Senator agrees to pay $20K to settle Facebook blocking suit
CINCINNATI (AP) - A state senator from Ohio has agreed to pay $20,000 to settle a lawsuit after a constituent was blocked on his official Facebook page. Republican Ohio Sen. Joe Uecker did not admit any wrongdoing under the agreement, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported , but he will pay damages and attorney's fees. He was accused of violating Anthony Fambry's free speech rights when he blocked him over comments about Uecker's vote on an abortion bill. Fambry, a Batavia resident, said the settlement is a win. "The message is simple: Public servants can't silence us," he said. "Just because they don't like what we say, they can't silence us." Uecker cannot block Fambry on the page again unless he threatens or harasses the lawmaker.
Probe finds no proof of 'racist or offensive statements' by Covington Catholic students
A Kentucky diocese investigation has determined that Catholic school boys didn't instigate a confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial that went viral on social media. Covington Bishop Roger Foys initially condemned the students' behavior after a video showed one teenager face-to-face with a Native American man. Days later, Foys apologized for "making a statement prematurely.
Funeral arrangements for slain sheriff's deputy set
BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) - Funeral arrangements for a sheriff's deputy fatally shot in a 12-hour standoff in Ohio in which another deputy was wounded have been announced. Authorities say Detective Bill Brewer of the Clermont County Sheriff's Office was killed in the weekend standoff by a man who was barricaded in an apartment in Pierce Township, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Cincinnati. The other deputy was treated for a gunshot to his ankle. E.C. Nurre Funeral Homes says Brewer's public visitation will be held Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mount Carmel Christian Church in Batavia. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Friday at the church, followed by a procession to Pierce Township Cemetery.
Kim Davis must pay $225G for legal fees to couples who sued her for refusing marriage licenses - NY Daily News
Citing “conduct that violates civil rights,” lawyers for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin say former Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis should be held responsible for nearly $225,000 in legal fees and court costs incurred by couples who sued her in 2015 when she refused to issue marriage licenses.
American Financial: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
CINCINNATI (AP) _ American Financial Group Inc. (AFG) on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $29 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Cincinnati-based company said it had a loss of 33 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $1.75 per share. The results did not meet Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.84 per share. The property and casualty insurer posted revenue of $1.69 billion in the period. Its adjusted revenue was $1.87 billion. For the year, the company reported profit of $530 million, or $5.85 per share. Revenue was reported as $7.18 billion.
State labor board ruled faculty strike can continue
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio labor board has ruled the faculty strike at Wright State University can continue. The State Employment Relations Board decision Sunday followed arguments from the faculty union and the university. University officials had filed an unfair labor practices complaint asking the board to stop the strike, claiming it was unauthorized and workload complaints couldn't be included in collective bargaining. The union's attorney argued workload was previously agreed to separately from collective bargaining and the strike is lawful. WSU President Cheryl Schrader's statement Sunday said union "actions to prevent the university from operating are having a significant toll.
Woman not guilty by reason of insanity for killing children
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio judge has agreed a woman was insane when she killed her two children and has ordered her institutionalized at a mental health facility. Thirty-one-year-old Claudena Helton was charged with aggravated murder for fatally shooting 8-year-old daughter Khmorra and 6-year-old son Kaiden in May 2017 in the southeast Ohio city of Dayton. The Dayton Daily News reports a Montgomery County judge accepted Helton's insanity plea at a hearing Friday and ordered a review in six months. Helton's attorney said two psychological reports concluded she was not guilty by reason of insanity and a third said she was competent to stand trial.