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News Headlines from Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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NEWARK POLICE NEEDS HELP IDENTIFYING FOUND CHILD

The Newark Police Department have located the mother of the child found this morning on Boyleston Avenue. A dispatcher tells KOOL 101.7/Talk 790 WHTH News that a call came in at 9:56 am to report finding the white male child, who is approximately one and a half years old, with blond hair and blue eyes walking alone.  The young boy was wearing only a diaper and appeared to be covered in a rash of some kind.

MILLER PLEADS GUILTY

Anthony Miller, the former Newark High School teacher accused of engaging in sexual conduct with former students, has pleaded guilty. Tuesday, Miller, 33, entered guilty pleas to a host of charges including sexual battery and sexual imposition. According to a previous press release from the Licking County Prosecutor's Office, all of the conduct occurred while the three female victims were students at NHS. Miller faces up to 36 ½ years in prison when sentenced next month.

A RISE IN THE COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

Licking County's June unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, up from the May number of 4.6 percent, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Licking County's labor force of 81,800 is the highest reported since January, 1970. This exceeds, by approximately 700 people, the previous high - reported in May, 2014. All surrounding central Ohio counties also saw a jump in the June unemployment rate as compared to May.

DAVIS-SHAI HOUSE FUNDING

The Davis-Shai House was once again front and center at Monday night's Heath City Council meeting. By a vote of 5-2 City Council passed an ordinance dealing with a 2002 ordinance that provided 95 percent of bed tax funds to the Davis-Shai House.

Heath Mayor Mark Johns

Mayor Mark Johns had previously proposed pulling all funding for the Davis-Shai House. The mayor tells KOOL101.7 News that the Davis-Shai House has received over $1.2 million since the 2002 ordinance was passed.

URGENT NEED FOR BLOOD DONATIONS

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give. Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

ZERO OZONE DAYS

Central Ohio is experiencing cleaner air this year based on zero high ozone days recorded through June 30 by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. While the official ozone season is from April 1 to October 31, ground-level ozone levels often ramp up in June when temperatures begin to climb and sunlight is more prevalent. For the first time in the past decade, the region has not exceeded the air quality standards for ozone as measured on the Air Quality Index.

KIDS COUNT DATA

The Buckeye State is in the middle of the pack in a national snapshot of child well being, ranking 24th among states. The 2014 Kids Count Data Book found Ohio followed national trends, making progress in the areas of education and health of children since 2005. But Dawn Wallace-Pascoe with the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio says the state still struggles in other areas.

Dawn Wallace-Pascoe with the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio

Wallace-Pascoe said even though there’s many signs that the economy is recovering we still have some ways to go with economic well-being.

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