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Monday, March 2, 2015

In 2013, Dr. Seuss' widow discovered an unpublished manuscript for 'What Pet Should I Get?,' which will be released July 28 (Random House)National Read Across America Day marks Dr. Seuss' 111th birthday
The 'Cat In the Hat' author passed away in 1991, but his legacy inspires readers and writers

Libraries throughout Northeast Ohio are celebrating National Read Across America Day today on what would have been Dr. Seuss’ birthday. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports on the legacy of the children's author.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Machele Merriweather, director of human resources at the hospital, says they are expecting a large turnout at the career fair. (Akron Children's Hospital)Akron Children's Hospital hosts career fair
The pediatric hospital is hoping to fill positions at its new Kay Jewelers Pavilion at its main campus downtown

Akron Children’s Hospital is having a career fair Monday to fill new positions at the Kay Jewelers Pavilion at its main campus downtown.

Machele Merriweather is the director of human resources for the hospital. She says anyone who submits an application will have the opportunity to participate in face-to-face interviews.  (more)

Some babies have trouble swallowing which can lead to serious complications. But a northeast Ohio researcher is developing tools to retrain a baby's swallowing mechanism.  Exploradio: Retraining the brain to swallow better
From preemies with nerve damage to Alzheimer's patients, swallowing problems can have serious consequences. But brain training can help

It’s one of those things that you don’t pay attention to until something goes wrong. Swallowing is a basic human function that can have serious complications for some people, from preemie babies to elderly adults. 

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair meets a researcher at the Northeast Ohio Medical University who’s studying how to retrain the brain to overcome problems with swallowing.  Jeff St. Clair reports


Sunday, March 1, 2015

This is one of the few times Minnie Minoso appeared on a baseball card in an Indians uniform; he played 12 of his 17 seasons for the Chicago White Sox (Topps, Inc.)Former Cleveland Indian Minnie Minoso dies
"The Cuban Comet" is best-known for his 12 seasons with the White Sox, but he started his MLB career in Cleveland

Minnie Minoso – “The Cuban Comet” -- died Sunday, reportedly at age 90. Although he’s best-known for his 12 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, he took his first at-bats in the majors with the Cleveland Indians. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

State Rep. John Becker from Cincinnati says he also wants to eliminate the state income tax (Ohio Statehouse)Ohio Rep. Becker -- opposed to severance tax -- may consider a form of it
The conservative Republican says ahigher tax on oil and gas taken from public lands would be fine, but not on private property

Gov. John Kasich’s proposed increase in the tax on oil and gas drillers may be a hard sell to his fellow Republicans who run the Legislature. They’ve rejected his previous attempts to hike that tax, which he wants to use to pay for income tax cuts. Rep. John Becker of Cincinnati is among those opposed for now, but says he’d be on board with a limited form of an increase in the tax on drillers.  Karen Kasler reports


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

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

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    Kent State 1970: Hear it now

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

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    May 4th Remembered

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

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