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Senator Rob Portman Visits Stark County

Stark County got a visit from an Ohio Senator Friday afternoon. Senator Rob Portman visited Tesla NanoCoatings in North Canton to tour the facility and highlight his work on Career and Technical Education. Portman is the co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus and also authors the CAREER Act. The Act is a bipartisan legislation designed to improve federal job training programs and make them more responsive to the needs of the 21st century job market. Last year major provisions of the CAREER Act were signed into law as part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
 

Human Trafficking to be Discussed in Canal Fulton

Canal Fulton is hosting an event focusing on Human Trafficking. Betty Spencer will give a presentation on the issue in Ohio. She will offer invormation on how to stop it. It's all happening at 7:00 Monday night at the Canal Fulton United Methodist Church on Cherry Street. 
 

Negotiations Continue to Keep Company in Canton

The City of Canton continues work to keep Nationwide Insurance in the city and save local jobs. "One of the things we ask is 'what will it take' you know 'what do you need?" Mayor William Healy says this isn't the first time the city has negotiated with companies ready to leave the city. "Dietroit Diesol about four or five years ago announced that they were leaving town. We brought in the Congressman, we brought in some state officials. We communicated with them our desire and interest to keep them here." Detroit Diesel is still in the city today and Healy says they will fight for Nationwide just the same.  Nationwide announced plans to close the Canton branch in the next 5 years, impacting hundreds of workers. 
 

Thomas Cotton Guilty in Hartville Explosion

The man charged in an explosion in Harville early last year is found guilty.  Thomas Cotton pleaded no contest to several charges, but the court found him guily. Stark County Prosecutors say Cotton was making homemade fireworks in his garage last year. He caused an explosion that rocked the El Camino Circle nieghborhood.  Cotton's presentencing hearing is set for April 22nd. He faces up to 8 years in prison if convicted. 
 

AMBER ALERT: Missing 7 Week Old Baby

The 7 week old baby girl from Cleveland has been found safe. Kemyra Foust was reported missing early Friday morning. Police say she was found in good condition and has been returned home to her mother. The mother's ex-boyfriend 25 year old Ramon Ogletree has been arrested. 
 
 

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Tanker driver given haz-mat citation

The driver of a tanker truck that was leaking on southbound I-71 yesterday afternoon has been cited for improper transport of hazardous materials. Richard Holloway of Columbia, S.C., was stopped by Columbus police south of Rt. 161 about 4:30 p.m.

Search warrants give details of drug investigation

The owner of nine La Michoacana Mexican markets in central Ohio is the leader of a large-scale ring bringing drugs from Mexico to Chicago and then into central Ohio, search-warrant documents in a federal case say. The January warrants, unsealed this week, say that La Michoacana owner Liborio Alcauter has been trafficking cocaine, heroin and marijuana for years.

Mother pleads guilty in death of toddler found in East Side creek

The mother of a toddler whose body was found in an East Side creek in December pleaded guilty this morning to involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence and agreed to testify against the man accused of causing the death. Dainesha Stevens, 25, is to be sentenced on July 23 by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Pat Sheeran. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are recommending a 12-year sentence.

NATIONAL NEWS

Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he's retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as leader of a party desperate to regain the Senate majority.

Jury decides Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that shined a light on gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley.

Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

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