Morning Headlines: Akron City Council Passes Proposed Civilian Police Review Board…and More

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, September 27:

  • Akron City Council Passes Proposed Civilian Police Review Board
  • With new Moderna booster in short supply, get everything available, doctors say
  • State lawmakers see Canada as an option to lower drug prices
  • New poll finds Stark County residents less satisfied with the county as a place to live
  • Majority of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, CDC says
  • Ohio unemployment review suspended after indictment
  • Your weather forecast: Lucky Showers

Akron City Council Passes Proposed Civilian Police Review Board
Akron City Council passed Mayor Dan Horrigan’s proposal for a Citizens’ Oversight Council Monday night by a 9-4 vote. The 11-member council will review complaints against Akron police and provide feedback on departmental training, policies and procedures. The supervisory board will be composed of at least one representative from each of the 10 districts of the city. Some members must have expertise in law enforcement, racial and social justice, and mental health services. [Ideastream Public Media]

With new Moderna booster in short supply, get everything available, doctors say
Northeast Ohio’s supply of updated Moderna booster injection that protects against new Omicron variants has run out in some areas and is low in others after a reported inspection issue in a vaccine manufacturing plant in Indiana reported earlier this month. Summit County has exhausted its supply of updated Moderna booster shots, Health Commissioner Donna Skoda said. Although their vaccination clinics have always been full compared to previous clinics, Skoda said she noticed some not scheduling their vaccine after hearing the county was out of the new Moderna booster. “I tell people, if you’re there… take it, don’t wait,” Skoda said. “There was a bit of hesitation where people waited to get it.” [Ideastream Public Media]

State lawmakers see Canada as an option to lower drug prices
A new bill has been introduced in the Ohio Legislature that aims to reduce the price of prescription drugs for Ohioans by implementing a state program to import drugs from Canada. Rep. Tom Young (R-Washington Township) is one of the sponsors of the bill, HB715. He said allowing prescription drugs to be imported from Canada — through a program to be created by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy — will allow residents of the state to obtain these drugs at a lower cost. . Young said 22 other states are also continuing to import prescription drugs from Canada. He expects the bill to have bipartisan support. [Statehouse News Bureau]

New poll finds Stark County residents less satisfied with the county as a place to live
A new poll reveals that Stark County residents are less satisfied with the county as a place to live. The annual Stark County Community Pulse Report by the Center for Marketing and Opinion Research examines quality of life in the county and assesses community needs. This year, 26% of survey respondents identified an economic issue as the most important issue facing the community. That’s up from just 10% last year. [Ideastream Public Media]

Majority of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, CDC says
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80% of pregnancy-related deaths, including those caused by opioid overdose, excessive bleeding, heart problems and infections, are preventable. Many pregnancy-related deaths occur up to a year after a woman gives birth, according to the report. It’s important to continue seeing an obstetrician after you have a baby because they’re trained to look for any problems that may arise, said Dr. Kelly Gibson, director of maternal-fetal medicine at MetroHealth. [Ideastream Public Media]

Ohio unemployment review suspended after indictment
Federal investigators say two executives from the company Ohio hired to overhaul its unemployment compensation system stole trade secrets from their former employer. The news prompted the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family to suspend the state’s unemployment patches for now. In 2018, Ohio awarded Minnesota-based Sagitec Solutions an $86 million contract to update the state’s unemployment compensation system. The overhaul was planned before Governor Mike DeWine shut down businesses to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in 2020, ballooning unemployment rolls and forcing the state to spend millions on other contractors. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

Your weather forecast: Lucky showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Chance of showers and thunderstorms between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. This evening, mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. The new rainfall amounts are between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. Wednesday, partly sunny with highs near 59. Chance of showers.

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