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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

University of Akron hikes fee for junior and senior classes
Top headlines: Ohio Attorney General approves "Fresh Start Act" petition tied to pot ballot issue; Census data shows Ohio is growing old fast

Morning headlines for Tuesday, July 7, 2015:

  • University of Akron hikes fee for junior and senior classes
  • Ohio AG approves "Fresh Start Act" petition tied to pot ballot issue
  • Census data shows Ohio is growing old fast
  • Sen. Portman raises nearly $3 million in three months
  • Swimming advisories lifted 
  • CAK adding new nonstop flight to NYC 
  • State exploring needle exchange as result of rise in Hep-C cases
  • Seven killed in car accidents over holiday weekend
  • New casino reports due out today
  • Parma teen dies in drowning 
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Monday, July 6, 2015

    Cleveland councilman says weekends shootings work of "urban terrorists"
    Other headlines: New way for Portage County residents to claim lost funds, Incentives for farmer who reduce pollutants that wash off fields, Cleveland suburbs working together to fix deer overpopulation problem

    Morning headlines for Monday, July 6, 2015:

  • Cleveland councilman says weekends shootings work of "urban terrorists"
  • New way for Portage County residents to claim lost funds
  • Incentives for farmer who reduce pollutants that wash off fields
  • Cleveland suburbs working together to fix deer overpopulation problem
  • University of Akron band director dies while conducing concert
  • Toledo considering to enforce headstone restriction 
  • Fire destroys commercial building in Brooklyn Heights 
  • Activists oppose drilling in residential neighborhoods 
  • Cleveland resurfacing streets
  •   (more)

    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

    Sunday, July 5, 2015

    Former Mahoning Auditor Michael V. Sciortino has denied the charges against him Mahoning County will bring in visiting judge for Sciortino case
    County Judge Shirley J. Christian has recused herself from the case, and no other county judges will hear it, either

    A Mahoning County judge has recused herself from a corruption case, which will now be heard by a visiting judge from outside of the county. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    The Wrangler has been built in Toledo since 1986, and its predecessors (such as the CJ) for even longer (Jeep)Toledo officials awaiting word on future Jeep production
    Fiat Chrysler had said it would announce by last month if the new Wrangler assembly line will stay in Ohio

    The City of Toledo is waiting to find out if Jeep production will stay in its longtime home. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    The Van Roy Building was built in 1895. The third floor -- where the Bidwells will live -- is currently home to Recovery Resources (LDA Architects/Cleveland Landmarks Commission)Peninsula-based Bidwells buy Cleveland's historic Van Roy Building
    The art collecting couple says they are not leaving Akron, and will still concentrate on projects throughout Northeast Ohio

    Peninsula-based art collectors Fred and Laura Bidwell are moving their base of operations north, closer to the Transformer Station galleries in Cleveland, which they launched in 2013. The couple plans to renovate the Van Roy Building in Ohio City into their residence, plus retail and office space for rent. Laura Bidwell says the building has updated electrical and plumbing, and they’ll be gutting the floor that will be their living space this summer.  Kabir Bhatia 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

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    Try Out New Shows During WKSU's Summer Vacation

    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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    Mean Kids: Bullying in School

    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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    Good Jobs In Bad Times

    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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