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Iowa to launch new system to help truck drivers find parking

WALCOTT, Iowa (AP) — Truck drivers crossing Iowa's interstates will soon be able to find a parking spot for their big rigs.
Known as Trucks Park Here, a high-tech system by the Iowa Department of Transportation will gather real-time data collected at dozens of state-run rest areas and private truck stops to alert commercial ... (full story)


A think tank's guaranteed income or Pfizer?



Dear Mr. Berko: Palm Beach Research Group, a financial think tank in Florida, is offering a plan called FS2081. The folks there say it's unknown to the public but guaranteed to pay me $11,384 a month. This plan is used by members of Congress to supplement their retirement income and has been paying them and knowledgeable investors m ... (full story)


Local


Court improperly found res judicata in ineffective counsel argument

A Lake County trial court abused its discretion in a drug case by finding res judicata bars post-conviction relief, the 11th District Court of Appeals recently ruled.
Floyd J. Hull Sr. was indicted on 10 drug offenses after a traffic stop. Four days before trial, his attorney filed a motion to suppress all evidence seized from hi ... (full story)


Juvi court to offer 2nd session of the Parent Project

AKRON––On Jan. 9, 2019, the Summit County Juvenile Court graduated its first group of participants in The Parent Project.
Ten women received certificates of achievement for their work in the program. They came from different parts of the community with different backgrounds, different jobs. But they shared one thing ... (full story)


Toward a circular economy: Tackling the plastics recycling problem

(THE CONVERSATION) Why has the world continued to increase consumption of plastic materials when at the same time, environmental and human health concerns over their use have grown?
One answer is they are immensely useful to humankind, and despite problems they create, they have provided countless benefits. They are used to cons ... (full story)


State


Grammy-nominated album shines light on transgender pioneer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For decades, Jackie Shane was a musical mystery: a riveting black transgender soul singer who packed out nightclubs in Toronto in the 1960s, but then disappeared after 1971.
Some speculated she had died, but her legacy lived on among music historians and R&B collectors who paid big money for her ... (full story)


Ohio law allows increased penalties for hate crimes

Defining hate crimes
Ohio law broadly defines hate crimes as criminal acts motivated by prejudice or intolerance and directed toward a member of a gender, racial, religious or social group. Ohio law does not, however, consider hate crimes as stand-alone offenses. Rather, they are considered as factors in determining penalties or ... (full story)


Pilot programs intended to address changing family court dynamics

Today's families don't necessarily reflect the family model around which family courts throughout the United States were developed, a nonprofit organization championing the administration of justice in state courts found in a recent study.
The National Center for State Courts - headquartered in Williamsburg, Va. - plans to take t ... (full story)


Report: Ohio ranked 40th for health

Grappling with challenges from the high prevalence of smoking, low immunization coverage among children and high levels of air pollution, Ohio is ranked the 40th healthiest state, according to the United Health Foundation's American Health Rankings 2018 report, which was released last month.
The state ranked 39th the previous yea ... (full story)


Doc gave near-death patients excessive pain meds

COLUMBUS (AP) — An intensive care doctor ordered "significantly excessive and potentially fatal" doses of pain medicine for at least 27 near-death patients in the past few years after families asked that lifesaving measures be stopped, an Ohio hospital system announced after being sued by a family alleging an imprope ... (full story)