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The Takeaway's John Hockenberry Comes to Northeast Ohio

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Friday, March 27, 2015

A map shows the distribution of people with disabilities in Ohio, with concentrations in Cuyahoga and Franklin counties. (The Center for Community Solutions; Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center)Ohio's disabled face long waiting list for services
A new report shows much work needs to be done to improve programs serving disabled Ohioans

The way Ohio cares for its developmentally disabled residents is slowly changing. There's a push to move people from institutional care into more community-based settings.

For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Sarah Jane Tribble says a new report out today highlights just how difficult it will be to make that change.

   (more)

Nutrients from farm run-off is feeding toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie, but critics say a new bill to reduce runoff doesn't go far enough. (ODNR)Critics say new anti-algae bill doesn't go far enough
New bill restricts farmers from spreading fertilizer and manure on frozen ground but critics say it's full of loopholes

When the Senate and House passed a bill that would seemingly improve water quality in the Lake Erie basin -- it was touted as a big step forward. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- there are some groups that are still not satisfied.

   Andy Chow reports

Summit County Medical Director Dr. Marguerite Erme says Obama Administration resistant bacteria plan should help slow the spread.  (WKSU)Northeast Ohio health official happy White House addressing resistant germs
Action plan increases collaboration and research and addresses over-prescribing of antibiotics

The Obama Administration today released a national plan to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Summit County’s medical director welcomes the announcement.  Kevin Niedermier reports

State Rep. Lou Blessing cites similar entertainment zones in recent Superbowl-hosting cities as one reason they can be a boon to Ohio (State of Ohio)Ohio House approves entertainment districts
The areas would allow for relaxed open-container laws

The Ohio House has approved a plan that would allow cities with populations of 35,000 or more to create entertainment districts. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has details on the plan that would let cities to designate areas where open container laws apply.  Jo Ingles reports

Unhappy Cleveland teachers heard of mass layoffs in 2011, just before the Cleveland Plan was unveiled (K. Bhatia)Cleveland teachers unhappy with $3.4 million in cuts coming next year
Ths district says dollars need to follow the students

Cleveland schools are facing $3.4 million in budget cuts next year, and at issue is how that plays into the plan designed to turn around the district.

Members of the Cleveland Teachers Union expressed concern at a meeting yesterday with district officials who say decreasing enrollment is behind the budget cuts.

Teachers Union President David Quolke says they worked with administrators to pass the Cleveland Plan and a levy in 2012. But since then, Quolke says teachers feel abandoned by the district.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Noon headlines: Missing baby found; Cleveland teachers fear cuts
House passes charter school reforms; Reforms needed for Ohio disabled programs 

  • Missing baby found
  • Cleveland teachers fear cuts
  • House passes charter school reforms
  • Reforms needed for Ohio disabled programs 
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    Lawmakers to sift through hundreds of amendments to governor's budget
    Other morning headlines: House clears bill to create outdoor drinking areas; Helicopter survey shows deer numbers high in Cleveland suburbs

  • Morning headlines for Friday, March 27, 2015:
  •  Lawmakers to sift through hundreds of amendments to governor's budget
  •  House clears bill to create outdoor drinking areas
  • Helicopter survey shows deer numbers high in Cleveland suburbs
  • Gov. Kasich urges Hillary Clinton to support balanced budget amendment
  • Ohio House approves bill on charter school crackdowns 
  • Cleveland responds to lawsuit from family of mentally-ill woman who died in custody 
  • Attorney General's office warns of 9-1-1 scam 
  • Transportation budget goes to Gov. Kasich for signature
  • Helicopter survey shows deer numbers high in Cleveland suburbs
  • Judge rules in favor of bench trial for Cleveland officer on trial for deadly chase
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Forced Perspective features local Ohio artist Derek Hess. (Cleveland International Film Festival)"Forced Perspective" documentary featuring Ohio artists debuts in Cleveland
    Derek Hess was chosen to illustrate the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened its doors 20 years ago, a Northeast Ohio artist was chosen to illustrate the event. Since then, Derek Hess's artwork has impacted a global audience of Gen-X music fans. Hess is the subject of the documentary, "Forced Perspective", that gets its world premiere this weekend at the Cleveland International Film Festival. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's David C. Barnett gives us a look at the man behind the movie.  (more)

    Students at E Prep Woodland Hills walk in a single-file line without talking. Educators say this clear rules are less stressful for students. (Mark Urycki)Educators use brain research to help "stressed" kids in poverty
    Researcher says strong emotional attachments help kids grow

    For the first time in at least 50 years, more than half of public school children in America are living in poverty. In Ohio, the number is only 39 percent but it still concerns school officials here who know that poor kids come to school carrying extra burdens. State Impact Ohio’s Mark Urycki reports schools are looking towards brain research for guidance.  (more)

    Kombucha is essentially sweetened black tea that's fermented. Two Northeast Ohioans are producing local brands and finding wide acceptance for the beverage. It's said to promote good health although there's no scientific evidence. (Vivian Goodman)Kombucha: a sweet business brewed with fermented tea
    Two Northeast Ohio food producers are making money with a health drink that goes back a few millennia

    In a food culture where everything old is new again, interest in fermented food and drink has bubbled up.

    We meet a couple of Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs cashing in on the trend in today’s Quick Bite.

    WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports they’re creating new interest in a beverage that goes back thousands of years.  Vivian Goodman reports


    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    2015 County Health Rankings website. University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. (countyhealthrankings.org)Study shows health varies greatly between Ohio counties
    Researcher says good health care is not the only factor that effects health outcomes

    A study that compares health on a county-by-county basis shows that Northeast Ohio, like many parts of the country, has healthier counties right next to unhealthier ones.

    Medina County, the third healthiest in the state sits right next to Cuyahoga County, which ranks 65 out of Ohio’s 88 counties. The study is from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.

    Kate Konkle is a researcher at the University of Wisconsin. She says they started looking at income inequality this year.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    Claude Vincenti, President of Summa Care;Summa Integrated Health Solutions;  Summa Insurance Co., Summa Health System Inc (Summa Health Systems)SummaCare sanctions end
    SummaCare's procedures improved

    Federal sanctions against SummaCare have been lifted. The Akron-based health care plan had been blocked from selling Medicare programs to new customers. WKSU’s Tim Rudell Reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    A report earlier this year by State Auditor Dave Yost showed attendance rates at some charter schools were shocking (Andy Chow)House bill reforms charter schools, but critics say it falls short
    A pro-charter school group says the bill increases accountability for sponsors

    The House is taking a shot at reforming charter schools in Ohio. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, while several Republican leaders are praising the bill as comprehensive, others believe the legislation falls short.  Andy Chow reports

    Cuyahoga is second only to Michigan's Wayne County in population losses.  (Cuyahoga County)Cuyahoga County nation's second fastest population loser
    But foreign immigration is helping Northeast Ohio

    Cuyahoga County had the second-largest population loss in the country between 2013 and 2014 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But an influx of immigrants to the area has helped keep Northeast Ohio’s population relatively stable. While the six-county region has lost about 45,000 people since 2010, more than 20,000 immigrants have arrived. Richie Piiparinen is director of the Population Dynamics Center at Cleveland State University.  He says though thousands have left the area, thousands more with college educations have relocated here. And, he says that can be more important than overall population gains.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    (Left to Right) Eugene Johnson, Derrick Wheatt and Laurese Glover enter the courtroom in Cuyahoga County. (Mark Bealer/ Ohio Innocence Project)Three exonerated of murder convictions from 18 years ago
    Key witness recanted her testimony

    A Cuyahoga County Judge has thrown out the convictions of Derrick Wheatt, Laurese Glover and Eugene Johnson. They were sent to jail nearly two decades ago for the murder of Clifton Hudson, Jr. in East Cleveland.

    A key eyewitness recanted her testimony. Also, information from some police reports casting doubt on the defendants’ guilt was not disclosed at the time of the trial.

    Speaking from the courthouse, Attorney Brian Howe of the Ohio Innocence Project says this is the second triple exoneration.  (more)

    The provision at issue requires anyone registering to vote in Ohio to also get an Ohio driver's license and vehicle registration (Ohio Dept. of Transportation)Ohio lawmakers pass transportation budget, but not without controversy
    A provision regarding drivers licenses has drawn fire from some Democrats, while Republicans say it is simply formalizing existing procedures

    The $7 billion transportation budget has passed the Ohio legislature and will now be on its way to the Governor’s desk. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the proposal wasn’t passed without controversy.  Jo Ingles reports

    A Cleveland police officer involved in this fatal shooting of two suspects will not go before a jury on a voluntary manslaughter charge. (WEWS)Cleveland police officer Brelo will not face a jury in fatal shooting case
    Judge rules that Brelo can have a bench trial on voluntary manslaughter charge

    A jury will not decide the case of the Cleveland police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the November, 2012 chase and shooting of two suspects. Cuyahoga County Judge John O’Donnell ruled today that he had no grounds to deny Michael Brelo’s request for a bench trial.  WKSU's Kevin Niedermier reports.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Dewine says anyone receiving the 'spoof' calls can ask for the request for personal info to be sent by mail (State of Ohio)DeWine warns of scammers using ‘911’ in caller ID to scare victims
    Attorney General has tips to avoid scammers phishing for personal information

    Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans about a new scam intended to trick you into giving up personal information. DeWine shared some tips with Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow on how to avoid being ripped-off.  Andy Chow reports

    Us. Sen. Rob Portman says the Clean Power Plan would have a strong negative impact on Ohio. (U.S. Senate)Portman, McConnell planning to introduce EPA amendment to federal budget
    The amendment would allow states to opt out of the EPA's Clean Power Plan

    As the Supreme Court weighs whether the EPA should have to consider the cost of proposed regulations, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman wants to take his own stand against power plant restrictions.

    Portman says he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are planning to introduce a budget amendment that would allow states to opt out of the Clean Power Plan.

    He says the plan, which aims to reduce power plant emissions, disproportionately impacts coal states like Ohio.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    Group begins gathering signatures to legalize marijuana in Ohio
    Other headlines: House committee approves charter school crackdown bill; Cleveland police horse gets loose downtown

    Morning headlines for Thursday, March 26, 2015:

  • Group begins gathering signatures to legalize marijuana in Ohio
  • House committee approves charter school crackdown
  • Canton man charged after apartment fire that injured nine
  • Man sues Cleveland police following shooting
  • Akron man gets life in prison for killing ex-girlfriend, son
  • Senate signs off on statute expansion for rape cases 
  • Montville Twp. officer gets fine following police dog death
  • Lake Erie bill heads to Kasich's desk 
  • Cleveland police horse gets loose downtown
  • County health rankings released
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    The so-called heartbeat bill has been passed by the Ohio House. Controversial abortion bill passes Ohio House
    It's unclear whether the so-called heartbeat bill would pass the Senate

    The controversial bill that would ban abortion after the first detectable fetal heartbeat passed the Ohio House, largely on a party line vote. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the emotion was no surprise, but one revelation was.  Karen Kasler reports

    Rural Carroll County  (WKSU)Major new coal mine planned in Carroll County
    Despite cutbacks in coal use and financial retrenching throughout the coal industry one mining company is expanding in northeast Ohio

    A proposal for a an extensive underground coal mine in Carroll County just got the go-ahead from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell has that story, and the story of some Carroll County residents who hope to get the decision overturned.  Tim Rudell reports

    Artistic Director Gladisa Guadalupe is training young ballet students at the School of Cleveland Ballet who share her dream of giving Cleveland its own resident professional ballet company.  (Vivian Goodman)Bringing back ballet in Cleveland
    Two non-profits are working in very different ways to revive Cleveland's ballet culture

    Two separate organizations are working hard to bring ballet back to Cleveland. But they’re approaching it very differently.

    One group presents performances by visiting troupes. The other is building the foundation for a resident company.

    WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports they’re equally passionate about reviving an art form that left town 15 years ago.  Vivian Goodman reports


    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    The ACLU says Ohio's voter website needs to be updated for disabled people
    A new report finds the website needs to add text-to-speech capability

    The ACLU of Ohio says the state’s website for registered voters needs to be updated for people with disabilities. A report and video released today show that text-to-sound accessibility for people with vision problems is not installed on the portion of the Secretary of State’s website that lets voters update their address. Although Ohio does not yet have online voter registration, Mike Brickner of the Ohio ACLU says the new report can help improve the system before it’s expanded.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Ledge Road railroad underpass  (WKYC )Macedonia railroad bridge to be fixed
    Settlement comes in long-standing dispute

    The Ledge Road railroad bridge is finally being fixed in Macedonia.  After decades of clashing with the city over whether the century old bridge is safe or not, Norfolk Southern  is refurbishing and reinforcing it. 

    The dispute, which included the city documenting damage to vehicles from debris falling from the aging structure, made it all the way to federal judge John Adams last fall. He told the two sides to find a settlement, and after the first of the year they did. 

    Macedonia Mayor Don Kuchta says Norfolk Southern has delivered the plans for fixing the bridge to him and will start work as soon as weather permits.  Tim Rudell reports

    Ohio Representative Teresa Fedor of Toledo made a stunning revelation during debate over the bill Ohio House passes so-called heartbeat bill
    House action follows emotional debate

    The controversial bill that would ban abortion after the first detectable fetal heartbeat has passed the Ohio House, largely on a party line vote. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the emotion was no surprise, but one revelation was.

       Karen Kasler reports

    Algae bloom in Lake Erie (NASA)Ohio House and Senate pass algae bill
    Measure would crack down on what's ending up in Lake Erie

    After weeks of talks, Republicans who lead the Ohio House and Senate have announced a deal on what they say will crack down on chemicals spilling into Lake Erie and the state’s other waterways. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department
wants to be prepared to review fatal police shooting if asked to do so. (Cuyahoga County)Cuyahoga County building a fatal police shooting review team
    The sheriff's department will have 16 detectives ready to respond to use of deadly force case across the county

    Cuyahoga County is assembling a new unit to investigate fatal police shootings. Interim Sheriff Cliff Pinkney says a group of his detectives will be used to respond to use of deadly force incidents in cities across the county.

       Kevin Niedermier reports

    Democrats are not pleased with some language still in the transportation bill (Doug Kerr/Creative Commons)Ohio Senate passes transportation bill
    Bill moves to House with some changes but Democrats still aren't happy with at least one provision

    The Ohio Senate has unanimously approved the proposed seven billion dollar transportation budget with changes that came about through a joint House and Senate committee. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the plan now goes to the Ohio House for its final approval.  Jo Ingles reports

    Sen. Sherrod Brown is co-sponsoring the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, introduced by Rep. Michael Burgess, (R-TX), Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) (WKSU)Ohio Sen. Brown co-sponsoring plan to improve access to maternity care
    Ohio currently ranks 48th in the nation for infant mortality, and 50th for African-American infant mortality

    A bill sponsored by Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown would improve access to prenatal care for women in Ohio’s rural areas. The state has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Akron Communications Director Stephanie York says Toledo decision affects Akron  (City of Akron )Akron speed cameras still on
    City awaiting additional clarification from the courts

    A Toledo Judge says Akron can keep using speeding ticket cameras. 

    At least, that’s the view of Akron’s legal counsel following a decision over the weekend by a Lucas County judge temporarily blocking implementation of a new state law restricting Toledo’s use of the cameras.

    Stephanie York is Akron’s Communications Director and an attorney.  Tim Rudell reports

    Chesapeake Energy cuts another $500 million from capital budget
    Other headlines: 75 mph speed limit stripped from state transportation budget; Fire injures nine in Canton

    Morning headlines for Wednesday, March 25, 2015:

  • Chesapeake Energy cuts another $500 million from capital budget
  • 75 mph speed limit stripped from state transportation budget
  • Heartbeat bill passes committee, set for full vote
  • State lawmakers to vote on new rules to cut down algae
  • Opponents argue rape statute bill is unconstitutional
  • Fire injures nine in Canton
  • Ex-Toledo basketball players on probation
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

     Cleveland at the center of March Madness
    All the buzz is in Cleveland as the Q gets set to host the top-ranked team in the country, the Kentucky Wildcats.

    Cleveland is the epicenter for March Madness this week. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s Midwest Regional Sweet 16 will be played at the Q on Thursday and Elite 8 on Saturday. Thursday’s matchups feature top-ranked Kentucky playing West Virginia, and Notre Dame against Wichita State. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it's exciting to have the best team in the country playing here.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports


    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    David Walker of No Labels says a balanced budget amendment could lead to more fiscal responsibility, but needs to be apart of a larger plan. (No Labels)Supporters and opponents concerned with Kasich's balanced budget amendment
    Complexity of the issue creates concerns on both sides

    Gov. John Kasich is back on tour today, in the key presidential primary state of New Hampshire.  He is once again promoting a balanced budget amendment, but the concept is so complex that his critics and supporters cannot agree whether a balanced budget amendment is a good or bad idea.  Karen Kasler reports

    February information meeting on NEXUS route (wksu)Alternate NEXUS route proposed
    Idea would move much of the path from Summit into Stark and Wayne Counties

    Federal regulators have received a new routing plan for the NEXUS pipeline across northern Ohio.  The City of Green, formally submitted an alternative idea for where to put the proposed natural gas transmission line. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    State Rep. Kathleen Clyde says the provision would make voting difficult for students. (Ohio House of Representatives)Democrats say transportation budget could hurt students' voting rights
    Lawmakers say a provision would require college students to have an Ohio driver's license to vote

    Some Democratic state lawmakers say they might vote against the proposed transportation budget because of a provision they say would restrict voting rights. The plan would make it more difficult for some college students to vote in Ohio.  Jo Ingles reports

    NASA satellites show toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie in 2011. (NASA)Algae bill clears House agriculture committee
    Bill aims to fine bad fertilizer practices to protect waterways

    UPDATE:  The committee has passed the bill.

    State leaders are still negotiating a deal on a bill that would cut down on algae growth in Lake Erie and Ohio’s other waterways.  Andy Chow reports

    Chad Aldis of the Fordham Institute says this bill could allow under-performing charter schools to continue operating. (Fordham Institute)Charter bill changes would weaken protection against "sponsor hopping"
    Charter advocacy group says changes would allow some under-performing charters to continue operating under new sponsors

    The House Education committee made has more changes to the bill geared towards increasing accountability for charter schools. However, one revision caught some groups off-guard.  Andy Chow reports

    The NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinal basketball tournament tips off Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena. (WKYC)Cleveland prepping for college basketball's Sweet 16, and looking for more
    The city has benefited from hosting sports tournaments and events in the past and is in the running for new opportunities

    The Midwest Regional Semifinal in the men’s college basketball tournament gets underway in Cleveland Thursday. Number one seed Kentucky takes on West Virginia, and Notre Dame plays Wichita State at Quicken Loans Arena. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, Cleveland has benefited from hosting sports events like this in the past, and is looking for more.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Judge rules Toledo's red light cameras can stay on, Akron and Dayton follow suit
    Other headlines: Doctors, providers erroneously told they were dropped from Medicaid; Barberton bridge will not be named after fallen officer

    Morning headlines for Tuesday, March 34, 2015:

  • Judge's decision keeps Toledo's red light cameras on, Akron and Dayton follow 
  • Doctors, providers erroneously told they were dropped from Medicaid
  • Possible vote on "heartbeat bill"
  • Lawmakers set to vote on expanded statue of limitations in rape cases
  • Cleveland proposes doubling funding to fix pothole problem
  • Lawmakers set to finalize new rules for farmers
  • AAA speaks out against 75 mph speed limit proposal
  • Barberton bridge will not be named after fallen officer
  • Cuyahoga County pursues funding for body cameras
  • Cleveland officer wants judge, not jury to decide manslaughter case
  • Report: Nearly 250,000 Ohioans enrolled in Obamacare
  • All suspects in Brennan's Colony murder plead guilty
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    A study released by the VA in January confirmed previous findings that vets could have been exposed to Agent Orange (WYSO)Report confirms some Vietnam veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange
    Many of the vets who are sick with diseases that can be related to Agent Orange have had their VA claims denied.

    The group Vietnam Veterans of America is criticizing the department of Veterans Affairs. They are joining the chorus demanding answers for 2,000 or so people who crewed the planes that were used to spray Agent Orange in the 70's after those planes came back from the war. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports a response from the VA on those vets’ issues has been delayed.  (more)


    Monday, March 23, 2015

    Ohio gun owners have a range of new options under laws going into effect today (Creative Commons/Peretz Partensky)New gun laws go into effect in Ohio
    New measure provide more options to gun owners

    There are new laws in effect in Ohio now that give gun owners more options. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.  Jo Ingles reports

    Barnesville, OH Solicitor Marlin Harper says the Gulfport suit is a surprise (Village of Barnseville, OH)Fracwater dispute pits village against energy company
    Differing interpretations of agreement provisions lead to lawsuit

    A dispute over water has a small Ohio village butting heads with a big Utica shale driller.  Barnesville in Belmont County is being sued in federal court by Oklahoma-based Gulfport Energy.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    The funding will be used for renovations at a handful of parks including the the Mohican campgrounds. (Mohican State Park)State panel ok's money for Ohio parks
    A new round of funding will go to a handful of new renovation projects

    A state panel has given the green light for funding to improve more Ohio parks. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    Ohio drivers now have the option of using a digital proof of insurance card as well as the old paper version. (Ohio Insurance Institute)Digital proof of insurance now accepted in Ohio
    Drivers can show downloaded copy rather than the paper card

    Drivers in Ohio now have an option for proving they have car insurance if they’re stopped by police. A new digital proof of insurance system went into effect today. WKSU's Kevin Niedermier reports.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Daly says the ACA has cut the number of people without health insurance in Ohio (Trey Daly)Affordable Care Act marks 5th anniversary
    Number of uninsured Ohioans has been cut in half since the ACA was signed

    On the fifth anniversary of the signing of the federal insurance law known as the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the feds have some new numbers from Ohio. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

    Cleveland may be spending much more to fix its streets under a new proposal. (Alan Straton)A new Cleveland plan to address badly deteriorated streets
    New strategy would direct money to fix the worst roads

    The city has a new plan to fix its aging, badly potholed streets. The plan involves more than doubling the annual amount spent on repairs and changing the way the money is distributed. WKSU's Kevin Niedermier reports.

       Kevin Niedermier reports

    Gov. Kasich continues to explore 2016 with New Hampshire visit
    Other headlines: Garrettsville still recovering after downtown fire; Proof of insurance goes digital

    Morning headlines for Monday, March 23, 2015:

  • Gov. Kasich continues to explore 2016 with New Hampshire visit
  • Garrettsville still recovering after downtown fire
  • Proof of insurance goes digital
  • Ohio prisons system puts drone idea on hold
  • Relaxed gun restrictions go into effect today
  • Ohio Wildlife Council proposes expanded hunting
  • Gas prices up to start the week
  • Gov. Kasich most conservative governor in granting clemencies
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Ohio lawmakers have a wide range of bills to work on this week Ohio lawmakers have full agendas week before spring break
    Possible votes this week: Charter school reform, controversial abortion bill, education deregulation and extending foster care to 21

    It’s the last week before spring break for state lawmakers. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports they’ve set themselves up with a busy agenda.  Karen Kasler reports

    Jim Traficant represented himself during trials in 1983 and 2002, winning the first time but going to prison for 7 years the second. Both trials are part of Jim Traficant documentary playing at the Cleveland International Film Fest
    "Congressman of Crimetown" profiles Traficant's rise and fall

    A new documentary on one of Northeast Ohio’s most well-known politicians is screening this afternoon as part of the Cleveland International Film Festival. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Democratic State Rep. Kathleen Clyde says a strong argument could be made that this provision is a poll tax. (The Ohio House of Representatives)Transportation budget could effect out-of-state students in Ohio
    State Rep. Kathleen Clyde sees this as an attempt to disenfranchise some voters

    If the transportation budget passes as is, it could cost out-of-state students their right to vote in Ohio.

    An amendment to the budget would require anyone who votes in Ohio to surrender their driver’s license if it’s from another state, get an Ohio license and register their vehicle.

    State Rep. Kathleen Clyde is against this provision. She sees it as an attempt to exclude students by adding these additional conditions.  (more)

    Director David Jennings says without the levy, the library would lose half of its funding. (Creative Commons: Ian Barbour)Akron-Summit County Public Library seeks levy increase
    The levy renewal will be on May's ballot along with .5 mill increase

    Voters will see a levy renewal for the Akron-Summit County Public Library on the ballot this May.

    The library’s current levy ends this year and without a new one, it would lose half of its funding, or $11 million. On top of the 1.4 mill renewal, the library is seeking an additional .5 mill.

    Library Director David Jennings says this is the first time the library has sought an increase in 11 years.  (more)

    The cities of Akron, Toledo, Dayton and Springfield have all filed lawsuits against the state for requiring an officer's presence when a traffic camera issues a ticket. (Nicholas Eckhart, Flickr)Newburgh Heights hires officers to man its traffic cameras
    The village will place officers near cameras due to a new state law requiring police presence at the time a ticket is issued

    Today marks the beginning of new traffic camera regulations across the state.

    Ohio Senate Bill 342 requires a police officer to be present at the time a ticket is issued. Cities, such as Akron and Toledo, are suing the state for making the presence of an officer mandatory.

    Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins, however, says his village will station an officer at the cameras in order to fight speeding.  Michael Bratton reports...

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    Mean Kids: Bullying in School

    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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    Good Jobs In Bad Times

    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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