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Akron Law rises in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Administrators and educators at The University of Akron School of Law got some good news recently when U.S. News & World Report unveiled its 2024 edition of Best Law Schools.
Overall, Akron Law moved up 14 places in the rankings to no. 136, with multiple programs seeing better numbers as well.
The positive change refle ... (full story)


State


United Methodists scrap their anti-gay bans. A woman who defied them seeks reinstatement as pastor

Twenty years ago, Beth Stroud was defrocked from her beloved job as a United Methodist pastor in Philadelphia. In a church trial, she was found guilty of violating "Christian teaching" because she had acknowledged living in a committed relationship with another woman.
Earlier this month, delegates at a United Methodist ... (full story)


Court must find parent voluntarily unemployed before estimating child support

A domestic relations court must expressly find that a parent is voluntarily unemployed before calculating a child support order based on estimated potential future income, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled recently.
The Supreme Court ruled that the Wood County Domestic Relations Court skipped a legal step when it determined a man ... (full story)


Whistleblower questions delays and mistakes in way EPA used sensor plane after fiery Ohio derailment

Whistleblower questions delays and mistakes in way EPA used sensor plane after fiery Ohio derailment

The U.S. government has a specialized plane loaded with advanced sensors that officials brag is always ready to deploy within an hour of any kind of chemical disaster. But the plane didn't fly over eastern Ohio until four days after the disastrous Norfolk Southern derailment there last year.
A whistleblower told The Associated P ... (full story)


Bill would pay for the phasing out of pot-sniffing police dogs

A bipartisan bill aims to resolve the circumstance of police departments statewide that have in their ranks nearly 300 K-9 officers trained to sniff out marijuana in a state where recreational use of the drug is now legal.
House Bill 396, upon its enactment, would appropriate $6 million from the state General Revenue Fund to bac ... (full story)


Technology


DOJ publishes final website accessibility rules

The US Department of Justice recently published final website accessibility rules for government entities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The rules, while written for the government, also may apply to private entities under some circumstances.
Under this Final Rule, the covered entities will be ... (full story)