Sales Tax Holiday this Weekend/Legionnaires' Disease Death/Warming Up

The Ohio Legislature has adopted a one sales tax holiday aimed at helping back-to-school shoppers this weekend. It starts Friday and ends Sunday, Aug. 9 at 11:59 p.m. So how much can you actually save? Remember that sales tax is different from city to city. We all pay the State sales tax at 5.75% -- so almost six cents on every dollar. But then every city charges their own tax. For example in Cleveland, it's an extra 2.25% taking it to 8%. This means you can really save some money this weekend. Although other states have been doing this for years, Ohio lawmakers have decided to give back-to-school shoppers a break this weekend. A tax break, meaning on certain items you will pay no sales tax this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

University Hospitals confirms that a woman tested positive for Legionnaires' disease and she passed away early Thursday morning. A spokesperson with the hospital said the woman passed away from complications of Legionnaires' disease on Aug. 6. UH did not know of any other cases. The woman was from the Medina County area. Her age and name could not be released at this time. Officials could not provide any more details at this time.

Today marks the start of a warming trend that will return us to seasonable temperatures through the weekend.  Today's sun/clouds mix will include high temperatures reaching the upper 70s amid refreshing northeasterly breezes.  Another pleasant night will follow with temps dipping into the low 60s.  Both Saturday and Sunday will be quiet and typically summer like as highs recover into the low to mid 80s.  The next hope for rain arrives on Monday.

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Julia Tullos