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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Everly Brothers originally signed to Cadence Records before signing a 10-year deal with Warner Bros. in 1960  (Warner Bros. Records)Rock Hall's 19th Music Masters Week will salute The Everly Brothers
The duo influenced artists ranging from The Beatles to Green Day to Alison Krauss and Robert Plant

The lineup has been announced for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 19th annual Music Masters Week. And as WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports, it will salute a band that influenced everyone from The Beatles to Norah Jones.  Kabir Bhatia reports


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Plusquellic says the deal-killer was serving a South American market. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Three reasons Akron is out of the running for Goodyear's new tire plant
The plant is going to serve North and South American markets

Goodyear isn’t saying yet where it will build its half-billion-dollar tire plant, but the long-shot hopes of Akron are over. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the company’s decision to eliminate its home town early from the running.  M.L. Schultze reports

Chris Long with the Ohio Christian Alliance Conservatives push for stalled Ohio photo voter I.D. bill
A group of conservative Ohio lawmakers says it's time for action

A group of conservative Ohio lawmakers says it’s time the Legislature votes on a bill that would require voters to show a valid photo I.D.  They have the backing of the Ohio Christian Alliance,

The Alliance’s Chris Long says the measure is needed even though Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says there were hardly any voter fraud cases in the last presidential election.  Jo Ingles reports

Cora Breuner says schools should start no earlier than 8:30. (Seattle Children’s Hospital)Research shows students need more sleep
Researcher says adolescents need between 8.5 and 9.5 hours of sleep a night

With the new school year now in full swing across the state, many middle and high school students are getting up at the crack of dawn to make it to school on time - which is often 7:30 or sooner.

But recent research suggests adolescent kids aren't getting nearly enough sleep, and need to start their day later if they're going to be at their best. StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen reports.  (more)

Ground was ceremonially broken at the Bolivar Dam last week. (Army Corps of Engineers)A $44 million project at the Bolivar Dam gets underway
Seeping water is a long-term problem

Work has begun on a $44 million project to shore up the Bolivar Dam – one of a series of dams built in Northeast Ohio in the 1930s to stave off flooding south of Canton.  M.L. Schultze reports

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says exports help improve the quality of life and opportunities for his residents.  (The City of Columbus)Ohio economic growth, job creation are affected by exports
More than 250,000 jobs in Ohio are related to the export business

Last year, Ohio was the ninth largest exporting state, with some 259,000 jobs in the state related to the export business.

During a conference call Tuesday, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman voiced his support for the re-authorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The bank supports U.S. businesses to help them compete abroad. Coleman says he’s made exports a priority in his city.  (more)

The new Hope & Healing has 41 units that each hold up to four people.  The first floor -- seven units and a community room -- is slated to open by the end of the year. This is one of the new rooms, fully furnished and ready to go (Bekey Hewit)Summit-Medina battered women's shelter gets a new home
The Akron facility is more secure, and consolidates several facilities into one

The Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties is getting a new name and a new address. And as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, the changes are aimed at raising awareness, empowerment and money.

On a quiet corner in East Akron, what was once the Hower Department Store and later Middlebury Manor nursing home is now Hope & Healing. It’s the consolidation of several shelters and office buildings for the Summit and Medina Battered Women’s shelter and the Rape Crisis Center.

CEO Terry Heckman says they began renovations in 2012, first creating a community center for people who don't need actual sheltering. They make up about three-quarters of the center’s clients.

“We did 24,000 nights of shelter last year. But we do 60,000 people as far as support groups and financial assistance and case management, child advocacy. So there’s a lot of other things that happen.”  Kabir Bhatia reports

 (Cleveland Police Department)A suspect is dead after a Cleveland police shooting
Police say the suspect pointed a gun at an officer

A Cleveland police sergeant shot and killed a man this morning who officials say pointed a gun at him.

The officer was responding to a call around 9:15 this morning that a man was shooting at another man on the city’s east side. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says the officer spotted 35-year-old Kendrick Brown, who fit the suspect’s description.

Williams says when the officer began questioning him, Brown pointed a gun and the officer shot him three times.  Kevin Niedermier reports

A new pipeline might link Ohio's natural gas supply to customers in North Carolina. (TIM RUDELL)NTSB's first word on Cleveland plane crash
Other noon headlines: death case, charter schools, pipeline, politics

  • NTSB first review of Case plane crash
  • Death penalty affirmed in Cleveland case
  • Cleveland hired charter school specialist
  • Pipeline could stretch from W. Va. to North Carolina
  • Libertarian gubernatorial candidate continues fight to get on the ballot 
  •   M.L. Schultze reports

    Put-in-Bay police under scrutiny for alleged misconduct
    Other morning headlines: VA Medical Center hosts open house in Cleveland; Gas prices inch up

    WKSU's morning news headlines:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    The town hall will be open to vets, family members and the public. (Cleveland VA)Cleveland VA schedules town hall for today
    Local VA staff will help with scheduling and other issues; meanwhile, former Cleveland chief is to be sentenced on Sept. 17

    The Cleveland VA Medical Center will be holding a town hall this afternoon to get feedback on its services. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald is counting on labor and memories of S.B. 5. (M.L. SCHULTZE)FitzGerald isn't giving up, but many Stark voters are worried, wary and weary
    As Labor Day kicks off the official political season, voters at the bellwether county fair don't seem terribly excited about the governor's race

    Labor Day unofficially marks the time when politics moves from the obsession of the political class to the at-least-passing interest of casual voters. 

    And Stark County has the kind of bellwether status that makes Labor Day weekend at the fair a must on the calendars of candidates.

    WKSU’s M.L. Schultze stopped at the fair to gauge how far news about in the governor’s race has penetrated so far.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Buckeye Square resident Constance Denson sits in her new efficiency apartment. (Brian Bull)New facility to help the chronically homeless in Cleveland
    The complex will give homes to people with disabilites who have been regularly homeless

    The fight against chronic homelessness in Greater Cleveland area is marking another milestone. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports.  (more)

    Derek Gordon, park director, says the new track material is more durable and functional than the previous material used.  (The City of Canton)Canton's Stadium Park is starting reconstruction of walking track this week
    The project is expected to be completed by mid-October

    Canton residents who use Stadium Park’s walking track will have to find another place to exercise for the next month or so.

    A $320,000 reconstruction project will begin this week. Park Director Derek Gordon says the new brown surface will be much easier to repair than the old red rubber surface.  (more)

    An electricity grid manager develops plans for winter months
    PJM Interconnection wants to create incentives and penalties for generators to make sure that they produce what they say they will

    Right now, the cold winter months might be the last thing on your mind. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, an electricity grid manager is working on plans to head off trouble when temperatures drop.  Andy Chow reports


    Monday, September 1, 2014

    Ed FitzGerald is relying heavily on labor to turnn out to boost his lagging campaign. (BRIAN BULL)Labor Day parades draw the kinds of supporters Ed FitzGerald needs
    The Democratic gubernatorial candidate plans no major shifts in the final two months of the campaign

    For many, Labor Day is still a work day. This includes police, firefighters, nurses…and political candidates. WCPN's Brian Bull came across one contender who worked the crowds at Cleveland’s big parade earlier today.  (more)

    Record low number of Ohioans in the labor force
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports just 59% of Americans 16 and over have declared that they are part of the labor force – in Ohio, that figure is just under 63%.

    This Labor Day, there are a record low number of Ohioans in the labor force – fewer than there have been since October 1978. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler talked to two economic experts who see that number – and others – in very different ways.  Karen Kasler reports

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Angela Boyer holds the future of a species in her hand. Freshwater mussels like the purple cat's paw are America's most endangered animals with more than half of them facing extinction.  (Jeff St.Clair)Exploradio: Saving America's most endangered animals
    The eastern U.S. has more freshwater mussel species than anywhere else in the world, and more than half of them are facing extinction

    Ohio is the last home of one of the rarest animals in the world. It’s a formerly widespread freshwater mussel called the purple cat’s paw. Only about 20 of the mollusks are known to exist.

    In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff  St.Clair examines a species on the brink and how protecting it could help save Ohio’s waterways.  Jeff St. Clair reports


    Friday, August 29, 2014

    Investigators combed the CVNP after Hillary Sharma's body was found Thursday night, about 1/4 mile north of this spot on the Highland Road Bridge in Brecksvile (K. Bhatia)Body found in Brecksville park identified as Hillary Sharma
    The 30-year-old Eastlake woman has been missing since Aug. 19

    The body found in Cuyahoga Valley National Park Thursday has been identified as 30-year-old Hillary Sharma. The Eastlake woman was last seen August 19, and her car was found two days later in a Parks parking lot. Spokeswoman Mary Pat Doorley says Brecksville and Sagamore Hills officials were part of the 10-day search.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Investigators combed the CVNP after a body was found Thursday night, about 1/4 mile north of this spot on the Highland Road Bridge in Brecksvile (K. Bhatia)After body is found, CVNP continues investigation into Hillary Sharma disappearance
    30-year-old Eastlake woman's car was discovered in the park Aug. 21, and a body was found Thursday night in Brecksville

    Cuyahoga Valley National Park is open and operating as normal after a body was found near the Highland Road Bridge last night. Park rangers had been searching for Hillary Sharma -- an Eastlake woman last seen 10 days ago – when a body was discovered about a quarter-mile north of the bridge.

    Park spokeswoman Mary Pat Doorley says the investigation continues as officials review yesterday’s activities and await the medical examiner’s report.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Ohio Supreme Court chief justice Maureen O'Connor says the courts deserve more equity in funding. (Ohio Supreme Court)Ohio courts coming up short in funding
    The state's top judge says the courts are not getting their fair share

    The head of Ohio’s Supreme Court is calling for a boost in funding. Their efforts are starting with collecting as much data as possible.  Andy Chow reports

    Travel is expected to be up this Labor Day weekend. (Charlie Cowins)AAA is expecting large travel numbers this Labor Day weekend
    Lower gas prices and an early start to the holiday weekend have more Ohioans traveling this year

    Labor Day weekend is shaping up to be a big travel holiday this year.

    Robin Blose says AAA expects nearly 35 million Americans to travel more than 50 miles from home during the holiday.

    She says a number of factors have led to the largest travel number in years.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    The NAACP and League of Women Voters are among the groups suing to get Secretary of State Jon Husted to restore the first seven days of early voting. (FILE PHOTO)Absentee ballots mailed as early voting lawsuits continue
    Suits are asking that Ohio restore "Golden Week," the first 7 days of early, in-person voting

    More than 6 million Ohioans are being mailed absentee ballot applications today. But as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, in-person voting is still in flux.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Cumminity groups across the state are trying to use Bills of Rights to keep fracking away from their community. (WKSU File Photo)Columbus groups are trying to pass a Bill of Rights to combat fracking
    Local groups in Kent and Youngstown are working on similar measures

    Another Ohio city is trying to stop fracking and fracking waste with a local ballot issue.

    Carolyn Harding speaks for the Columbus Community Bill of Rights, which is pushing a measure similar to ones that have passed in Mansfield and Broadview Heights.  Karen Kasler reports

    Cost to make Toledo water safe increases
    Other noon headlines: Supporters for fired OSU band director show up at trustees meeting; Nearly $45 million Bolivar Dam project underway

      Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Body found in Cuyahoga Valley National Park river during search for missing woman
    Other morning headlines: Absentee ballot applications to be mailed today; Candlelight vigil to be held Sunday for plane crash victims

    WKSU's morning news headlines:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Chef Doug Katz created a fixed price menu at Provenance to complement the Cleveland Museum of Art's yoga exhibition. It includes socca crepes, ginger/carrot soup, kale salad, and red rice pudding for dessert. (Beth Kretschmar)Nourishing mind, body and soul: Yoga, art, and chickpea crepes
    These are the last days to see and savor "Yoga:The Art of Transformation" at the Cleveland Museum of Art and its Provenance Restaurant

    Relax, take a deep breath. But don’t get too comfortable if you’ve been meaning to see the yoga exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It closes a week from Sunday. 

    Along with more than 100 paintings and sculptures tracing yoga’s history from the 8th century through modern times, there’s culinary art.  WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite about the special foods being offered in the museum’s restaurant to complement the exhibition.  Vivian Goodman reports


    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    FitzGerald insists he isn't giving up, just streamlining and focusing on face-to-face campaigning. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Crystal Ball says Ohio governor's race is done
    FitzGerald says: 'What does Virginia know?'

    The University of Virginia’s Crystal Ball is the latest political prognosticator to declare Ohio’s governor’s race is virtually over. It’s putting incumbent Gov. John Kasich in the “safe” category.

    The report says the already long-shot hopes for Democrat Ed FitzGerald have grown longer since reports surfaced that FitzGerald was found parked with a woman in his car at 4:30 in the morning two years ago. Then came revelations that he had not had a regular driver’s license for nearly a decade.

    The editor of the Crystal Ball, Kyle Kondik, says FitzGerald’s problems have scared national Democrats away.  (more)

    Jim Bisenius, founder of Bully-Proofing Youth, says working with the victims of bullying is the best way he's found to combat bullying.  (Bully-Proofing Youth)Bullying lawsuit against Green Local Schools approved to continue
    The case will proceed in U.S. District Court

    A federal appeals court says a bullying lawsuit against Green Local Schools will continue in U.S. District Court.

    Lisa Shively filed the suit in 2011 on behalf of her daughter, who said she was harassed largely for being Jewish.

    Therapist Jim Bisenius is the founder of Bully-Proofing Youth, a prevention program. He says the best way to combat bullying is by working with the victims and bullies directly.  (more)

    Richard Ross says a combination of higher standards statewide and local implementation is crucial. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Ohio's school superintendent says the state needs higher standards
    Asked about the Common Core, he says Ohio also need local schools to figure out the best ways to reach those standards.

    Ohio’s superintendent of public education isn’t offering specifics when asked about the Common Core, but does say Ohio needs to raise its academic standards across the board. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from Richard Ross’s visit to North Canton today.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Governor John Kasich campaigning at Stampco Industries in Euclid where he was endorsed by the Ohio Manufacturers' Association.  Behind him is Stampco owner and OMA member Bill Sopko. (Kevin Niedermier)Ohio manufacturers back Kasich, while FitzGerald stumps with labor
    Ohio Manufacturers' Association says their industry will keep growing under Gov. Kasich; FitzGerald warns that anti-union bills could re-emerge

    Republican Gov. John Kasich was at a Cleveland-area metal-stamping plant today, where he received the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association endorsement. 

    Manufacturing jobs in Ohio have increased by more than 2 percent annually since 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics.  Kasich credits his tax cuts and business policies for attracting jobs to places like Ford plants in the state.   Kevin Niedermier reports

    Akron General Hospital will partner with the Cleveland Clinic (WKSU)Local leaders are watching the Akron General/Cleveland clinic partnership
    The deal preserves the hospital's employment, but there's concern that local leadership could shrink

    Akron and Summit County leaders are closely watching the move toward a new partnership between struggling Akron General Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic.

    Connie Krauss is Summit County’s community and economic development director. She’s relieved the deal was reached to preserve  Akron General and its nearly 5,000 tax paying employees.

    For now, the Clinic has a minority interest in Akron General. But Krauss is concerned about what could happen to the hospital’s local leadership if the Clinic uses its option to fully acquire the hospital after one year.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Labor Day weekend traffic expected to be highest since recession
    Other noon headlines: Drone interferes with medical helicopter; Church in Lorain damaged by fire

    The WKSU noon news headlines:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Cleveland voters will likely decide traffic camera issue in November
    Other morning headlines: OSU denies "name clearing" hearing for fired band director; Heroin overdose deaths down slightly in Cuyahoga 

    The latest WKSU morning news headlines:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

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    Bullying is a bigger problem in Northeast Ohio than in the nation as a whole. It happens more often and it's reported less frequently. Our region has also been rocked by the suicides of bullying victims who saw no other way out. In this series, Mean Kids, WKSU's Vivian Goodman takes a closer look at the bullies, their targets and their weapons, as well as the tools Northeast Ohio is using to fight the problem.

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    Kent State 1970: Hear it now

    At the time of the events, WKSU reporters caught many of the key developments leading up to the shooting, the day of the tragedy and of the aftermath. The original audio, as well as photographs, reports and other text, has been gathered on a special web site: kentstate1970.org.

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    May 4th Remembered

    On May 4th, 1970, Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on Kent State students protesting the invasion of Cambodia, the escalation of the Vietnam War - and the presence of the guard on campus. Four students died; nine were wounded. The scene became an icon for the Baby Boom generation. And this year, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, as a site that contributed significantly to the understanding of the nation's history and culture. But for many, the history is not national. It's personal. And while it's fading out of many textbooks and memories, it's fresh in the lives of many others. WKSU is taking a look at the personal stories and larger lessons that grew from May 4, 1970.

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    The WKSU newsroom dove into the murky waters of the current employment situation in Northeast Ohio with the 8-part series Good Jobs in Bad Times. With their reports, the award-winning news staff covered topics that include high-paying tech jobs, careers that don't need a 4-year degree, the re-growth of agriculture as industry, working part-time full-time, drastically changing career paths, the truth about healthcare, bridge jobs after graduation and the future of the NE Ohio employment outlook.

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