Cleveland area had 52 opioid OD deaths in September

Cleveland -- The county medical examiner in Cleveland says the number of deadly overdoses from opioids in September matched the record amount set a month earlier.

As in August, 52 people fatally overdosed from heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil or a combination of the drugs in Cuyahoga County.

The medical examiner says that brings the total so far this year to 385 people.

It's possible the number of deaths in September could increase pending ongoing tests.

The medical examiner's office says 23 of the fatal overdoses last month involved Cleveland residents, while 29 were from its suburban areas.

The office says it has been overwhelmed by the number of overdoses. It will likely spend an extra $130,000 this year just to take bodies to the morgue.

-- Associated Press

Analysis shows link between poverty level, test results

Columbus -- Despite various changes to state testing and district report cards, an analysis suggests there remains a strong correlation between the results and poverty levels in Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Howard Fleeter, an analyst for the Ohio Education Policy Institute, examined report card numbers for the past four years and found little change in the results.

Fleeter says Ohio's school districts face a greater challenge when a majority of its students are economically disadvantaged.

Districts that scored 70 or less on the performance index measure -- which accounts for student performance at different levels -- had an average of 82 percent of students living in poverty.

The figures show that as scores rise, poverty drops. Districts that scored above 100 on the index had 9.5 percent average poverty.

-- Associated Press

Summit County

gets $3 million grant for lead removal

Akron -- Summit County has received nearly $3 million in federal grant money to continue efforts to remove lead from contaminated homes.

The Akron Beacon Journal report officials say they hope to remove lead from 160 homes in Summit County using the new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant.

The county's Lead Hazard Control Program aims to help low- to moderate-income residents who live in homes built before 1978.

The county used a 2013 grant to remove lead from 140 homes.

Lead poisoning can damage nearly every organ, particularly the kidneys, red blood cells and central nervous system.

It can also lead to learning disabilities, lower IQs and other health problems in children.

Lead exposure often comes from old paint.

-- Associated Press

Stink bugs look

for a way inside

before winter hits

Bucyrus -- Ohio homeowners could be out of luck if stink bugs make their way inside before the cold weather hits, according to experts.

People generally don't see too many of the brownish-gray bugs until late autumn, and there won't be many outside by the time the first freeze of the year hits, the Mansfield News Journal reports.

Homeowners will have a tough time getting rid of the bugs if they make their way indoors, pest control experts say.

One good defense against the bugs is to keep them from entering the home in the first place. Homeowners should make sure all doors, windows and roof lines are sealed tightly, said Tammi Rogers, the agriculture and natural resources program assistant with the Ohio State University Extension Office in Coshocton County.

A new version of the bug was accidentally introduced from Asia in the 1990s and reached Ohio in the early 2000s. The non-native species doesn't have natural predators, allowing its numbers to grow exponentially, Rogers said.

-- Associated Press

School board head

resigns amid planned $15 million in budget cuts

Parma -- The president of a school board in Northeast Ohio has resigned as the district grapples with cutting $15 million from its budget over the next two years.

Parma City School Board president Kathleen Petro announced her resignation Oct. 4 during a meeting on the proposed budget plan. She then left. Vice President Lynn Halloran took over as acting president.

The board is tasked with addressing issues that have arisen from a proposed restructuring of schools and programs. Under the plan, Valley Forge High School and Normandy High School would close. Those students would be sent to Parma Senior High School.

The plan also calls for teacher layoffs and program cuts.

The board voted to ask the state Department of Education for an extension on providing the plan until Nov. 1.

-- Associated Press