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USDA petitioned to include poultry in humane slaughter law

USDA petitioned to include poultry in humane slaughter law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As Americans prepare to consume some 45 million turkeys on Thanksgiving, an animal rights group asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday to require more humane treatment for turkeys, chicken and other poultry as the birds are sent to slaughter.
California-based Mercy For Animals filed a ... (full story)


Retirement planning should include long-term care costs

Retirement planning should include long-term care costs

NEW YORK (AP) — Many Americans have a blind spot when it comes to retirement planning: long-term care costs. Even though the majority of Americans will at some point need long-term care, few are planning for it. Many underestimate the costs and mistakenly believe health insurance can help cover it.
"This is not like be ... (full story)


Despite health care costs, workforce issues, Ohio business leaders optimistic

The cost of health care keeps some business leaders in central Ohio up at night.
Twenty percent of 115 central Ohio businesses polled said the cost of health care was their top concerned, according to the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation's Prosperity Pulse survey for the third quarter.
The second top concern was wo ... (full story)


Illinois municipals and INST



Dear Mr. Berko: What do you think of buying $50,000 worth of the recently issued 3.75 percent Illinois general obligation bonds due in 2028? And please tell me about Instructure. If you approve, then I'll buy 1,000 shares. -- RS, Akron, Ohio
Dear RS: If you understand and can afford the risks, then buy the general obligation bond ... (full story)


Local


Medina court erred by granting drug defendant’s motion to suppress

A Medina County trial court erred by granting a defendant’s motion to suppress evidence in a vehicle search despite unlawful detention, according to the 9th District Court of Appeals.
The state of Ohio appealed the suppression ruling in favor of Michael Bramley, who was indicted on a felony possession count.
Case summar ... (full story)


9th District remands Lorain Schools’ wrongful termination case

A Lorain City School District employee who engaged in inappropriate verbal and physical aggression toward a student should not have been terminated, the 9th District Court of Appeals recently ruled.
Case summary shows that Aliceson B. Humphries was hired by the district in 1996. She was fired in 2016 while serving as the director ... (full story)


State


Pence praises GOP 'momentum,' but some governors may be wary

Pence praises GOP 'momentum,' but some governors may be wary

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence told a gathering of Republican governors Wednesday "we've got real momentum," despite stinging electoral defeats last week in Virginia and New Jersey, a GOP-led Congress that has failed to pass any major legislation this year and President Donald Trump's plummeting popul ... (full story)


Grants available for local courts to implement technology projects

Ohio courts may now apply for a new round of grants from the Ohio Supreme Court for technology projects designed to remove barriers to the efficient and effective administration of justice.
The application period opened Wednesday and continues until the close of business on Dec. 22, 2017. Any court of appeals, common pleas court ... (full story)


House bill clarifies point at which speed limits become enforceable

Ohio motorists who wonder exactly when a posted speed limit change becomes effective may have a more concrete answer if a House bill clears both houses of the Ohio Legislature and makes it to Gov. John Kasich's desk.
A substitute version of House Bill 219, reported out of the Transportation and Public Safety Committee of the Ohio ... (full story)


CFPB Director Cordray, who sparred with GOP, plans to resign

CFPB Director Cordray, who sparred with GOP, plans to resign

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Cordray, the aggressive first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said Wednesday he will leave the agency by the end of the month.
Corday was a holdover from the Obama administration, appointed to his position in 2013 for a five-year term. His early resignation will give President D ... (full story)


Suit seeks to stop new union limits around farm operations

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's only farmworker union is challenging a law limiting organized labor's activities in and around the state's vegetable and tobacco fields and other agricultural operations.
Their lawsuit filed Wednesday called the restrictions unconstitutional and discriminatory.
A last-minute House am ... (full story)


AP EXPLAINS: Farm runoff and the worsening algae plague

AP EXPLAINS: Farm runoff and the worsening algae plague

Harmful algae blooms have become a top water polluter, fueled by fertilizers washing into lakes, streams and oceans. Federal and state programs have spent billions of dollars on cost-sharing payments to farmers to help prevent nutrient runoff, yet the problem is worsening in many places. Here's a look at the algae menace and what's ... (full story)