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Testimony Underway in Dragan Sekulic Trial

Opening statements and testimony Tuesday in the Dragan Sekulic aggravated murder trial at the Stark County Courthouse. A sheriff's deputy, co-worker, his brother and the victim's sister took the stand. Sekulic is charged in the December 2015 shooting death of his ex-wife Zeljka Sekulic in the parking lot of the Astoria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on 12th Street. The jury was chosen on Monday.
 

Higher Gasoline Prices Greet Holiday Drivers

Just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend: Gasoline prices in the Canton-Massillon metro area are the highest in the state. The AAA Tuesday morning survey had regular averaging $2.48, that's up 12-cents from Monday. Higher crude oil prices get most of the blame;  the average price one year ago was $2.71.
 

Judge Continues Planned Parenthood Funding

A federal judge has blocked the state from enforcing the new law that cuts taxpayer aid to Planned Parenthood offices. The organization got a temporary restraining order. The measure aimed to bar funds for agencies that perform or promote abortion, but Planned Parenthood argues that some communities are losing free or low-cost breast exams and other health testing. Lawmakers began pushing to defund planned parenthood after undercover videos with employees allegedly showed them talking about the price for fetal tissue. Two anti-abortion activists behind the videos face charges.
 

Canton Council Supports Broadband Effort

Canton City Council is lending support to the effort to bring high-speed broadband service to Stark County. Monday night, council passed an informal resolution in support of the county's Broadband Task Team and their efforts. The team has brought on Magellan Advisors to serve as a technical consultant.
 

Good News at the Grill: Lower Beef Prices

As the "meat" of the outdoor grilling season approaches, there's good "meat" news. Beef prices have dropped to their lowest price in two years, just in time for grilling season. Bloomberg reports cattle ranchers are expanding their herds, and feed costs are going down. That means we should see burger prices drop about 2-percent for the summer.
 

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DSW sales, earnings disappoint investors

Strong sales of athletic shoes were not enough for DSW to meet Wall Street expectations as the Columbus-based footwear and accessories retailer reported disappointing first quarter earnings. In response to the news, shares fell by more than 9 percent in early morning trading.

Teacher charged with sex with minors gets probation after plea deal

LANCASTER, Ohio -- A former Fairfield County teacher originally charged with unlawful sexual conduct with two 15-year-old girls has been sentenced to five years on probation after he pleaded guilty on Tuesday to reduced charges. Judd Ellinger took a negotiated deal in which he pleaded guilty to two first-degree-misdemeanor counts of endangering children. He originally was charged with three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Man arrested in two-year-old murder case

A man wanted for nearly two years in the stabbing death of his North Side neighbor has been arrested.

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