Cuyahoga County Board wants inquiry into Armond Budish over Port Authority board nomination: The Revival for Tuesday, April 19, 2022
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A mix of rain and snow is possible this morning, changing to all rains as temperatures warm to around 41 degrees. It will be windy, with gusts up to 36 mph. There is a slight chance of showers overnight and wind gusts will be around 28 mph. The temperature will be around 30 degrees. Read more.
MLB: Guardians vs. Chicago White Sox, postponed
Nomination Questions: Cuyahoga County Council has asked the Inspector General’s Office to investigate whether Executive Armond Budish lied to them when he said there were no concerns over the leader’s appointment unionist Dave Wondolowski on the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority Board, even though he holds a divisive public office. They pointed to the founding documents from the creation of the Port Authority board in 1968, which expressly prohibit board members from holding other public office, reports Courtney Astolfi.
Market value: The Cuyahoga County Global Center for Health Innovation has struggled since it opened in 2014. Speaking of investing tens of millions more dollars, real estate journalist Eric Heisig explores what the beleaguered building could fetch if the county decided to discharge him. Despite its financial troubles, county officials have given no indication that they want to cut their losses and sell the 235,000-square-foot facility, which officials say is inextricably linked to the Huntington Convention Center.
Party of one: Former President Donald J. Trump backed memoirist and venture capitalist JD Vance in the ridiculously expensive, self-funded race to replace U.S. Senator Rob Portman. Today in Ohio discusses the former president’s influence on the race and what it could mean for the rest of the candidates who were all clamoring for Trump’s anointing as their chosen nominee.
sacred scrolls: Ohio’s political candidates brag about their endorsements from pastors, reverends and other religious figures across the state. Gaining the support of religious leaders in political campaigns can be very important. However, it may seem odd for religious leaders to endorse candidates, given that churches and other religious organizations could lose their tax-exempt status if they engage in partisan politics. Jeremy Pelzer explores how approving religious leaders must walk a fine line and how little attention the IRS pays to the issue.
Ill DeWines: First Lady Fran DeWine tested positive for coronavirus just days after it was announced that her husband, Governor Mike DeWine, had contracted the virus. Laura Hancock reports that a spokesperson for the governor said that, like her husband’s symptoms, Fran DeWine is experiencing mild effects from the virus. Both DeWines are quarantined at home. The 75-year-old governor continues to work – taking calls and hosting virtual meetings at home.
Unleaded: US EPA Administrator Michael Regan, US HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge, US Representative Shontel Brown and Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb attended a panel on lead poisoning at the Great Lakes Science Center on Monday of Cleveland. As Courtney Astolfi reports, Democrats welcomed the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which Brown says will provide Ohio with $70 million this year to replace contaminated pipes, with more funding in the coming years. next four years.
Emergency plan: The Cuyahoga County Emergency Management Office is seeking public input to help update its policies on how to respond to natural or man-made disasters, reports Kaitlin Durbin. The all-hazards mitigation plan serves as a blueprint for reducing property damage and saving lives after hazardous events, such as tornadoes or floods.
New normal? So it snowed again. Chances are it accumulated in parts of northeast Ohio. A month after the start of spring, the region experienced a new cold snap in mid-April. Is Cleveland’s weather cursed, is it climate change or is it just the new normal? We’re looking at where our temperature is supposed to be at this time this year and if there’s any hope we’ll get there this year.
Newburgh Lows: Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins pleaded guilty Monday to three crimes related to campaign finance and agreed to immediately resign as mayor. Cory Shaffer reports that Elkins admitted to using his campaign money for personal expenses 651 times totaling more than $134,000 since becoming mayor of small-town Cleveland in 2011.
appeal: Prosecutors want an appeals court to find that a Cuyahoga County common pleas judge misinterpreted state anti-corruption laws when the jurist acquitted former Brecksville councilman Jack Petsche , of having an unlawful interest in a public contract last month, reports Cory Shaffer.
Dyngus Day: While the weather was less than hospitable at northeast Ohio’s favorite Polish holiday, celebrations went off without a hitch in and around Cleveland. Annie Nickoloff takes us inside Monday’s Dyngus Day Cleveland event in Gordon Square (despite the sleet). “This year we are almost back to normal,” said event organizer Adam Roggenburk. “Gordon Square is the headquarters of Dyngus Day and Gordon Green is the capital today. All of these bars and restaurants here today will be completely full.
COVID improvement: In another sign that the pandemic may be taking a turn, the Cleveland Clinic announced that it is changing its visiting policies amid COVID-19 and will allow more people to visit patients while removing age restrictions. Sean McDonnell reports that starting today, hospital patients can be visited by two people at a time, with no limit on the number of people visiting throughout the day, while adhering to all other restrictions such as visiting hours and mask requirements.
shipping oh: United World Line, part of Greater Cleveland-based transportation and logistics company World Group, announced on Monday the addition of offices near two key ports in Long Beach, California and Vietnam. Sean McDonnell reports that the company announced the new offices, saying they were opened to meet growing demand.
Fifth Third: Fifth Third Bank will raise its minimum wage to $20 an hour, giving employees in Cleveland and elsewhere a raise. Fifth Third announced on Monday that it would raise its minimum wage from July 4 and adjust wages at four job levels above the bank’s new minimum wages. The company said more than 40% of its workforce would see a mid-year pay rise, reports Sean McDonnell.
Bombs away: The popular 100th Bomb Group event space has closed amid the pandemic after 37 years of operation next to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The revamped space now has new life as The Aviator, and Marc Bona took a look inside the one-stop-shop for weddings and other events.
Lower income: After gradual increases in median income in the Cleveland-Elyria metro area throughout the fall and early winter, income fell in February with the latest report from the federal government. Zachary Smith reports that Cleveland-Elyria’s median income peaked in January at more than $1,044 a week, the highest since 2019, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tracks median income before taxes each week. In February, profits fell to $1,023, lower than in December.
firefighter arrested: A 25-year-old Cleveland firefighter faces criminal charges after telling a 911 dispatcher he accidentally shot his roommate inside their Willoughby apartment, Willoughby police say. Olivia Mitchell reports Willoughby Police arrested Kevin McCarthy outside the apartment building. He faces a charge of intentional homicide in the death of Christian Kilburg, who died of an apparent gunshot wound.
Documentary now: The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is looking to raise $1 million to secure its forever home in downtown Chagrin Falls. Joey Morona reports that Fevered Dreams Productions, which produces the 13-year-old festival, has launched its first-ever fundraising campaign to purchase and renovate a building in the village’s historic Triangle neighborhood for use as the headquarters of the non-profit organization, and provide screening and event space for year-round programming.
You lose: Rapper Eminem is one of the most successful artists of the 21st century and the biggest name on this year’s ballot for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Troy Smith, as part of his ongoing series, examines the arguments for (and against) allowing Slim Shady to join the ranks of one of Cleveland’s most well-known museums.
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