Investigators:?Arsonist sets fire in vacant house
WARREN - City fire investigators are looking into the cause of a late Wednesday night fire at a vacant house on Warren's southwest side.
Fire Chief Ken Nussle said the fire at 656 Oak Circle S.W. was intentionally set in the house's living room. Damage to the home estimated to be worth $15,000 is about $5,000. The fire happened shortly before midnight and was reported by a neighbor.
Report: Ohio prisons cutting medical costs
COLUMBUS - Authorities say Ohio prisons cut more than $26 million from inmate medical expenses last year.
That's according to a new report from the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee released Wednesday. It shows a 15.2-percent reduction in prison medical expenses last year.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that a $2 inmate co-pay, mail-order drugs, requiring prisoners to buy their own aspirin, and other measures allowed the savings.
The state paid $188.3 million for prison medical expenses last year, compared with 211.5 million in 2011, and $222.8 million in 2010.
University of Akron tries to cut remedial students
AKRON - The University of Akron is taking steps to filter out students who are not ready for college.
University trustees have approved a renewed effort to cut down on the number of students taking remedial course work that won't count toward a degree.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the students filtered out would be referred to area community colleges before being admitted to University of Akron. The university started redirecting remedial students to community colleges last year.
U.S. rep to talk energy with Regional Chamber
CANFIELD - Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson will discuss U.S. energy policy and its affect on manufacturing May 30 at a Regional Chamber luncheon. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at A La Cart Catering, 429 Lisbon St., Canfield.
Johnson represents the southern portion of Mahoning County.
Inspiring Minds founder speaks at commencement
WARREN - Deryck Toles, founder and executive director of Inspiring Minds, will serve as the guest speaker today for the spring commencement ceremony of Kent State University at Trumbull.
The event begins at 7 p.m. at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. N.W.
In 2006, Toles founded Inspiring Minds with a goal to help at-risk youth become independent, fully contributing members of society. Inspiring Minds offers tours of college campuses, helps to improve academic and athletic skills and focuses on community service.
In 2012, Toles inaugurated a summer athletics and academics program for middle- and high-school youth in Warren City Schools, and will pilot "On My Own" to help Inspiring Minds students learn healthy cooking, household management, budgeting and other life skills.
Teen points authorities to bodies of two others
OTTAWA - Authorities in northwest Ohio say two of three teenage boys named in an Amber Alert were found dead after the third teen was located several counties away and told authorities where the bodies were.
Ottawa police said the Thursday morning alert about two missing 17-year-old boys and a missing 14-year-old boy was issued after a mother returned to a Putnam County trailer home and found a crime scene. Police and the sheriff released no details about that scene, the bodies or where they were later found.
Staff, wire reports