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Monday, July 6, 2015

Mary Taylor was often the opening act for Kasich during their 2014 re-election campaign. (KAREN KASLER)Gov. Kasich's presidential bid brings attention to Lt. Gov. Taylor
If he's elected president in 2016, she gets promoted -- and has the advantage of incumbency

Now that Gov. John Kasich has announced he will officially launch his presidential campaign in a few weeks, there's more attention on another Republican statewide officeholder. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

Bernabei says he had hoped to see othe r candidates file. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Stark elections board to vote today on Canton mayor candidate

The Stark County Board of Elections hopes to decide today if Canton will have a mayoral race this fall. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports.   M.L. Schultze reports

Friday, July 3, 2015

There are about 20,000 police dogs serving in K-9 units nationally (Kent State University)Twinsburg police get warning system to protect police dogs from hot cars
About 30 police dogs have died in hot cruisers since 2012

In Montville Township last September, a police K-9 died after being left in a hot cruiser for four hours. Altogether, about 30 police dogs across the U.S. have died since 2012 -- not in the line of duty, but trapped in squad vehicles during hot weather. From Ohio Public Radio station WCPN, Brian Bull reports that one local K-9 unit is stepping up efforts to keep its four-legged partners safe.  (more)

The Coalition to Reroute Nexus campaigning to move the pipeline project south of the proposed route. (CORN)Proponents of rerouting the Nexus pipeline want an independent analysis
Northeast Ohio group says company's planned route is too close to populated area

A grass-roots organization is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to consider an alternative route through Southern Summit County for the Nexus pipeline

   Kevin Niedermier reports

The United Way in Cleveland is finding new  ways to direct its education funding (The United Way)Cleveland United Way funding different sources to boost education
Performing arts and higher education getting financial backing to help in the K-12 classrooms

About one-third of the more than $34 million the United Way of Greater Cleveland will distribute this year, is going to bolster K-12 education. And much of that education spending will go to organizations and institutions outside of the school systems.  Kevin Niedermier reports

New company to administer Common Core testing
Other headlines: Vetoes slash $33 million from Cuyahoga County schools, Health advisories for Ohio beaches, East Cleveland brings charges to five police supervisors

Morning headlines for Friday, July 3, 2015:

  • New company to administer Common Core testing
  • Vetoes slash $33 million from Cuyahoga County schools
  • Health advisories for Ohio beaches
  • Exonerated brothers are suing Cleveland
  • East Cleveland files charges on five police supervisors
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor takes objections to Ohio Supreme Court
  • Four indicted on human trafficking charges
  • Gov. Kasich heading to South Carolina ahead of official presidential bid
  • Underground fuel tank leaking
  • Abortion clinic requesting an exception to patient-transfer rules
  • New police station costing more money than originally estimated 
  • I-70 eastbound open for holiday traffic
  •    Jeff St. Clair reports

    Grovewood Tavern is baking  
Ohio Black Walnut Shortbread Cookies for the Cookies for Kids campaign. (Courtesy of Cleveland Independents)How Cleveland and Akron restaurants are making summer sweeter for kids
    Cookies for Kids benefits the summer food programs of the Cleveland and Akron-Canton food banks

    This first holiday weekend of summer should be fun for every boy and girl, but too many children in our region will be too hungry to enjoy it. 

    The school nutrition programs on which they depend are closed for the summer. 

    But as WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite, area restaurants are trying to help by baking big batches of cookies.  Vivian Goodman reports

    Thursday, July 2, 2015

    The PARCC was the standardized test Ohio used for just one year. (PARCC)Ohio is moving forward with new standardized tests
    Ohio's education department must quickly change the standardized tests used in Ohio

    Correction:  a sub headline in this story previously indicated the Ohio was joining the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium which is not the case. 

    Gov. John Kasich made a record number of vetoes before signing the new budget Tuesday night. But it’s what he left in the legislation that's forcing the Ohio Department of Education to make a quick change when it comes to standardized tests. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow takes a look at what’s next for schools now that the PARCC is gone.  Andy Chow reports

     Signs warning of fireworks' effects on PTSD vets may have consequences, too
    An Indiana group says 100 of the 1,200 signs ordered were sent to Ohio

    This Fourth of July, yard signs may pop up on your street alerting you that a neighboring veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -- or PTSD -- could be affected by the sound of crackling rockets and booming fireworks.

    Jon Reiss is executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission. He says there are more than 80,000 veterans in the county, and it’s possible fireworks can heighten anxiety among those who saw combat.
    But Reiss warns that while the intention is good, the lawn signs might hurt rather than help vets.  (more)

    Cleveland teachers' union calls for faster feedback on new standardized tests
    CMSD teachers also want more sample questions on the new exams

    Leaders in Cleveland’s teacher’s union say dropping Ohio’s PARCC standardized test earlier this week opens a window to improve testing in the Buckeye state. The Cleveland union says better communication and a test that reflects classroom realities is what’s needed as State Impact Ohio’s Amy Hansen explains.  Amy Hansen reports

    School districts say they'll have to ask voters for more local money to make up for cuts at the state level. (WKSU file photo)Ohio schools will look to local levies to make up for state cuts
    Vetoes in Gov. Kasich's budget will affect both well-off and poor districts

    Some school officials will be spending the summer planning new levies after Gov.Kasich vetoed two line items in the budget this week. StateImpact Ohio’s Mark Urycki reports they will mostly affect well-off districts, but also hurt some poor districts.  Mark Urycki reports

    Backyard fireworks in Ohio are currently illegal.  (Kevin Dooley, Flickr)Experts warn against Ohio backyard fireworks displays
    Psychologist says unexpected fireworks can cause problems for former combat veterans

    Many Ohioans will be celebrating America’s independence and the veterans who fought for it this holiday weekend. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, some Ohioans might also do something that causes those same veterans a great deal of grief.  Jo Ingles reports

    Strongsville schools had said a levy in 2018 or 2019 would be likely if cuts in state funding go through (KABIR BHATIA)Northeast Ohio schools hit hard by line-item vetoes
    The state budget's biggest school-funding cuts are to five districts in Cuyahoga County

    This week's line-item vetoes in the two-year state budget hit some Cuyahoga County schools hard, even as total state funding for local schools will increase by about $400 million next year. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Nimisila is about 1,000 acres and is mostly open water (Ohio Department of Natural Resources)Nimisila Reservoir added to the Summit Metroparks system
    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has given oversight of the park to Summit Metroparks

    Summit Metroparks has added its 16th park to their network. The district has entered into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to manage the Nimisila Reservoir. The land was part of the Portage Lakes State Park and adds 1,000 acres to the 13,100 acre system. Park spokesman Nathan Eppink says the park is a unique addition to the system.  Lauren Blue reports

    A tanker-truck that hauls fracking wastewater on the road in Carroll County  (WKSU file photo)Another Ohio county calls for more regulation of oil and gas industries
    Injection wells, the controversial disposal sites for liquid drilling waste, are a prime focus

    Another local jurisdiction wants action to put some local control in place for drilling opeartions. Last month, Trumbull County passed a resolution to that effect.  This week Athens County did the same. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.

       Tim Rudell reports

    Many people who sign the form stating that they will take their fireworks out of the state within 48 hours don't do so (bayasaa, Flickr)Ohio lawmakers to eliminate form for purchasing consumer-grade fireworks
    The so-called 'liar's form,' was largely ignored

    Ohio lawmakers have passed a new law regarding fireworks. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports a provision in the new state budget eliminates a rule many Ohioans disobeyed anyway.  Jo Ingles reports

    Agencies launch a five-year campaign to fight HIV amon black men and boys
    The target group will be 13-29, a group that makes up more than 40 percent of HIV cases in Cuyahoga County

    Three Cleveland-area agencies are launching a five-year effort to stem the spread of HIV among African-American boys and young men. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Ohio recently increased compensation and pension benefits for veterans (Ohio Department of Veteran Services)Ohio Department of Veteran Services uses holiday weekend to inform former military members of benefits
    Programs include job training and additional college credits

    The Ohio Department of Veteran Services is using the Fourth of July weekend to get the word out on various benefits former military members can take advantage of in this state. Correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    Testa is against the plan because he says it would allow taxpayers to predict and plan for tax amnesty (State of Ohio)Ohio's tax commissioner praises Gov. Kasich's veto of tax amnesty program
    Commissioner Testa thinks people would take advantage of the program

    Among Gov. John Kasich’s 44 vetoes to the new state budget is one that strikes a plan that would allow people who owe taxes to come forward and pay without additional penalty. Tax Commissioner Joe Testa said Kasich vetoed that tax amnesty program because the state just did one in 2012.  Karen Kasler reports

    Ohio Supreme Court: Gender-neutral references in Ohio family court cases
    Other headlines: Soggy June dampens Ohio farmers, Cleveland Hopkins Airport celebrates 90th birthday, Appeal in Brelo trial tossed

    Morning headlines for Thursday, July 2, 2015:

  • Gender-neutral references in Ohio family court cases
  • Soggy June hurts Ohio farmers
  • Cleveland Hopkins Airport celebrates 90th birthday
  • University of Toledo's new president hits the ground running 
  • Appeal in Brelo trial tossed
  • President Obama tweets to Akron's Black Keys
  • Cavs breaking the bank in free agency 
  • Pittsburgh Steelers could host Super Bowl 58
  •   (more)

    David Ake is a prominent jazz pianist and composer and since 2013 chairman of the Music Department at Case Western Reserve University. (VIVIAN GOODMAN)A Cleveland pianist's farewell to lake-effect and all that jazz
    The head of the music department at Case Western Reserve University is heading south

    Case Western Reserve University may be better known for its medical, business and law schools, but art has always flourished there.

    A prominent jazz pianist chairs the music department, but as WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports, he’ll leave campus soon.  Vivian Goodman reports

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    Ohio is still 12,600 jobs short of pre-recession levels, but it's a 140,000 deficit when population growth is factored in, according the Economic Policy Institute. (EPI)Ohio has still not recovered all jobs lost in the recession
    Ohio lost more than 420,000 private and public sector jobs in the recession, and both neither sector has completely rebounded

    Ohio has still not recovered all of the jobs lost in the great recession.

    Part of the reason, according to a new study, is tepid growth in both private and public sector employment.

    WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    Reproductive rights protesters got no where with Ohio lawmakers. The new state budget specifies a hospital with a signed transfer agreement must be within 30 miles. And any exceptions to those transfer rules will now have to be approved by the Ohio Department of Health within 60 days. (Ohio Public Radio)Ohio abortion clinics are at risk of being shut down
    Clinics in Dayton and Toledo are affected by a continued tightening of state regulations on clinics

    Abortion clinics in Dayton and Toledo might be forced to close by tightening state regulations. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports, new provisions in the governor’s budget could make it harder for abortion providers to stay open.  (more)

    Lake Pippen, one of the Akron-owned reservoirs  (City of Akron )June's heavy storms hurt Ohio's reservoirs
    Deluges bring chemicals and silt into surface water storage lakes

    This summer’s torrential rains are creating more than flooding problems. In some areas, heavy runoff is flushing contaminants into reservoirs that supply public water systems. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    Lake Rockwell near Kent is one of three reservoirs that supplies drinking water to Akron. (City of Akrojn)Ohio budget opens reservoir buffers to private land owners
    Akron tries to figure out what the impact could be on its drinking water

    Private property owners who live next to drinking-water reservoirs will be able to mow and cut down trees on buffer strips built to protect local reservoirs. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on a provision in the budget that Gov. John Kasich vetoed two years ago -- but has left intact this time.  M.L. Schultze reports

    The state reimbursements are eliminated only for the 2016-17 school year. (Ohio Public Radio)Kasich's veto may mean higher property taxes for some Ohio districts
    Some school districts are expecting cuts in state funding

    Some of Ohio’s school districts are bracing for cuts in state funding in the new budget. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles takes a look at the impact of one of Gov. Kasich’s vetoes.  Jo Ingles reports

    Cuyahoga County to cut same-sex benefit policy (Cuyahoga County)Cuyahoga County to eliminate same-sex couple benefits
    County says the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage makes the benefits unnecessary

    Cuyahoga County is starting the process of eliminating its same-sex couple benefits following the Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage.

    County Law Director Robert Triozzi  says the county’s policy will be amended through its legislative process. But he says collective bargaining agreements also have to be changed.  Kevin Niedermier reports

     (GVARC, Flickr )Ohio becomes first in the nation to dump PARCC testing
    Wording in the new state budget bans the assessment

    The Ohio Department of Education needs to replace the standardized test known as PARCC for next year. That’s the exam tied to the Common Core standards. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Ariel Van Cleave reports lawmakers included wording in the new state budget banning the standardized test.  (more)

    The list of candidates in in for the selection panel to pick Cleveland's new Community Police Commission. (U.S. Government)Candidates for Cleveland Police Commission's selection panel will be vetted
    Panel will pick 10 of the people who will make recommendations to improve Cleveland's police force

    More than 100 people are vying for a spot on the panel that will select members of Cleveland’s new Community Police Commission. The list of potential candidates submitted to the U.S. Attorney’s Office includes judges, social activists, religious leaders, lawyers and professors.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Carey says one way to reduce the cost of higher education in Ohio is through competency-based learning. (State of Ohio)Ohio's next two-year budget freezes public college-university tuition
    The feeze will be offset by increase in state funding for higher education

    Gov. John Kasich signed a two-year state budget last night that includes a freeze on college tuition in Ohio. The freeze is offset by increases in state funding for higher education.

    The newl budget also requires that universities look for ways to reduce student costs by 5 percent over the next two years.

    State Chancellor John Carey says one way to do that is through competency-based learning, which includes testing students on their knowledge of a subject before moving to new material.  (more)

    New state budget ends controversial PARCC education testing
    Other headlines: Falcon Academy charter in Portage to close; Westlake police officer indicted on excessive force, falsification charges

    Morning headlines for Wednesday, July 1, 2015:

  • Gov. John Kasich signs new two-year state budget with 44 vetoes
  • New state budget ends controversial PARCC testing
  • Falcon Academy charter to close in Portage
  • Westlake police officer indicted on excessive force, falsification charges
  • Voters will decide ballot issue that would block marijuana legalization
  • Cleveland police officer shoots man at traffic stop
  • Teen accomplice in sledgehammer murders sentenced to life in prison
  • Akron man gets prison term for running dog fighting ring
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says if the EPA can regulate dry stream beds, Ohio attorney general sues the U.S. EPA
    DeWine says the agency is violating states' rights with its clean-water provisions

    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a new interpretation of the Clean Water Act. The new rules define streams as protected waters in the U.S.

    DeWine says these EPA regulations violate states' rights and reach further than the Clean Water Act intended.  Lauren Blue reports

     (Via Twitter user: @HannahNews)Gov. Kasich makes a record number of vetoes in the state budget
    But he stands by some legislative changes including the end of PARCC testing

    Gov. John Kasich signed the new budget which was substantially different than his original proposal. And as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the governor responded with a record 44 vetoes, twice as many as in the last budget.  Andy Chow reports

    At 74, Pete Rose is still trying to get reinstated in major league baseball, but recent revelations could dash all hope.  Pluto: Latest revelations should sink Pete Rose's Hall of Fame hopes
    Terry Pluto says a recent ESPN report revealing that Pete Rose likely bet on baseball as a player doom his latest attempt at reinstatement

    Former Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose is renewing his push to get back into baseball’s good graces. Rose is expected to meet with Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred about lifting Rose’s lifetime ban for betting on baseball while he was manager of the Reds. That would clear the way for him to get into the Hall of Fame..

    WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks about Rose's current fight for reinstatement amid new revelations that he likely bet on baseball as a player too.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    The Hatsfield's Ferry power station in Masontown, PA was one of several coal-fired plants that FirstEnergy shut down rather than installing mercury scrubbing technology.  The company has invested $370 million in upgrades to it's six remaining coal-fired plants. Supreme Court shoots down EPA's mercury rules
    But environmentalists say some of the benefits of the regulations have already been achieved

    The US Supreme Court has dealt environmentalists a blow by throwing out the EPA’s new rules regulating mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants.

    The high court said the EPA should have considered the costs that utilities would have to pay to remove the toxic metal from smoke-stacks.

    But Trent Dougherty with the Ohio Environmental Council is not too discouraged by Monday’s ruling.

    He says many of the utility upgrades have already been done.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    One of the issues in Akron is hiring for the $1.4 billion sewer project, which involves a tunnel that takes in wastewater from a dozen combined sewer overflows in downtown. (WKSU)Akron cites unemployment, poverty to counter state ban against local hiring
    The city has a 30 percent local hiring quota for city construction jobs, but bills headed to Gov. Kasich would eliminate that

    This fall, Gov. Kasich will be presented with a bill that eliminates local hiring requirements for construction jobs. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on what some cities are doing before that’s signed into law.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    United Commerce Building in Akron is one of four approved for historical preservation tax credits  (WKSU)Tax credits for NE Ohio historic preservation projects
    Four projects in Cleveland and Akron are among 19 getting the credits

    Nearly $8 million in tax credits have been approved for renovation projects for four historic commercial buildings in northeast Ohio. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    Protesters present a petition to a representative from the Cleveland Indians (Brian Bull)Church again pushes the Cleveland Indians to change mascots
    United Church of Christ says it's time to drop Chief Wahoo

    The United Church of Christ is calling on the Cleveland Indians to change its name and drop Chief Wahoo as its mascot.  A small group marched on Progressive Field Tuesday to deliver a petition with nearly 3,000 signatures.  For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Brian Bull reports.  (more)

    About 115,000 vehicles travel across the bridge daily.  (Michael Derr, Flickr )Ohio Department of Transportation plans to replace Akron's Route 8 bridge
    The North Expressway Viaduct Bridge will be replaced sometime after 2020

    The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced plans to replace the North Expressway Viaduct Bridge on Route 8 in Akron. The bridge was built in 1953 and connects Akron to its northern suburbs. Brian Kovacks, with the Ohio Department of Transportation, says many factors must be considered when building a new bridge.  Lauren Blue reports

    Shredded tires at the Kirby dump in western Ohio. A fire at the massive site made national news in the 1990s        (Ohio EPA)Warren offers an old-tire amnesty
    Local leaders hope to push back against dumping in the city

    The city of Warren is getting serious about keeping people from just dumping old tires and other junk in abandoned areas, even to the point of offering an amnesty program for would–be dumpers.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    Supporters of a move to legalize marijuana in Ohio delivered petitions with nearly 700,000 signatures. (JO INGLES)Pro-marijuana effort delivers 700,000 voter signatures to Columbus
    ResponsibleOhio has more than twice the signatures they need to make the November ballot, but they still must be verified

    A group that wants to put a marijuana legalization plan on this fall’s ballot has turned in its petition signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the group has submitted more than twice the signatures it needs.  Jo Ingles reports

    Cleveland Council President Kevin Kelley says the recent Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage means the city's same-sex couple benefits needs to be reassessed. (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Allowing gay marriage could eliminate Cleveland's same-sex couples benefits
    Cleveland City Council will reevaluate its policy

    Last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing same-sex couples to marry could spell the end for local workplace benefits for gay couples.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, more than 430 people have died in traffic accidents on Ohio roads in 2015. (The Ohio State Highway Patrol)Ohio will display traffic fatalities on highway message boards
    Officials say they hope putting the numbers out there will help drivers to stay safe 

    The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Transportation are launching a new safety initiative this week to put traffic-related death tolls on message boards along highways across the state.

    The boards will alternate between year-to-date traffic death numbers and safety messaging.

    Sgt. Vincent Shirey of the Highway Patrol says the messages will be particularly important in reminding drivers to be careful over extended weekends like the one coming up.  Michael Bratton reports

    After his family left Bhutan, Kissan Rai spent 18 years in a refugee camp in Nepal. He says he began working on his citizenship as soon as he arrived in the U.S. in August 2009. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Dozens of new citizens take their oaths in Akron
    Many lived in refugee camps in Southeast Asia before migrating to the U.S.

    Nearly 50 people became new U.S. citizens in Akron this morning, many carrying small American flags and joining in a Barbershop rendition of “God Bless America.” WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, many began their trips to America from Nepal and Burma.  M.L. Schultze reports

    The airport deals with general aviation traffic, as well as irregular passenger service through Allegiant Airlines. It also shares its runways with the Air Force Reserve's 910th Airlift Wing based at the airport. (Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport)Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport gets $2.1 million for improvements
    The funding is part of an overall $5.5 million grant from the FAA

    The Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport has received $2.1 million for improvements.

    The money is a part of a $5.5 million Federal Aviation Administration grant the airport will receive and will be used to build and improve runways, as well as install signs and markings.

    Aviation Director Dan Dickten says the improvements will create a safer experience for everyone who uses the airport.  Michael Bratton reports

    Gov. Kasich expects to make vetoes before signing $71 billion budget
    Other headlines: Legislation forthcoming to overhaul how congressional districts are drawn; Ohio gets lion's share of $17.5 million in federal money to control algae

    Morning headlines for Tuesday, June 30, 2015:

  • Gov. Kasich expects to make vetoes before signing $71 billion budget
  • Legislation introduced soon to overhaul how congressional districts are drawn
  • Ohio gets lion's share of $17.5 million in federal money to control algae
  • Civil rights groups want judge to change consent decree for Cleveland police department
  • New rules for lethal injection testing 
  • Mother of Tamir Rice fires legal team for second time
  • Ex-Steubenville football player delinquent of rape to play football at Hocking College
  • Akron man sentenced to death for murder of ex-girlfriend's parents
  • Senate committee vote looming on anti-monopoly proposal 
  • Trial for five Cleveland police supervisors in deadly chase moves to East Cleveland
  • Digital signs will update drivers on number of traffic fatalities
  • ODOT to replace State Route 8 bridge in 2020
  •   (more)

    James Hardiman speaks at a news conference outside the federal courthouse in Cleveland.  (Nick Castele / ideastream)Civil rights groups want changes in Cleveland police consent decree
    They maintain a police inspector general can’t bbe independent if he or she reports to the police chief

    The Cleveland NAACP and other civil rights groups have asked a judge to alter the city’s police reform agreement with the federal government. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Nick Castele reports.  (more)

    Lisa Hamler Fugitt says kids increasingly go hungry over summer months. (WKSU file photo)The number of hungry Ohio kids goes up over the summer
    Loss of school lunches hurts school-age kids

    Nearly 800,000 Ohio children rely on free or reduced-priced meals at schools throughout the state during the academic year. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, advocates for low income Ohioans worry many of those children are going hungry this summer.  Jo Ingles reports

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    During the week of July 6, WKSU will air select weekend programs at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Experience your favorite shows - including 'This American Life' and 'Snap Judgment' - in a new way and discover programs scheduled to be added to WKSU's new weekend line-up on July 11!

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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:

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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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    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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