Flooding is feared today in parts of northeast Ohio, with up to 2 inches of rain possible and rapid snowmelt. Highs will be in the mid-50s, but temperatures will drop throughout the day, dropping into the teens overnight. This will create freezing rain, sleet and snow, with 1-2 inches possible. Wind gusts will be around 32 mph. Read more.
Checks and Balances: The Ohio Supreme Court blockades on Republicans drawing new legislative and congressional maps illustrate a fundamental principle of government: controls in the system balance the ability to wield power. Robert Higgs reports on the almost unprecedented battle at the highest levels of government.
cleveland ukrainians: Russian troops gathering along the Ukrainian border may be thousands of miles from Cleveland, but their threat seems close to members of Cleveland’s Ukrainian-American community, reports Sabrina Eaton. Andy Fedynsky, director of archives at the Ukrainian Museum in Cleveland, estimates that about 80,000 people in northeast Ohio have roots in Ukraine, and many are still in contact with extended family in Ukraine.
Portman’s endorsement: US Senator Rob Portman on Wednesday gave his endorsement to Jane Timken as his successor, a significant external development in a race that has fallen into an impasse, reports Andrew Tobias. Timken may have gotten the jolt it needed, writes Seth Richardson. Portman’s support may not outweigh Trump’s approval, but it is very important. What this means for the rest of the field is a mixed bag.
Recently released emails show that former Ohio Public Utilities Commission Chairman Sam Randazzo worked behind the scenes to thwart attempts to completely repeal House Bill 6 in the months before he resigned. We talk about Randazzo’s behavior in the weeks before the FBI raided his home in Today in Ohio, cleveland.comhalf-hour daily news podcast.
Election woes: Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has warned Ohio legislative leaders that the May election could have significant problems if it is not moved due to continued litigation challenging the new legislative and state congressional lines. Even if the Ohio Supreme Court ends up approving the state’s new legislative lines that the Ohio Redistricting Commission must approve today, LaRose said the decision may come too late to organize the elections of gently, reports Andrew Tobias.
Riot laws: Ohio House Republicans have passed a bill that would dramatically expand state riot laws in response to social unrest related to the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. Andrew Tobias reports that the bill’s sponsors called it a necessary measure to protect public safety and property, but critics of the legislation said it would discourage political activism.
Application blocked: Republican U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas on Wednesday blocked the U.S. Senate’s full review of the nomination of Marisa Darden as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio and other Department of Justice nominees. Justice. Sabrina Eaton reports that Cotton renewed her complaint about the Justice Department’s failure to pay the legal bills of several federal law enforcement officers who are being sued by protesters in Portland, Oregon. In doing so, he refused to allow the Senate Judiciary Committee to move forward with the nominations of six United States Attorney nominees, including Darden, and two United States Marshall nominees.
Appointment: Ohio House Democrats announced Wednesday that Shayla Davis, a former Garfield Heights City Councilwoman, has been nominated to complete former State Rep. Stephanie Howse’s term in District 11 of the Chamber, reports Jeremy Pelzer. House District 11 covers much of Cleveland’s East Side, Garfield Heights, and Newburgh Heights.
black cemeteries: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown joins Republican Utah Senator Mitt Romney in renewing his drive to pass legislation that would create a National Park Service voluntary database of historic Black cemeteries across the country and dedicate federal funds to restore and preserve them. Sabrina Eaton reports that Brown is more optimistic that he will become law this year because there is more time to work on his passing.
Opioid lawsuits: Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost leads 10 states in urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Cuyahoga County, the city of Cleveland and hundreds of other local governments across the state and county country against a global consulting firm that boosted opioid sales. Jeremy Pelzer reports that Yost and his counterparts have argued that local governments attempt to “usurp” state authority.
COVID-19 testing: Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish says the community has much to celebrate as COVID-19 infections continue to drop to “incredible” levels, dropping from more than 3,000 new infections a day at the start of the year to just 28 cases on Saturday. Even so, he is not prepared to rule out a testing mandate for county employees to protect against future surges, reports Kaitlin Durbin.
The power of sports: The Cleveland Power of Sport Summit, hosted by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission during NBA All-Star Weekend, will focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in sports. Cameron Fields highlights panels, demonstrations and exhibits.
Medical innovations: The next generation of mRNA vaccines, as well as treatments for type 2 diabetes and postpartum depression are among the innovations that have earned spots in the Cleveland Clinic’s Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2022. Julie Washington reports that medical advances have the potential to transform healthcare.
gift uh: A family’s legacy of leadership and service to University Hospitals has led to a $2.5 million gift in honor of the late KeyCorp CEO, Henry L. Meyer III, reports Julie Washington. Jane Meyer of Hunting Valley established the Jane and Henry Meyer President and CEO Distinguished Chair at UH.
deadly months: How deadly was the COVID-19 surge in late fall and early winter? Deaths confirmed by COVID-19 routinely take weeks and can take months to show up in data reported by the Ohio Department of Health. Zachary Smith analyzes the 10 deadliest months.
Daily cases: Ohio State reported 2,433 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, reports Julie Washington.
Jobs in demand: Ohio’s most in-demand jobs range from healthcare to office to warehouse, but there’s a trend seen in many of them. Sean McDonnell reports that Ohio’s Top Jobs list shows what employers need and what students should potentially be looking for as a career, built with answers straight from employers.
cedar point: Cedar Fair CEO Richard Zimmerman confirmed Wednesday that the parent company of Sandusky-based Cedar Point and more than a dozen other parks had rejected a takeover offer from SeaWorld Entertainment, saying “this is not was not in the best interest of the company and its unitholders”. Susan Glaser reports that Zimmerman offered few details about why the company rejected SeaWorld’s offer, other than to say Cedar Fair’s prospects are bright, even after a very difficult few years.
The Lumen: Playhouse Square plans to list its luxury downtown Cleveland apartment, The Lumen, for sale less than two years after completion. The 34-story, 318-apartment building at Euclid Avenue and East 17th Street is expected to cost around $159 million, reports Eric Heisig.
Movement of steel: A steel distributor consolidates its operations in a 200,000 square foot facility in Bedford Heights. Sean McDonnell reports that Jade-Sterling Steel Co, which has operations in the Cleveland and Chicago areas, announced on Tuesday that it has purchased a manufacturing building at 26400 Richmond Road.
East Cleveland: An East Cleveland police officer is on paid administrative leave after a video shared on social media shows him kicking a kneeling man in the back. Ian McInnes, who has worked at the department for five years, is on paid administrative leave under the department’s collective bargaining agreement, reports Kaylee Remington.
Officer load: A judge on Wednesday dismissed an assault charge against an off-duty Cleveland police officer accused of attacking his girlfriend about an hour after a separate fight in the police union hall. Cleveland City Judge Pinkey Carr ruled that city prosecutors did not have enough evidence in a one-day trial to support a first-degree assault charge against Officer Michael Phelps, reports Adam Ferrise.
Rape trial: A Cuyahoga County prosecutor said on Wednesday that Alexander Lackey, a senior official in the cabinet of former Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, groomed and controlled a teenage girl before forcing her to have sex, in statements preliminaries of Lackey’s trial. John Caniglia reports that Lackey, 36, is charged with five counts of rape, three counts of sexual assault and one count of domestic violence.
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