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Faith-based reentry organization celebrates 20th anniversary

He spent years behind bars for selling drugs to support his addiction to crack cocaine, but today Richard Williams is working to help others break free from the cycle of addiction as a recovery manager at Truly Reaching You (TRY) in Akron.
The nonprofit, faith-based reentry organization gives men with a history of incarceration a ... (full story)


State


Proposed tax credit meant to rebuff truck driver shortage

A duo in the Ohio House of Representatives has proffered a plan to spur commercial driver training to attempt to put an end the state's 15-year driver shortage, which, according to industry insiders, has skyrocketed in recent years.
Reps. Stephanie Howse, D-Cleveland, and Reggie Stoltzfus, R-Minerva, recently made the case for a ... (full story)


Trial courts can waive previously imposed court costs

Ohio trial courts can waive, suspend, or modify unpaid court costs at any time for any case in which they imposed the costs, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently.
In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that a 2013 state law indicating trial courts can waive the costs served to clarify that judges and magistrates always had t ... (full story)


IMF, World Bank leaders appeal for an end to trade wars

IMF, World Bank leaders appeal for an end to trade wars

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank appealed to their 189 member countries on Friday to resolve widening disagreements on trade and other issues, warning that the divisions threatened to make the consequences of a global slowdown even worse.
IMF Managing Director Kristalina Ge ... (full story)


High court weighs state role in prosecuting immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is trying to sort out whether states can prosecute immigrants who use fake Social Security numbers to get a job.
The justices heard arguments Wednesday in Kansas' appeal of a state court ruling that threw out three convictions after concluding the state was seeking to punish immigrants wh ... (full story)


After 100+ foster kids, volunteer provides lifeline to those in recovery

In a drug court, the most visible people helping participants are a judge and their staff. But there are others who help those in need, including volunteers.
After decades as a foster parent who helped raise more than 100 children, Babbette Feibel has spent the past several years as a parent mentor, helping families involved in v ... (full story)


Court sanctions attorney who accepted firearms in lieu of law firm’s payments

The Ohio Supreme Court recently sanctioned a law firm’s former managing partner for accepting $28,000 in guns in lieu of payment for legal services provided by other firm attorneys, and for not reimbursing the firm for the firearms until he was confronted four years later.
In a 6-1 per curiam decision, the Supreme Court iss ... (full story)