Newsmaker—Armond Budish, Speaker, Ohio House of Representatives: State lawmakers and Governor Strickland ended a 13-day impasse this week by approving a $50.5-billion state budget for FY 2010 and 2011. They’d feuded for months over how to trim a multi-billion dollar projected deficit. The final roadblock was the Governor’s proposal for video slot machines at horse tracks. Finally, Strickland signed an executive order authorizing slots and lawmakers acquiesced. Critics of the budget called it a time-release disaster because it’s backed by one-time money from the state rainy day fund, federal stimulus money and possibly money from the tobacco settlement.
Roundtable: Bob Dyer, columnist, Akron Beacon Journal; Harry Boomer, reporter, 19 Action News; Bill Sheil, anchor, Fox 8 News.
Budget: The panel continues discussion of the new state budget.
County Government Update: Among the most recent developments in the ongoing county corruption probe and related fallout—Commissioners Peter Lawson Jones and Tim Hagan have asked fellow Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, a focus of a federal investigation, to take a leave of absence and they announced they’ll eschew executive sessions for the time being. The panel designing county government restructuring has submitted petition signatures to get the issue on the ballot. Thursday morning, Dimora was present for the regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners.
Akron Attack: Authorities in Akron are investigating an attack by a large group of teens on a family group in late June. No one was killed, but since the teens were black and the victims white, the attack is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
Moon Landing Anniversary: July 20th marks the 40th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing by an Apollo 11 crew that included Ohioan Neil Armstrong, the first to take a step on the lunar surface.
Diabetes: ideastream® medical reporter Gretchen Cuda discusses a potent, but avoidable, health threat for thousands in northeast Ohio. She’ll preview an upcoming WVIZ special program entitled Diabetes: The Constant Shadow.
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