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News Headlines from Friday, March 15, 2019


Thursday's storms and high winds knocked down trees and power lines across central Ohio. American Electric Power is reporting sporadic power outages, and crews are out working to restore power to all affected areas.


The former accountant at Saint Francis de Sales Church has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from the parish. Amber McCracken is being held at the Licking County Justice Center on a single charge of aggravated theft. According to a press release from the Newark Police Department, McCracken, 39, allegedly admitted to stealing over $100,000 from the parish. Upon further investigation, officials determined in all, more than $150,000 had been stolen. The case will be forwarded to the Licking County Prosecutor’s Office for review.


March is National Red Cross Month. Rod Cook, executive director East and South-Central Ohio Chapter of the Red Cross, says the organization is much more than just blood drives.

Rod Cook with the American Red Cross

Cook said they currently have one volunteer helping with tornado recovery efforts in Alabama.


Governor DeWine has appointed Heath Newark Licking County Port Authority President and CEO Rick Platt to a vacant seat on the JobsOhio Board of Directors for a term ending July 5, 2019. JobsOhio is a private non-profit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts.


According to a new report from the nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), nearly 113,000 people are employed in Ohio's clean-energy sector. That's a 4.6 percent increase in the past year, which is higher than the national growth rate of 3.6 percent. E2 Executive Director Robert Keefe says there are now nearly 3.3 million clean-energy jobs in the United States.

E2 Executive Director Robert Keefe

Keefe said Ohio ranks 8th among states for the number of people employed in the clean-energy sector.


Ohio State's run to a Big Ten title came to an end this afternoon as they fell to Michigan State 77-70 in a Big Ten quarterfinal game in Chicago.


The Buckeyes are back in action this afternoon taking on Michigan State in quarterfinal action at the Big Ten tournament in Chicago. Ohio State advanced thanks to a 79-75 win over Indiana on Thursday. Today's tip-off is set for 12:30 p.m.


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