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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Johnny Coleman (David C. Barnett/WCPN)Black History Month can be a double-edged sword
Local arts and cultural organizations spend the month talking about African-American history

For the past month, local arts and cultural organizations have been busy telling stories about African-American history. But some Ohio artists and cultural leaders find Black History Month to be a double-edged sword. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's David C. Barnett reports.  (more)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says the Cleveland PD needs more officers who have some experience in an urban enivronment (WKSU)Cleveland Mayor Jackson applauds reduction in Cleveland PD use-of-force
Calls for service and arrests are also down 22 percent since Jackson took office in 2006

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson held a press conference today lauding efforts to improve police relations with the community. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

PUCO rules against AEP plan to subsidize coal plants
Spokesperson Matt Schilling says there was too much uncertainty with the proposed plan

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio ruled against a proposal from electric utility AEP to pay for two coal plants. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports that some called the proposal a power purchase agreement, while others argued that it amounted to a coal plant bailout.  Andy Chow reports

The Cleveland police mini-stations were  closed 10 years ago to save money, but there's a push to bring them back and reconnect officers and neighborhood residents. (City of Cleveland)Many Clevelanders want police mini-stations back in their neighborhoods
The community policing tool is now in the mix of suggestions for a police-reform agreement

A petition signed by more than 1,500 Cleveland residents to bring back police mini-stations is now in the mix of suggestions to fix the city’s police force.  Kevin Niedermier reports

An Ohio Supreme Court decision about one city's ability to regulate oil and gas development is expected to ripple across the state. (WKSU file photo)Ohio Supreme Court's decision on fracking won't deter the city of Mansfield
City law director says Mansfield's measures take a different form than the ones the court dealt with

A closely-watched state Supreme Court decision last week limits what communities can do to regulate oil and gas development.

While the court ruling directly addressed only one city’s rules, it’s expected to have a ripple effect across the state. In Mansfield, a company proposed putting a wastewater disposal well in an industrial park.

The move spurred the city to adopt strict rules governing that kind of activity.  Mansfield’s law director, John Spon, says the court decision won’t deter Mansfield from trying to protect its interests.  (more)

Cleveland councilwoman delivers petition to re-open mini police stations
Other morning headlines: Cavaliers working to fund Quicken Loans Arena renovations; About 61,000 Ohioans to lose Medicaid Saturday

Morning headlines for Friday, February 27, 2015:

  • Cleveland councilwoman delivers petition to re-open mini police stations
  • Cavaliers working to fund Quicken Loans Arena renovations
  • Rock Ohio Ventures now owns 100% of casinos in Cleveland, Cincinnati
  • About 61,000 Ohioans to lose Medicaid Saturday
  • Woman who allegedly murdered the brother of Cleveland's police chief dies
  • Bond raised to $5 million for man accused in deadly barbershop shooting
  • New DNA evidence leads to charges against alleged serial rapist
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Doug Gurian-Sherman, a widely-cited expert on biotechnology, was one of the keynote speakers at the recent annual conference of the Ohio Ecological food and Farm Association. (George Remington for OEFFA)Food safety scientist calls for unity in the fight for a better food system
    Doug Gurian-Sherman of the Center for Food Safety says foodies and farmers need to get on the same page

    Diverse groups make up the food revolution. 

    Activists in urban food deserts, suburbanites shopping at farmers' markets, and proponents of sustainable agriculture are all working to improve the food system. 

    But are they working together? 

    In today's Quick Bite, WKSU's Vivian Goodman reports that a leading environmental scientist says it's time for stakeholders to unite.  Vivian Goodman reports

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    Rep. Mike Curtin has developed a similar redistricting plan for congressional districts. (Ohio House of Representatives)Ohio Democrats develop a Statehouse redistricting plan
    On the Ohio ballot this fall, the new redistricting process affects only legislative districts.

    In December, Ohio lawmakers passed a redistricting reform measure.

    If Ohio voters approve the constitutional amendment this fall it would establish a more non-partisan process. But that plan doesn’t affect all redistricting; just state legislative districts.

    Democratic State Representative Mike Curtin has come up with a similar redistricting plan for congressional districts, too.  Jo Ingles reports

    Al Landis of Tuscarawas County says it was important that the bill get through the Statehouse early in the session. (State of Ohio)Ohio may extend liability protection for volunteer emergency help
    Sometimes specialists, like structural engineers, are asked to help when disaster strikes

    “Good-Samaritan” legal standing may be coming to Ohio for technical experts who volunteer assistance and advice during emergencies. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    The Cuyahoga Valley National Park approved a deer-culling program. (Rachel Kramer/ Flickr)Cuyahoga Valley National Park OK's sharpshooters to thin deer herds
    Officials say it will balance the park, but some oppose the plan

    Later this year, sharpshooters will be entering sectioned off areas of Ohio’s only national park. It is part of a 15-year, $4 million deer-culling plan for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It was approved yesterday by regional administrators. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports the plan is ambitious and controversial but aims to bring natural balance back to the park.  (more)

    Speaker Cliff Rosenberger won't talk about what plans the House will keep and which it will change. However, Rosenberger does say the end result will include tax cuts. (The Ohio House of Representatives)Ohio Speaker Rosenberger is tight-lipped on Gov. Kasich's budget proposal
    The proposed budget includes increased taxes on oil and gas drilling and higher sales taxes with more income tax cuts in the Buckeye State.

    Gov. John Kasich used his State of the State speech to continue stumping for his latest budget proposal -- but exactly what the Legislature will do with that proposal remains a question.

    As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- the speaker of the House believes lawmakers share a common goal with Kasich.  Andy Chow reports

    Ohio has 61 public transport systems, but only Cleveland has an urban rail network (Kevin Niedermier)Cleveland RTA could share in an extra million dollars from the state
    ODOT wants to increase its $7.3 million stake in the state's public tranportation

    The Ohio Department of Transportation wants to give an extra million dollars to public transit next year. But as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, Cleveland RTA’s needs might outweigh the increase.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Agent Orange is a defoliate that was used in the Vietnam War which was found to have serious health consequences. (U.S. Army)Ohio Air Force reservists could see Agent Orange relief
    Some reservists may have been exposed to the chemical after the Vietnam War

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will make an announcement next week about treatment for Air Force reservists who may have been exposed to Agent Orange after Vietnam. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has joined the chorus of voices asking for a policy change.  (more)

    Councilman Jeff Fusco says the city's resident employment program allows residents benefit from the expensive projects. (Akron City Council)Akron gets a win for home rule in transportation bill
    House committee drops a plan to ban cities from having resident hiring quotas

    Akron’s plan to recruit residents for its sewer project is safe for now after a change to a bill today.

    Akron Councilman Jeff Fusco says a state House committee removed a portion of a transportation bill that would prohibit cities from requiring a certain portion of residents to work on city projects.

    Fusco says the $1.4 billion project is federally mandated and a large burden on the city.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    During a break in her disciplinary hearing, Judge Angela Stokes confers with her father, former Congressman Louis Stokes, and her attorney Paul Diker. (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Is Cleveland Municipal Judge Stokes toxic or is she a victim?
    A disciplinary hearing for the judge started today with accusations of a plot against her

    Cleveland Judge Angela Stokes went before the Ohio Supreme Court’s disciplinary panel today to defend herself against hundreds of complaints about her courtroom behavior. Stokes was taken off the bench and her law license was suspended pending the hearing’s outcome. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, in opening statements, the defense accused Municipal Court Administrative Judge Ron Adrine of a secret plot against Stokes.

       Kevin Niedermier reports

    Ohio Sen. Rob Portman says former Gov. Ted Strickland has a lot to answer for. Ohio Sen. Portman launches immediate attacks on challenger Strickland
    Portman says it's holding the former governor's record up for examination

    Less than 24 hours after former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland announced he’s running for the U.S. Senate, Rob Portman’s re-election campaign fired off targeted Web ads blaming Strickland for the loss of jobs during the great recession. 

    Portman rejects the characterization of the ads as attack ads but says Strickland will have a lot to answer for.   M.L. Schultze reports

    Warnings about toxic algae blooms go up each year at Ohio lakes and reservoirs, but became a much bigger concern after Toledo's water was contaminated last summer (WKSU file photo)Concern about toxic algae in Lake Erie supersedes party in House vote
    Senate is also expected to find bipartisan agreement on the Drinking Water Protection Act

    While partisan rancor was threatening to shut down the Department of Homeland Security the week, the U.S. House overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan Drinking Water Protection Act. And both of Ohio’s U.S. senators expect to see the same thing happen in their chamber. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Paula Poundstone started doing stand-up in 1979 at open mic nights in Boston. Soon she was performing on late night TV and at comedy clubs across the continent. She's gained a new following of fans as a panelist on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. Paula Poundstone weaves personal revelations with audience interaction
    Poundstone says she can't stop revealing personal secrets when interacting with a crowd of perfect strangers

    Paula Poundstone is one of the foremost female stand-up comics of her generation.

    She’s known for her warm rapport with audiences at her shows, and her quick-witted word play on NPR’s weekly quiz show "Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me."

    Poundstone will perform tomorrow night at Youngstown’s Deyor Performing Arts Center.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    Brown and Portman oppose a shutdown, but Portman isn't committing his vote (WKSU file photo)Ohio's Sens. Brown and Portman hope to avoid a shutdown
    But the Democrat and Republican differ on the underlying issue

    Both of Ohio’s U.S. senators say they don’t want a government shutdown to grow from a dispute over Homeland Security and President Obama’s immigration policy.

    Republican Sen. Rob Portman says he opposes shutdowns in broader terms.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Cleveland City Councilman Zach Reed hosted the meeting. Tension's surface during a meeting of Cleveland cops and community
    First meeting  about use of force did not go as smoothly as planned

    Cleveland police unions and minority representatives made their first joint appearance with the public Wednesday night to discuss tensions over the Department’s use of force. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s, David Molpus reports, the encounter at the New Sardis Primitive Baptist Church didn’t go well.  (more)

    Chesapeake to scale back Utica shale drilling in Ohio
    Other morning headlines: House committee approves bill to make heroin antidote more accessible; Second ballot proposal to legalize marijuana rejected

    Morning headlines for Thursday, February 26, 2015:

    Strickland says Senate campaign will focus on jobs and education
    Second ballot proposal to legalize marijuana rejected
    PUCO rejects AEP coal plant proposal
    Police-community relations group to meet with public in Toledo
    House committee approves bill to make heroin antidote more accessible
    Legislation offers legal protections for emergency volunteers   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    The dialogue between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell(left) and Hall of Famer Dan Dierdord touches on the draft, personal conduct and parental concerns. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Goodell tells Canton the NFL has gotten its house in order
    The Pro Football commissioner also suggest a draft road show that may come to Canton

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended his league, his sport and the Browns owner in Canton last night. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on Goodell’s appearance at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce dinner.

       M.L. Schultze reports

    Malik Davis will graduate next year from McKinley; current students will be given a choice of which school name they want on their diplomas (K. Bhatia)Canton approves merger of its two high schools, Timken and McKinley
    The plan will put 1,800 sophomores, juniors and seniors at McKinley, which is right next to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    Canton’s two high schools will be merging this fall. Timken High School will be absorbed into McKinley High School. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on the school board’s decision.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Dr. David James.  Superintendent, Akron Public Schools  (WKSU)Ex-Brown Tom Cousineau will help Akron Public Schools figure out sports
    Cousineau went to high school northeast Ohio

    Saying it’s time to evaluate the entire district athletic program, the head of Akron Public Schools is taking steps to do so.  And, he has asked a former Ohio State and Cleveland Browns star to help. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    Democratic senator Sherrod Brown wants to extend TAA through the end of 2020. (WKSU file photo)Ohio's U.S. Sen. Brown want to expand help for workers hurt by trade deals
    The Trade Adjustment Assistance program is set to expire in September

    Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is proposing a bill that would extend and expand Trade Adjustment Assistance or TAA.

    TAA is retraining assistance for workers who lose their jobs due to foreign trade. It’s set to expire in September. And it doesn’t apply at all if the country in question is China. Brown says his bill could provide a long-term solution for both issues.  (more)

    Governor Kasich's budget includes a cap and freeze on higher education tuition, but advocates for affordable education want more (screen capture)Affordable education advocates push for more from Ohio Gov. Kasich
    They want more than a cap and freeze on state college and university tuition

    In his State of the State address last night (Tuesday), Gov. John Kasich made another big push for his budget plan, which includes policies directed at higher education. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports,  a group that advocates on behalf of millennials says the plan doesn’t do enough for college students.  Andy Chow reports

    Education spokesman John Charlton says schools will have the time they need to administer the tests Weather presents challenges for Ohio's new state tests
    Snow days are causing some issues for local school districts in administering the new common core exams

    The bitter cold has forced hundreds of school closings in the past week. It’s unfortunate timing for many districts that started their first round of a new series of tests.

    Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow talked to the state education department about the rules for making up those tests.  Andy Chow reports

    Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown says he will help the nominee that comes out on top. (WKSU file photo)Ohio Senator Brown reacts to Strickland running for U.S. Senate
    Sen.Sherrod Brown says he'll support whichever Democratic nominee wins

    Former Gov. Ted Strickland has announced that he is running for U.S. Senate.

    The only other candidate to enter the race for the Democratic nomination so far is Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld. The winner will most likely face incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman. Ohio’s other U.S. senator, Democrat Sherrod Brown, says he’ll support whichever Democratic nominee comes out on top.  (more)

    The former Ameritrust Bank rotunda is lined with Heinen's deli counters.  (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Heinen's is betting on a continued rebirth of downtown Cleveland
    The store in the old Ameritrust rotunda will compete with Constantino's for customers

    A new part of downtown Cleveland’s revitalization opened for business today. Heinen’s cut the ribbon on a new grocery store that will serve the thousands of nearby residents and, the city hopes, help entice thousands more to live downtown. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier was at the opening inside the former Ameritrust rotunda.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Ted Strickland says he has a vision for the future that includes everyone. (WKSU file photo)Strickland is running for the U.S. Senate
    Former Gov. Ted Strickland is the second Democratic candidate to enter the 2016 Ohio race

    The Democratic field for next year’s U.S. Senate contest in Ohio has doubled. 

    Former Gov. Ted Strickland has announced he is running. He says Ohioans are hurt by the growing income gap.  Jo Ingles reports

    Gov. John Kasich is proposing yet another tweek to Ohio's school funding formula, the fifth change in as many years. But some school administrators like what they're hearing, so far. School administrators like Kasich's new funding formula
    Gov. John Kasich's new formula includes personal income with property values to calculate a district's capacity to raise money 

    Governor John Kasich's new school funding formula will be the fifth new formula in as many years. WKSU's Jeff St.Clair reports that school administrators feel it's a step in the right direction.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    A 20-year study of babies exposed to cocaine in-utero found deficits from the drug, but also severe effects of environmental lead exposure, alcohol and tobacco.  The study now examines how these grown children overcome early setbacks. Project Newborn study of crack babies enters third decade
    A $2.5 million NIH grant extends 20-year study of babies exposed to cocaine in utero

    A two decade long study of how a mother’s cocaine use affects her unborn baby has received a $2.5 million federal grant to follow the subjects into adulthood. 

    WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that in addition to detailing the effects of prenatal drug use, the study uncovered risks worse than cocaine.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    Former Gov. Strickland to launch U.S. Senate bid
    Other morning headlines: Cleveland police chief's brother shot, killed; Toledo-area oil refinery workers continue to protest 

    Morning headlines for Wednesday, February 25, 2015:

  • Former Gov. Strickland to launch U.S. Senate bid
  • Kasich pushes $500 million in tax cuts during State of the State 
  • Cleveland police chief's brother shot, killed
  • Toledo-area oil refinery workers continue to protest 
  • Goodyear to pay $16 million settlement in African bribery case

  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Antwaun Brown is one of many people WYSO has interviewd whose access to health insurance depended on Medicaid expansion in 2014 (Lewis Wallace)Ohio's GOP governor highlights Medicaid expansion in his State of the State
    The state Medicaid department also is pushing reforms and a proposal to start charging premiums to some low-income recipients

    Gov. John Kasich’s Department of Medicaid was in Wilmington Tuesday touting the success of Medicaid expansion as part of his State of the State events. Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports, the department also discussed ongoing reforms, and a proposal to start charging premiums to some low-income recipients.  (more)

    Governor John Kasich on Tueaday, giving his State of the State speech in Wilmington. (Twitter)Recapping Ohio Gov. Kasich's State of the State address
    Governor focuses on taxes, education and economics

    Gov. John Kasich took his State of the State speech on the road again last night this time to Wilmington near Dayton, where he talked tax cuts and increases, but didn’t say anything about his possible presidential ambitions. We have two reports on the speech from the Statehouse News Bureau, starting with correspondent Karen Kasler.  Karen Kasler reports

    Gov. Kasich talking about education in Cleveland (WKSU file photo)Ohio Gov. Kasich focuses on education in his State of the State
    Funding higher education and blurring the lines between public and private school education

    One of the larger themes of Gov. Kasich’s State of the State address last night was education. Kasich has proposed budget cuts for some wealthier districts, and he wants state universities to also go on a diet. State Impact Ohio’s Mark Urycki has details.  Mark Urycki reports

    The Cleveland Browns revealed a new primary logo on Tuesday. The new logo (left) features a more vibrant orange. Browns reveal a new primary logo and fans are underwhelmed
    Browns also update the Dawg Pound logo for its 30th anniversary

    The Cleveland Browns are getting a critical drubbing for a redesign of the team's logo. Yesterday's launch of the rebranding effort was teased in the national press and on local Twitter feeds. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s David C. Barnett spoke to a couple of marketing experts to get their assessment.  (more)

    The old Ameritrust Bank rotunda in downtown Cleveland begins it's new life today as a Heinen's grocery store. (Kevin Niedermier)Heinen's is opening its first downtown Cleveland grocery store today
    The store will open in the old Ameritrust Bank rotunda and compete with Constantino's for customers

    Downtown Cleveland’s second full-service grocery store opens this morning to serve the growing number of people living downtown. Locally owned Heinen’s will start business in the historic Ameritrust Bank rotunda.  Kevin Niedermier reports

     Terry Pluto warms up to the Indians' chances this season
    Pluto says the Indians have a good chance at a Central Division title this season, backed by good pitching and other teams struggling

    There’s a sign spring is near: The Cleveland Indians have reported to Goodyear, Ariz., for spring training. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto is there too, talking to the players and coaches as they gear up for a new season. ESPN and some other national media outlets are calling the Indians contenders this year, despite their quiet winter.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Carroll County was at the center of Ohio's Utica oil rush. (WKSU)What are world oil prices doing to Ohio's oil and gas ambitions?
    Much of Ohio's drilling hopes rested with natural gas liquids, which were doing OK until oil prices collapsed

    OPEC is considering an emergency meeting if world crude prices continue to slide. And those prices continue to drop this week as investors worry about an oversupply of oil.

    All of that is impacting Ohio’s shale drilling – though not necessarily as you might expect. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with a domestic drilling analyst about how national and international dynamics – and the geological makeup of Ohio are coming into play.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Gov. John Kasich made strong arguments for cutting Ohio's income taxes and raising its severance tax, but there were no hints of presidential aspirations in his 2015 State of the State address. Ohio Gov. Kasich talks taxes, charters and courage in his State of the State
    Governor gives no hint, though, of his presidential ambitions

    Gov. John Kasich insists lower income taxes will bring economic growth and fight Ohio's brain drain -- if state lawmakers increase the severance tax and make other changes. He's also pushing for changes in education, including putting charters schools on notice.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    Akron started training 52 people last onth to prepare for apprenticeships to work on the sewer project. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Akron says the Statehouse is declaring war on home rule again
    Ohio bill would prohibit cities from requiring resident-hiring quotas on city projects

    A cavalcade of Akron officials is heading to Columbus tomorrow to protest a bill they call an attack on Akron and on cities throughout Ohio.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Wilmington is hosting the state of the State this year. (Aesopposea/Creative Commons)Ohio government moves to Wilmington leading up to State of the State
    Agriculture and workforce developement meetings travel with the annual address

    Gov.Kasich will deliver his annual State of the State addressat 7 tonight in Wilmington. But statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports he is not the only state official there today.  Andy Chow reports

    Akron Superintendent David James says year-round schooling makes sense, but changing 170-years of tradition will take buy-in from unions and a careful look at cost. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Is year-round school on the horizon for Akron?
    Some Akron principals are exploring year-round models

    Akron is considering changing nearly 170 years of tradition and trying out year-round public schools. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports.

       M.L. Schultze reports

    Akron schools Treasurer Ryan Pendleton says there's a lot to like in a first read of Gov. Kasich's budget. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Akron schools are 'cautiously optimistic'over Kasich education spending plan
    But both Akron's superintendent and treasurer expected lawmakers will change it before they act in June

    There’s a lot for urban districts to like in Gov. John Kasich’s proposed two-year state budget. Akron’s public schools’ new treasurer, Ryan Pendleton, says that includes a funding boost for districts with high levels of poverty. But he cautions that a bigger overall pool won’t necessarily be an unmitigated blessing for Akron.

       M.L. Schultze reports

    Cedar Point had a good year despite weather problems. (Jeremy Thompson/Flickr)Cedar Point's parent company reports a second year of record revenue
    Cedar Point had near-record attendance despite bad weather

    The parent company of Cedar Point is reporting a second year of record revenue.

    Stacy Frole is Cedar Fair’s vice president of investor telations. She says Cedar Point had its second highest attendance numbers in 2014 despite weather problems.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    William Williams, brother of Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams was shot to death early this morning.  (Cuyahoga County Jail)The brother of Cleveland's police chief is killed in an apparent domestic dispute
    The woman suspected of shooting him is hospitalized after apparently shooting herself

    An early morning shooting has claimed the life of the brother of Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams. And the suspected killer is in critical condition in a Pennsylvania hospital after police say she attempted suicide.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Allegiant Air will begin offering flights from Akron-Canton Airport this Spring. (Eric Salard)Akron-Canton Airport adds a new, ultra-low fare airline
    Airport Vice President VanAuken says Allegiant Air has an a la carte fee model

    The Akron Canton Airport is adding a new airline.

    Akron Canton Senior Vice President Kristie VanAuken says the new provider, Allegiant Air, is an ultra-low fare carrier.

    VanAuken says the addition is a good sign for the region and will benefit the region.   Lyndsey Schley reports

    2013 was an abundant year for grape growing in Ohio. But 2014's extreme winter cut into production for years -- and the impact of this winter is not yet known.  (5chw4r7z, Flickr)Extreme winter weather in Ohio may cause more problems for wineries
    Ohio grape growers will have to wait until spring to see if 2015's brutal winter devastated their vineyards as 2014 did.

    Last year’s polar vortex hit Northeast Ohio’s wine industry hard. This year’s brutal winter weather may do exactly the same.

    Donniella Winchell, executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers, is concerned that smaller wineries might not replant if the weather wipes out their crops again this year.  (more)

    Gov. John Kasich delivering at his State of the State address in 2013. (WKSU file photo)What to expect during Gov. Kasich's State of the State speech
    Ohio's governor will give the State of the State address in Wilmington, focus of previous campaigns

    Gov. John Kasich is set to deliver his big State of the State speech in Wilmington tonight. It’s the home of new House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, it’s also an area the governor has focused on in recent campaigns.  Jo Ingles reports

    Schools receive additional time to complete PARCC testing
    Other morning headlines: Arson suspected in Kent State ROTC van fires; Akron-Canton Airport to add more cheap flights

  • Schools receive additional time to complete PARCC testing
  • Ohio AG rejects marijuana ballot language
  • Accused Warrensville Heights barbershop shooter indicted 
  • After confusion, officials tweak questions intended to catch fake tax returns
  • Amish leader wants to be released from prison when he's re-sentenced
  • Akron-Canton Airport to add more cheap flights
  • Arson suspected in Kent State ROTC van fires
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Students in Lancaster prep for the PARCC, which stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Ohio prepares for the tech demands of the newest standardized tests
    Tests are supposed to the given online, but many aren't ready

    Over the next month, Ohio's students will be taking a new batch of standardized testing aligned with the Common Core, the math and English standards adopted by the majority of the country. This year, state officials initially planned for the test to be delivered strictly via computer, but as StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen explains, only about 60 percent of students will take a portion of the test that way.  (more)

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    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:

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    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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