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Monday, August 31, 2015

Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro talks about his decision to move to Toronto. (Kevin Niedermier)After 25 years, the architect of the Indians is heading to Toronto
Mark Shapiro says leaving Cleveland is hard but he relishes the challenge

Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro will become the Toronto Blue Jays top official at the end of this season. He’s replacing Toronto’s retiring president and CEO Paul Beeston.

Shapiro has been with the Indians for nearly 25 years, working his way up from head of the team’s minor league system, assistant general manager, general manager and finally to  president. At a press conference today, he said leaving Cleveland is hard, but he needs a new challenge.  Kevin Niedermier reports

Mark Shapiro (R) and Indians owner Paul Dolan talk about Shapiro's move to the Toronto Blue Jays. (Kevin Niedermier)Mark Shapiro trades the Indians for the Blue Jays
Cleveland's president moves to Toronto's top front office position at the end of the season

After nearly a quarter century with the Cleveland Indians, team President Mark Shapiro is leaving for the division leading Toronto Blue Jays.  Kevin Niedermier reports

The mission of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is to ensure a balance between wise use and protection of Ohio's natural resources for the benefit of all. (the Ohio Department of Natural Resources)Ohio firefighters help battle wildfires in California and Oregon
The state sent 20 firefighters to help battle the ongoing blaze

Experts are calling this one of the worst wildfire seasons in history in northern California and Oregon – and Ohio is doing its part to help.

Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

Denali was referred to as Mount McKinley in 1896 by a gold prospector who named it in support of electing President McKinley. The federal government then officially recognized it as Mount McKinley from 1917 until 2015 much to the dismay of native Alaskans. (the U.S. Department of the Interior)President Obama officially renames Mount McKinley as Denali
As the highest peak in North America, the mountain was always referred to as Denali by native Alaskans and the State of Alaska

President Obama has changed the name of the nation’s tallest mountain peak, stripping it of the name of a U.S. president from Northeast Ohio. 

Mount McKinley will now be officially known as Denali, which native Alaskans have called it for centuries.

Denali was officially recognized by the federal government as Mount McKinley in 1917, 16 years after President William McKinley was assassinated.

Kimberly Kenney, curator of the McKinley Presidential Museum in Canton -- where McKinley is buried -- says the museum is glad that Alaskans now have the peak named what they want.  Michael Bratton reports

University of Akron to pay athletes stipends on top of scholarships
Other headlines: Demolition scheduled for power plant along Lake Erie; Northeast Ohio Congressman wants Congress to reverse Mt. McKinley decision

Morning headlines for Monday, August 31, 2015:

  • UA to pay athletes stipends on top of scholarships
  • Demolition scheduled for power plant along Lake Erie
  • Northeast Ohio Congressman wants Congress to reverse Mt. McKinley decision
  • Cleveland State welcomes its largest freshman class
  • Baldwin Wallace University mourns Jean-Baptiste's death
  • Indians searching for minority owner
  • Shapiro reportedly leaving Indians for Toronto
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Akron's Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Samuel DeShazior says the city is about a quarter of the way towards a $10 million goal for its second round of Bioinvestments Funds. (City of Akron)Akron celebrates new addition to biomedical corridor
    Quest Medical Imaging is graduating from the business incubator to the city's growing biomedical core

    Akron officials are welcoming a new high-tech addition to the city’s biomedical corridor today.

    While at the Akron Global Business Accelerator, Netherlands-based Quest Medical Imaging developed technology that helps surgeons target tumors . It’s now graduating to a new downtown location in the Everett Building, next door to the Austin Bioinnovation Institute in Akron.

    The city's deputy mayor for economic development, Samuel DeShazior, says Quest is one of 13 companies benefiting from the $2 million, first-round of the Akron Bioinvestments Funds.

    He says one of the stipulations of the loan is that the company stays in Akron.

       Jeff St. Clair reports

    U.S. Sen. Rob Portman expects the Iran nuclear deal to eventually be implemented. (U.S. Senate)Ohio's Sen. Portman expects Iran nuclear deal to eventually prevail
    His scorecard shows a loss followed by a win for the president

    By Ohio Sen. Rob Portman’s count, President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran probably won’t pass the Senate. But, he says in the end, the president will probably still win.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Joanne Green says the interest in the arts extends beyond artists. Akron mayoral candidates discuss the arts tonight
    A forum by Summit Artspace and ArtsNow will include Dan Horrigan, Mike Williams and Eddie Sipplen

    Akron's arts-and-culture community has a chance to learn more about the city's mayoral candidates at a forum tonight at Summit Artspace. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Sunday, August 30, 2015

    John Born and Nina Turner co-chair the committee that announced the new standards last week. (KAREN KASLER)Historic police standards are set, but work is just starting on improving police-community relations
    Minimum standards are in place for use-of-force and recruiting

    For the first time, Ohio’s law enforcement agencies now have a set of minimum standards for the use of deadly force and for recruitment and hiring. As Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports, the panel that set those standards says there’s a lot more work ahead.  Karen Kasler reports

    The Indians posted an $8.9 profit last year, versus a $1.9 million loss in 2013 (WKSU)Cleveland Indians may see a loss -- on the field and financially
    Team President Mark Shapiro says the team reinvests its profits into the team

    The Cleveland Indians have won five in a row and eight of their last 10. But the team still has a losing record and could post a financial loss for this season as well. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton is exploring a merger with the city's neighbor, Cleveland (WKSU)Could University Circle developments ripple into East Cleveland?
    One real estate broker says an extension of the Cleveland Clinic or University Hospital would be a good start

    Construction begins in January on a $112 million luxury residential high rise in University Circle. It’s the latest in a string of projects popping up around the Case Western Reserve University neighborhood. But just beyond the train tracks, neighboring East Cleveland is struggling to emerge from its deep financial woes. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports on whether development dollars could cross the border.  (more)

    Friday, August 28, 2015

    The head of Responsible OH says it's not fair to use the word 'monopoly' in the language of the ballot issue  (Brett Levin/Flickr)ResponsibleOhio leader says the state is trying to set Issue 3 up for failure
    Marijuana legalization group maintains the use of the word 'monopoly' is unfair

    The leader of the group backing Issue 3, the marijuana legalization issue on this fall's ballot, is speaking out about the proposed wording voters will see. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.  Jo Ingles reports

    Co-chairs John Born and Nina Turner sayd the standards raise the bar statewide. (KAREN KASLER)Ohio sets minimum standards for police use of force and recruiting
    The goal is to improve relations between community and police

    For the first time in state history, there is a set of minimum standards for the use of deadly force and police recruitment. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

    State Sen. Frank LaRose has introduced a bill to bring local elections into the digital age. Current Ohio law requires local candidates to file campaign finance reports only on paper. His S.B. 206 will require those disclosures in searchable digital form.   (State of Ohio)Summit County's LaRose calls for on-line campaign finance records for local candidates
    Current Ohio law requires local candidates to submit campaign finance records only on paper

    Candidates for statewide elections made the switch to digital 15 years ago, but for local elections, candidates are still required to file by paper. 

    Republican State Sen. Frank LaRose of Copley says it’s time to change that.

    He’s introduced a bill that requires candidates for local and county elections to file campaign-finance reports electronically. 

    “It’s good for our process," says LaRose, "It’s good for democracy for people to have full transparency when it comes to who’s donating money to political candidates.”

    Current state law requires local candidates file only paper reports, which LaRose says gets in the way of public scrutiny.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    FCI had 5 years of decreasing academic performance earning a grade of F by the state. (Clemens V. Voglestang )Two Ohio charters close as the school year begins
    Some 300 students in Columbus are  left trying to find another school

    Columbus City Schools are getting plenty of calls from anxious parents after a charter school in Columbus closed. Some 300 students were left scrambling to find a place to land at the start of the school year. State Impact Ohio’s Mark Urycki reports FCI Academy had survived financial trouble a year ago but its sponsor has now pulled the plug.  Mark Urycki reports

    Ohio's U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (right) and Bridges of Hope Coalition Coordinator Greg Bell discuss the program's success. (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Ohio's Sen. Portman prepares for reauthorization of drug prevention funding
    The GOP incumbent says East Cleveland offers an example of how the funding should 

    Ohio Sen. Rob Portman was in East Cleveland today visiting a drug prevention program funded through his Drug Free Communities Act. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, Portman is gathering information about how well the programs are working as he prepares for the act’s re-authorization.

       Kevin Niedermier reports

    Don Moul said although customers would see an increase on their bill, they would get credits after.  (First Energy)Ohio regulators will hear FirstEnergy rate hike proposal Monday
    State utility overseers will hold hearings

    The state’s utilities watchdog will start holding hearings Monday to determine if FirstEnergy customers should see an increase to their bills. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    Akron General also includes the Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute. (WKSU)Cleveland Clinic to complete take over of Akron General Hospital
    The two health systems entered into a limited partnership last year that's 'gone very well'

    The Cleveland Clinic is exercising its option to take over Akron General, just one year into a partnership between the two hospitals.

    Last year, the clinic bought a $100 million stake in Akron General, with an option to buy the rest within six years. Akron General CEO Tim Stover says the partnership worked so well that it made sense to act now.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Youngstown public school students start the new year with a state takeover looming. (Amy Hansen)Youngstown students return with a state takeover looming
    Local and statewide groups express concerns whether a new law really could fix what's wrong with the city's schools

    Youngstown students went back to school this week amid tension between local and state education leaders.

    The district is in danger of being taken over by the state unless a lawsuit filed last week can stop the planned overhaul of the school system. StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen recently spent a few days in Youngstown, and takes a look at the link between the problems of the city -- and its schools.  Amy Hansen reports

    There is no shortage of local honey at area farmers' markets. (VALERIE BROWN)Raiding the Quick Bites larder for local honey
    We return for the sweet stuff to a story from January of 2012

    One of the sweetest treats at Northeast Ohio’s farmers’ markets is produced by the region's own very industrious bees.

    The National Honey Board has a website where health-conscious consumers can locate home-grown honey.  But for this week’s “Quick Bite," WKSU’s Vivian Goodman had to look no further than Bath.  Vivian Goodman reports

    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    So far, the two Democrats who want to be next on the Akron mayors' wall -- and independent committees backing them -- have spent more than half-a-million dollars. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Half a million has already been spent on Akron's mayoral race
    Independent groups are the bigger spenders

    More than half a million dollars has been spent in Akron’s mayoral race so far – far more of it by independent groups than by either of the  Democrats on the ballot in the Sept. 8 primary. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Gov. John Kasich has strongly supported charter schools, despite Ohio's reputation nationwide. (WKSU file photo)Ohio think tank says nearly half a billion dollars flowsto charters from traditional public schools
    Critics say that hurts the kids left behind

    Does the charter school funding system hurt students who stay at traditional public schools?  Some say the numbers prove that. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- pro-charter school groups say those stats can be deceiving.  Andy Chow reports

    Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted opposes marijuana legalization, but says the ballot wording is accurate. (Library of Congress file photo)Marijuana referendum is heading to the Ohio Supreme Court
    Legalization supporters say Ohio is playing games with the wording to try to sink the issue

    The group backing marijuana legalization has filed a lawsuit with the Ohio Supreme Court over the state-approved language in its ballot issue. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

    Xerox says Cleveland is sitting on a $9 million surplus from the traffic cameras. (KABIR BHATIA)Xerox is suing Cleveland over traffic cameras
    The company says the city never terminated its contract after voters banned the use of unattended cameras last fall

    The Xerox Corporation has operated traffic enforcement cameras for the City of Cleveland since 2004. Now, Xerox is suing the city following a ban on the cameras. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Buddie -- ResponsibleOhio’s new mascot -- is traveling the state on the group’s 'Green Rush' bus to convince college students to vote for the proposed constitutional amendment. (JO INGLES)Mascot for Ohio's marijuana amendment is under fire from opponents
    ResponsibleOhio says 'Buddie' is aimed at college students, while others feel it's geared toward kids

    The group behind this fall’s proposed amendment to legalize marijuana has a controversial new mascot. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.  Jo Ingles reports

    Hillary Clinton characterized Republicans as out of touch while at Case Western Reserve University today. (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Hillary Clinton rallies supporters and bashes Republicans in Cleveland
    The Democratic presidential candidate says children, gun violence, student debt and middle class dreams issues she would address

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to a crowd of about 1,000 people at Case Western Reserve University where she asked for grass-roots help campaigning in the important swing state of Ohio. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    Congresswoman Marcia Fudge is among the members of Congress who have not yet announced their position on the Iran deal. (WKSU file photo)The Iran debate follows Marcia Fudge back to Akron
    Proponents and opponents make themselves heard in the Northeastern Ohio congresswoman's district

    The debate over the nuclear deal with Iran has followed some members of Congress back to their home districts. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that includes Northeast Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Hillary Clinton, shown here leaving as secretary of state, will visit Cleveland tomorrow. (WKSU File photo)Hillary Clinton will visit Cleveland tomorrow
    Her first stop will be at Case Western Reserve University

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Cleveland tomorrow to greet donors and supporters. Her first stop is Case Western Reserve University, where organizers plan a “commit to Hillary” drive. 

    Janet Carson is president of the Ohio Democratic County Chairs Association. She says this will boost Clinton’s momentum as she prepares to take on all challengers, including some in her own party.  (more)

    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says this is the worst drug epidemic the state has ever seen. (Office of the Ohio Attorney General)Hundreds of people have been arrested after a series of drug raids in Ohio
    Law enforcement continues to crack down on drug dealers

    Hundreds of people have been arrested during a series of drug raids around the state. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- law enforcement plans to continue cracking down on drug dealers.  Andy Chow reports

    Violators are subject to a fine but no points on their licenses. (Creative Commons)Traffic cameras in Akron school zones will be turned on tomorrow
    The cameras are only operational during school hours

    Akron will be turning on more than 60 traffic cameras in school zones tomorrow around the city. They’re only in operation during school hours, and violators are only subject to a fine, not points on their driver’s license. Lt. Richard Decatur of the Akron Police Department says there are benefits to having the cameras -- for the children and drivers.

      Lauren Blue reports

    The state says it has returned $76 million in unclaimed funds.  (Ohio Department of Commerce)Ohio has a record-breaking year for returning unclaimed funds to residents
    The average claim for the fiscal year was more than $1,500

    It was another record-breaking year for the state when it comes to returning forgotten money to Ohioans. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

    President of the Ohio League of Women Voters says Issue 1 would outline clear rules on redistricting. (League of Women Voters)Ohio League of Women Voters formerly endorses redistricting proposal
    Group endorses the ballot measure on how Ohio House and Senate districts are drawn

    Issue 1, the ballot measure changing the process for drawing lines for legislative districts, is getting support from many groups around the state. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports on the latest bipartisan support for the plan.  Jo Ingles reports

    The most common source of lead in homes built before 1978 is peeling lead-based paint, especially around windows. The paint can contaminate soil around the foundation (KAREN SCHAEFER)Cleveland, Akron each get more than $3.3 million for lead paint clean-up
    The HUD grants will help clean-up about 450 homes

    Cleveland and Akron are each getting nearly $3.5 million in federal Housing and Urban Development grants to deal with homes with lead-based paint hazards. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    CSU President Ron Berkman announces a marketing partnership with Quicken Loans Arena. (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Quicken Loans Arena will help CSU's Wolstein Center increase bookings
    The new partnership is aimed at helping all of downtown Cleveland

    Cleveland State University and Quicken Loans Arena are working together to bring more people to downtown Cleveland. In an announcement today, CSU President Ron Berkman says the Q’s marketing department will now handle the booking of events for the university’s under-performing Wolstein Center.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Cleveland State University and Quicken Loans Arena announce a partnership to book events. It was announced today by (l to r) Arena CEO Len Komoroski, CSU men's basketball coach Gary Waters, women's basketball coach Kate Peterson-Abiad and CSU President Ron Berkman.
 (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Quicken Loans Arena will help book events for CSU's Wolstein Center
    The partnership is aimed at boosting performance at and bringing more people downtown

    The marketing department at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena is taking over event booking and promotion for Cleveland State University’s under-performing Wolstein Center. The partnership between the Q and the university is aimed at bringing more people downtown.

       Kevin Niedermier reports

    The Massillon Tigers have used a live cub as a mascot for decades. (KABIR BHATIA)Massillon Tigers still hope to start football season with their mascot, Obie
    The team's boosters are trying to find a tiger cub whose care will be up to the levels now required by the Ohio Department of Agriculture

    Washington High School in Massillon has its first football game Thursday, but it may have to start the season without its mascot: a live tiger cub named Obie. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    They attorney of former University of Cincinnati Police Officer feels Tensing won't get a fair trail in Hamilton County due to the high profile nature of his case. (Hamilton County )University of Cincinnati cop accused of killing a motorist wants his trial moved
    The attorney of former University Cincinnati Police officer Ray Tensing has filed a change of venue motion

    A week after saying he would, the attorney for the former University of Cincinnati police officer accused of murdering motorist Sam DuBose has filed a change of venue motion. From Ohio Public Radio member station WVXU, Tana Weingartner reports.  (more)

    Gas prices likely on the way back down
    Other morning news headlines: Akron and Cleveland get funding to reduce lead hazards; Cleveland detective faces prison for warning store owner about raid

    WKSU Morning News Headlines for Wednesday, August 26:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Larry Williams' first priority at Akron is to find a way to revive interest in the football team, which has the lowest attendance in Division I.  Terry Pluto: U of A's new athletic director has the toughest job in town
    Larry Williams takes over Akron's struggling athletic program that recently cut baseball and has the lowest football game attendance in Division I.

    The new head of the University of Akron’s athletic department faces a tough challenge. Larry Williams comes to Akron with some experience; Up until two years ago, he was athletic director at Marquette. He takes over at Akron amid huge budget cuts and a lot of public scrutiny. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks about what he argues has become one of the toughest jobs in town.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

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