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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is still coming up with a cost estimate. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Businesses and foundations asked to help fund Cleveland police reform
Mayor Frank Jackson and the U.S. Justice Department appeal to the community for financial support

Putting Cleveland’s new police reform plan into action will be pricey.

Mayor Frank Jackson has yet to come up with a cost estimate, but he and the U.S. Justice Department have already appealed to the community for financial support.

David Abbott, head of the George Gund Foundation, says both parties called a meeting of potential funders early Tuesday morning, ahead of the public announcement of the consent decree.  (more)

Mike Williams is the first to officially declare he wants to succeed Plusquellic.  (Akron City Council)Williams is running for Akron mayor
For the first time in nearly 28 years, there will be no incumbent Mayor Don Plusquellic

The longest-serving member of Akron City Council has announced he’s running for mayor -- again. Mike Williams is making it official this afternoon.

Williams ran for the Democratic nomination four years ago and lost to Mayor Don Plusquellic. Plusquellic – in office for nearly 28 years -- abruptly announced earlier this month he’s resigning, effective Sunday.

Though he hadn’t yet committed to running, Williams said two weeks ago he couls change the approach of the mayor’s office.  M.L. Schultze reports

Rep. Ron Gerberry, D-Youngstown, says Ohio would join 13 states who have already regulated powdered alcohol.  (State of Ohio)Ohio moves to outlaw powdered alcohol and caffeine
Bill passed by an overwhelming majority in the House must still get Senate approval

The Ohio House has voted overwhelmingly to outlaw powdered caffeine. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the changes representatives made to the bill mean it has to go back to the Senate for approval.  Karen Kasler reports

Sen. Scott Oelslager represents the 29th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses most of Stark County in Northeast Ohio. (The Ohio Senate)Ohio Senate continues working on a state budget with a deadline looming
The governor must sign the two-year budget by the end of June

Senators are preparing to unveil their version of the budget that was passed by the House last month – which featured key differences from the original spending plan from Gov. John Kasich.

Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports getting it done on time might be difficult.  Karen Kasler reports

intake line, Canton Water Department (WKSU)Canton plans its first moves to protect its aquifer
Keeping chloride from the underground drinking water sources includes cutting back on road salt

The next steps are getting underway following Stark County’s road salt summit last week. Canton is expected as soon as possible to pend about a quarter of a million dollars to move one of the city’s salt storage domes. WKSU Tim Rudell has more.  Tim Rudell reports

Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis says the deal will force cops to focus on paperwork rather than patrols. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Police union head calls Cleveland consent decree dangerous
Head of Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association also threatens suits to curb false complaints

The head of the union that represents Cleveland patrol officers says a police-reform agreement the city signed with the U.S. Justice Department is impractical and even dangerous. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.  M.L. Schultze reports

The Knight Foundation and the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau have both created and printed a combined 2,500 brochures with plans to print more in the future. ( promotes reasons to stay in Akron after the interships run out
Rubik's Cube-like brochures and free programs try to keep interns interested in Akron 

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is working to get summer interns interested in discovering the Greater Akron Area.

The foundation spent $20,000 to create unique Rubik’s Cube-like brochures for its “Akron: Out of the Box” program.

The brochure opens three different ways to show readers the restaurants, sites and activities Akron has to offer. Kyle Kutuchief, the foundation’s program director in Akron, says he hopes this will get interns interested in pursuing a career in the city after they graduate.  Michael Bratton reports

The Cleveland Cavaliers reserved a spot in the NBA Finals with a 118-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks last night to win the Eastern Conference title.  Pluto: Cavs take remarkable route to the NBA Finals
Commentator Terry Pluto says the team overcame a season filled with adversity to advance to title series

The Cleveland Cavaliers are heading to the NBA Finals after completing the sweep of the Atlanta Hawks to win the Eastern Conference crown. The Cavs dominated the Hawks in last night’s 118-88 win. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto looks back on how the team gained momentum and looks ahead to the title series.   (more)

A plaster cast of the upper jaw of a new species called Australopithecus deyiremeda, or 'close ancestor'. Researcher Yohannes Haile-Selassie of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History led the team that discovered the jaw fragments in northern Ethiopia, just 22 miles from where 'Lucy' was discovered in 1974. New discovery shows 'Lucy' was not alone
A Cleveland researcher has discovered a new early human ancestor that lived side-by-side with the famous 'Lucy' 3.4 million years ago

A researcher from Cleveland has discovered a new early human ancestor in a desert region of Ethiopia.

Yohannes Haile-Selassie is a curator at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. 

He’s also head of the team that discovered a separate species that lived at the same time and place as the famous specimen Lucy, about 3.4 million years ago.

Haile-Selassie says the discovery creates a more complex picture of the origin of early humans.

  Jeff St. Clair reports

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Religious leaders from across Northeast Ohio led a peaceful march through downtown Cleveland to protest what they say is unequal treatment by the  (Kevin Niedermier)Area pastors and congregation members protest justice system

Several hundred members of the Greater Cleveland Congregations marched through downtown Cleveland today calling for equal treatment by the local justice system. WKSU's Kevin Niedermier reports.  Kevin Niedermier reports

Byrne is working with Ohioans to Stop Executions to urge Ohio lawmakers to provide more support for the families of murder victims. (Ohioans to Stop Executions)Change of heart on capital punishment
Man who's wife was murdered has second thoughts on the death penalty after seeing the killer executed

The survivor of a murder victim who witnessed the killer’s execution now says he has second thoughts about capital punishment. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach speaks with the press about the Department of Justice's agreement with the City of Cleveland. (M.L. Schultze)Cleveland and Justice Dept. reach deal on police reforms
The Department of Justice released a 105-page report, which still needs approval from a federal judge

The City of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice reached an agreement today when it comes to making changes to the city's police department.

In a press conference today U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach said the Department of Justice prepared a 105-page consent decree report that details plans to ensure Cleveland police do their jobs in a more safe and effective manner.

"We have signed and are filing a 105-page, comprehensive Consent Decree that, once approved, will not only serve as a roadmap for reform in Cleveland but as a national model for any police department ready to escort a great city to the forefront of the 21st Century," said Dettelbach.
  M.L. Schultze reports

Rev. John Edgar says Ohio has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country.  (Methodist Theological School in Ohio)Ohio religious leaders say budget cuts could worsen infant mortality rates
Proposed revision would decrease the number of families eligible for Medicaid.

Religious leaders advocating for the poor are urging the Republican-dominated Ohio Senate to change a proposed cut in Medicaid eligibility for poor women. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, they believe the change will increase infant mortality rates.  Jo Ingles reports

Rep. Great Johnson says a Republican proposal increasing the statute of limitations on rape cases from 20 years to 25 years isn't enough (The Ohio House of Representatives)Bill would eliminate statute of limitations in Ohio rape cases
would also make spousal rape and sexual battery illegal

An Ohio legislator is proposing big changes when it comes the sentencing for rape and sexual battery crimes in the state.

For Ohio Public Radio, statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

If approved, the path will run from the Zone Recreation Center on West 65th Street to downtown Cleveland. ( Line Greenway concept to be unveiled at community meeting
The concept includes a three-mile trail and park space along Cleveland's west side

The Rotary Club of Cleveland and its partners will hold a “community unveiling” Wednesday in Cleveland to discuss its $13 million Red Line Greenway project.

The proposal includes a three-mile hike and bike trail and park space that will cross the city’s west side.

Project coordinator and co-founder Lennie Stover says he hopes to get some honest feedback about the project's first phase from Cleveland residents at the meeting.  Michael Bratton reports

Cleveland reaches deal with Justice Department on policing
Other morning headlines: 58 protesters arraigned after Cleveland officer's acquittal; Ohio bill would allow patients to get STD meds for partners

WKSU morning news headlines for Tuesday, May 26:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

The effort to get marijuana legalized in Ohio has some questioning the state's process for constitutional amendments (Brett Levin/Flickr)Marijuana referendum may change more than pot's legal status in Ohio
Critics says drive to legalize marijuana points to overall flaws in Ohio's constitutional amendment process

Is it time to change the way constitutional amendments are brought to Ohio voters?

The possibility of one referendu on legalizing marijuana has critics saying it’s time. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

Robert Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy, says his industry has been battered by Murray Coal to lay off nearly 2,000 people
Ohio and West Virginia mines will be the most impacted

UPDATE: In a statement, Murray provided updated numbers and the rationale for the layoffs. This story has been adjusted to incorporate the company information.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Ohio-based Murray Energy is laying off more than 1,800 workers.

The layoffs amount to about a fifth of the Murray’s workforce and will largely affect mines in Ohio and West Virginia. 

   M.L. Schultze reports

Cleveland Mayor Jackson says he has long embrace real reform. Now he needs to figure out how to pay for it. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Cleveland deal ramps up civilian oversight of police
U.S. Department of Justice agreement zeros in on use-of-force; also beefs up training, recruiting and special mental health outreach

The city of Cleveland has signed a lengthy agreement with the Justice Department to revamp the recruitment, training, discipline, oversight and even equipping of its police force. But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, many of the details have yet to be filled in.  M.L. Schultze reports

Monday, May 25, 2015

Protesters appearing in court for their arraignment (Mark Urycki)Scores of Cleveland Brelo verdict protesters are arraigned and most released
Most of those arrested face minor charges stemming from protests Saturday following the acquittal of officer Michael Brelo

Cleveland Municipal Court held a rare Memorial Day session this morning so more than four dozen people arrested over the weekend could go home. They had been protesting the acquittal Saturday of a Cleveland police officer who shot two unarmed suspects in 2012. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Mark Urycki reports.  Mark Urycki reports

Cavs one win away from title berth
Backed by 37 points from LeBron James, Cavs hold off Hawks for 3-0 lead

The Cavs are one win away from a trip to the NBA finals. LeBron James shook off an atrocious shooting start and withstood Atlanta's gritty comeback to record a triple-double, and the Cavs beat the Hawks 114-111 in overtime Sunday night. They now have 3-to-nothing series lead. James missed his first 10 shots, but finished with 37 points. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Cavs, with coach David Blatt, have remarkably navigated injuries to key starters.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

Gov. Kasich comes closer than ever to announcing presidential bid
Appearing on ABC’s "This Week," Kasich said he’s happy with what he calls his metrics

Gov. John Kasich came closer than ever to saying a presidential campaign is in his future on one of the Sunday TV talk shows this weekend. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

Cleveland protesters to be arraigned on Memorial Day
Other morning headlines: New veterans court to be dedicated in Cleveland; Ohio lawmakers want to speed up trauma emergency transport

WKSU morning news headlines for Monday, May 25:  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

Cleveland State says many of the donations will fund scholarships. (WKYC)Ohio's public universities increasingly rely on donations
As taxpayer support dwindles, Cleveland State and other schools turn to endowments

Not that many years ago, only private colleges built endowment funds. Now, with the higher costs of education and the shrinking support from state governments, even public universities need to ask for donations. One of the latest is Cleveland State University. State Impact Ohio’s Mark Urycki reports.  Mark Urycki reports

Gov. Kasich's proposed budget sets aside $316 million for developmentally disabled Ohioans (Governor Kasich)The generation gap in care for developmentally disabled Ohioans
Officials are debating how to spend $316 million that could be provided for people with developmental disabilities

The care of Ohioans with developmental disabilities has changed dramatically through the past few decades. Gov. Kasich’s proposed budget provides $316 million for developmentally disabled Ohioans. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, there’s a generation gap of sorts now, especially when it comes to funding.  Jo Ingles reports

Morgan K. Smith is one of Oberlin's Ninde scholars. (Oberlin College)First Lady Michelle Obama will celebrate mentorship at Oberlin today
First Lady is recognizing the college's 'near-peer' program to get first-generation kids through college

First Lady Michelle Obama will speak with the graduating class at Oberlin College this morning. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on one of a trio of addresses she's giving this Spring.  M.L. Schultze reports

The dozen or so protesters outside The Q arrived after the game started and left around halftime to ensure they would not be arrested for blocking Huron Road after the game (KABIR BHATIA)Small protest fizzles outside of The Q during the Cleveland-Atlanta game
Responding to the Brelo verdict, about a dozen people blocked traffic for part of the first half of Game 3 of the Eastern finals

The city of Cleveland was quiet last night following the acquittal of Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo. Protests following the verdict could have threatened the NBA playoffs. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Oberlin campus.  (TIM RUDELL)First Lady challenges Oberlin grads to find the most contentious places and create change
Michelle Obama says American history shows that's where some of the biggest changes happen

First Lady Michelle Obama spent Memorial Day in northeast Ohio. She spoke at the graduation ceremony for the Oberlin College class of 2015.WKSU'S Tim Rudell has more.  Tim Rudell reports

Sunday, May 24, 2015

East Liverpool, Oh  (Wikipedia)Anti-incinerator groups plan to rally in East Liverpool
Incinerator opponents say local government has let them down in the past

Environmental and community groups that have opposed a hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool since it was built 20 years ago are taking their fight to city hall.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

Northeast Ohio winters come with ice snow, and a lot of road salt  (wksu)Could winter's salt have a lingering effect on Stark County's water?
New study warns says road salt is increasing chlorine in Ohio;s second-largest ground-water system

Memorial Day for many means it’s time to start thinking about summer.  But, as the past holiday weekend got underway, winter was still on the minds of some in Stark County.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on a “road salt” summit in Canton.  Tim Rudell reports

Cleveland will get its first look at the rehabbed Manziel at workouts that begin Tuesday. (Wikipedia)Johnny Manziel is working his way back into the Cleveland Browns plans
Just out of  rehab, the former first-round pick hopes to erase memories of last season's poor debut and off-field antics

When the Cleveland Browns start a new round of off-season practices on Tuesday, the public will get its first glimpse of quarterback Johnny Manziel since he finished 10 weeks of drug and alcohol treatment last month. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports on his comeback effort.

   Kevin Niedermier reports

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Half the protesters marched from downtown Cleveland to the Cudell Rec Center, nearly 100 blocks away on the west side (KABIR BHATIA)Cleveland protesters remain peaceful following Brelo verdict
People are unhappy -- but civil -- after the acquittal

The not guilty verdicts in the manslaughter trial of Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo quickly led to protests this holiday weekend. The family of Timothy Russell has asked for peaceful demonstrations. There have been no major incidents of violence so far, and that's not a surprise to Cleveland State student Aaron Lewis.
  Kabir Bhatia reports

Judge John O'Donnell describes how bullet paths played into his decision to acquit officer Brelo of voluntary mansalughter charges. (Kevin Niedermier)How Brelo verdict was reached and reaction to it
Judge's deliberation and what officer Brelo may do now

Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo was found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter today in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Judge John O’Donnell announced his verdict after about two weeks of deliberations into the case involving a chase and 137 shots. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports on the judge’s reasoning behind his decision, and some of the reaction to it.

   Kevin Niedermier reports r. Defense attorney Patrick D'Angelo and Cleveland police officer Timothy Brelo (Kevin Niedermier)Not guilty verdict announced in the manslaughter trial of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John P. O'Donnell read the verdict in open court at 10 a.m. Saturday morning

The verdict has been announced in the case of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo in connection with a November 2012 police chase that led to the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. The judge found Brelo not guilty of voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault.  Vivian Goodman reports

Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo Brelo verdict coming at 10am
WKSU will bring you live coverage of the verdict.

Judge John O’Donnell has reached a verdict in the trial of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo.  He’s accused of jumping up on the hood of a car following a wild car chase through Cleveland three years ag and firing a final round of bullets at the two-unarmed people inside.  The verdict is expected to be released at ten this morning.  WKSU will bring you the verdict live, and our reporters are in Cleveland and will keep you up to speed on developments throughout the day.


Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo during his voluntary manslaughter trial. (WKSU)Judge has reached verdict in the trial of Cleveland Officer Brelo
Judge O'Donnell will announce the verdict at 10 a.m. today

Judge John P. O’Donnell has reached his verdict in the voluntary manslaughter trial of Michael Brelo. The decision will be read at 10:00am this morning.
Brelo is charged with firing 49 of the 137 bullets police shot at the car of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams following a November 2012 pursuit. Prosecutors say he acted unreasonably when he fired the final rounds of fatal shots from the hood of Russell's car. His attorneys say Brelo thought they were a threat, and that prosecutors did not prove his bullets were the fatal ones.  Kabir Bhatia reports

A bill from Republican Rep. Dorthy Pelanda would allow nurse practitioners and other higher-level nurses to treat more patients.   (Creative Commons)Bill would allow higher-level nurses to treat more patients
Proposed changes would fill in for the predicted doctor shortage

The nation’s medical colleges are predicting a shortage of doctors. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports that has a state legislator proposing some changes to the laws on certified, higher-level nurses.

It’s estimated that over the next decade, the U.S. could be short by 90,000 doctors. Specialized nurses say changing state laws that govern them can help with that shortage. Candy Rinehart is a family nurse practitioner and director of Ohio State’s College of Nursing.  Karen Kasler reports

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