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Senator Rob Portman Visits Stark County

Stark County got a visit from an Ohio Senator Friday afternoon. Senator Rob Portman visited Tesla NanoCoatings in North Canton to tour the facility and highlight his work on Career and Technical Education. Portman is the co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus and also authors the CAREER Act. The Act is a bipartisan legislation designed to improve federal job training programs and make them more responsive to the needs of the 21st century job market. Last year major provisions of the CAREER Act were signed into law as part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
 

Human Trafficking to be Discussed in Canal Fulton

Canal Fulton is hosting an event focusing on Human Trafficking. Betty Spencer will give a presentation on the issue in Ohio. She will offer invormation on how to stop it. It's all happening at 7:00 Monday night at the Canal Fulton United Methodist Church on Cherry Street. 
 

Negotiations Continue to Keep Company in Canton

The City of Canton continues work to keep Nationwide Insurance in the city and save local jobs. "One of the things we ask is 'what will it take' you know 'what do you need?" Mayor William Healy says this isn't the first time the city has negotiated with companies ready to leave the city. "Dietroit Diesol about four or five years ago announced that they were leaving town. We brought in the Congressman, we brought in some state officials. We communicated with them our desire and interest to keep them here." Detroit Diesel is still in the city today and Healy says they will fight for Nationwide just the same.  Nationwide announced plans to close the Canton branch in the next 5 years, impacting hundreds of workers. 
 

Thomas Cotton Guilty in Hartville Explosion

The man charged in an explosion in Harville early last year is found guilty.  Thomas Cotton pleaded no contest to several charges, but the court found him guily. Stark County Prosecutors say Cotton was making homemade fireworks in his garage last year. He caused an explosion that rocked the El Camino Circle nieghborhood.  Cotton's presentencing hearing is set for April 22nd. He faces up to 8 years in prison if convicted. 
 

AMBER ALERT: Missing 7 Week Old Baby

The 7 week old baby girl from Cleveland has been found safe. Kemyra Foust was reported missing early Friday morning. Police say she was found in good condition and has been returned home to her mother. The mother's ex-boyfriend 25 year old Ramon Ogletree has been arrested. 
 
 

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Valleyview club is third private pool in area to close since summer

The $375,000 real-estate listing offers a “nice” second-story apartment. It’s not exactly an “ open concept” urban loft or suburban manse. But it does come with a pool, a really big one — 23,000 square feet with a cool orange tube slide — and a 150-car parking lot. The Hilltop Swim Club in Valleyview, the third private swimming pool to close since summer, is on the market.

Rep. Anne Gonzales emails ad to lobbyists: Let me sell your house!

After raising alarms earlier this year for promoting her new real-estate business on Twitter, state Rep. Anne Gonzales is prompting ethical concerns by sending email solicitations directly to Statehouse lobbyists.

Inmates fight limits with hunger strike

Inmates at the state’s highest-security prison have entered the second week of a hunger strike protesting recreation and programming restrictions that include a ban on religious gatherings for some of them.

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Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox

SEATTLE (AP) — Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she was freed from an Italian prison: She recently got engaged and has started writing theater reviews and other articles for a weekly paper in her hometown.

Amanda Knox grateful to 'have my life back' after court saga

SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox says she's "so grateful to have my life back" after Italy's highest court overturned her murder conviction in the slaying of her roommate.

Search goes on for at least 2 after apparent NYC gas blast

NEW YORK (AP) — Emergency workers are searching for at least two people still missing after an apparent gas line explosion leveled three apartment buildings as investigators piece together what exactly caused the blast that injured 22.

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