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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Clarence Bozeman is a retired teacher and high school principal living in Maple Heights.  He grew up in Alabama and while studying at Alabama State University in the late 1950’s was the driver for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In the driver's seat of history
Clevelander Clarence Bozeman, former driver for Martin Luther King Jr., tells of the courage of black civil rights leaders

Clarence Bozeman is a retired teacher and high school principal living in Maple Heights.

He grew up in Alabama and while studying at Alabama State University in the late 1950’s, his job was to drive the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church to his appointments. That pastor was the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Bozeman spent many hours driving the back roads of Alabama with King, talking about the ongoing civil rights movement, and the challenges of fighting segregation.

He’ll share his stories tomorrow night on the Kent State campus, but he sat down with me to share his stories of those years and one secret Dr. King shared with him on one long drive.  Jeff St. Clair reports

SLIDESHOW: VOCI, the civic choral group in Canton, stands for many voices. About 70 of those voices are performing the Civil War Cantatas in Canton and Washington. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Canton's VOCI marches onto Washington with Civil War cantatas
VOCI will perform the works of Richard Bales in Canton this Sunday before taking the performance to the National Gallery of Art

Canton’s civic choral group known as VOCI is heading to the National Gallery of Art next month to mark the end of the Civil War. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the music that ties Canton to Washington – and to America 150 years ago.  M.L. Schultze reports

Ron Amstutz, a Republican from Wooster, is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. He backs the governor's goal of cutting income taxes, but he's not sure yet how to get there. Lawmakers slow to warm to Kasich's tax plans
Gov. John Kasich wants to move Ohio's primary tax revenue from income taxes to consumption taxes, but lawmakers are slow to embrace the plan

Ohio lawmakers will sit down this week to begin dissecting Gov. John Kasich’s proposed changes in Ohio’s tax code.

Kasich wants to lower income taxes by 23 percent and pay for it, in part, by raising the state’s sales tax and the so-called severance tax on oil and gas drilling.   

Ron Amstutz, a Republican from Wooster, is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

He says he backs Kasich’s plan in principle, but the final tax cuts and hikes will likely not be as large as the Governor wants.  Jeff St. Clair reports

Governor Kasich attended today's speech to Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (State of Ohio)Gov. Kasich attends Israeli P.M. speech to Congress
Kasich's trip to D.C. could have political ramifications

While several Democratic members of Congress skipped Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech today, there are also guests who’ve traveled to Capitol Hill to hear it. Among them: Gov. John Kasich and state Treasurer Josh Mandel.

University of Cincinnati political science professor David Niven says both Republicans may be sending a message to an international audience and to big political donors that they’re friends of Israel.  Karen Kasler reports

The revamping Cleveland's Public Square will take about a year and a half. (City of Cleveland)Cleveland's Public Square renovation starts next week
The downtown four-block Cleveland landmark will be closed to traffic for about 18 months

The major renovation of Cleveland’s Public Square starts next Monday. And Heather Holmes of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance says beginning that morning, traffic will be closed off in that area until the project is finished in 2016.  Kevin Niedermier reports

Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio is suing BP for 33 million dollars (State of Ohio)Ohio attorney general sues BP for $33 million
Dewine accuses the company of double dipping on underground gas-tank cleanup

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing oil and gas giant BP for more than $33 million. DeWine says BP double-dipped, getting money from both insurance and from a state fund to clean up underground gas storage tanks.  Jo Ingles reports

Dan Rice of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition says the idea is to connect the towpath to downtown and neighborhoods. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Akron takes its first steps toward reworking the towpath downtown
Parts of the project could be done by late summer

The group that wants to work out the rough spots of the Towpath Trail through Akron took its first slippery steps downtown this afternoon. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the three-day planning process that’s expected to include at least $200,000 in improvements.  M.L. Schultze reports

Rice family attorney Ben Crump (left) talks about Cleveland's response to the family's civil suit. Beside him at the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church are Samaria Rice and attorney Walter Madison. (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Tamir Rice's family: Cleveland's lawsuit response showed disrespect
The Rice family attorneys also say police are wrong about timing of police shooting the boy

The family of Tamir Rice feels they’ve been disrespected by the city of Cleveland’s response to the civil suit over the 12-year-old's fatal shooting by police. And as WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, their attorneys say they have evidence that the officer fired sooner than police have asserted.  Kevin Niedermier reports

David Bowie is one of the dozens of artists featured in the photo-and-video exhibit, Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits (Herb Ritts)New Rock Hall exhibit brings the photography of Herb Ritts to Cleveland
Ritts shot more than 2 million rolls of film before his death in 2002; images and videos from his rock portfolio opens in Cleveland March 13th

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next week unveils the first exhibit dedicated to the rock photography of Herb Ritts, who photographed some of the most famous names in music starting in the late 1970s. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

The Akron sorting center is expected to close on April 18th. The main post office on Wolf Ledges Parkway will remain open. (Tales of a Wandering Youkai, Flickr)U.S. Postal Service plans to close its sorting center in Akron
The Postal Service is closing mail sorting centers in Akron, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown due to declining volume

The United States Postal Service will close four of its Ohio mail sorting centers next month.

Over the weekend, the American Postal Workers Union launched a website in hopes of informing the public of the closings.

Mary Sitko, vice president of APWU Local 120, says the closing in Akron will hurt services.  (more)

Speed humps are three to four inches tall and about 12 feet wide. The recommended  speed for driving over a speed hump is 15 mph. (Richard Drdul, Flickr)Akron's residential streets will get bumpier -- on purpose
The City of Akron his implementing a speed hump pilot project in residential areas

The City of Akron is implementing a pilot program installing speed humps --  not to be confused with speed bumps -- on some residential streets.

Akron’s Public Works Manager Jim Hall  says the speed humps will make streets safer.  (more)

Ohio sues BP for double dipping on insurance claims
Other morning headlines: Cleveland mayor apologizes for city response to Tamir Rice lawsuit; Cleveland Public Square renovations begin next week

Morning headlines for Tuesday, March 3, 2015:

  • Ohio sues BP oil and gas for double dipping on insurance claims
  • Cleveland mayor apologizes for city response to Tamir Rice lawsuit
  • Public Square renovations to start March 9
  • City of Cleveland contributes $500,000 to Rock Hall ceremony
  • Ohio House set to approve $7 billion transportation budget
  • Ohio No. 2 in Site Selection's economic development rankings
  • Gov. Kasich to attend Israeli Prime Minister's speech
  • Sentences reduced for Amish beard cutting group
  • Bridal shop building linked to Ebola scare is up for sale
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Monday, March 2, 2015

    Councilman Zach Reed says the health care approach to addressing violence has worked in cities such as New York and Boston. (Cleveland City Council)Cleveland councilman wants the city to put more money toward anti-violence measures
    Zach Reed wants the 2015 budget to focus more on alleviating violence in Cleveland

    Cleveland City Council has a little more than four weeks to consider and pass the budget proposed by Mayor Frank Jackson.

    Councilman Zach Reed believes the mayor’s budget does little to alleviate the problem of violence in the city. Reed says Cleveland needs to switch from a public safety or community relations approach to a health-care model.  (more)

    Recently retired Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder is now consulting with a troubled charter school. (State of Ohio)Ohio charter school signs up a powerful consultant
    Former Ohio House Speaker Batchelder says he won't lobby but will consult with ECOT

    The Ohio House is considering a list of reforms aimed at cracking down on bad charter schools and the companies that manage them. Meanwhile, one charter is getting support from a recently retired legislator. Mark Urycki of State Impact Ohio reports.  Mark Urycki reports

    Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, Executive Director of Ohio Association of Foodbanks  (Ohio Association of Foodbanks )New study shows many Ohioans aren’t making ends meet
    Some Ohioans work every day but rely on food pantries for their families

    Ohio’s unemployment is down and numbers from the state show the economy is recovering from 2008 levels. But the leader of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks says a new report shows there are two Ohios. Lisa Hamler- Fugitt says there is one where people are doing well and the other where they can’t make ends meet.  Jo Ingles reports

    Oren Blonder, vice president of marketing for the Israeli high-tech water processing company MemTECH-- with Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic at Akron City Hall.  (TIM RUDELL)The Rubber City could become the Water City
    Akron is working with five international, high-tech water-processing companies to create an industry incubator

    Northeast Ohio’s most abundant resource may make the region a center for a next big thing in high tech -- ”water tech.”  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on Akron becoming home to an international “Advanced Waste Water Treatment Demonstration Project.”  Tim Rudell reports

    Ohio goes aftera defunct charter school for more than $2 million
    The state says the Lion of Judah Academy channeled money to companies and others run by those who ran the academy

    The state is suing a now-defunct Cleveland charter school for the more than $2 million it says was channeled to a church, businesses and individuals associated with the school. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Facility closings said to have no effect on mail delivery (Creative Commons: Aldrich Ames )The postal workers union is challenging mail-sorting closures in Ohio
    Workers push back against mail-sorting closures and encourage the community to so the same.

    The postal workers union has launched a website urging the community to speak out against the closing of four mail-sorting facilities in Northeast Ohio. The Akron center is one of them and is set to close in April. This closure is expected to affect 248 people. Regional Postal Service spokesman David Van Allen says no one will lose his or her job as a result.  (more)

    Lawmakers have a busy week at the Statehouse, with lots of agencies outlining their budget needs. (State of Ohio)Busy week for the Ohio legislature
    A new two-year budget still tops the agenda

    Lawmakers are back for another week of work at the Statehouse. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler runs down what’s scheduled in committees this week.  Karen Kasler reports

    TimkenSteel is another of the Northeast Ohio operations tied to the tubular steel market that is laying people off. (JEFF ST.CLAIR)Big layoffs are coming next week at U.S. Steel in Lorain
    Except for auto, the steel market remains soft nationwide

    The United Steelworkers union is awaiting word this week on exactly how many hundreds of people will be at least temporarily laid off in Lorain. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the continuing impact of the soft steel pipe market.  M.L. Schultze reports

    The Horseshoe Cleveland Casino inside the old Higbees building could someday be joined by a new, larger down the street. But owner Dan Gilbert isn't making any promises. (WKSU)Cleveland may, or may not, someday have a new, expanded casino
    Owner Dan Gilbert says acquiring full interest from Caesar's makes a new casino more likely, but he's can't promise anything

    It’s still unclear whether Cleveland casino owner Dan Gilbert will build the expanded casino on the Cuyahoga River he promised. Gilbert recently acquired full ownership of his Ohio gaming facilities from the struggling Caesars’ casino empire. He told WKYC that this makes it easier to plan and eventually build the new casino, but he made no promises on when it might happen.                                                                                  

       Kevin Niedermier reports

    Amish beard cutters to be resentenced today
    Other headlines: February was coldest month in Cleveland history; 40 expected to testify in ex-lawmaker's fraud trial

    Morning headlines for Monday, March 2, 2015:

  • Amish beard cutters to be resentenced today
  • Downtown Cleveland valet employee seriously injured in hit and run
  • Gas prices up a dime to start the week
  • Akron man crushed to death in machine shop accident
  • Family of plane crash victim withdraws petition for lawsuit
  • Antioch College makes $81 million in improvements
  • 40 expected to testify in ex-lawmaker's fraud trial
  • February was coldest month in Cleveland history
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    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

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