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Close links: New documents reveal a close relationship between Cleveland restaurateur Tony George and FirstEnergy under the House Bill 6 corruption scheme, with George acting as an intermediary between senior FirstEnergy officials and former House Speaker Larry Householder , now charged, writes Jeremy Pelzer. George, who has an extensive financial relationship with FirstEnergy, was so close to Householder and FirstEnergy executives that they attended Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration together in 2017, according to FirstEnergy assistant comptroller Tracy Aston. in a transcript of deposition released Friday in a state filing by the Ohio Consumers Council Office.
Second choice: Sam Randazzo was not FirstEnergy executives’ first choice to become chairman of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission, according to text messages between the executives that were recently made public, Pelzer reports. But when Gov. Mike DeWine named Randazzo’s chairman in early 2019, FirstEnergy expected him to make their political bid for them — and he delivered, according to the texts, acquired and made public by the agency. supervision of state utility customers.
The judge replies: U.S. District Judge John Adams, who is presiding over the lawsuit filed by FirstEnergy shareholders against the company over the House Bill 6 scandal, accused the company’s attorneys of tactics to cut short the litigation without former executives making the case. object of depositions under oath. Over the weekend, attorneys for FirstEnergy filed a motion accusing Adams of withholding outside communications in the case and of conducting his own investigation into FirstEnergy. The latest motion and the judge’s response are another layer of litigation between the attorneys and Adams, reports Adam Ferrise.
Remember three digits:988, the number people should call in the event of a mental health crisis, has been launched nationwide and already appears to be reducing the number of calls to 911 in Ohio. Julie Washington reports that in Cuyahoga County, the number of calls to the Cuyahoga County Mental Health Services call center has increased from 18 a day to 38. It is hoped that 988 will be easier to remember than the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which has a 1-800 number.
Splitville? U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur, who is vying for re-election in a newly drawn seat that has more Republican voters, cut a TV ad criticizing President Joe Biden. She is the most prominent Democrat to walk away from the President, reports by Shane Goldmacher of the New York Times. Republicans point out how comfortable Kaptur and Biden are.
Flat: The average salary of American teachers has increased by only $29 a week from 1996 to 2021, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute, even as more work is expected of them and programs have moved to the screen. During the same period, the average wages of other university graduates during the period increased by $445 per week, Reporting by Susan Tebben of the Ohio Capital Journal.
Premature deaths: A new study from Ohio State University looking at extremely preterm births, between 22 and 26 weeks gestation, found that these babies accounted for 40% of all neonatal deaths nationwide. These babies are often born to black, Hispanic and Asian women who are less likely to receive medical interventions during delivery. If states like Ohio banned abortion, more of these extremely premature babies could be born and die, Reporting by Jo Ingles of Ohio Public Radio.
Wheels on the bus: School districts across the state are short of bus drivers and have compensated by combining routes, hiring transportation staff and mechanics to drive the buses. Reporting by Karen Kasler of Ohio Public Radio this competition is fierce with Amazon and UPS who need drivers.
The Immigrant Song: Some of the immigrants Texas Governor Greg Abbott bussed to New York and Washington, D.C. ended up in the Columbus area, Columbus Dispatch reports. Peter Gill profiles a family from Venezuela who moved to Ohio because “it’s cheaper, there’s more opportunity, and it’s not that big.” The United States has also made Venezuelans eligible for Temporary Protected Status, which grants reprieve to people from certain countries experiencing upheaval.
Five things we learned from Ron Brough’s July 13 financial disclosure. Brough, a Republican from Mayfield Heights, challenges state Rep. Phil Robinson, a Democrat from Solon, in House District 19.
1. He works for MCPC, a Cleveland-based technology company.
2. He listed 15 investments, including a traditional IRA and a Roth IRA with Ford Motor Co. and a traditional IRA with Barrick Gold Corp. He also reported multiple accounts with Vanguard and a 529 college savings fund.
3. He said he didn’t owe anyone at least $1,000 at any time last year.
4. He also did not report receiving any gifts, meals or drinks last year related to his job application.
5. He does not hold any professional license from the State.
Tristina Allen, Regional Director of the Ohio Democratic Party Organization
Lisa Harris, Ohio House Floors Coordinator
Torri Huebner, Central Regional Liaison with Office of State Auditor Keith Faber
State Representative Laura Lanese
State Representative Jessica Miranda
Justin Nigro, director of operations and public affairs of the Ohio Arts Council
Straight from the source
“We don’t get calls every day from members hundreds or thousands of miles away asking to be moved to Columbus, Ohio. It’s because they know Intel is coming.
-Michael Engbert, an Ohio-based official with the Workers’ International Union of North America, in an Associated Press article about the need for 7,000 construction workers in an already shrinking construction market. in full swing to build the Intel chip manufacturing plant.
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