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Chiropractors
may make call
on concussions
Columbus — Ohio lawmakers are still disagreeing on whether chiropractors should be allowed to clear young athletes for play after they suffer concussions.
After such language was removed from a bill last month, the House this week agreed to a provision that would again pull chiropractors back into the mix.
Moves in previous years to allow chiropractors to make judgments about whether students with head injuries are fit to play has upset some physicians who say chiropractors don’t have the proper training for that responsibility.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the latest amendment could get some pushback in the Senate. Sen. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, voiced his disapproval and recommended the measure be addressed by conference committee.
— Associated Press

Measles outbreak grows to 143 cases
Mount Vernon — The number of confirmed cases in measles outbreak in Ohio has more than doubled over the past 10 days.
The Ohio Department of Health reports 143 confirmed cases of the highly contagious respiratory illness in six counties.
About two-thirds of those cases are in Knox County. Neighboring Ashland and Holmes counties each have 19 cases. Residents of Coshocton, Richland and Wayne counties also have been infected.
Health officials say the outbreak began among Amish who had traveled to the Philippines, which has had a measles epidemic.
Measles is caused by a virus. Symptoms include fevers, coughs, rashes and pink eye.
Officials are urging vaccination to limit the spread of measles and of mumps, which has caused a separate outbreak in central Ohio.
— Associated Press

School officials get prison in theft case
Cleveland — A judge has sentenced a former school superintendent to a year in prison on charges that he and another official took bribes from the operator of a childcare center renting space from their suburban Cleveland school district.
Robert Moore, 52, was superintendent of the Richmond Heights district. He pleaded guilty to one count each of bribery and theft in office.
A judge also sentenced 43-year-old Richard Muse to 10 months in prison May 21 on charges of theft in office and forgery. Muse was the district’s buildings director.
Investigators from the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office and sheriff’s department arrested the men during a sting operation Feb. 28. They had accepted a payment from the childcare operator earlier in the day.
— Associated Press

Mother of son killed in crash sues police
Akron — The mother of a young Akron man killed in a car crash after she says police chased him at speeds of 90 mph without probable cause and left him to die has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the officers involved.
Merilyn Blackmon, 53, acting as her own attorney, filed the wrongful death lawsuit in federal court in Akron on May 19.
She is accusing a group of unnamed officers of intentionally hurting her son, 24-year-old Jeffere Blackmon on May 18, 2012, by initiating a high-speed chase, hitting his car and causing it to crash through an unoccupied basement.
The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, alleges that after the crash, officers got out of their cruisers, saw Blackmon’s injuries and then left the scene. A bystander called 911, the lawsuit said.
Neither Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards, the department’s spokesman, nor city attorney Cheri Cunningham immediately responded to calls and emails for comment.
At the time of the crash, Edwards had said police weren’t chasing Jeffere Blackmon, but “spotted him flying through” a neighborhood before losing track of him. Blackmon lost control of his car, ran over a curb and crashed into the basement of a house, Edwards said.
— Associated Press

State to trim cost
for grass trimming
Dayton — The state is spending roughly $1 million in search of a less costly and easier way to cut the grass and manage the trees and shrubs along Ohio’s interstates and highways.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the effort began last year with the state putting up $177,000 for the first phase of a consulting contract with the Kent-based Davey Resource Group. The company’s recommended changes included spraying chemicals in certain areas to limit the growth of grass and weeds.
But the project’s second phase is pricier. The latest contract with the company will cost taxpayers $1,002,048, the newspaper reports.
A state transportation official says Ohio is trying to be more efficient with vegetation management, while ensuring that animals are kept off the highway.
The consultant is expected to present alternatives to mowing the grass at the state’s usual rate of four times a year, along with ideas to manage heavy bushes, shrubs and trees along highways. The project is slated to take three years before final recommendations are made to the state’s transportation department.
— Associated Press

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