages.

    The Indians swept the Twins in a doubleheader with 5-2 and 6-3 wins. It's the first time the Indians have swept a doubleheader in Minneapolis since 1961.
    David Huff pitched seven scoreless innings and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer to lift the Indians to a 5-2 victory over the Twins in the first game of a day-night doubleheader yesterday.

    In game two -  Lou Marson hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh and the Indians completed a doubleheader sweep with a 6-3 win.

    Fausto Carmona (5-10) came off the disabled list and won for only the second time in his last 12 starts.
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