Here are your Thursday, February 24 morning headlines:

Republican leaders said legislative district maps will be released soon.
Cuyahoga The ADAMHS board reinstates the term “racist” in the health statement.
Officers in the Air Force have filed a lawsuit over the rejection of religious exemptions.
The victims of gunshots have been identified, and police are planning to release body camera footage.
Terry Allen, Cuyahoga County’s top health official, is stepping down.

Republicans say legislative district maps will be released soon (AP) — The state of Ohio is in disarray due to a political impasse over new legislative redistricting. Top leaders urged lawmakers to postpone the May 3 primary as members of a new map-drawing panel defended themselves against probable contempt charges for failing to comply with the latest court ruling mandating them to stop gerrymandering. Wednesday’s meeting of the bipartisan Ohio Redistricting Commission ended without a vote. Members attempted to avoid the prospect of punishment by telling the Ohio Supreme Court that legal maps might be prepared by the end of the week. The commission is scheduled to meet again on Thursday.

(Ideastream Public Media) — The Cuyahoga ADAMHS board has reinstated “racist” in the health declaration (Ideastream Public Media). The Cuyahoga County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services has reversed direction and reinstated their previous pronouncement that “racism is a public health crisis.” The ADAMHS board substituted the word “racism” with “discrimination” at a meeting last October after passing the original proclamation a year before. Rev. Benjamin Gohlstin, the board’s chairman, has previously described racism as divisive, claiming that genetic differences between persons of different skin colours do not exist, and that humans are all members of the same biological race. At a meeting on Wednesday, the board, however, reversed course and opted to reinstate the word racism in the resolution.

Officers in the Air Force have filed a lawsuit over the rejection of religious exemptions.
(The Associated Press) After the military denied their religious exemptions to the required COVID-19 vaccine, a dozen US Air Force officers filed a lawsuit against the federal government. The officers are largely from the Dayton-based Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The Air Force has been accused of applying a double standard in approving the petitions. Thousands of medical and administrative exemptions have been given, but only a few religious exemptions have been granted, according to the report.

The victims of gunshots have been identified, and police are planning to release body camera footage.
(The Beacon Journal of Akron) The names of two Akron men who were discovered dead in a home where police fired rounds on Tuesday have been published. Lawrence Rodgers, 21, and Raymond Jones, 38, were both shot and killed. The males were found dead inside the home after officers shot a man with a gun who fled back inside, according to Akron Police Chief Stephen Mylette. It’s unclear whether the officer’s rounds hit or harmed either individual. According to the Beacon Journal, police are reviewing 911 calls and plan to disclose body camera video of the incident no later than Tuesday.

Terry Allen, Cuyahoga County’s senior health official, has stepped down (Ideastream Public Media) — The health department in Cuyahoga County will soon have a new boss. Roderick Harris was appointed by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to succeed Terry Allan as health commissioner, who is retiring after 33 years in the position, including 18 as commissioner. Harris grew up in Cleveland, where he and his family currently reside. He is the current deputy director of the Allegheny County Health Department in Pittsburgh and holds a doctorate in public health. On April 11, he will assume control of Cuyahoga County. Harris had previously worked with Allan at the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners.

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