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Three law firms add attorneys to their local offices

Three local law firms recently added lawyers to their offices in Trumbull, Mahoning and Summit counties.
On Feb. 1, the plaintiff-side personal injury firm Kisling, Nestico & Redick welcomed attorney Ben Pfouts to its Akron office and in March associate James R. LaPolla joined the Warren office of Youngstown-based Harrington ... (full story)


State


House Bill 554 seeks to alleviate the state's teacher shortage

Lawmakers in the Ohio House of Representatives were scheduled to learn more about a bi-partisan plan to fill teaching vacancies in classrooms throughout the state.
The state’s teacher shortage was evident as early 2020, according to the joint sponsor of a bill that calls on the state Board of Education to issue two-year te ... (full story)


ODOT to spend $51.1M on pedestrian safety improvements

The Ohio Department of Transportation announced a plan to invest $51.1 million in traffic safety improvement projects that specifically address the rise in pedestrian-involved traffic crashes and fatal roadway departures on state and local roads.
According to ODOT, fatal crashes involving pedestrians and roadway departures hit a ... (full story)


Mario Batali acquittal underscores perils of #MeToo cases

Mario Batali acquittal underscores perils of #MeToo cases

BOSTON (AP) — Bill Cosby was released from prison when his conviction that he drugged and assaulted a woman was overturned. Quarterback Deshaun Watson landed a record-setting $230 million contract, despite an investigation into allegations he assaulted 22 women. Celebrity chef Mario Batali was acquitted on just the second day ... (full story)


Man’s illegal gun possession can be basis for involuntary manslaughter conviction

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently ruled that if a person is prohibited from using a gun but does so anyway, proximate resulting in the death of another, he can be found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. The reason that he is prohibited from using the gun is irrelevant.
In a 4-3 decision the Supreme Court affirmed the convicti ... (full story)


High inflation leaves food banks struggling to meet needs

High inflation leaves food banks struggling to meet needs

Kendall Nunamaker and her family of five in Kennewick, Washington, faced impossible math this month: How to pay for gas, groceries and the mortgage with inflation driving up prices?
Like many other working families, the Nunamakers are grappling with the 8.3% inflation in the consumer price index in April announced Wednesday &mda ... (full story)


Technology


Keep your website up to date

It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re busy. You have to prioritize your activities, and the primary priorities for busy lawyers are usually business and family—and there’s not much time left for things like website maintenance.
But you gotta do it. You have to take a day and make sure every little t ... (full story)