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Ohio bill would restore rare coins sales tax exemption

COLUMBUS (AP) — A legislative committee is continuing to consider a bill that would restore a sales tax exemption for residents purchasing rare coins and precious metal bullion.

The House Ways and Means Committee took written testimony on the bill Tuesday but held off voting on it.

The exemption was eliminated following a 2005 scandal centering around Republican fundraiser and coin dealer Tom Noe. He was convicted of stealing from a $50 million rare coin fund he oversaw for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. He’s now serving an 18-year prison term.

The collectible coin industry has been pushing for the exemption to be restored since it was repealed. Collectors argue that the entire industry shouldn’t be punished because of one person’s actions.

A similar measure already has cleared the full House.

2 teens who bullied developmentally disabled boy disciplined

SYLVANIA — Two teenagers accused of assaulting and bullying a developmentally disabled classmate at a northwest Ohio school will have to apologize and serve 25 hours of community service to help people with special needs.

Police in Sylvania, near Toledo, alleged the 14-year-old boys had the classmate lick candy after secretly wiping it in a bathroom urinal, then revealed what they’d done and punched and teased him. The Feb. 18 encounter was captured on surveillance video.

They were sentenced Monday in juvenile court for violating the Safe School Act.

The Blade newspaper reports an attorney for one of the defendants suggested it’s a case of “kids will be kids.”

The judge didn’t buy that and told that defendant he didn’t seem remorseful.

The boys haven’t been allowed back at school.

Ohio man gets death penalty for his mother’s fatal beating

MEDINA — A northeast Ohio man who was convicted in the 2013 beating death of his mother has been sentenced to death.

A Medina County judge sentenced 30-year-old James Tench on Monday after he begged her to spare his life.

Tench says he would never kill his mother, and he plans to appeal the sentencing.

He was convicted last month of aggravated murder, kidnapping and related offenses in the death of 55-year-old Mary Tench.

Prosecutors say the Brunswick man fatally beat his mother after she confronted him about using her credit card. Mary Tench was found dead in November 2013 inside her car.

The county coroner says she died from several blunt trauma injuries that fractured her skull.

Ford investing $1.6B in US plants

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. is spending $1.6 billion to upgrade two U.S. plants for new products.

Ford says it’s investing $1.4 billion in its Livonia, Michigan, transmission plant to build a new 10-speed transmission. The company says it will create or retain 500 hourly jobs at the plant to make the transmission, which will debut later this year on the F-150 Raptor.

Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford is also investing $200 million in its Ohio Assembly Plant to build Super Duty chassis cabs, which are used for commercial vehicles. Ford says it will create or retain 150 jobs at that plant.

Ford says the projects are part of its commitment to invest $9 billion in U.S. plants over the next four years.

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