State briefs


Kasich signs MRDD bills

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed two bills addressing developmental disabilities during a stop in Cincinnati.

The Republican governor’s office says Kasich signed the legislation Wednesday at the St. Joseph Home, which serves children and adults with severe developmental disabilities.

One bill strikes the term “mental retardation” from the Ohio Revised Code and replaces such references in law with the term “intellectual disability.” The measure also specifies that an intellectual disability is a form of developmental disability.

The other bill is part of the governor’s mid-biennium budget review and makes certain changes to programs administered by the state’s Department of Developmental Disabilities.

Bill would set rules for police body-camera video

COLUMBUS — A proposal in Ohio would set certain rules for public access to video footage captured by police body cameras.

Legislation from state Rep. Niraj Antani would spell out that body camera videos are a public record, except for footage recorded inside a private residence. The Dayton-area Republican also says his legislation would bar public access to videos taken of a minor or a victim of a sex crime.

Antani says in a news release Tuesday that Ohio’s public records laws need to be clarified.

The state Legislature is currently on summer break.

The Ohio Supreme Court recently heard arguments over public access to police body camera videos and dash cam footage. The cases were the first substantive claims about such recordings to reach the state’s highest court.

No injuries in freight train derailment

TONTOGANY — Authorities say no injuries were reported in a freight train derailment in northwest Ohio.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office says the train derailed in the village of Tontogany around 5 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say at least three cars of the 232-car train derailed and there was some minor damage to a restaurant.

CSX officials say the train was hauling some hazardous materials, but not in the cars that derailed.

The train was on its way to the CSX yard in Walbridge when it derailed at a railroad crossing in the village about 25 miles southwest of Toledo.

The cause of the derailment wasn’t immediately known.

Federal judge recuses himself from trial

TOLEDO — A federal judge in Ohio is recusing himself from the case of a terrorism suspect accused of trying to arrange to have the judge killed.

The Blade newspaper reports U.S. District Court Judge Jack Zouhary will no longer hear the case of 37-year-old Yahya Farooq Mohammad, who was indicted last week on several charges.

The native of the United Arab Emirates is accused of trying to hire a hit man for $15,000 to kill Zouhary. Mohammad has been charged with attempted first-degree murder of a federal officer, solicitation to commit a crime of violence, and use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire.

Chief Judge Edmund Sargus Jr. of the Southern District of Ohio has been appointed to preside over the case.

Paul Ryan among speakers for convention

CLEVELAND — House Speaker Paul Ryan is among featured guests planned for Ohio’s delegation during next week’s Republican National Convention.

The Wisconsin Republican, whose alma mater is Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, will speak Wednesday morning at the delegation’s hotel. Other speakers lined up for delegation breakfast sessions include U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas on Monday and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Thursday.

Ohio’s GOP Sen. Rob Portman is also slated to speak Thursday, and veteran GOP pollster Frank Luntz is Tuesday’s guest speaker.

There are also receptions planned during the week in Cleveland with Ohio’s other statewide officeholders, including one at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum with Gov. John Kasich. Kasich won Ohio and its 66 delegates in the March primary.

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