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I recently received a postcard in the mail, a legal notice for “persons and entities who have paid an increased monthly surcharge for electrical service in Ohio pursuant to HB6”. We report seemingly endless stories of corruption that cost Ohio taxpayers millions of dollars, but how much money could this suit mean in clients’ wallets?
The $49 million settlement is still pending, but with 2 million customers, I’m not going to afford anything big just yet.
Guardians at San Diego Padres: Oscar Gonzalez, Andrés Giménez homer, Guardians bullpen dominate in 3-1 win
Weather Forecast For Northeast Ohio Wednesday: The sun persists
Jail website: The Cuyahoga County environmental consultant says the preferred site for a new jail will require ongoing remediation and preventive controls to ensure safe conditions for its future occupants. Kaitlin Durbin reports that while the consultant says there’s nothing to worry about, some naysayers say the story wouldn’t agree.
Today in Ohio: Intel wants 7,000 construction workers to help build its new $20 billion semiconductor fab. How will they find workers in the midst of a national shortage? We ask on Today in Ohio, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast.
Regulation HB6: FirstEnergy customers could be in line to receive part of a proposed $49 million settlement agreement to resolve a class action lawsuit over the House Bill 6 energy law scandal. Jeremy Pelzer reports that he It’s unclear how much each FirstEnergy customer who opts into the settlement would receive. The utility has approximately 2 million customers in Ohio.
Constitutional amendments: The Ohio Ballot Board has approved the wording of two constitutional amendments for the Nov. 8 general election, Laura Hancock reports. Number 1 will ask voters if they want to require the courts to consider public safety when setting monetary bail, while Number 2 would ban non-citizens from voting in state and local elections. Opponents of the questions are weighing whether to ask the Ohio Supreme Court to consider whether the wording fairly represents what the amendments would do.
Ohio Mayors: The mayors of Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati and Youngstown will join local leaders from across Ohio at the White House on September 7 to launch a new initiative to show how President Joe Biden’s policies are benefiting communities across the country. Sabrina Eaton reports that the White House plans to bring in local elected officials and community leaders from all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Toll highway: The Ohio Turnpike is working to remove barriers at toll interchanges to allow E-ZPass customers to travel without stopping, but officials are urging drivers to slow down at exits regardless. Olivia Mitchell reports that 20 interchanges will be converted in the process and the work will reduce the number of toll plazas from 31 to 24.
Toxic chemicals: In 2020, Ohio was considered the second most concerning state for toxic chemical releases, according to the TRI Toxics Tracker run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This was primarily down to Lorain County, reports Zachary Smith. That year, seven counties in Greater Cleveland had 348 facilities that released 11,425,597 pounds of 156 different chemicals into the environment.
Video search: A federal judge has ruled that Cleveland State University’s video search of a student’s room before an exam violated the student’s right to privacy and amounted to an unconstitutional search. U.S. District Judge J. Philip Calabrese ruled Monday in favor of CSU student Aaron Ogletree, who challenged the use of webcams to scan the area where students take online tests, reports Adam Ferrise.
Games: A new study finds that Ohio is tied with Michigan and Texas as the states with the most hours spent playing video games, at 17 hours a week, reports Zachary Smith. That’s three hours longer than the typical American gamer who plays an average of 14 hours of video games per week.
The evils of the garden: What’s wrong with your plants? Susan Brownstein writes that the diagnosis is a Google search or a phone call, allowing people to figure out how to treat the problem.
Monkeypox: A new study has found evidence of the monkeypox virus on household surfaces, suggesting it can be spread through contact with inanimate objects. A CDC study found that multiple surfaces tested positive for monkeypox virus in the Utah home of two people infected with the disease, reports Julie Washington.
Sexual harassment: A former assistant US attorney who worked in Cleveland and Akron is accused of sexually harassing an intern. Adam Ferrise reports that the Ohio Disciplinary Board said Mark Bennett intentionally touched the 24-year-old’s chest with the back of his hand and sent her several sexual messages, including asking for nude photos.
Best sub: The Village Butcher and Salumeria easily beat out nine other finalists to win the top prize in cleveland.com’s Best Sub Sandwich in Greater Cleveland contest. Brenda Cain and Yadi Rodriguez report that the Mayfield Village business received more than a quarter of the 6,000 votes cast.
WonderBus: WonderBus will take over Columbus this weekend, featuring a variety of indie, pop and rock bands, reports Anne Nickoloff. The entire event is headlined by Duran Duran, The Lumineers and Lorde. More than 30 other artists are also set to take to the CAS lawn stages.
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