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Ohio Archives for 2017-04

House Plan to Funnel More Money To Schools

According to the Columbus Dispatch:
 
Ohio House Republicans are proposing hundreds of amendments to the budget proposed by Gov. John Kasich.
 
While most agencies saw funding cuts, House Republicans added nearly $90 million over two years for schools.
 
The House slightly increased the cap on funding increases to any one district, from 5 percent to 5.5 percent, increased the base per-pupil funding amount by 0.3 percent — to $6,020 — and put more money into capacity aid for poorer districts.
 
The House funding proposal would mean at least $100,000 extra for each of 165 districts. However, many districts cut under Kasich’s plan are still getting cut, just by a lesser amount.
 
Kasich’s budget left 390 districts with less money. The total is 350 under the House plan.
 
House leaders said the additional money shows education is a priority, but “frankly, $40 million (per year) over 612 districts doesn’t spread very far,” said Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, chairman of the House Finance Committee. “It’s nothing that’s going to blow people away.”

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Columbus polar bear cubs to make first public appearance Wednesday

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The first of three polar bears born at the Columbus Zoo over the winter will be out for public viewing Wednesday morning.

 

The zoo plans to have Anana and her cub out on April 19 at 9am.

 

Aurora and her twins will be able to be seen by the public at a later date. The zoo said the three cubs will not be on view together because female polar bears typically raise their young independently.

 

According to the zoo, the polar bear mothers have been caring for their cubs in their dens and behind-the-scenes areas to ensure healthy development. After successfully completing “swim lessons,” the cubs have become acclimated to the outdoor habitat at Polar Frontier, where visitors can enjoy viewing them and learn more about this threatened species.

 

The three cubs are the only three polar bears born in a zoo in North America in 2016.

 

The zoo plans a special public announcement shortly after the viewing begins.

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Sheriff: Newcomerstown, Ohio officer lied about being shot during traffic stop

NEWCOMERSTOWN, OH (WCMH) – The Tuscarawas County Sheriff said a Newcomerstown police officer made up a story about being shot last week.

 

Officer Bryan Eubanks originally said he was investigating a meth lab operating out of a Geo Tracker. He said the suspects shot him in the arm and drove off.

 

Now, investigators say Eubanks shot himself in a failed suicide attempt.

 

Sheriff Orvis Campbell said Eubanks claims he was under emotional stress before he shot himself.

 

Eubanks is expected to be charged, but no other details have been released.

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Bestiality crimes targeted by new state laws, FBI reporting

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's new anti-bestiality law was prompted in part by the case of a man charged with engaging for years in sexual intercourse with dogs. Similar laws against human-animal sexual acts are passing around the country.

In Ohio, animal-rights groups have joined with domestic violence shelters, psychologists and law enforcers to fight the perception that bestiality is little more than a joke. One criminologist reports a 600-percent increase in such crimes over the past seven years.

Experts say the internet has allowed like-minded individuals seeking to share animals for human sexual purposes to more easily communicate.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released animal cruelty crime statistics for the first time last year. Bestiality is now seen as a red flag for acts of human violence, including against children, women and family members.

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