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Around Ohio-Aug. 15

Published: August 15, 2016 7:19 PM

Medical marijuana
budgeting issues considered
Columbus — The state Controlling Board is set to decide several funding and accounting moves to cover the costs of Ohio’s initial efforts to regulate medical marijuana use.
The Office of Budget and Management is seeking the creation of a new fund, titled the Medical Marijuana Control Program Fund, to allow the Department of Commerce and Pharmacy Board to operate the program.
Under legislation passed by lawmakers and signed by Gov. John Kasich earlier this year, the commerce department is heading the licensing of medical marijuana cultivators, processors and testing labs, while the Pharmacy Board is handling the licensing of dispensaries and the registration of patients and caregivers, according to documents. The latter also will operate a new advisory committee, which will offer recommendations for the regulation of medical marijuana in the state.
The Controlling Board requests include a transfer of more than $1.8 million for the medical marijuana control program. The Department of Commerce has requested more than $923,000 for its work, including “staffing (to initiate and enforce program rules and regulations), training, research and establishment of the required database.”
The Pharmacy Board is seeking $882,400 for new staff and related systems systems.
— Marc Kovac, Captial Bureau

Girl dead, 7 hurt
after 10-vehicle turnpike crash
Castalia — A young girl is dead and at least seven people have been injured following a crash that investigators say involved 10 vehicles on the Ohio Turnpike.
The crash occurred around 2:15 p.m. Aug. 1 on the turnpike south of Sandusky in Groton Township. Police say a tractor-trailer failed to stop as traffic slowed in a construction zone and struck nine vehicles.
The child was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities didn’t immediately release the girl’s name or age. It’s unclear what the conditions of the seven injured motorists are.
The crash shut down the eastbound lanes of the highway for hours.
Authorities haven’t released the name of the truck driver. Investigators say possible charges will be reviewed by the Erie County Prosecutor’s Office.
— Associated Press

Health officials
declare diarrheal disease outbreak
Columbus — Public health officials in central Ohio have declared a community outbreak of a diarrheal disease caused by a parasite.
Columbus Public Health Spokesman Jose Rodriguez says at least 107 cases of cryptosporidiosis have been reported in Columbus, Franklin and Delaware counties this year, more than the previous three years combined. The outbreak is being linked to recreational water facilities in those counties.
Delaware County health officials recently said 19 people had contracted the disease after visiting Zoombezi Bay water park in July. That number has since grown.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cryptosporidiosis is caused by a microscopic parasite and is most commonly spread through water. Symptoms include stomach pains, watery diarrhea and vomiting. Those sickened are encouraged to stay home and avoid pools and water parks.
— Associated Press

Officials: Two
children get flu
from pigs at fair
Columbus — Officials say two children became ill with a new version of the flu virus after being in contact with infected pigs at a west-central Ohio county fair.
Ohio’s health and agriculture departments said Aug. 12 neither child was hospitalized. The flu is known as a variant of H3N2, which normally circulates in swine. Its symptoms are similar to seasonal flu viruses. Person-to-person spread is rare.
The state says both children got the virus while at the Clark County Fair in late July.
The cases come at the height of county fair season in Ohio.
State agriculture and health officials are stressing the importance of handwashing to fairgoers who come into contact with swine.
— Associated Press

State auditor seeks funding changes for charter schools
Columbus — State Auditor Dave Yost is calling for changes in how Ohio pays its online charter schools.
Yost, a Republican, says how much a student learns should be part of the funding structure. He made the pitch Aug. 11 at a charter school summit he’s hosting in Columbus. The two-day event provides training opportunities, tips for record-keeping and best enrollment practices.
The summit comes as state lawmakers have strengthened reporting, accountability and transparency requirements for charter schools. Those changes followed a scandal at the state’s charter-school oversight office, persistent performance lags and attendance irregularities.
Yost says the Legislature should review the funding of online charter schools when they return to session this fall.
He says changes are needed because it’s difficult to measure whether students are adequately participating in virtual instruction.
— Associated Press

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