Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday April 14th:
- Mass hospitals and colleges are suspending the J&J vaccine
- The home’s GOP budget plan includes a personal income tax cut
- Demonstrators of pepper spray by Columbus officers who broke into police headquarters
- US court overturns Ohio’s Down Syndrome Abortion Act
- Gibbons enters the GOP Senate Elementary School
- The group recommends discipline for the police force involved in the 2019 deadly pursuit
Mass hospitals and colleges are suspending the J&J vaccine
Ohio vendors and some college campuses were suspended with the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine Tuesday while federal officials investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots that are extremely rare. Kent State University and the University of Akron both canceled the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and encouraged students to schedule shots elsewhere. The drive-thru clinic at the county’s fairgrounds will now offer the Pfizer vaccine in two doses, according to Summit County Public Health. The bulk vaccination center at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center should have switched to Johnson & Johnson doses in the past two weeks, and possibly switched to two-dose vaccination. More than 260,000 doses of the J&J vaccine have been given in Ohio. The vast majority have caused no or minor side effects.
The home’s GOP budget plan includes a personal income tax cut
House Republicans have proposed a 2% cut in income tax in their version of the state budget. Legislature says taxes will total $ 380 million in two years from July 1. The plan unveiled on Tuesday also includes a revision of the way the state funds schools to make them more equitable. The nearly $ 2 billion proposal stipulates that the changes will take place over the next six years and that no school district will lose funding during the phase-in phase. The budget also includes previously announced $ 155 million in grants to help industries negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Columbus pepper spray protesters breaking into police headquarters
Columbus Police used pepper spray Tuesday night after protesters broke into police headquarters. Columbus Dispatch reports that around 100 people marched downtown to police headquarters to protest the police murder of Myles Jackson, 27, on Monday. Jackson was shot and killed by police in the emergency room at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s after an altercation. He was taken there after he passed out in a car. He was wanted on multiple arrest warrants and was held in police custody at the time of the shooting.
US court overturns Ohio’s Down Syndrome Abortion Act
A federal court upheld a law in Ohio prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Tuesday’s 6th Court of Appeal ruling overturned lower court rulings in a 2018 case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Planned Parenthood and multiple abortion providers against the State Health Department, the State Medical Board, and the District Attorney’s Office on. Lower courts ruled the ACLU’s argument that the law violated a woman’s constitutional right to “make the final decision” about an abortion was likely to succeed. A shared 6th circuit disagreed.
Gibbons enters the GOP Senate Elementary School
Pro-Trump Republican Mike Gibbons has officially entered the race for the US Senate seat, vacated by Senator Rob Portman. Gibbons is a former Cleveland investment banker who lost the 2018 GOP area code to Jim Renacci when he was dismissed from Sherrod Brown. He joins a Republican field that includes former Ohio GOP chairman Jane Timken, former Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel, and Cleveland businessman Bernie Moreno. Some others are still considering.
The group recommends discipline for the police force involved in the 2019 deadly pursuit
The civilian group, hearing complaints against the Cleveland Police Department, recommends disciplinary action in the 2019 car chase that ended with the death of 13-year-old Tamia Chappman. Ideastream Reports The Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB) found that the officer who started the chase, Christian Stipkovich, and the sergeant who oversaw them, Michael Chapman, allowed a dangerous chase to continue. The Office of Professional Standards (OPS), which investigates citizen complaints, had recommended disciplinary action against nine officers, but ultimately the lowest discipline for Stipkovich, Chapman, Lt. Gregory Farmer, who was found approved, who is likely without suspension for failing to stop the chase, and Officer Dustin Miller for joining the chase without authorization.