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Monday, November 30, 2015

Rep. John Patterson believes the push to ban microbeads has a better shot at passing now due to federal support. (Ohio House of Representatives)The push to ban microbeads from consumer products gets federal support
Microbeads are tiny plastic particles in toothpaste, facial scrubs, body washes and other personal care products

Congress will soon vote on a bill to ban microbeads – those tiny plastic particles in toothpaste, facial scrubs, body washes and other personal care products.

Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports there’s now a new effort to deal with them at the state level.  Karen Kasler reports

Judge Teodosio says it's a good idea that the Ohio Supreme Court has created uniform standards for the courts. (Summit County )Summit County court receives recertification for specialized rehab program
The Turning Point Program combines rehabilitation programs with court oversight for those charged with drug offenses

A Summit County court that helps people charged with drug offenses has gained re-certification under new standards from the state.

The Turning Point Program of the Summit County Common Pleas Court combines rehabilitation programs with court oversight.

Under the new standards, the Turning Point Program must operate under a minimum level of practices prescribed by the state. The standards also allow for program customization to meet a community’s needs.

Judge Thomas Teodosio says he’s glad to see more uniform standards.  Michael Bratton reports

Among the caes the Ohio Supr;eme Court will consider this week is a school funding case dating back nearly a decade. (File photo)Ohio Supreme Court will consider if state can cut funds retroactively
At stake is nearly $8 million in funds for Cleveland, Toledo and Dayton schools

The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments this week on whether the state was right to cut funding for Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo schools by nearly $8 million. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has this preview.

   M.L. Schultze reports

Friday, November 27, 2015

Coroner: Student died of broken neck during OSU's Mirror Lake jump
Top headlines: Snowbirds can put seasonal holds on cable, EPA's plan to deal with toxic algae in Lake Erie will include new health guidelines

Morning headlines for Friday, November 27, 2015:

  • Coroner: Student died of broken neck during OSU's Mirror Lake jump
  • Ohio School Board to pick interim state superintendent
  • Snowbirds can put seasonal holds on cable
  • EPA's plan to deal with toxic algae in Lake Erie will include new health guidelines
  • Bill introduced in the Ohio House could ban the production and sale of microbeads
  • Warehouse catches fire in Oberlin, contents destroyed
  • Town is raising money to get statute of Thomas Edison in U.S. Capitol
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Republican Rep. Tim Schaffer says the bill is aimed at helping drug abusers get treatment. (Twitter, @TimSchaffer)Ohio House Bill would require welfare recipients to pass drug tests
    H.B.298 had its first hearing earlier this month

    An Ohio lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require certain welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving aid. And H.B. 298 had its first hearing earlier this month. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Sarah Jane Tribble reports there's support for the measure.  (more)

    Retired University of Akron Law Professor Dean Carro says the reasons for fewer death penalty cases are likely cost and public opinion (University of Akron)Ohio prosecutors are turning away from the death penalty in favor of life in prison
    Since taking office, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty has asked for death in just five cases

    Ohio prosecutors have filed 77 percent fewer death penalty indictments since 2010, preferring instead to seek life without parole.  WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Cleveland Heights Chef and restaurateur Doug Katz and his son Abe, a 7th grader at Agnon School, enjoy making latkes together for Hanukkah. (VIVIAN GOODMAN)Making potato latkes for Hanukkah: a Cleveland Heights family's tradition
    Chef and restaurateur Doug Katz and his son Abe always cook together for the holiday

    When the sun sets one week from tomorrow, Jews will light the first candle of the Hanukkah menorah. 

    The 8-day holiday celebrates a victory in 167 BC over Syrian Greeks. 

    The “Festival of Lights” is a time for family gatherings and traditional delicacies, like crispy, savory, potato pancakes.

    WKSU’s Vivian Goodman samples some in today’s Quick Bite.  Vivian Goodman reports

    Ohio Sen. Frank LaRose of Copley says he fears lawmakers may wait to long to change Congressional map-making. (JO INGLES)Is Ohio ready to re-form its Congressional districts?
    The GOP House speaker says 'Go Slow,' but some of his members disagree

    Ohio voters passed a new plan for drawing boundaries for state lawmakers’ districts earlier this month. But that didn’t include congressional districts. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports some are pushing for lawmakers to take that next step soon.  Jo Ingles reports

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

    The ad by Kasich supporter Tom Moe evokes images of Nazi Germany. (File photo)Kasich campaign evokes dark images of a Trump presidency
    Other morning headlines: Unemployment cuts; church opens; Mirror Lake; Statehouse security

    Morning headlines for Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

  • Kasich campaign evokes dark images of a Trump presidency
  • GOP lawmakers want to slash unemployment benefits
  • Ohio State moves to end Mirror Lake tradition; 
  • Drone sales taking off;
  • Beefed up Statehouse security;
  • Suarez loses bid to vacate his conviction;
  • New Cleveland Catholic church is dedicated;
  • Pettine says Manziel must earn the team's trust back
  •   M.L. Schultze reports

    Bates says his group is asking legislators to figure out a way to solve the systemic and underlying issues that cause poverty and hunger. (Southern Ohio Synod ELCA)The potluck push to end hunger spreads in Ohio
    Through a pot luck-type event, the group brought in more than 1,200 food items to be donated to Southern Ohio food banks

    For many people, the church potluck is iconic – a symbol of faith, friendship, family and food.

    Church leaders in Ohio are hoping to use the common themes evoked by the church potluck and the holidays to remind people that there are those who go hungry all year long.

    Nick Bates is chair of the Southern Ohio Synod Advocacy Task Force, and he’s working with a campaign called Potlucks to End World Hunger.  Karen Kasler reports

    DeWine says Ohioans should keep receipts and monitor their bank accounts to make sure no unauthorized purchases are being charged. (Statehouse News Bureau)Attorney General Mike DeWine warns Ohioans about holiday shopping scams
    DeWine suggests shoppers ask questions and document purchases carefully

    The state’s top law enforcement official is warning that Ohio shoppers could find themselves duped out of lots of money this year if they’re not careful.

    Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains how.  Jo Ingles reports

    The Ohio Farmers Union says most of the retail cost of food is due to marketing, processing, wholesale, distribution and retailing. (Wikimedia Commons)Ohio Farmers Union says growers get little for their holiday foods
    The coalition says farmers get just 19 cents of each dollar spent on Thanksgiving meals

    A coalition of small family farmers says farmers will be getting just 19 cents of every dollar Ohioans spend on their Thanksgiving meals this year.

    Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.  Jo Ingles reports

    Crowell Hilaka was purchased by the Village of Richfield in June to be used as a public park. (Interrobang,'s former Girl Scout camp seeks listing on the National Register of Historic Places
    Camp Crowell Hilaka was purchased by the Cleveland Girl Scouts in 1937 and closed in 2011

    Richfield’s former Girl Scout camp, Crowell Hilaka, is working to get listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Including the 336-acre park on the register would make it eligible for historic preservation grants, including tax credits.

    To help get the property listed, the Friends of Crowell Hilaka are starting a “Memories Project.”

    Historian Lynn Richardson says the goal is to record former campers’ stories and then include them in the application to the State Historic Preservation Office.  Michael Bratton reports

    Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    The FOP says it's a matter of greater protection. (Ohio FOP)The state FOP wants Browns and Bengals to allow retired cops to bring guns to games
    National Fraternal Order of Police is pushing the NFL as well

    The Ohio Fraternal Order of Police wants the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and other NFL teams to allow retired and off-duty officers to carry firearms into the pro football games. 

    State FOP president Jay McDonald says a ban that the NFL instituted a few years ago is short-sighted.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Szabo says security officials are working around the clock to ensure things go smoothly. (Cleveland Hopkins International Airport)U.S. airports step up security during busy holiday travel period
    The increased security measures come after the deadly terror attack in Paris

    Following recent terrorist activity overseas, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory prompting airports to shore up security measures as the holiday travel season gets underway.

    Fred Szabo is the interim director for Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport. 

    He says security personnel are working, both front and center as well as behind the scenes.  Brian Bull reports

    Pettin says Manziel has not reached a dead end, but has violated a trust. (Cleveland Browns press conference)Browns coach Pettine: Manziel can redeem himself again
    But the coach says his pattern of behavior forced his demotion

    Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine says the team is frustrated and disappointed with quarterback Johnny Manziel, but is not considering cutting him.

    Manziel was demoted to third-string quarterback this week after yet another video surfaced of Manziel partying in Austin, Texas. He was questioned by Avon police last month after drivers reported him speeding down the highway. And Manziel spent 10 weeks in rehab for substance abuse during the off season.

    At a press conference today, Pettine said Manziel’s pattern forced the demotion.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Much of the former Ben Venue Laboratories complex in Bedford is being taken over by a Danish drug company (WKYC)New owners and employees coming to old Ben Venue property
    A Danish drug company is moving in and bringing 170 jobs to the city

    The former Ben Venue Laboratories facility in Bedford will be reopening. A Danish drug company has bought a large part of the shuttered manufacturing complex and will bring 170 jobs to the Cleveland suburb. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Ohio State student dies following annual lake jump
    Other noon headlines: Akron woman fined for trashing worker's office with glitter Ohio Highway Patrol issues holiday travel reminders

  • Ohio State student dies following annual lake jump
  • Akron woman fined for trashing worker's office with glitter
  • Ohio Highway Patrol issues safety reminders for holiday travel
  • Euclid woman accused of $1 million in theft
  • Indians, Clippers extend contract
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Gov. Kasich drops in Iowa Quinnipiac poll
    Top headlines: Ohio awards $2.5M to house those in alcohol, drug recovery; Report: Lt. Gov. Taylor's ex-aide claimed salon time as work

    Morning headlines for Wednesday, November 25, 2015:

  • Gov. Kasich drops in Iowa Quinnipiac poll
  • Ohio awards $2.5M to house those in alcohol, drug recovery
  • Report: Lt. Gov. Taylor's ex-aide claimed salon time as work
  • Head of Akron halfway house among highest-paid nonprofit CEOs in the nation
  • Sen. Portman sends letter seeking info on an insurance company
  • Traffic stop leads to nearly $500,000 drug bust
  • Man detained after driving through military base security
  • Stark County native, soap star David Canary dies
  • Ohioan accused of threatening to kill Boehner to be released
  • Magistrate sets bond for man charged in terror case
  • Manziel demoted to third string over bye week 
  • NFL announces semifinalists for Hall of Fame's class of 201
  • Big Ten lands four of 10 spots in this week's playoff rankings  
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Akron's soccer team has been to the NCAA tournament nine years in a row and is eyeing its second national title (University of Akron)Pluto: How the Zips became a college soccer powerhouse
    Terry Pluto says NCAA sports like soccer have a structure that lets smaller schools thrive

    The University of Akron men’s soccer team has its eye on a second national championship. The Zips are considered a front runner heading into the third round of the NCAA tournament this weekend. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks about how Akron has built an elite soccer team.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Cleveland Orchestra Archivist Deborah Hefling picks up the antique phone in the Smith Lobby.  Patrons once used it to summon their chauffeurs after a Severance Hall concert. (VIVIAN GOODMAN)Public tours reveal the rich history of Severance Hall
    The home of the Cleveland Orchestra will be open for tours this Sunday

    When friends and family come to visit at holiday time, one of the coolest places to show them is Severance Hall, even when the Cleveland Orchestra isn’t playing.

    This Sunday the historic hall will be open for public tours.  Vivian Goodman reports

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    Diebold CEO Andy Mattes discusses plans for merging Diebold and its biggest European competitor, Wincor-Nixdorf of Germany (TIM RUDELL)Diebold pledges to stay put in Northeast Ohio
    CEO says a merger with its rival may make Diebold northeast Ohio's eighth Fortune 500 company.

    A question lingered after Diebold announced this week that it would nearly double in size and become northeast Ohio’s eighth Fortune 500 Company by taking over a European competitor:

    Will the “new” Diebold still be headquartered here?  WKSU’s Tim Rudell talked Tuesday with the man who will lead it.  Tim Rudell reports

    Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor's former chief of staff, Laura Johnson, is accused of claiming undeserved hours as work time. (State of Ohio)Lt. Gov. Taylor says she's disappointed in her former top aide
    Inspector General says her office lacked oversight of employee time

    A report released today says a former top aide to Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and another of her employees billed the state for hundreds of hours of work when they were at hair and nail salons or commuting to work.  Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.  Jo Ingles reports

    A comparison of rental and housing prices by the nationwide index shows no housing bubble in sight. (Case-Shiller)Cleveland metro area housing prices climb, but at a slower rate
    Case-Shiller index shows Cleveland metro remains among the cheapest housing markets in the country

    Housing prices continue to recover in Cleveland, but the metropolitan area is still one of the cheapest places in the nation to buy a house. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the latest trends released by the Case-Shiller index today.  M.L. Schultze reports

    The new exhibit will be named the Rosebrough Tiger Passage after the family donated more than $2 million for the exhibit's construction. (Chris Kuhar, Twitter)Cleveland's zoo is getting $2.1 million for its new tiger exhibit
    The donation is the single largest in the zoo's 50-year history

    The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is getting a donation of more than $2 million for its new tiger exhibit.

    The money was donated by Walt and Carol Rosebrough of Mentor-based medical equipment manufacturer, Steris Corporation.

    Zoo Executive Director Chris Kuhar says having community support, like the Rosebrough’s, is important to the improvement of the zoo.  Michael Bratton reports

    The Parma public school district wants state reimbursement of charter school funding. (Parma City School District)Parma and 3 other school districts bill the state for charter-school money
    The districts call Ohio's funding formula unfair and they want reimbursements

    The Parma City School District has joined three other Ohio public schools in billing the state for funding given to charter schools. Parma is asking for nearly $50 million to off-set what district officials say is an “unfair and inequitable' state funding formula. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    The two aides to Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor resigned under pressure in June of 2014. (State of Ohio)Inspector general says Lt. Gov. Taylor's office lacked oversight
    Other noon headlines: Charter-school bill, Quinnipiac poll, Cleveland tigers, al-Qaida bond set

  • Inspector general say Lt. Gov. Taylor's office lacked oversight;
  • School districts bill the state for money lost to charter schools;
  • Kasich isn't registering in Iowa;
  • Cleveland zoo's tiger exhibit gets a big boost;
  • Bond set for Ohio man accused of supporting al-Qaida.
  •   M.L. Schultze reports

    Donald Trump drew an estimated 14,000 to a rally in Columbus last night. ( challenges Kasich, protesters challenge Trump in Columbus
    The GOP front-runner mocks Ohio's governor, calls for waterboarding of alleged terrorists

    Thousands of people flocked to Columbus to catch the Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump at his first rally in Ohio. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- Donald Trump took a few shots at Gov. John Kasich in front of his home crowd.  Andy Chow reports

    Cleveland's rock roots featured in RNC logo
    Top headlines: Rep. Clyde calls for Husted to count un-postmarked ballots; Police investigating ISIS message at YSU

    Morning headlines for Tuesday, November 24, 2015:

  • Cleveland's rock roots featured in RNC logo
  • Dieblod expansion reaches agreement
  • Rep. Clyde calls on Husted to count un-postmarked ballots
  • Police investigating ISIS message at YSU
  • Kent State professors may soon go on strike for first time
  • Chipotle cleaning up e-coli contaminated restaurants in Ohio
  • Rental bikes arrive for RNC
  • Demonstrators march, call for prosecutor to recuse himself from Tamir Rice case
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

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