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|News Headlines from Thursday, July 18, 2019|
THORNVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY
A 22-year-old Thornville man will spend the next six years in prison for his role in an armed robbery in Newark. Brady Shafer pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated robbery, kidnapping and felonious assault in connection with a January incident that resulted in the victim being hospitalized for various injuries.
INTERSECTION IS GETTING A FACELIFT
Thanks to a $3.5 million grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation the intersection at US 40 and Ohio 37 in Licking County will be getting a safety upgrade.
Ty Thompson, planning engineer at ODOT District 5 said construction is scheduled for 2022.
LICKING COUNTY RECEIVES FUNDING
Licking County is one of 18 Ohio counties to share in over $485,000 in federal funds being distributed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The money, which comes from leases to mineral rights and forest products on federal lands in Ohio, will primarily go toward improving schools and roads.
Wednesday the Ohio General Assembly approved a new two-year $69 billion state budget. The tax package included in House Bill 166 calls for a personal income tax rate reduction of 4 percent across the board. Funding for Ohio's schools would increase by $381.8 million for the 2019-20 school year, a 4.1 percent increase. The measure now awaits Governor DeWine's signature.
The deadline for residents in Muskingum and Perry counties whose employment was adversely affected by May's severe storms to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance is Monday, July 22. Individuals who became unemployed as a direct result of the storms but who are ineligible for regular unemployment benefits may qualify.
TRYING TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE
Several businesses in Ohio have announced plans to raise hourly pay to $15, including Amazon, the Cleveland Clinic, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Hannah Halbert with Policy Matters Ohio says it would be great if those employers would also support that policy statewide.
A recent report from the Congressional Budget Office found that a federal minimum wage of $15 would result in 1.3 million fewer workers being employed. But, it also found that it would raise wages for 17 million workers who would otherwise make less than $15 per hour.
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