Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama

State of the Arts: Kusama's 'Infinity Mirrors' Comes to Cleveland

It took more than 50 years for Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama to finally get the recognition her male counterparts gained in the 1960s. Now people in Northeast Ohio can take in her work for themselves. On this week’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Mark Arehart goes to the Cleveland Museum of Art and steps into Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors.”

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The Libertarian Party of Ohio has officially regained “minor party” status in the state. 

Secretary of State Jon Husted said the Libertarians submitted more than 60,000 valid signatures, which was more than they needed to get their party’s designation on the ballot with its candidates. 

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Thousands of union workers and retirees flocked to the Statehouse from around the country. They’re rallying in Columbus for a fix to what they see as a national pension crisis – the day before a field hearing by a Congressional committee examining the issue. The labor groups say, without a change, their funds will dry up.

Teamsters, coal miners, and workers from various other industries are calling on Congress to pass a bill that will save their pensions.

Kasich at the 2017 State of the State

Gov. John Kasich is sounding off on the lack of movement on gun regulations that he’d proposed earlier this year. He’s commented on it in two separate public events.

Kasich talked mostly foreign policy at the NATO summit at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., but he did note his frustration about a package of gun law changes that he hoped Republican state lawmakers back home would take up.

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Biomedical engineering students from the University of Akron have developed a specially-made fishing pole to help a local boy with cerebral palsy enjoy fishing. Students used 3-D printing and special mounts to create a pole that could be used with the six-year-old’s wheelchair.

Dr. Brian Davis, the chair of the university’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, said projects like these are good practice for students.

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After four decades, the remains of a missing Akron teen have been identified.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office announced Thursday that it has matched the DNA of living relatives to the body of Linda Pagano.

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The Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University is getting $50,000 to help make poetry more interactive.

The center is using a grant from the Knight Foundation Art and Technology Prototype Fund to create what it calls the Traveling Stanzas Listening Wall.

Steel Vengeance is the world's tallest hybrid roller coaster.
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The Akron Community Revitalization Fund is helping the Middlebury Commons project with construction of retail space with a $1.6 million loan.

Chris Burnham, president of the Development Finance Authority of Summit County, says it is an important investment.

Young indie rock band Spirit of the Bear is working to put Youngstown’s music scene on the map – by curating its own music festival. The second annual Fiction Forest takes place this Saturday.

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Ohio is making progress in combating opioid misuse; however, a new report finds there’s still more work to be done, especially when it comes to doctor shopping. That’s when someone goes from doctor to doctor to increase the number of prescriptions they can get.

According to the report from the Department of Health and Human Services, some 5,000 Medicaid recipients received high amounts of opioids, with more than 700 at risk of overdose or misuse.


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Patients whose blood cancers have failed to respond to repeated rounds of chemotherapy may be candidates for a new type of gene therapy that could send their cancers into remission for years. But the two approved therapies, with price tags of hundreds of thousands of dollars, have roiled the insurance approval process, leading to delays and, in some cases, denials of coverage, clinicians and analysts say.

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