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State of the Arts: Producer Finds Hollywood Success While Living in Cleveland

The new film"Galveston" opens in theaters and on streaming platforms this week with some serious Hollywood star power, including Ben Foster, Elle Fanning and Beau Bridges. But the film’s producer doesn’t reside in California, instead he lives and works in Northeast Ohio. On this week’s State of the Arts WKSU’s Mark Arehart talks with producer Tyler Davidson about shooting many of his movies locally and why he chooses to stay in the Cleveland area.

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A debate between Zack Space and Keith Faber, the two candidates for Ohio State Auditor, turned to discussions of legal histories and honesty.

At Zane State College in Zanesville Friday, Faber brought up Space’s late tax payments — as well as other issues. 

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Local law students are getting a new insight into the Cuyahoga County justice system thanks to the latest season of "Serial."  A new Cleveland State University law school course will focus on the popular podcast.

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Two more Ohio school districts want to join in the court case against the now closed online charter school, ECOT. The districts say they don’t trust Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to fight for their best interest. 

Lake Local Schools in Wood County and Springfield City Schools in Clark County are the latest districts trying to join the fight against ECOT’s founder Bill Lager.

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People who are getting food assistance through the program called SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) in Cuyahoga and 11 other counties are now exempt from a work requirement. The state expanded the list of exempted counties because they had unemployment rates 20 percent higher than the national rate.

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A new lab at an energy incubator in downtown Warren is hoping to bring in startups and entrepreneurs from around the country.  The Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center (TBEIC) unveiled its new battery testing lab Thursday, which can simulate blackouts or test life expectancy of power sources.

Rick Stockburger, vice president of TBEIC, says they’ll be mentoring energy companies that deal with everything from the power grid to energy storage.

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Portage County has a new leader for its Mental Health & Recovery Board. John Garrity is taking over for retiring Joel Mowery.  Garrity brings 18 years experience in mental health and addiction services to the Portage County agency.

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The new film"Galveston" opens in theaters and on streaming platforms this week with some serious Hollywood star power, including Ben Foster, Elle Fanning and Beau Bridges. But the film’s producer doesn’t reside in California, instead he lives and works in Northeast Ohio. On this week’s State of the Arts WKSU’s Mark Arehart talks with producer Tyler Davidson about shooting many of his movies locally and why he chooses to stay in the Cleveland area.

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The Akron Zoo is undergoing a $17 million expansion over the next two years, with the aim of increasing conservation and education efforts.

Next summer, the zoo will open its new Pride of Africa area, with an expanded habitat for a pride of lions, plus a new feeding area for goats.

Akron Zoo President Doug Piekarz said the goal is to immerse guests in the culture of the Maasai, and then show visitors how that relates to Northeast Ohio’s own environmental challenges.

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Summa Health has approached nearly three dozen other health systems nationally to explore potential partnerships. And if  a deal is reached, it could be effective by this time next year.   

Summa’s CEO Dr. Cliff Deveny told the Akron Roundtable he expects to have initial proposals by the end of this year, and says a range of relationships -- including mergers or acquisition -- will be considered.

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