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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dr. Maria Strus has gotten Volodymyn Mochan to Cleveland for treatment of severe head wounds he received during Ukrainian protest, but she's having difficulty getting other patients here.  (Kevin Niedermier)Cleveland doctor is clearing obstacles to help severely wounded Ukrainians
An effort is underway to bring casualties from Ukrainian violence here for treatment

As the violence in Ukraine continues, a Cleveland doctor is helping to bring some of the most severely injured to Ohio for treatment. It’s part of a larger effort to evacuate patients to the U.S.

It's having some success, but also faces obstacles in Ukraine. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, only one injured Ukrainian has made it to Cleveland so far.  Kevin Niedermier reports


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

David Miller is NASA's chief technologist. His office is looking to license technology developed at the space agency to use in the private industry.  (NASA)NASA looks to partner with private industry and the public
NASA's technology chief visits Cleveland to promote technology transfer with the nation's space agency

Forty-Five years after the first moon landing, NASA is reaching into cyber-space to elicit ideas from the public.

David Miller is NASA’s chief technologist. He was in Cleveland this week as part of Space Adventure Week at the Great Lakes Science Center.

Miller says NASA is looking for input from the public on a variety of projects.

   Jeff St. Clair reports

The state's signature summertime event kicks off this week. The Ohio State Fair celebrates the Buckeye State's diversity and traditions. (Tina Lawson, CC Flickr)Kasich kicks off Ohio State Fair
Governor relishes his role in state's signature summertime celebration

Today marks the start of the 161st Ohio State Fair which features new attractions and some big-name musical acts.

Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow was there with Gov. John Kasich who kicked off the festivities and went on his traditional tour where he’s been known to brainstorm ideas for future fairs.  Andy Chow reports

University of Illinois mascot Chief Illiniwek performed for the last time during a basketball game in 2007. A study by the Center for American Progress shows that racist team names and mascots can establish an unwelcome and hostile learning environment for American Indian students. (AP/Seth Perlman; Center for American Progress)New report shows racist mascots harm Native American students
The Center for American Progress recommends retiring racist team names and mascots that denigrate Native Americans

A liberal leaning research institute in Washington says all schools and professional teams around the country should retire any sports mascots that adversely affect the well-being of Native Americans.

For State Impact Ohio, Brian Bull reports.  (more)

A Schwebel bakery operation (Schwebel.com )Schwebel takes precaution, withdraws products
ongoing testing reveals potential problem

Schwebel Bakery has pulled some products from area grocery shelves. The company says one of its production testing programs picked up evidence of a possible bacterial contamination at its Youngstown plant.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

Kinder Morgan is planning to pump natural gas liquids from  from Uhrichsville, 
Ohio area to Mont Belvieu, Texas. The new Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline will convert 1,005 miles of the company's 24- and 26-inch Tennessee Gas Pipeline system and add an additional 220 miles of new pipeline. (Kinder Morgan)Massive pipeline planned to pump Ohio shale products to Texas
A new venture of the nation's largest midstream companies will ship Ohio's Utica products 1,225 miles to Texas

Plans are shaping up for a major pipeline to move natural gas liquids from eastern Ohio to the Gulf Coast.

From Ohio Public Radio member station WCPN, Joanna Richards reports.  (more)

Prade was convicted of killing his estranged wife. He claims the case was a setup, and DNA evidence clears him. (File photo)Former Akron Police captain may go back to prison Friday
Ohio Supreme Court turns down Prade's latest appeal in the murder of his estranged wife

A Summit County judge has scheduled a hearing for Friday afternoon to decide if former Akron Police Capt. Douglas Prade will go back to prison. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has the next step now that the Ohio Supreme Court refused today to hear Prade’s case.  M.L. Schultze reports

Ohio Sens. Brown and Portman expect tough questioning, but confirmation, for McDonald. (File photo)Portman and Brown says McDonald is right for the VA
Other morning headlines: VP Biden; rape kits, Brennan's Colony, pollworkers, Pepper vs. Dewine; Tube steel fight; Infocision

  • Biden heads to Ohio
  • Portman and Brown says McDonald is right for the VA
  • Cleveland cleans out rape kit backlog
  • Brennan's Colony reopens
  • Husted orders training for all pollworkers
  • Pepper criticizes DeWine contract as pay to play
  • Tube steel import fight continues
  • Beacon Journal: InfoCision pays charities and others $1.7 million
  • Bobcat sightings
  • Schwebel recall
  • Investigators try to trace body from Progressive Field to a landfill 
  • Ohio fair features  Kasich, bears and the sloppy donut
  • Indians take four of six since the All-Star break
  • Lindor takes another step closer to the bigs
  • Cavs make a trade
  • Soap Box derby is underway
  • Manziel's jersey is a hot seller
  • LeBron says he's sorry ... with cupcakes
  •   M.L. Schultze reports

     Pluto: Browns open camp with sizzle; Indians desperately need to get hot
    Indians hover around .500 as the Browns open training camp with "Manziel mania"

    Two of Cleveland’s pro sports teams are reaching a point in the summer when they have a lot to prove. WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talks with commentator Terry Pluto about the Browns’ sizzle… and the Indians desperate need to get hot.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports


    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    The Air force will cut nearly 400 positions at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base due to budget constraints. (U.S. Air Force)Wright-Patterson offers buyouts as it prepares for job cuts
    Spokesman says the base hopes to avoid layoffs with buyouts as service downsizes nationwide

    Thousands of civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton are being offered the option to retire early or take a buyout.

    The buyouts are an effort to prepare for a cut of 372 positions at the base this fall.  (more)

    Homeless LGBTQ youth at special risk
    State officials are implementing services to protect LGBTQ youth

    Among homeless kids and teens, LGBTQ - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning youth have an especially hard time.

    For Ohio Public Radio, WVXU's Tana Weingartner has more on how Ohio is trying to help by piloting a national program.  (more)

    Ohio Democrats are trying to introduce a bill that would require employer health care programs to cover birth control. (thoughtcatalog.com)Ohio Democrats introduce bill to require employers to cover birth control
    State representative says bill would not conflict with recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling

    Democrats in the Ohio Legislature are introducing a bill that to require employer-provided health care insurance plans that cover prescription drugs to cover contraceptives under the same terms without charging a co-pay.

    State Rep. Kathleen Clyde says the bill would make sure Ohio companies would not be able to use religious freedom, as Hobby Lobby did in a recent Supreme Court case, to prevent their employees from getting IUDs and birth control pills.  Jo Ingles reports

    The American Red Cross blood donations have been down 8% over the two months. An urgent call is being made to prevent any emergencies.  (Wikipedia)American Red Cross in need of blood and platelet donors
    Blood donations needed after a summertime decline in student donors

    The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage due to a summertime drought in donors.

    Blood of all types is needed, especially those with type O negative, B negative and A negative.

    Christy Sabaka, communications manager for the American Red Cross, says the summer months are always difficult.

       (more)

    Policy Matters Ohio issued a report that says state policy focuses on reducing public assistance while poverty in the state remains high. (Policy Matters Ohio)Liberal group says changes in Ohio welfare changes do little for poor people
    Group says enrollment in public assistance programs is decreasing while poverty remains high

    In a report released this week, a liberal think tank says changes in the most recent state budget are making it harder for low-income Ohioans to qualify for public assistance.

    Wendy Patton of Policy Matters Ohio says the changes focus mostly on getting people jobs, but those jobs do not always pay enough to live on.

    She says the state’s main public assistance program, Ohio Works First, saw an enrollment drop of nearly 50 percent from 2011 to May of this year. Patton says the top reason people dropped out was because they could not reach the work requirement of 30 hours a week.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    Government subsidies will continue for people who signed up for health care through the Ohio/federal exchange. But whether these subsidies are legal is the focus of today's conflicting court rulings.  (NPR)Conflicting court rulings mark latest Obamacare battle
    Confusion over language in the law calls subsidies into question, but no changes in the works for Ohio healthcare exchanges

    A Washington, D.C.-based appeals court ruled that -- according to the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare -- people can only receive the subsidies if they bought their insurance through a state-run marketplace and not through the federal exchange.

    But -- just hours later a Virginia appeals court ruled that the subsidies apply to all states. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports on what these decisions could mean for Ohio.

       Andy Chow reports

    FirstMerit posts 61st profitable quarter
    Other headlines: Canadian company builds second aluminum plant in region; Wright-Patterson downsizes

  • Canadian company builds second aluminum plant in region
  • Wright-Patterson downsizes
  • Ashland man to be sentenced for forced labor of disable woman
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    Ohio Representative John Patrick Carney is the Democratic candidate for Ohio Auditor. He's calling for an investigation into Horizon charter schools.    (Carney)Auditor candidate Carney calls for charter school investigation
     A state audit is already underway, but Democrat Carney wants a full investigation into Horizon charter schools

    The Horizon Academy in Dayton is being investigated for possible wrongdoing involving test cheating and misspending.

    Republican Ohio Auditor Dave Yost last week launched a special state audit into that school and others, saying he’s concerned about allegations brought forward by the Ohio Education Association, the state’s largest teacher union.

    The Democrat running against Yost this fall, State Representative John Patrick Carney, says he thinks the charter schools need to be fully investigated.  Jo Ingles reports

    Working-class whites no longer hold voting dominance in Ohio
    Other morning headlines: Appeals court: Lawsuit against Cleveland Clinic police can proceed; Ashland man to be sentenced in slave labor case

    The latest WKSU morning news headlines:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Rolling Acres opened with great fanfare in 1975. It was shuttered in 2010 after years of decline, one of several dead or dying malls in Northeast Ohio (K. Bhatia)What to do with the dead and dying malls dotting Northeast Ohio
    As Chapel Hill Mall enters receivership, Rolling Acres and Randall Park sit abandoned, awaiting a new life, likely as non-retail entities

    Akron’s Chapel Hill Mall went into receivership last week, the latest Northeast Ohio mall to hit hard times. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on the possible fates of the region’s shuttered shopping centers.  Kabir Bhatia reports


    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Cuyahoga County is considering a 20-year extension of the hotel bed tax to help pay for the rock hall inductions held in Cleveland.  (Matt @ Pek, CC, Flickr)Bed tax extension would fund rock hall inductions
    Supporters of a 20-year extension of the bed tax say it would fund rock hall inductions held every three years in Cleveland and help market the city

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will be paid off next month, but the tax that funded its construction may live on.

    Cuyahoga County Council is considering a 20 year extension of the so-called ‘bed tax’, a 4.5 percent tax on hotel rooms in Cleveland.

    David Gilbert, CEO of Positively Cleveland, a non-profit that markets the city, is among advocates who say the bed tax should be extended.

    Gilbert says the city has added $2 billion in new infrastructure in recent years, including museum expansions, a casino, new convention space, and 10 new downtown hotels that require visitors.

       Jeff St. Clair reports

    The newly named Goodyear airship 'Wingfoot One' is wheeled out of its hanger. It's the first of three planned blimps to be built with German manufacturer Zeppelin. (Mark Urycki)'Wingfoot One' is winning entry in contest to name new Goodyear blimp
    The new semi-rigid airship is the first of three to be built with German partner Zeppelin

    The newest Goodyear blimp now has a name.

    The Akron-based company today selected ‘Wingfoot One’ as the winning moniker for the airship.

    Goodyear began a contest four months ago to name the new blimp.

    A panel of judges narrowed 15,000 names down to ten finalists with the winning name selected through online voting.

    Spokesman Doug Grassian says next month the ship be christened according to tradition.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    Quicken Loans Arena will be the home of the 2014 Gay Games opening ceremony on August 9th.  (Wikipedia)Registration for the 2014 Gay Games ends Monday at midnight
    Gay Games 9 will be help in the northeast Ohio region for the first time

    Registration for the 2014 Gay Games ends tonight at midnight. More than 50 different countries are expected to be represented in the games, which begin on August 9th.

    Rob Smitherman, director of events and operations for the 2014 games, says northeast Ohioans have been very welcoming thus far.  (more)

    The beaches at Euclid State Park along with Villa Angela State Park have been at the contamination advisory level for almost two months. (WKSU)High bacteria levels still a concern at Lake Erie beaches
    Damaged pipe spills raw sewage into the lake while state officials seek short-term solutions to problems with aging sewer system

    Bacteria levels in beaches at Euclid State Park and Villa Angela are an ongoing issue for northeast Ohioans.

    After months of investigating, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District discovered a major problem with an underground sewer line at a Euclid Beach trailer park. It found a hole in a pipe that carried raw sewage and storm water into Lake Erie. That elevated bacteria levels and led to swimming cautions.

    Frank Greenland, director of watershed programs, says local communities need to address such problems.  (more)

    Geophysicist Robert Williams coordinates the Central and Eastern Region of the U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazard Program (USGS)Scientists worry about Oklahoma's recent earthquake swarm
    and whether it is coming from the shale drilling boom

    An unprecedented outbreak of earthquakes continues to rumble under Oklahoma…a shale-boom state like Ohio.  And, as in Ohio, there is concern about a possible correlation between seismic activity and high pressure injection wells used to dispose of waste fluids from oil & gas drilling.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports  Tim Rudell reports

    Case Western promises to boost security following robbery
    Fracking fire reveals lack of communication among agencies; P&G protesters reject plea deal

  • Fracking fire reveals lack of communication among agencies
  • P&G protesters reject plea deal
  • U of Akron updates presidential home
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    Brennan's Colony to reopen three weeks after owner was murdered
    Other morning headlines: Ohio's online sales tax collections hit all-time high; Armed robbery reported at CWRU

    The latest WKSU morning news headlines:  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Aggression is a normal part of human behavior, but its roots are poorly understood. Scientists have traced aggression to a complex interplay between the neural hormones vasopressin and oxytocin. (Aislinn Ritchie, CC Flickr)Exploradio: The roots of aggression
    A Kent State University researcher says the hormones vasopressin and oxytocin play major roles in regulating aggression and attraction

    Love and anger have long been the subjects of songs and poems. But scientists are now unlocking the biological secrets of what brings us together and drives us apart.  

    In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair meets a Kent State University researcher who’s studying the role a pair of hormones play in aggression and attraction.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    Here's a chart from the Centers for Disease Control on the national outbreak. (CDC)Ohio may be nearing the end of the measles outbreak
    Last new case was reported July 9

    The state Department of Health is inching toward declaring the outbreak of measles in Ohio is over. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has the latest on an outbreak that has totaled hundreds of cases among Ohio’s Amish.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Cpl. Pete Prybal pulls out the sliding weights and measures equipment from the rear of his newly customized F-350. (Tana Weingartner, WVXU)Ohio counties look for different ways to keep roads safe
    A full-time weights and inspections unit will allow police officers to bring department scales and measuring equipment

    With federal highway funding stalled, states are looking for different ways to keep roadways safe and in good repair.

    For Ohio Public Radio, WVXU’s Tana Weingartner reports that Hamilton County is adding a full-time Weights & Inspections Unit, one of fewer than 30 counties statewide to do so.  (more)

    Portman expects to introduce the VA nominee, Bob McDonald, at his confirmation hearing Tuesday. (File photo, Proctor & Gamble)Portman predicts McDonald's confirmation, but says it won't be easy
    Ohio's Republican senator expects to introduce President Obama's choice to run the VA

    The Senate begins its confirmation hearings tomorrow (Tuesday) for the retired Cincinnati business executive who’s been nominated to be the next secretary of Veterans Affairs. Ohio’s Sen. Rob Portman expects to be introducing Bob McDonald on the Senate floor – and expects he will be confirmed. But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, he does not expect the hearings will be easy.  M.L. Schultze reports


    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Revenues are increasing for the Fortunagracht's direct delivery to Belgium. (WCPN, Brian Bull)European cargo ship out of Cleveland seeing rising revenues
    Boosts in shipments buck current downward trend in ports along the St. Lawrence Seaway

    Three months into a new, direct, trans-Atlantic export route between the Port of Cleveland and the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, operators say it is a success so far.  (more)

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