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Cleveland has hired a former U.S. attorney and federal court magistrate to coordinate implementation of an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to reform the city's police department.

Gregory White was sworn in today. A statement from the city says White will report to Mayor Frank Jackson about Cleveland's efforts to meet requirements in an agreement that's ultimately being overseen by a federal judge.

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Regulators have approved a pair of deals that allow FirstEnergy and AEP to impose short-term rate increases on electricity customers in Ohio to subsidize some older coal-fired and nuclear power plants.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio unanimously passed the power purchase agreements for Akron-based FirstEnergy and Columbus-based AEP Thursday. Opponents are likely to challenge the decisions.

The companies submitted the latest versions of their plans to the commission in December.

Thousands of Ohio residents using subsidies to pay for federally-mandated health insurance could lose that funding.
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Republican Governor John Kasich's administration is moving forward with plans to require more than 1 million low-income Ohioans to pay a new monthly cost for Medicaid or potentially lose coverage.

House Republicans added the idea to the state budget enacted last summer.

The provision requires Kasich's administration to seek a waiver of federal Medicaid rules so that Ohio can require certain Medicaid recipients to pay into a health-savings account regardless of their income. The plan requires federal approval.

The Dayton City Commission has updated the city's water ordinance.
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Governor John Kasich's administration is proposing an overhaul of how the state and its cities deal with lead in drinking water.

The plan obtained by The Associated Press includes significantly reducing how long it takes to notify residents when lead is detected in tap water.

Ohio's proposal being announced Thursday would give city water systems just two days to alert residents about high lead readings.

Current federal rules call for homeowners where the tests are done to be told within 30 days and notices for all other residents within 60 days.

Authorities say a police officer shot a man during a confrontation along Interstate 75 about 20 miles north of Cincinnati.
 
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that a Glendale police officer pulled over on I-75 Tuesday afternoon to help a man who was walking along the southbound lanes. A Hamilton County Sheriff's Office major says the officer searched the man's bag before allowing him to get inside his cruiser and found a large knife, triggering an altercation that resulted in the officer shooting the man in the abdomen.
 

State officials are warning Ohio employers about a scheme involving emails sent from people posing as company officials to request confidential payroll data.

The state's taxation department said Monday that payroll and human resources offices at various companies nationwide — including some in Ohio — have recently received emails requesting the data. The messages appear to come from the CEO or other top executives.

The taxation department says scammers use payroll and W-2 information to file fraudulent tax returns.

The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted an administrative rule that would restrict the use of shackles on juveniles during court proceedings.
 
The amendment to court rules would require judges to begin with the premise that shackles aren't needed.
 
Judges could restrain juveniles on a case-by-case basis if a judge deems their behavior a threat or they're at risk of fleeing. The judge also would have to determine whether less restrictive alternatives exist.
 

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Ohio is settling into a new era of youth detention after a federal judge lifted court oversight of the juvenile incarceration system in place since 2008.

Officials say the daily population of about 475 youths has plateaued and is not expected to change much in the near future.

The Department of Youth Services is down to three facilities statewide and a handful of centers it contracts with to house juveniles.

As part of numerous changes to the system guards no longer wear uniforms and are now referred to as youth specialists.

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering the role of the school bus driver for student safety.
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Education officials in Ohio are asking parents, teachers and other residents to help refine learning standards in the state.

The Ohio Department of Education wants residents to review math and English standards using an online survey.

The standards were adopted in 2010 as the state moved to Common Core and this is the first time the state has conducted a revision since the standards were put in place. They specify what students should learn at specific grade levels and stipulate what they should know when they finish high school.

The state's Department of Higher Education says it will fund 22 projects aimed at preventing sexual violence across college campuses in Ohio.

The department said Thursday that over $212,000 was being awarded to two-year and four-year colleges and universities across the state to implement best practices for preventing and responding to campus sexual assault. The projects aim to increase dialogue and awareness about the issue.

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