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State can measure E-school attendance with student participation data

The Ohio Department of Education is authorized by state law to base the funding of internet- or computer-based community schools, such as the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), on the duration of student participation, and not only on the “learning opportunities offered” to students, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled re ... (full story)


Jury tells pork giant to pay $473.5M over smell

RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal jury decided recently that the world’s largest pork producer should pay $473.5 million to neighbors of three North Carolina industrial-scale hog farms for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks
The jury found that Smithfield Foods owes compensation to six n ... (full story)


Browns rookie WR Callaway cited for marijuana possession

Browns rookie WR Callaway cited for marijuana possession

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Antonio Callaway didn't take long to run into trouble with the Browns.
The fourth-round draft pick and wide receiver from Florida, who arrived in Cleveland with a history of issues while in college, was cited recently for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license.
According to a report ... (full story)


Crackdown on bots sweeps up real Twitter accounts

Nina Tomasieski logs on to Twitter before the sun rises. Seated at her dining room table with a nearby TV constantly tuned to Fox News, the 70-year-old grandmother spends up to 14 hours a day tweeting the praises of President Trump and his political allies, particularly those on the ballot this fall, and deriding their opponents.
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Could hard-right Supreme Court haunt GOP? History says maybe

Could hard-right Supreme Court haunt GOP? History says maybe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Be careful what you wish for.
That's the history lesson for Republicans eagerly anticipating Brett Kavanaugh's ascension to the Supreme Court, which could cement conservative control of the court for a generation.
The GOP may ultimately pay a political price.
When and how steep? That depends on how m ... (full story)