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Thursday, March 20, 2014

It’s game day, in Columbus.

The 92nd annual state boy’s basketball tournament tips off this morning, at Value City Arena, inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center at Ohio State University. Leading off this year’s tournament: The Norwalk Truckers. Norwalk will take on Dayton Thurgood Marshall in the first of two Division II state semi-final games. We’ll begin live coverage at 9:30, with the Tester Tournament Tipoff Show, followed by the Domino’s Pizza Pre-game at 10:30, then the game at 10:45. You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR and wlkrradio.com. Should the Truckers win, they’ll play for the state championship against either Columbus Bishop Watterson or Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Saturday morning at 10:30.

 

The U.S. Department of Labor says Ohio had the second-biggest job gains of any state in January, adding 16,700 positions.

The January state employment report released this week says 23 states reported more job hiring, while 27 said that the number of jobs fell. Among those adding jobs, Ohio ranked behind only Texas, which added 33,900 positions. In Ohio, the sectors that added the most jobs included construction, manufacturing and professional and business services.

 

Tonight’s when free Skywarn spotters training will be offered at Castaway Bay on Cleveland Road in Sandusky.

The session will begin at 6:30, and will last two hours. Certificates will be issued at the end of training. Volunteer spotters are needed, for what’s expected to be another active storm season. Last year, Ohio had 37 tornados.

 

The Willard Police Department is investigating a suspected theft involving a former employee of Willard City Schools.

An employee has been accused of stealing $200 in an incident involving ticket sales. A pre-disciplinary meeting was held March 3, the employee resigned March 7. Police are still investigating, and no one has been charged.

 

State Representative Chris Redfern has introduced a “Jake’s Law” reform bill to change the way suicides are investigated.

Inspired by the death of Jacob Limberios, House Bill 482 requires that the coroner or deputy coroner must go to the scene and take charge of the body of victims of apparent suicide. It also mandates carrying out an autopsy, and requires each county coroner in Ohio to complete at least one hour of training in conducting suicide investigations. Redfern says the bill would increase the costs for local governments, and that will make it more difficult for it to pass. Redfern’s bill has 30 co-sponsors and has been assigned to the Health and Aging Committee.