Nick Castele

A confidential government database of drug sales has become crucial to the nationwide opioid lawsuit in federal court in Cleveland.

The Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System, known as ARCOS, recorded painkiller sales between manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies at a time when overdose deaths surged nationwide.

Lake County Commissioners are considering a resolution expressing support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

That and another resolution on immigration drew dozens of people to commissioners’ chambers for a meeting on Thursday. After a lengthy hearing, commissioners tabled the measures until the next meeting on Aug. 16.

A judge Thursday morning granted bond to several of the men arrested by immigration agents six weeks ago at Corso’s garden center.

The government accused them of being in the country unlawfully. The men’s bonds ranged from $6,500 to $12,000. If they can come up with the money, the men will be free while their cases move forward.

Where are they being held?

The men are at Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, a private prison in Youngstown that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been using for detentions since 2016.

Immigration arrest at a garden center in Ohio.
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The Trump administration has reversed a years-long decline in immigration arrests in Ohio and Michigan, sweeping up people previously considered lower priority for deportation, according to government figures and interviews with attorneys.

The lighthouse on Lake Erie in Lorain, Ohio at sunset.
Rona Proudfoot / Flickr Creative Commons

A long-running project to build a wind farm in Lake Erie has won approval from the staff of a state board overseeing electric facilities.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is leaving his hometown team once again.

The four-time NBA most valuable player has signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Quicken Loans Arena is in the middle of a $140 million renovation, about half financed by the public. The Cavaliers wanted to update the Q for the future—but now that future won’t include the star who carried the team to multiple NBA Finals.

Democratic nominee for Ohio governor Richard Cordray visited a manufacturing site in Cleveland on Tuesday and talked about his small business plans.  

Cordray met with business leaders for a closed-to-press session at Magnet, a manufacturing incubator that receives state and federal funding.

The former federal consumer protection chief then toured the facility on the eastern edge of downtown. Founders of some of Magnet’s startups showed off their products. Cordray handled lightweight “smart mulch,” inspected adaptive clothing for seniors and sampled Cleveland Whiskey.

Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court may decide a case that could change how Ohio removes people from voter rolls. The court heard arguments in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute in January. 

Federal law lays out a process for taking people’s names off the registered voter list if they have moved to a new address and haven’t updated election officials.

The Northwest Ohio candy company behind Dum Dum lollipops bought the maker of NECCO Wafers and Sweethearts in a bankruptcy auction this week.

Spangler Candy Company, based in Bryan, Ohio, made a winning offer of $18.8 million for New England Confectionery Company of Revere, Massachusetts.

The deal is expected to close Friday.

NECCO filed for Chapter 11 earlier this year after two packaging companies and a logistics firm took it to court over $1.6 million in unpaid debts. 

Attorneys handling hundreds of lawsuits over the opioid crisis say they’re making progress in discussions between local governments and drug companies.

U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster held a brief public hearing today to discuss the suits brought by cities, counties, Native American tribes and others against drug makers and distributors.

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