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Teen faces adult trial in fatal shooting of 17-year-old girl

A 16-year-old South Side youth will be prosecuted as an adult in the unintentional shooting death of a 17-year-old girl last summer, a Franklin County Juvenile Court judge ruled today. Tayon Dunson was charged with a delinquency count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Shevona Whitehead, who was shot on July 21 in a bedroom at Dunson’s home on S. Champion Avenue.

Conservatives question Kasich's support of Medicaid expansion in NYC

Ohio Gov. John Kasich got a rocky reception from leading conservative economists and media representatives in a New York City gathering, with one questioning whether Kasich thinks opponents of Medicaid expansion “are going to hell.” Kasich’s frequent use of the Bible to justify the expansion — made possible by Obamacare — didn’t sit well with many at the exclusive gathering in the tony Four Seasons restaurant on Wednesday night, especially Avik Roy, Manhattan Institute senior fellow and a Forbes opinion editor.

I-71 open again after tanker-truck leak fouls rush hour

All lanes of I-71 on the North Side are now open, after they were closed for about three hours because authorities thought a tanker truck was leaking a hazardous material. It eventually was determined that what was leaking from the truck was only water.

State officials tell people with disabilities that they can still choose their caregivers

Responding to a hornet’s nest of public criticism, state officials are reassuring people with developmental disabilities and others that they will still be able to choose the specific caregivers who see to their most basic needs at home. Members of the public concerned about the potential loss of choice turned out in droves in recent weeks to testify before legislators. They felt blindsided after Gov. Kasich’s administration tucked into last month’s budget bill a proposal to phase out potentially thousands of independent providers, citing concerns about fraud. Angry calls, hundreds of emails and more than 60 hours of testimony ensued.

Columbus Metropolitan Library commissions sculpture project for renovated Main Library

New York sculptor Virginia Overton has been commissioned to create an installation for the renovated Main Library of the Columbus Metropolitan Library system. Her proposal, chosen by a committee headed by library art consultant Lisa Kurzner, is expected to be installed by December 2016. The commission has been budgeted at $180,000.

Cincinnati mourns fallen firefighter: 'We lost a hero today'

CINCINNATI — A 29-year veteran firefighter died “a hero” Thursday from injuries he suffered while searching for people to rescue from a burning Cincinnati apartment building, authorities said. Daryl Gordon, 54, was removed from the building by stretcher after falling down an elevator shaft and died at a hospital, officials said.

U.S. House passes Medicare doctor payment reform bill

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill today backed by House Speaker John Boehner designed to provide a more predictable way for the government to pay physicians treating Medicare patients. By a vote of 392-37, the House sent the bill to the Senate, where it likely will win approval next month. President Barack Obama has promised to sign the bill, which was co-sponsored by Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Ohio woman pleads not guilty to brutally killing her infant

CINCINNATI — A woman accused of decapitating her 3-month-old daughter pleaded not guilty today to a charge of aggravated murder. Deasia Watkins, 20, was arraigned on the charge in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, a court official said.

On national dreariness scale, Columbus is not the grayest dot on the map

OK, the bad news first: Columbus is way dreary. By one guy’s measure, it’s among the dreariest cities in the nation, wetter and grayer than many of its counterparts. Take today, for instance. It’s like the closing credits to a movie in which the puppy dies. But here’s a bright ray through the drizzle: Cleveland is even drearier. And that comes from science, not people who hate Cleveland. Cincinnati also is grayer and wetter, though neither city is as bad as Buffalo, N.Y., which wins the prize for most dreary (which is probably something like a Browns Snuggie soaked in beer). We know all of this because Brian Brettschneider decided to put a face and a number to dreariness.

House passes charter school reform bill

The House gave broad support today to a bill designed to make improvements to state charter school law that has endured strong criticism both inside and outside Ohio for its lax oversight and “wild west” nature. “There is no such thing as a perfect bill. But this is a good bill that moves us in the right direction,” said Rep. Mike Dovilla, R-Berea, a prime sponsor.

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