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Local scores: Indians 4, Kansas City Royals 2
Rocky River teachers: Rocky River schools Superintendent Michael Shoaf released results from an investigation into high school staff members accused of inappropriately discussing a student, leading to five teachers resigning and one retiring. Emily Bamforth reports that the investigation found photographs of a student, taken in a classroom, on the phone of one of the teachers, according to a statement from Shoaf sent out Wednesday. Some teachers were also found to be in an “inappropriate text chain regarding staff members,” which didn’t contain photos of students.
Telemedicine abortion ban: Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Alison Hatheway granted a two-week temporary restraining order late Tuesday afternoon, blocking the enforcement of the state’s new telemedicine abortion ban. Laura Hancock reports that Ohio Senate Bill 260 was supposed to go into effect on April 12, and there will be a hearing in front of Hatheway on April 19 when she will consider whether to permanently block the law.
This Week in the CLE: Democrats are assessing the impact of former Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Amy Acton choosing to step out of the Senate race. Could Acton end up changing her mind? We’re speculating on that and discussing the latest news of the race to succeed Sen. Rob Portman on This Week in the CLE, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast.
New numbers: The Ohio Department of Health reported 2,064 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, bringing the total to 1.03 million since the beginning of the pandemic. Laura Hancock reports the new case numbers were above the 21-day rolling average of 1,771.
Akron vaccinations: The University of Akron will start a series of COVID-19 vaccination clinics for students Thursday. Robin Goist reports that degree-seeking enrolled students who are at least 18 can receive the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the on-campus clinic, according to an email the university sent to students.
Madeline’s Law: A recently introduced bill in the Ohio House would require insurers to cover up to $2,500 of the cost of hearing aids — $5,000 for both ears – every 48 months for children through the age of 21. Laura Hancock reports that House Bill 198 is called Madeline’s Law because it’s named after a Northeast Ohio girl whose parents brought the issue to the attention of state Rep. Casey Weinstein, a Hudson Democrat who sponsored a measure last year and is co-sponsoring the bill this year.
East Cleveland internet: Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and other dignitaries went to East Cleveland on Wednesday to announce a public-private partnership that plans to extend affordable, high-speed internet to as many as 2,000 low-income households. Peter Krouse reports that DeWine told several dozen people in front of Mayfair Elementary School about the need for the $650,000 broadband expansion in East Cleveland, one of the poorest and least-connected cities in the nation.
Cleveland coronavirus aid: The city of Cleveland has $541 million to use in federal stimulus and coronavirus aid, but however it spends the money, it must be used to create lasting change, City Council members said Tuesday. Robert Higgs reports that council members brainstormed projects that could be funded with the money from the American Rescue Plan, and they emphasized the money must be spent cautiously.
Elections complaint: A conservative activist from Southwest Ohio has issued subpoenas as part of a state elections case he’s filed against a former state legislative candidate aligned with House Speaker Larry Householder. Andrew Tobias reports that Chris Hicks wants to uncover information about campaign spending for Allen Freeman, a township trustee from Clermont County who in May 2020 finished last in a hotly contested three-candidate Republican primary for an Ohio House seat there.
Marcy Kaptur: U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur,…