Morning Headlines: Hudson Mayor Resigns Amid Controversy; Maps of House and Senate districts remain in limbo

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, February 15:

  • Hudson mayor resigns amid controversy
  • Maps of House and Senate districts remain in limbo
  • Last inmate removed from death row via Mental Illness Act
  • COVID cases, hospitalizations at lowest in six months
  • Coast Guard warns people to stay clear of Lake Erie ice

Hudson mayor resigns amid controversy
(AP) — Hudson Mayor Craig Shubert has resigned over comments he made that drew national attention. At last week’s council meeting, Shubert said allowing ice fishing shacks on a lake could lead to prostitution. In his resignation letter, Shubert said it was a misinterpreted attempt at humor. He had previously told local media that the statement was based on stories he had covered as a journalist. The mayor also made national headlines last fall when he threatened to sue school board members over a book in a college elective class that the mayor considered “child pornography.”

Maps of House and Senate districts remain in limbo
(Statehouse News Bureau) – State lawmakers who make up the Ohio Redistricting Commission have until Thursday to approve new maps for the Ohio House and State Senate districts. The Ohio Supreme Court has twice ruled that Republican-endorsed maps are unconstitutionally Gerrymander. A spokesperson said Gov. Mike DeWine believes the commission should meet and do everything possible to follow the constitution and the recent court ruling. The Democratic commissioners say they should meet as soon as possible. However, there has been no word from Republican House Speaker Bob Cupp who is expected to call a meeting.

Last inmate removed from death row via Mental Illness Act
(AP) — A new Ohio law prohibiting the execution of people who were seriously mentally ill at the time of their crime has led to the removal of another prisoner from death row. Governor Mike DeWine signed the bill last year covering killers diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder or delusional disorder. Last month, a Stark County judge found death row inmate David Sneed suffered from schizoaffective disorder when he fatally shot a man in 1984. Sneed was sentenced to life without parole. Last year, judges removed Butler and Franklin county inmates from death row after their attorneys successfully argued they met the criteria for mental illness.

COVID cases, hospitalizations at lowest in six months
(WKSU) – COVID cases in Ohio continue to decline with just 1,300 reported statewide Monday. This is the lowest daily total in six months. The Beacon Journal reports that the number of COVID-19 patients at the four major Akron-area hospitals fell 44% over the weekend, reaching the lowest number since last July. There were only 35 COVID patients at the four hospitals on Monday. Hospitalizations also fell statewide.

Coast Guard warns people to stay clear of Lake Erie ice
(WKSU) – With warmer weather this week, the Coast Guard is urging people to stay off the ice on Lake Erie. Temperatures will be in the mid 50s Wednesday and Thursday with rain. The National Weather Service says this means the lake will start to melt quickly. In the past two weeks, more than a dozen people have been rescued from Lake Erie’s pack ice.

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