Briefly, April 22

Officials attend Trump meeting on ‘Opp Zones’

COLUMBUS (AP) — Two Ohio elected officials have attended a meeting where President Donald Trump proposed new regulations aimed at making it easier for investors to take advantage of tax breaks for investing in “Opportunity Zones” in low-income areas.

The White House said Allen County Commissioner Cory Noonan and Matt Peters, assistant director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, were among state, local, tribal and community leaders from across the country at the gathering Wednesday.

The Republican president told the group that 8,700 neighborhoods across 50 states and U.S. territories have received the Opportunity Zone designation and would be eligible for the federal tax incentives he proposes.

Trump’s proposed regulations were issued by the Treasury Department. They seek to clear up questions that were keeping some investors from using the incentives.

HUD grants state $6.2M

for affordable housing

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio is set to receive nearly $6.2 million in affordable housing grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The money awarded through the Housing Trust Fund is intended to help create and preserve safe, affordable housing for low-income households and those who are homeless.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced the disbursement this week. He said it follows “inexplicable delays” by the Trump administration’s acting regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The two government-sponsored enterprises fund the national Housing Trust Fund.

Affordable housing providers will be able to use the money for activities including property acquisition, site improvements and development hard costs, demolition, relocation assistance, financing costs and operating cost assistance for rental housing.

Talks resume between Stop & Shop, striking workers

BOSTON (AP) — Striking Stop & Shop supermarket workers and company officials are resuming negotiations.

Representatives for both sides tell The Boston Globe that bargaining will resume on Sunday. Talks went late into the night on Saturday.

United Food and Commercial Workers union members at 240 Stop & Shop stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut went on strike on April 11.

They are protesting what they call cuts to health care and take-home pay in the company’s latest contract proposal.

Stop & Shop says it is offering across-the-board raises and “excellent” health care benefits that beat industry standards.

Stop & Shop said Saturday that some stores in the three states will remain closed, but the rest will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Easter Sunday.

13 airline passengers taken to hospital after landing

BOSTON (AP) — An official says 16 passengers reported feeling ill on an American Airlines flight from Miami to Boston.

Boston Emergency Medical Services’ Twitter page says 13 of the ill passengers were taken to the hospital Sunday morning after the plane landed.

Massachusetts Port Authority spokeswoman Samantha Decker said the passengers’ symptoms appeared mild. She said she didn’t have information on what may have caused the illnesses.

An American Airlines spokesman said they were part of a student group. He said no other passengers or crew members felt ill.

The flight landed at Boston Logan International Airport Sunday morning.

2 children shot in road rage incident involving father

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a North Carolina man has been arrested after two children were shot in a road rage incident.

Surry County officials say 41-year-old Byron Donnell Green of Mount Airy is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, discharging a weapon into an occupied property causing bodily injury and assault by pointing a gun. Bond for Green was set at $600,000.

Investigators say a 9-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl were shot Saturday afternoon after Green became involved in a road rage incident with their father in the Flat Rock community of Mount Airy.

The children were driven to the hospital by their father. The boy was treated and released, and the girl was reported in stable condition after undergoing surgery.

Large brawl involving teenagers at Worlds of Fun

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say officers responded to a brawl involving up to 300 teenagers at the Worlds of Fun amusement park in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas City police say several law enforcement agencies were called to the park Saturday night when an off-duty Clay County sheriff’s deputy reported several large fights involving mostly teenagers.

Kansas City police said Sunday that no injuries were reported and no one was arrested. But police said the Clay County Sheriff’s Office issued some citations to people at the scene.

Worlds of Fun officials said in a written statement that local and park authorities broke up the altercation and removed those involved from the park.

Stolen pickup truck kills Uber passenger in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police say a man driving a stolen pickup truck 100 mph crashed into an SUV, killing an Uber passenger.

Police believe the pickup truck driver was under the influence of intoxicants when he collided head-on with the SUV Saturday night.

According to police, the Uber passenger sitting in the backseat of the SUV was ejected through the front windshield and died.

The driver of the SUV was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

The truck driver was ejected from the vehicle and treated at a nearby hospital.

Police say that during the crash, the SUV hit a minivan. A passenger in the minivan was treated for injuries at a hospital.

Officers investigating the crash learned the truck was reported stolen earlier in the week.

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