Appeal denied for Hilltop murderer

Published: 04/01/2015

A Hilltop man found guilty of murder recently lost his appeal when the three-judge panel ruled that the state’s evidence properly supported his convictions.

The 10th District Court of Appeals rejected Edward Williams’ arguments that the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas improperly found him guilty of murder and having a weapon while under disability.

Murderer ID’d by clothes loses appeal

Published: 04/01/2015

A three-judge appellate panel in the 2nd District Court of Appeals recently affirmed the judgment of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, which convicted Anthony Brown of murder and related charges after overruling a motion to suppress the evidence against him.

In his appeal, Brown contended that the lower court erred by denying his motion to suppress and further claimed that the state did not present sufficient evidence to sustain his convictions and that the convictions were against the manifest weight of the evidence.

Unemployment benefits to individuals whose military spouses get transferred sought

Published: 04/01/2015

Two state lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that would extend unemployment compensation benefits to individuals who quit their job to accompany their spouse on a military transfer.

Proposed fund would help individuals with disabilities through technology

Published: 04/01/2015

Rep. John Barnes Jr. is stumping for a bill that would create the Veteran and Disabled Ohioan Technology Council, a nine-member council that would study and report methods to improve accommodations for individuals with disabilities through technology.

Under the proposed legislation, House Bill 66, the council would fall under the umbrella of the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency.

The proposed legislation would establish the Technology Assistance Fund to improve accommodations for individuals with disabilities through technology.

Surplus symbols: How many state bugs and beans do we need?

Published: 04/01/2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Whoopie pies, the K4s steam locomotive, the Carolina Shag and Harney silt loam share a common bond: Each is a treasured member of the eclectic and, some say, out-of-control state symbol club.

When New Hampshire lawmakers this month shot down as frivolous a group of fourth-graders’ effort to name the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor, the pols got pasted as insensitive bullies.

Business forecasters boost outlook for economy

Published: 04/01/2015

A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth.

The March report from the National Association for Business Economics forecasts more hiring, a lower unemployment rate, a lower inflation rate and more growth in consumer spending in 2015, compared to the group’s forecast December 2014.

The report, released Monday, also predicts more investment by businesses in both equipment and intellectual property, as well as modest growth in stock prices.

Federal funding in short supply for rural water projects

Published: 04/01/2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A pipeline project intended to bring billions of gallons of water a year to a drought-stricken section of eastern New Mexico represents a lifeline to parched communities that are quickly running out of water.

The lifeline, however, might not reach the region for more than a decade, even though officials say some areas don’t have that long before wells dry up.

Small investors blame losses on brokers they once trusted

Published: 04/01/2015

NEW YORK — Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. She wound up losing a fortune.

Her broker, David Harris, advised her to sell $400,000 worth of relatively safe municipal bonds, she says, and sink the proceeds into real estate and energy partnerships in hopes of earning more income. She had received the cash from a settlement after her husband died in an accident and needed money to raise her small son.

Century-old NYC matzo factory faces a high-tech future

Published: 04/01/2015

NEW YORK — The last ever Passover matzos have rolled out of a century-old bakery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side — a neighborhood that’s been dubbed the “Jewish Plymouth Rock” but is rapidly gentrifying.

The Streit’s factory building is the oldest in the nation where the unleavened flatbread that’s essential for Jewish holidays is still churned out. About 2.5 million pounds of matzos were baked for this month’s Passover holiday, and distributed worldwide.

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