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Friday, July 31, 2015

Bernabei acknowledges he could have run in the Democratic primary in May, but says he had to wait and allow the primary process to take place (M.L. SCHULTZE)Secretary of State says Bernabei can remain on Canton mayoral ballot
Democrats argue that the Stark County Commissioner should have run in their primary, and that he wasn't a resident when he filed

Secretary of State Jon Husted is allowing Stark County Commissioner Thomas Bernabei to remain on the ballot for Canton Mayor, as an independent.

Democrats have argued that Bernabei is really one of them, and that he wasn’t a permanent resident when he took out his petitions to run. Husted says Bernabei had “an intent to reside in the city of Canton.” 

Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper said in a statement, "Given years of rhetoric about voter fraud, it’s astounding that Husted and the Ohio GOP now support would-be candidates and voters submitting paperwork to run and vote in communities where they don’t actually live.”

Bernabei will run against incumbent Democratic Mayor William Healy. No Republican is in the running. Bernabei was previously Healy’s public service director before the two had a very public falling out.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Brown says he expects Hillary Clinton to win the state of Ohio.  (U.S. Senate)Ohio senator responds to Democratic in-party fighting
Sen. Sherrod Brown is one of just two Ohio Democrats holding statewide office

The Ohio Democratic Party has been in the not-so-flattering spotlight due to some intra-party fighting over the U.S. Senate race. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow asked the state’s Democratic U.S. senator to weigh in.  Andy Chow reports

The Ohio Insurance Institute says the state will need thousands of new insurance industry jobs over the next few years. (Ohio Insurance Institute)Progressive plans to add 400 as insurance industry hiring ratchets up
More than 25,000 insurance-job openings are expected statewide during the next five years

Northeast Ohio-based Progressive Insurance plans to hire about 400 people by the beginning of next year. The auto insurance company says it’s looking for people to fill new and existing sales and claims adjuster positions. And as WKSU's Kevin Niedermier reports, all of Ohio’s insurance industry is in a hiring mode.

   Kevin Niedermier reports

Firestone Country Club in Akron has been hosting PGA Tour events for 62 years (Wikipedia)Bridgestone Invitational might see better playing conditions next year
Officials say moving the competition up -- to avoid conflicts with the Olympics -- might make it easier to maintain the greens

Next year’s Bridgestone Invitational is moving up about a month to make way for golf’s return to the Summer Olympics.

Firestone Country Club in Akron will host the tournament from June 30 to July 3. The tournament’s executive director, Don Padgett, says moving the event up one month will not have a significant impact on planning.

“The golf course, I’m sure, will be in great shape. It’s actually easier to get a golf course in tournament condition a little earlier in the summer because it doesn’t have to endure as much stress earlier in the summer. So I think it actually helps from a golf course standpoint.”

The 2016 Summer Games’ golf competition is scheduled to start August 11, just after the usual start of the Bridgestone. So next year, Firestone Country Club in Akron has moved the start date to June 30. The tournament’s executive director, Don Padgett, says the return of golf to the Olympics signals increasing interest in the sport.

“I think it’s great that golf’s in the Olympics. You’ll get, obviously, a lot more of a worldwide focus on the game. And there was a pledge from golf’s governing bodies that they would all come together and make the Olympics dates work so the best players in golf could compete in the Olympics. I think overall for the game it’s healthy.”

Firestone has hosted PGA Tour events for 62 years. The Bridgestone Invitational will move back to its usual start time – the first Thursday in August – in 2017. The tournament donates about one million dollars in proceeds each year to Northeast Ohio charities.  Kabir Bhatia reports

 (Wikimedia Commons)Ohio's Sen Brown urges the FDA to ban powdered caffeine
Northeast Ohio teen's death was triggered by an overdose of the pure caffeine

After a northern Ohio teen died from an overdose of pure caffeine last year, state lawmakers took quick action and banned it. But national leaders say the federal government needs to also act. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

The FOP, Ohio Labor Council, Inc. is dedicated to the betterment of law enforcement personnel through representation of its members in collective bargaining and other labor relations matters. (FOP, Ohio Labor Council, Inc.)Police union pushes to reinstate indicted U of Cincinnati cop
The FOP says Tensing was denied due process before the university fired him

The union that represents University of Cincinnati police officers has filed a grievance on behalf of former officer Ray Tensing.

Tensing was fired Wednesday after a grand jury returned a murder indictment against him.

FOP Ohio Labor Council representative Thomas Fehr says Tensing was denied due process and that’s a violation of the contract.  Bill Rinehart reports

University of Cincinnati officer charged with murder posts bail
Top headlines: Gov. Kasich's super PAC raises $12 million in two months; ResponsibleOhio submits 96,000 more signatures for pot issue

Morning headlines for Friday, July 31, 2015:

  • University of Cincinnati officer charged with murder posts bail
  • Gov. Kasich's super PAC raises $12 million in two months
  • Political fundraising and spending numbers released today
  • ResponsibleOhio submits 96,000 more signatures for pot issue
  • PGA moves 2016 Bridgestone Invitational tournament dates 
  • Ashtabula County woman sentenced to life for poisoning husband
  • Daily water testing to begin in Toldeo
  • NYT: Unofficial Ohio State marching band song made light of Holocaust
  • Demolition plan for Col War-era uranium plant in Ohio
  • Forbes ranks two Ohio colleges in top 50 rankings
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Medina resident Tom Batiuk of Akron and Cleveland cartoonists keep us smiling in the kitchen
    "Toon Appetit" is the official cookbook of the Great Lakes Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society

    There are dozens of delicious recipes and hundreds of cartoons to help you laugh it off if they go wrong, in “Toon Appetit.”   

    It’s a cookbook designed by the Great Lakes Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman speaks with two Northeast Ohio contributors.  Vivian Goodman reports


    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Eric Jeffris, has been working with Ohio's big eight cities on issues of police-community relations since 2002.                              (Kent State University)Can bodycams solve crimes as well as police the police and community?
    Akron begins one of the few long-term studies on the impact of the cameras

    The body-cam video captured by former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing was key this week to his being charged with murder for shooting an unarmed man during a traffic stop. Departments throughout Northeast Ohio are adopting the cameras system-wide – and civil rights advocates are calling for more.

    But Akron is opting instead to first do an extensive study of the impact of the cameras on everything from police-community relations to domestic violence convictions.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with the lead researcher.  M.L. Schultze reports

    A former plan by the U.S. EPA had the state cutting carbon emissions by 28 percent during the next 15 years. (WKSU News)Environmental advocates rally behind clean-power plan
    The federal standards are expected to be announced next week

    The country is waiting for the U.S. EPA to hand down its clean power plan, which is expected next week. Each state will have different standards to meet in order to cut down on carbon emissions. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports a group of environmental advocates held a rally in support of the plan.  Andy Chow reports

    A year ago, workers were busy updating signage at what was about to become TimkenSteel on Deuber Ave. in Canton (KABIR BHATIA)Stark County-based Timken Co. revenue is down since last year's split
    Under pressure from outside shareholders, the 115-year-old company split its steel-making and bearing businesses last year

    A year after Timken split into two companies, revenue is off 8 percent at the bearing company. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    M Cellars Winery, Geneva, OH (Lake County Visitors Bureau)Two NEO wine producing counties work on branding
    The objective is to make Ohio's wine country a destination

    “Ohio’s wine country:” that’s the brand everyone from vintners to economic development agencies wants to claim for Lake and Ashtabula counties. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    Equality Ohio's Northeast Ohio Director Alana Jochum will take over as head of the orgnaization at the end of the week.  (Equality Ohio )Equality Ohio Elyzabeth Holford is leaving
    Northeast Ohio's director will take over as managingmirector

    The leader of Equality Ohio, the state’s largest LGBT rights advocacy group, is heading west. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports on the leadership change and what’s next on the agenda now that same sex couples can be married in Ohio and nationwide.  Jo Ingles reports

    East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton believes  the annexation petition being challenged is valid. (WKSU)East Cleveland annexation petitions are being challenged
    Some city officials say the petition was not correctly drawn up and that could jeopardize plans to be annexed by Cleveland

    Some East Cleveland City officials are challenging the validity of certified petitions to have East Cleveland annexed by Cleveland.

    City Council President Barbara Thomas and Council Clerk Tracy Udrija-Peters believe some signatures by petition circulators may be forged. They say the required word “felony” is missing from the original petition. But it was included and re-signed by those gathering the signatures on an addendum attached after residents had signed the petition.

    They’ve sent their concerns to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections and to the county prosecutor’s office, which handles elections board legal matters.

    But East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton believes the petition is valid, and the annexation process will continue.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco says the state has been no friend to local government. (M.L. Schultze)Akron mayor says the state built its wealth at the expense of the locals
    Fusco says the $40 million in cuts at the University of Akron are in large part attributable to  state funding cuts

    Akron’s mayor appears as uncertain as many others about the wider impact of $40 million in budget cuts at the University of Akron, whose expansion has played a major role in transforming downtown. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Portman chairs the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. (WKSU file photo)Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman tackles the U.S. tax code during subcommittee hearings
    Portman says the current tax code negatively affects American jobs

    The U.S. tax code and what it means for foreign investments and American business was the topic of discussion today during a subcommittee hearing in Washington.

    Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman headed the hearing.

    Portman says the current tax code hurts American workers and reform is needed to keep jobs in the U.S.  Michael Bratton reports

    If convicted, Tensing could face a life sentence. (Hamilton County Justice Center)Former University of Cincinnati police officer arraigned on murder charge
    Officer Ray Tensing shot and killed Sam DuBose during a traffic stop July 19th

    Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing walked into the courtroom this morning in handcuffs and a black and white striped jail uniform.

    He entered a not guilty plea on charges he murdered Sam DuBose during a traffic stop July 19th.

    The DuBose family's attorney Mark O'Mara says the case is far from closed.  Tana Weingartner reports

    Kasich chats with reporters who have been covering his nascent political campaign. (JO INGLES)Gov. Kasich visits the Ohio State Fair as governor and presidential candidate
    The event is Kasich's first major public appearance since announcing his run for the Oval Office

    The 2015 Ohio State Fair opened Wednesday with the traditional fanfare, but it was a little different this time around for the state’s top office holder.

    Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports on John Kasich’s first fair visit as a presidential candidate as well as governor.  Jo Ingles reports

    Gov. Kasich on the rise in new Quinnipiac presidential poll
    Top headlines: University of Akron releases list of eliminated positions; Toledo residents stock up on water as algae bloom grows

    Morning headlines for Thursday, July 30, 2015:

  • Gov. Kasich on the rise in new Quinnipiac presidential poll
  • University of Akron releases list of eliminated positions
  • Toledo residents stock up on water as algae bloom grows
  • Historic two-room schoolhouse saved from demolition
  • State auditor will not investigate charter school grade scandal
  • Marijuana group faces deadline today for additional signatures
  • Whole Foods officially coming to Akron
  • Two Ohioans diagnosed with West Nile virus
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    A Cleveland painter transforms the archives of his troubled family into art
    "Crackle and Drag" at the Transformer Station was created as part of TR Ericsson's grieving process after his mother's suicide

    On display at Cleveland’s Transformer Station, is a family archive -- transformed. 

    Cleveland artist TR Ericsson tells the story of his mother’s suicide and their dysfunctional family by turning faded snapshots, sooty souvenirs and other moldering mementos into works of art. 

    WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports.  Vivian Goodman reports


    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    O'mara says he did not expect to see what he saw in the dashcam video released by the Hamilton County Prosecutors Office.  (O'mara Law Group)Attorney Mark O'Mara reacts to dashcam video of Tensing
    Family's attorney questions how shooting Dubose could possibly fit within the law

    The attorney representing the family of Samuel Dubose says he was surprised by the video of the traffic stop.  Mark O’Mara says he has seen hundreds of police videos, and did not see what he expected to see.  (more)

    Severe cases of West Nile virus are rare, but children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of illness from the virus (Wikimedia Commons)Lakewood man confirmed as probable first case of West Nile virus in Ohio
    State board of health has confirmed mosquitoes infected with West Nile in Maple Heights and near Mansfield

    A Lakewood resident has been confirmed as the probable first case of West Nile virus in North East Ohio. The Ohio Board of Public Health has confirmed mosquitoes infected with West Nile have been found in Maple Heights and near Mansfield. Joe Lynch is with the Cuyahoga County Mosquito Control Board. He says using bug spray when outdoors is important, and he emphasizes taking preventative measures.  Lauren Blue reports

    Youngstown State invests in boilers to save cash, help engineering students
    The $16 million project would replace vendor-sourced steam that costs $3 million

    Even as other universities in Ohio are cutting back and closing facilities, Youngstown State is adding on. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on YSU's plan to save money by spending money.  Tim Rudell reports

    Wojtecki serves as President of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association and represents Ohio school librarians at the national level through the American Association of School Librarians. She also works as a librarian at Nordonia Hills City Schools. (Angela Wojtecki, Twitter)Ohio schools experience cuts in librarians
    Lack of funding and increased costs are cited among the reasons for the cuts

    Librarians are becoming a rare find in Ohio schools. The Ohio Department of Education reports that the number of licensed librarians in public schools across the state has dropped 43 percent since 2005.

    Research shows that schools with full-time, licensed librarians tend to have students with higher reading levels and better classroom performance.

    Angela Wojtecki, president of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association, says parents and community members should voice their concerns with school leaders to raise awareness on the need for licensed librarians.  Michael Bratton reports

    Hispanic leader expects Trump to use Lake County killing in debate
    Republican presidential debate could touch on case of accused illegal Mexican immigrant, which lines up with Trump immigration stand

    Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has associated Mexican immigrants with rape, drug trafficking and other crimes, and calls for all illegal immigrants to be deported. A Lake County incident could come up when Trump and other Republican candidates debate in Cleveland next week. That’s the alleged murder, attempted rape and attempted murder in Lake County by Juan Emmanuel Razo, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. Executive Director of Cleveland’s Hispanic Alliance, Juan Molina-Crespo, believes Trump will use the Lake County crimes in the debate. But he hopes the case will also be used by less extreme candidates and policy-makers to forge immigration reform.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    If convicted, Officer Ray Tensing could face a life sentence.  Tensing has been fired from his job and will be arraigned on Thursday. (Hamilton County Justice Center)Dashcam video of University of Cincinnati police shooting released
    Prosecutor Joe Deters says there was no reason for Officer Tensing to shoot

    An Ohio grand jury has returned a murder indictment against a university police officer accused of shooting and killing a man during a traffic stop.

    On July 19, University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing stopped Samuel DuBose for not having a front license plate.  The Hamilton County prosecutor’s office released video from Tensing’s body video camera that showed the traffic stop quickly escalated.  - none - reports

    Juan Emmanuel Razo is suspected of murder and other crimes. He's an illegal Mexican immigrant whose case could be used by Donald Trump in the upcoming Republican presidential debate. (Lake County Sheriff)Lake County crimes may give Trump immigration fodder
    Alleged murder by undocumented immigrant falls into Trump's immigration position

    When immigration comes up at the Republican presidential debate in Cleveland next week, a Northeast Ohio incident may give leading candidate Donald Trump some talking points. Trump has associated Mexican immigrants with rape and other crimes and wants all illegal immigrants deported. This week an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, Juan Emmanuel Razo, was accused of attempted murder and is suspected of murder and attempted rape in Lake County. But as WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, reactions there are mixed.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    News organizations had sued for the release of the surveillance video under Ohio open records law; Samuel DuBose's family pushed for the release as well (TANA WEINGARTNER)University of Cincinnati police officer indicted for murder
    Hamilton County Joe Deters says Officer Ray Tensing lost his temper and “purposely killed” a black motorist

    A University of Cincinnati police officer has been indicted for the fatal shooting of a driver earlier this month.

    Officer Ray Tensing, who is white, is accused of killing the Samuel DuBose, who is black.

    At a news conference today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Tensing lost his temper and “purposely killed” DuBose, which Deters labelled "totally unwarranted" and "asinine."

    Earlier in the day, Tensing's body camera video was released from the July 19 traffic stop, which was due to DuBose not having a front license plate.  His death came amid months of national scrutiny of police dealings with African-Americans, especially those killed by officers.

    The University of Cincinnati says it is closing its main campus in anticipation of grand jury action in the case.

    News organizations including The Associated Press had sued Deters seeking the release of the video under Ohio open records law. DuBose's family had also been pushing for its release.

    Prosecutor Deters had initially refused to release body-cam footage until his investigation was completed.  (more)

    Sen. Brown says he wants to see a more long term funding plan established for the support of highway infrastructure in the U.S. (The United States Senate)Funding for federal highway construction projects could run out by Friday
    Disagreements between members of the House and Senate on how to fund projects could mean suspensions on road work

    Earlier this week House Republicans announced plans to pass a three-month extension for U.S. highway funding instead of going for the more long term plan proposed by Senate leaders.

    A House vote today prevents a shutdown of federal highway projects ahead of a July 31 deadline.

    But, Ohio's U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he plans to continue working with officials to create a more sustainable option.  Michael Bratton reports

    Sen. Sherrod Brown has been a strong supporter of efforts to preserve and improve both Medicare and Medicaid (WKSU)Ohio's U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announces plans to improve Medicare by lowering prescription costs for seniors
    Brown's announcement comes on the eve of the federal health insurance program's 50th anniversary

    Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, the nation’s signature health insurance program for seniors. 

    Ohio's U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced today that he is backing new legislation to improve the program by expanding Medicare’s drug coverage for seniors.

    Brown says the Medicare Prescription Drug Savings and Choice Act would focus on Medicare Part D in which more than one million Ohioans are enrolled.  Michael Bratton reports

    Lucky Cat Museum owner Micha Robertson has hundreds of beckoning cats on display for visitors to see. (Tana Weingartner, WVXU)A look inside Ohio's Lucky Cat Museum
    The unique museum in Cincinnati's Walnut Hills neighborhood features multiple figurines of the popular Japanese relic

    Sure these are called the dog days of summer and the heat can be rough. For Ohio Public Radio, WVXU’s Tana Weingartner found something a little more feline to occupy your time.  Tana Weingartner reports

    Staff at multicultural center, publisher among University of Akron cuts
    But the university insists it will retain both functions.

    Morning headlines for Wednesday, July 29, 2015:

  • (UPDATE: University says the functions of both programs will continue with different staff and structures) Staff at Multicultural Center, book publisher among University of Akron cuts; 
  • Lake County rape and murder case boosts Trump's rhetoric ahead of RNC;
  • First signs of toxic algae near Toledo;
  • ACLU questions state grant given to a religious-based organization;
  • Police standards board to study rules on deadly force today; 
  • New Ohio Homeland Security head announced;
  • Swimmer drowns in Lake Erie;
  • Children of a late golf legend indicted for stealing more than $1 million;
  • Ohio State fair kicks off today in Columbus 
  •   Cory York reports

    Browns fans are eagerly awaiting the start of the season, despite being ranked No. 1 in NFL.com's Pluto: Training camp remains the time of hope for Browns fans
    Terry Pluto says an NFL.com "Pain Rankings" report backs the notion that Browns fans are part of a "dysfunctional family"

    The Browns open training camp Thursday and the battered fan base is expected to flock to Berea for the 11 practices open to the public. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks to Amanda Rabinowitz about why fans are just as excited as ever about the upcoming season despite the years of disappointment.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports


    Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    Discussion after public information session on the airport master plan (wksu)Kent State discusses a $40 million, 20-year airport upgrade
    The third of three public information session was held at Stow-Munroe Falls High School last night

    Whatever Kent State does with its airport, residents of Stow, where it’s located, won’t be footing the bill. Who pays was one of the questions during a public information session regarding the university’s plans for updating the small-plane aviation facility.   

    Aileen Maguire Meyer, planning manager for the consulting firm helping Kent State develop a master plan for improving the airport:  Tim Rudell reports

    About the only independent authority the elected and appointed members of the Ohio Board of Education have is to hire and fire the superintendent, in this case, Richard Ross. (MARK URYCKI)State Board of Ed lacks clout to fix Ohio schools
    Some board members are angry over the omission of 'Fs' from state reports used to measure charter-school sponsors

    Members of the State Board of Education were upset at their meeting this month when they found out that some charter school sponsors may have been getting special treatment in their evaluations.

    Some state legislators are calling for the resignation of Ohio’s School Superintendent Richard Ross. The power to fire him lies in the hands of the school board.

    But as some board members found, that’s just about all the power they have… as State Impact Ohio’s Mark Urycki explains.

       Mark Urycki reports

    The cost of each bike varies by city, but they generally run about $100 to $150 per bike.  (Zagster )Bike-share program expands in Cleveland
    Library, Notre Dame and North Coast sign up

    The bike share program is expanding in Cleveland. The Cleveland Public Library, Notre Dame College and North Coast Harbor will have bikes the public can rent for three dollars an hour using an app. Zagster is the Massachusetts-based company that provides the city with the bikes and equipment. Zagster’s Dana Allender says the company contracts maintenance to local subcontractors.  Lauren Blue reports

    The Ohio State Fair gets underway tomorrow. (Ohio State Fair)Ohio State Fair preps for tomorrow's opening
    The 12-day fair is rated as one of the top five in the nation

    The 162nd Ohio State Fair opens tomorrow in a ceremony presided over by Gov. John Kasich, back from his first tour as an official candidate for president. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler has a preview of this year’s fair.  Karen Kasler reports

    Stinziano says the bill could help keep people like his grandparents in their homes. (State of Ohio)Ohio lawmakers propose grants for home construction for disabled people
    Stinziano and Grossman say it will serve individual and state needs

    Two Ohio lawmakers are sponsoring a bipartisan bill that would give Ohioans grants of up to $5,000 to make their existing homes more accessible for disabled people or to build accessible features into new homes. That includes features like wider doors and lower cabinets.

    Democratic Rep. Mike Stinziano says the state has a vested interest in making sure Ohioans with disabilities are able to stay in their own homes or can visit close family members. That’s why he says the grants would not be limited only to people who already have disabilities.  Jo Ingles reports

    Akron's Civic Theatre is less than half a mile from E.J. Thomas, but has a heavy schedule of shows already books from September through June. Can the Civic pick up where E.J. Thomas is leaving off?
    Question remains about where and when the Broadway series is moving

    One big question left unanswered by this week’s cuts at the University of Akron is what will happen to the Broadway shows now being staged at E. J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

    At least part of the answer from university President Scott Scarborough has been “The Civic.” But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, the answer is not that simple.  M.L. Schultze reports

    RTA police removing an intoxicated teen from a bus before an impromptu demonstration was broken up with pepper spray. (WKYC)Cleveland RTA pepper spray video is released
    Transit police officer is on administrative duty following weekend incident

     The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority police officer who pepper-sprayed members of an angry crowd last weekend has been put on administrative duty.  Sgt. Robert Schwab sprayed into the crowd after it surrounded and blocked a police cruiser holding a drunk 14-year-old boy who had been escorted off a bus. Videos of the incident were also released today.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Bill Patmon of Cleveland announced he’s working with Republican Margaret Conditt on a bill would defund the group. (Ohio Statehouse )Ohio politicians rally against Planned Parenthood
    Their call to defund the family-planning agency follows release of controversial videos online

    More than 100 anti-abortion advocates rallied outside of the Statehouse to protest Planned Parenthood following the release of controversial videos online. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow was at the rally and talked to some of the state’s top leaders who came out against the organization.  Andy Chow reports

    DeWine’s office reported 98 arrests were connected to human trafficking last year. (Ohio Attorney Generals Office)Ohio attorney general says more can be done to prevent human trafficking
    DeWine recommends more training to help officers identify human trafficking

    In the past five years, Ohio has ramped up its vigilance on human trafficking, from increasing penalties for traffickers to adding support for victims. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, Ohio’s attorney general believes more can be done.  Andy Chow reports

    The RNC will be in Cleveland all next week for its summer meeting. (RNC)National Republicans are in Cleveland next week for a summer meeting
    The 2016 presidential convention campaign strategy on the agenda

    Hundreds of GOP officials will be in Cleveland next week to plan for their 2016 presidential convention and the presidential campaign that will follow. The Republican National Committee’s summer meeting runs Monday through Friday. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports on some of the agenda items.  Kevin Niedermier reports

     Extra sales tax collections will be delayed three months
    Other noon headlines: Airport future, RTA confrontation, Kasich's poll performance

  • Portage makes another run at the sales tax hike
  • Kent State considers the future of the airport
  • Cleveland RTA police-confrontation video released
  • Kasich gets a boost in the polls but will it be enough?
  •   M.L. Schultze reports

    The Portage County commissioners originally filed the tax increase under the wrong section of Ohio law, but plan to refile. (Portage County Board of Commissioners)Portage County commissioners delay a hike on county sales tax
    The quarter-percent increase would raise $5 million annually for county law enforcement

    The Portage County commissioners are delaying a quarter-percent hike in the county’s sales tax.

    The commissioners originally proposed the increase last week but discovered they had filed it under the wrong section of the Ohio law. They plan to refile under a different section, but the change will  cost the county three months of collections.

    Overall, the tax would generate $5 million annually and would be used for the expansion of the county jail, sheriff’s patrols and drug education programs -- though the money would go into a general fund that could be used for other purposes in Portage County.

    President Maureen Frederick says the commissioners fully intend to use the money for law enforcement.  Michael Bratton reports

    Cleveland police to raffle pistol to help officer who fatally shot suspect
    Top stories: Cleveland council swiftly approves new rules for protests; Cleveland RTA officer on desk duty after pepper spray incident

    Morning headlines for Tuesday, July 28, 2015:

  • Cleveland police to raffle pistol to help officer who fatally shot suspect
  • Cleveland council swiftly approves new rules for protests
  • State lawmaker convicted on felony theft 
  • Cleveland RTA officer on desk duty following pepper spray incident
  • Woman found dead in holding cell had sever medical conditions
  • Tax breaks approved for companies that plan to create jobs in Ohio
  • PUCO adding 380 area code within the 614
  • Ohio infant mortality rates slightly decline
  • New police training to include spotting, handling human trafficking cases
  • Canton Palace Theatre closes for repairs
  •    Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Limaville Mayor Mark Johnston, appointed in March when the former mayor quit in mid-meeting, makes a phone call to try to roust a quorum for the July trustee's meeting. To his right is Jodi Bauhof, who quit as clerk in December but is still keeping the books. (M.L. SCHULTZE)The tiny town that time, and elections, forgot may go out of existence
    Limaville -- with its now 94 voters -- has one of just a dozen issues on the ballot statewide next week

    Next Tuesday, the tiny village of Limaville, up near the Portage-Stark county line, will decide whether to end its nearly 200 years of existence. It’s an unusual process – only a handful of villages in the state have done this over the last decade. But Limaville’s different in a lot of ways – as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports.


    Voting hours are next Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Limaville's lone polling spot: the village hall/Turning Point Baptist Church. Ninety-four people in the village are registered to vote.

       M.L. Schultze reports


    Monday, July 27, 2015

    Toni Mobley (left) from Oakland and Robert Dawkins from North Carolina were impressed with how many young people are involved, and how the hashtags like #m4bl are making organizing much easier than in the past (KABIR BHATIA)First Movement for Black Lives conference ends with unrest Cleveland
    Three days of workshops and networking end with unrest after RTA officers remove an allegedly intoxicated 14-year-old from a bus

    The first Movement for Black Lives took place at Cleveland State University over the weekend, bringing in hundreds of activists from around the country to discuss how to keep the movement going. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Kraus had said he turned down a plea deal that would have included his resignation from the Ohio House. (File photo)Ohio GOP looks for replacement for convicted state rep
    Steve Kraus was elected in November, charged a few weeks later and convicted of theft today

    Ohio House Republicans are looking for a replacement for Rep. Steven Kraus, now that he’s been convicted of a felony theft charge.

    Kraus was indicted in November, just weeks after he upset incumbent Democrat Chris Redfern for the Ottawa County House seat. He took office and refused to quit. But he’ll be forced from office following Monday’s conviction.

    House spokeswoman Brittany Warner says the Republican caucus is considering its options now.  Lauren Blue reports

    Construction on I-77 (Jeff St. Clair, WKSU)Ohio underscores the message: highway work zones can be deadly
    The state pushes a go-slow-and-move-over message

    Vehicles are crashing at highway work zones in alarming numbers, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports that the agency and the Ohio workers compensation bureau are teaming up to remind drivers to obey speed limits and Ohio's‘move over law.’  Tim Rudell reports

    The Ohio Department of Health says it hopes to release 2014's infant death rates in the fall. (Ohio Department of Health)New data shows Ohio's infant mortality rate slightly drops but remains one of the highest in the nation
    Results come from 2013 data analyzed by the Ohio Department of Health

    The number of infant deaths in Ohio has declined, but the state continues to be well above the national average.

    New data from the Ohio Department of Health shows infant deaths decreased statewide in 2013 from the year before by less than 1 percent.

    In hopes of continuing the decrease, the state is targeting nine areas where death rates are particularly high, including the greater Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown areas.

    State Medical Director Mary DiOrio says the programs aim to connect women to adequate resources.  Michael Bratton reports

    Ohio Gop Party Chairman Matt Borges says there was such a strong response to free Cleveland debate tickets that the offer was closed early. (WKSU)Free ticket offer for Cleveland GOP debate ends early
    Several thousand made requests for the few hundred seats available

    Due to overwhelming response, the free ticket offer for next week’s Republican presidential debate in Cleveland was shut down Sunday night. The online application process generated more than 7,000 requests, but GOP officials say only a few hundred seats will be available for the first debate.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Akron trustees reversed course and eliminated a hike in fees, but stuck with eliminating 213 jobs. (M.L. SCHULTZE)University of Akron ends controversial fee hikes
    The university also eliminates 213 positions, though no faculty

    The University of Akron formally reversed course today in repealing a $50-per-credit fee for upper-class courses. But WKSU’s M.L.  Schultze reports that the university’s president is cautioning that the prospect is far from over.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Noon headlines: University of Akron implements cuts
    Other headlines: Woman dies in custody; Tickets gone for GOP debate in Cleveland 

    Noon news headlines for Monday, July 27:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    According to the Ohio Department of Health, infant deaths decreased statewide in 2013 from 1,047 to 1,024. (Ohio Department of Health)Black babies continue to die at twice the rate of white babies in Ohio
    Results come from 2013 data released by the Ohio Department of Health

    State health officials say their effort to bring down the infant mortality rate is working.
    But they tell Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow that they still have a long way to go.  Andy Chow reports

    Police pepper spray crowd at Black Lives Matter conference in Cleveland
    Top headlines: Gov. Kasich's numbers on the rise in New Hampshire; Gas prices free falling

    Morning headlines for Monday, July 27, 2015:

  • Police pepper spray crowd at Black Lives Matter conference in Cleveland 
  • Gov. Kasich makes third appearance on Meet the Press
  • Gov. Kasich's numbers on the rise in New Hampshire
  • Uncertainty for University of Akron's performing arts program
  • NW Ohio officials feel confident in stopping toxic algae blooms
  • DeWine to attend latest Ohio human trafficking meeting
  • ODOT and Bureau of Workers' Comp working together to improve roads
  • Cleveland Metroparks open portion of Euclid beach for swimming
  • Gas prices free falling
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Cleanup of Youngstown-area oil spill continues
    The Aqua water plant is still testing water as it comes in

    The Ohio EPA says cleanup efforts continue today in Brookfield after 1,700 hundred gallons of oil spilled into a creek feeding the Shenango River, a half hour north of Youngstown.

    Crews last Friday placed booms to deflect oil away from the Aqua America water plant. About 75,000 customers in Mercer, Lawrence and Trumbull counties are being asked to conserve water. 

    James Lee, spokesman for the Ohio EPA, says several measures have been taken to protect the water supply.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Kasich is making appearances in key voting states, but will also be in Ohio this week.  (Ohio.gov)Where Ohio'sJohn Kasich stands in the presidential polls
    The Ohio governor needs to be in the top 10 candidates to participate in the debate hosted by Fox

    It’s been a week since Gov. John Kasich announced his bid for president. At that point, he was at the bottom of the polls.

    The Republican National Committee’s Cleveland debate is 10 days away and if he isn’t registering in the top 10 of the 16 candidates, he won’t be able to be part of that event. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles takes a look at where he stands now.  Jo Ingles reports

    The project includes a 40,000 organic grocer -- and all signs point to Whole Foods. (S.J. Collins)Akron council is set to vote on what's expected to be a Whole Foods
    But everyone remains officially mum on the identity of the place that will replace West Point Market

    Akron City council is expected to vote tonight on incentives and plans for a new organic food market in town that still has not been officially identified. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has this preview.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Dental Access Now says a new study shows there’s already a shortage in rural areas and that will get worse. (Wikicommons)Rural areas in Ohio will likely see a shortage of dentists growing
    Ohio will be shorthanded by nearly 700 dentists by 2025

    A new report shows Ohio is likely to experience a shortage of dentists. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, that’s a big reason why advocates are pushing to change rules for dentists, hygienists and dental therapists.  Jo Ingles reports

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