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Stark County Unemployment Figures For March Released

The Stark County unemployment rate for March is down when compared with figures from February.  But, that piece of good news is tempered somewhat.  The jobless rate last month in Stark County was 6.3%, compared with 7% in February and 7.9% in March 2013.  The size of the workforce in Stark County last month was nearly 184,000.  In February, the workforce in the county was estimated at 185,600.  The State of Ohio says the number of Stark County workers without a job last month was 11,600.

Canton City Council Considering Hiring a Consultant

Canton City Council members are looking at hiring a consultant to develop a comprehensive plan for the city's future at a cost of $350,000.  The plan would address the direction the city should take. One of the Council members in favor of the idea is Ward 8 councilman Edmond Mack. Appearing on Tuesday's Ron Ponder Show, Councilman Mack said it is important to have a comprehensive plan in place.  It's believed the last comprehensive plan the city of Canton had was back in the 1960s.

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Violence among nursing home’s residents jeopardizes license

A Gahanna nursing home that has been plagued by resident-on-resident assaults has until mid-May to stop the violence or lose its license. State health officials notified Bon-Ing Care and Rehabilitation last week that inspectors had found several problems that placed the safety of its residents in “real and present danger.”

Teen accused of killing jogger agrees to plea deal

A 16-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing a female jogger in a park near her Blendon Township house will plead guilty in adult court and be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 18 years. At a hearing today in Franklin County Juvenile Court, Jordan T. Stewart agreed to have his case transferred to adult court as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Richland County police seek woman who took toy from baby’s grave

ONTARIO, Ohio (AP) — Police are trying to identify a woman who took a stuffed animal from an Ohio boy’s gravesite after other toys and solar nightlights were stolen from there. On Saturday, the child’s family left a stuffed yellow duck for Easter at a cemetery in Ontario, near Mansfield. Surveillance video taken hours later shows a woman pick up the duck, look around and walk away.

La Chatelaine owner wins French award for honoring D-Day veterans

This ceremony, it was supposed to be about Stan Wielezynski. But he didn’t even get to sit at the head table of his own restaurant last night, as a French dignitary put a medal upon his chest. And he wouldn’t have had it any other way.

NATIONAL NEWS

Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.

Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion

OPAL, Wyo. (AP) — A small town in southwest Wyoming was evacuated Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub. There were no reports of injuries.

Man charged with murder in nursing home deaths

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston nursing home resident accused of using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death is facing a capital murder charge, police said Wednesday.

US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.

Archaeologists, tribe clash over Native remains

LARKSPUR, Calif. (AP) — Archaeologists and Native Americans are clashing over Indian remains and artifacts that were excavated during a construction project in the San Francisco Bay Area and then reburied at an undisclosed location, a newspaper reported.

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