Ohio overpaid $88M in food stamps in ’13
Ohio’s overpayment of food-stamp benefits last year exceeded the national average, according to state numbers.
The state overpaid more than $88 million in tax-funded benefits last year. In all, Ohio misspent 4.1 percent of the nearly $3 billion received from the federal government for food-stamp benefits in 2013, The Columbus Dispatch reported Friday.
The state’s error rate was up slightly from the previous year, and it’s above the average national rate of 3.2 percent for tax-dollar waste. That ranks Ohio 21st in the country.
19 Ukrainian troops killed in barrage
Ukraine’s president vowed vengeance in blood after 19 troops were killed in an insurgent rocket attack Friday, and residents of the rebel-held city of Donetsk began fleeing in large numbers for fear of a government siege.
The barrage of rocket fire just before sunrise at a base near the Russian border was a devastating setback for government forces, who seemingly had gained the upper hand last weekend when they pushed the pro-Russian fighters out of their stronghold city of Slovyansk. In addition to those killed, 93 soldiers were wounded, the Defense Ministry said.
Shooting survivor leaves hospital
The lone survivor of a suburban Houston shooting that left six other members of her family dead is out of the hospital.
In a statement, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital reported 15-year-old Cassidy Stay was discharged Friday “in good condition.” The hospital says she’s “expected to make a full recovery.”
Ronald Lee Haskell is accused of killing Stay’s parents, Stephen and Katie Stay, and her four siblings ranging in age from 4 to 14.
Authorities have said Haskell was searching for his ex-wife, Katie Stay’s sister, when he came to the Stays’ home in Spring on Wednesday. Investigators say Cassidy Stay suffered a skull fracture from a bullet graze but survived by playing dead to call 911 and warn police that Haskell planned to shoot other relatives.
Rep.: $3.7B request for border too much
Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky, Republican chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said Friday that President Barack Obama’s multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money.
The developments indicated that Obama faces an uphill climb as he pushes Congress to approve $3.7 billion to deal with tens of thousands of unaccompanied kids who’ve been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border from poor and increasingly violent Central American nations.
Utah gay couples could get benefits
SALT LAKE CITY
More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples who married in Utah after the state same-sex marriage ban was overturned could get benefits in 10 days after a favorable ruling from a federal appeals court.
Five months after the ban was struck down, a different federal judge in May ruled the state must lift its ban on benefits — such as child custody — for same-sex couples.
The state asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to delay the benefits while the larger issue of the marriage ban makes its way through the courts.
On Friday, the 10th Circuit denied Utah’s request for an indefinite delay. Instead, justices gave them until July 21 to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in.