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Cleveland VA will open the first U.S. facility to treat transgender vets
Top headlines: Veterans honored around northeast Ohio; Cleveland pays $5,000 to jailed protestor; Kasich stays aggressive in fourth GOP presidential debat
by WKSU's CORY YORK


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Kasich got mixed reviews and a few boos during the Fox debate last night.
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Morning headlines for Wednesday, November 10, 2015:
  • Investigators comb plane wreckage in east Akron
  • Cleveland VA will open the first U.S. facility to treat transgender vets
  • Veterans honored around northeast Ohio
  • Cleveland pays $5,000 to jailed protester
  • Kasich stays aggressive in fourth GOP presidential debate
  • Kasich calls Trump's immigration plan "silly"
  • Kasich blasts Hillary Clinton 
  • Ohio Ballot Board splits clean energy issue into two, maybe three
  • Ohio congresswoman calls for more aggressive action to fight algae blooms
  • Former doctor goes to prison for prescribing painkillers in exchange for sexual favors
  • Judge accepts death row inmate's withdrawal of his plea to be executed
  • Investigators comb plane wreckage in east Akron
    Investigators are still trying to determine why a small business jet crashed into an apartment building on Akron's east side. A mass-fatality team is working this morning to recover the bodies of victims and sift through the wreckage. The 10-seat Hawker H25 jet crashed into the Akron apartment building Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say no one aboard the plane survived, but they haven't confirmed the number of people The owner of the plane says two crew members and seven passengers were on board. No one was inside the four-unit apartment building or another home that caught fire. The flight was to go from Dayton ato Akron Fulton International Airport, about 2 miles from the crash site. Federal, state and local officials have scheduled a news conference for noon at the crash site.

    Cleveland VA will open first facility to treat transgender vets

    The Louis Stokes VA Medical Center will hold a ceremony tomorrow opening the first facility in the country devoted to transgender veterans. According to WKYC, the clinic will provide hormonal and mental health care, as well as primary care. The Cleveland VA now treats about two dozen transgender vets among the 112,000 vets it treats annually.

    Veterans honored around northeast Ohio

    Veterans will be honored at events throughout Northeast Ohio today. Cleveland Veteran's Day parade starts at 9:30 this morning at City Hall followed by a ceremony in City Hall's rotunda. The University of Akron is holding a breakfast and ceremony in the Student Union's Ballroom. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles will be speaking. And this afternoon the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will offer a free two-hour train ride for vets.

    Cleveland pays $5,000 to jailed protester
    Cleveland has agreed to pay $5,000 to one of the protesters jailed during demonstrations in May over the acquittal of police officer Michael Brelo. Cleveland.com is reporting that the city also is changing its procedures on ordering people to disperse. The payment will go to Stephen McNulty, a medical student at Ohio University. He had been charged with failure to disperse, but he said he was just taking photos and the charge was dropped. The ACLU represented McNulty and others who – the civil liberties group says – were herded into an alleyway on the west side of downtown, then blocked in. Brelo was acquitted in the killing in November 2012 of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell following a high-speed chase involving more than 100 officers. Neither Russell nor Williams were armed.

    Kasich stays aggressive in fourth GOP presidential debate
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich stepped it up in last night’s GOP presidential debate – at least when it comes to time. Politico says he got the second-most speaking time – nearly 12 minutes. Texas Sen. Ted. Cruz got the most with 13 and a half minutes. And at times – such as when Cruz was pushing Kasich on the Fed, banks and too-big-to-fail – they were speaking at the same time.

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    "Why would you (Kasich) then bail out rich Wall Street banks, but not Main Street, not Mom-and-Pop, not Sabina Loving?" Cruz said criticizing Kasich.. 

    "I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t," Kasich rebutted.

    "But you just said an executive…"

    "No. No, I didn’t say that."

    "...knows to step in and bail out a bank."

    "They were—they were talking about what you would do with depositors. Would you let these banks shut down? My argument is, going forward, the banks have to reserve the capital, so that the—so that the people who own the capital start pressuring the banks to not take these risky approaches, Ted." 

    But Kasich’s answer was met at times with boos, such as when he said he would protect average customers over investors but offered no clear explanation of how.

    Kasich calls Trump's immigration plan "silly"
    Kasich used Tuesday’ night’s debate to sharply criticize frontrunner Donald Trump’s plans to deport immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, calling it “silly.” But much of his nearly 12 minutes on stage was spent on the economy. Kasich said there is “too much greed” on Wall Street. 

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    “We should all think about the way we conduct our lives—yes, free enterprise is great, profits are great, but there have to be some values that underlay it, and they need a good ethics lesson on Wall Street on a regular basis to keep them in check so we, the people, do not lose.”

    Kasich blasts Hillary Clinton 
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich challenged Donald Trump on immigration and sparred with Ted Cruz on banks and the Fed during the fourth presidential debate in Milwaukee last night. But he also used the debate to blast the policies of Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, saying Republicans must win the election to reduce power in Washington.

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    "When the fall comes, and we run against Hillary, which will be a disaster if she got elected. I have two 16-year-old girls, and I want this country to be strong. We make promises we can’t keep under the bright light of the fall, we will have trouble. We must make sure that economic programs and our military programs are solid.”

    Kasich spoke in all for nearly 12 minutes – second only to Ted Cruz.

    Ohio Ballot Board splits clean energy issue into two, maybe three
    The Ohio Ballot Board has split a clean-energy proposal into two ballot questions for the state's ballot next year. Secretary of State Jon Husted also says one of the questions could be divided into a third later if it's determined that it would fall under anti-monopoly protections OK'd by voters last week.

    Ohio congresswoman calls for more aggressive action to fight algae blooms
    Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur again is calling for federal agencies to be more aggressive in fighting algae blooms in Lake Erie, following news from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that the 2015 bloom was the most severe in recorded history. The northern Ohio congresswoman is praising steps taken so far, including trying to control runoff from farm fields and sewer plants, but she says more needs to be put into science to control the blooms.

    Former doctor goes to prison for prescribing painkillers in exchange for sexual favors
    A former northeast Ohio doctor is heading to prison for prescribing painkillers in return for money and sexual favors. Cleveland.com reports 29-year-old Gregory Ingram was sentenced Tuesday to one year in prison. He pleaded guilty in August to 48 counts of illegal dispensing of a controlled substance. Prosecutors say he wrote prescriptions for more than 1,700 tablets of oxycodone and morphine over a two-year period while working as an emergency room doctor in Akron.

    Judge accepts death row inmate's withdrawal request to be executed
    A judge has accepted an Ohio death row inmate's request to change his mind about volunteering to be executed. Condemned prisoner Gregory McKnight said earlier this year he wanted to be put to death for killing Kenyon College student Emily Murray in 2000, but said last week he would withdraw that request if a lawyer with a similar background as his was added to his legal team. McKnight is black and originally from New York City. Federal Magistrate Judge Michael Merz agreed Tuesday to the selection of black defense attorney Anthony Ricco from New York. The judge said he considers McKnight's volunteer request withdrawn. The 39-year-old McKnight was sentenced to death for killing Murray and to life in prison for killing a friend, Gregory Julious.
     
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