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Friday, April 24, 2015

Open carry advocates also walked on Ohio State (above) and the University of Cincinnati last year (Youtube user werzwaldeau00)Open-carry advocates to walk on University of Akron Saturday
University police will be on-hand, but the school cites similar rallies at OSU and the University of Cincinnati which went off without incident

A gun rights group is planning a walk at the University of Akron tomorrow in support of open-carry laws. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Merryman tells WKSU the center will be Kent State University to open Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
The center will be the first of its kind in the Buckeye State

CORRECTION: Dr. Merryman resigned only from her position as head of the LGBT center. An earlier version of this story incorrectly indicated she resigned from the university.

Kent State University will soon open a Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.

The announcement comes after associate professor of sociology Dr. Molly Merryman resigned last week as the unpaid coordinator of LGBT Studies after what she says was a lack of support for the university’s LGBT Studies program.

However, Merryman, who co-founded the program, withdrew her resignation less than a week later.

She says the center will be the first of its kind in Ohio and will put Kent State at the forefront.  Michael Bratton reports

Rep. Becker represents the 65th District in northwestern Clermont County, which includes Loveland, Milford, Newtownsville and Owensville. (The Ohio House of Representatives)Republican lawmakers believe amount of spending in budget is going unnoticed
The Ohio House approved a $71.5 billion dollar budget earlier this week

The Ohio House may have approved the $71.5 billion budget and sent it to the Senate, but that hasn’t stopped opponents from voicing their problems with the large spending bill.

Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

Goodyear CEO Rich Kramer says the new plant will allow the company to better serve customers in both North and South America (WKSU)Akron-based Goodyear opening a $500 million plant in Mexico
The new facility, slated to open in 2017, will be able to produce 6 million tires a year

Akron-based Goodyear will spend $500 million on a new plant in Mexico. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on today’s announcement, which is expected to create 1,000 jobs.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Akron Children's president Bill Considine says the new NICU will have 100 private rooms for families with seriously ill newborns. The $180 million new facility greatly expands Children's capacity to provide pediatric services to the region. (Jeff St.Clair)Akron Children's opens new $180 million expansion
The new NICU, emergency department, outpatient surgery center, and special delivery unit positions Akron Children's as the region's primary pediatric provider

Akron Children’s Hospital has opened its new, $180 million neonatal intensive care unit, nearly doubling its capacity to treat newborns who need special attention.

Beside the 100 bed NICU, the facility houses a new emergency department, outpatient surgery center and special delivery area.

President Bill Considine says the expansion allows it to provide more pediatric services to the major hospitals in the region.

   Jeff St. Clair reports

Goodyear reportedly set to pick Mexico for new $550 million plant
Other headlines: Jeni's ice cream issues recall, closes shops amid listeria scare; Marijuana legalization effort says it has half of ballot signatures

Morning headlines for Friday, April 24, 2015:

  • Goodyear reportedly set to pick Mexico for new $550 million plant
  • Jeni's ice cream issues recall, closes shops amid listeria scare
  • NEOMED implements hiring freeze, cuts
  • Marijuana legalization effort says it has half of ballot signatures
  • Investigation: Ohio's background-check system flawed, unreliable
  • LeBron James basketball camp attracts 600 teams this weekend
  • Toledo police rack up overtime during neo-Nazi rally
  • Cabela's building new store in Avon
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Cavs are up 3-0 against the Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs. (Creative Commons)Cavs move closer to second round of the playoffs
    Cavs are up 3-0 on Boston; would likely face Chicago in round 2

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are one win away from sweeping the Boston Celtics to advance to the second round of the playoffs. The series is shaping up to be just like the Cavs wanted: Quick, and giving experience to playoff first-timers Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

    Game four is on Sunday, and our sports commentator Terry Pluto previews what to expect.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    James Beard Award finalist Chef Jonathon Sawyer had a special guest for lunch on a winter's day in 2012 at his Greenhouse Tavern. It was another James Beard Award finalist, Michael Ruhlman. (Zachary Duvall)Back to Greenhouse Tavern with Cleveland's James Beard Award nominees
    From the Quick Bites larder: the lunch Chef Jonathon Sawyer served food writer Michael Ruhlman

    Tonight, at the James Beard Awards in New York City, Cleveland Heights-based food writer Michael Ruhlman is a finalist for the book award. 

    Next week at a Beard Awards dinner in Chicago, Cleveland’s Jonathon Sawyer is a finalist for best chef in the Great Lakes. 

    It’s a good time, we thought, to raid the larder for one of the first stories in our weekly series, Quick Bites.  

    It was 3 years ago on a cold February day in downtown Cleveland, when WKSU’s Vivian Goodman found the writer, Ruhlman, enjoying Chef Sawyer’s cooking at the Greenhouse Tavern.

       Vivian Goodman reports


    Thursday, April 23, 2015

    Some of the improvements to the Port of Cleveland include cranes to replace ones in use since the 1970s. (Port of Cleveland)Port of Cleveland to see improvements and upgrades
    Funding for the projects comes from federal loans and grants

    New upgrades are coming for the Port of Cleveland that backers say will make for safer and cleaner operations. 

    That means two new cranes, a warehouse and equipment to better facilitate the trans-Atlantic trade route between Cleveland and Antwerp. The pricetag: nearly $8 million.

    Will Friedman is CEO of the Port. He says commerce for U.S. ports nationwide has increased 43 percent since 2007, with a total economic value of roughly $5 trillion last year. And that activity includes Cleveland.  Brian Bull reports

    Democrat Brown opposes the Obama trade moves; Portman is an advocate -- with reservations. (WKSU file photo)Portman says he'll keep pushing his currency-manipulation amendment
    Losing in committee, the Ohio senator says he'll make a run at the full Senate

    Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he’s going to keep trying next week to address currency manipulation in a trade bill – despite criticism from conservatives. WKSU’s M.L. Schutlze reports.  M.L. Schultze reports

    The Garfield Building's facade collapse crushed a minivan, but no one was injured. (Brandon Simmons, WKYC-TV)Crumbling building façade buries local commerce in downtown Cleveland
    Repairs to the façade may continue for at least another three weeks

    Last Monday’s partial façade collapse at downtown Cleveland’s Garfield Building has created problems for shops and restaurants in the area.

    Repairs may last for another three weeks.

    For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports how businesses near the building are faring.  Brian Bull reports

    Salineville marked one end of the 27-mile spill. (Wikipedia / Derek Jensen )A drilling rig creates a temporary road hazard in Eastern Ohio
    A mistake before loading led to problems en route

    A 27-mile spill of drilling mud along State Route 39 made for a slippery situation in Carroll and Columbiana counties Wednesday. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    The head of Kent's training academy says it already is implementing many of the standards. Head of Kent's police training academy welcomes the AG task force report
    Report recommends hikes in minimum standards for police recruits and for the academies that train them

    A special task force says police officers in Ohio need to be better screened and better trained, and their training academies need improvements as well. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on reaction to today’s report.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Portman says he hadn't known McConnell introduced the re-authorization. (WKSU file photo)Ohio's Portman is surprised by McConnell's extension of NSA data mining
    The GOP senator says he's unsure how he'll vote on the extension of the controversial program

    Ohio’s GOP Sen. Rob Portman says he doesn’t know if he’ll go along with the move to reauthorize the controversial mining of millions of phone records and other data by the NSA.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports  M.L. Schultze reports

    Rep. Rosenberger serves on committees including Economic and Small Business Development and Finance and Appropriations, and says they'll be busy. (State of Ohio)Ohio House passes the budget, but says it still has lots to do
    House Speaker Rosenberger says he wants to tackle issues dealing with unemployment compensation and education in the Buckeye State

    After weeks of committee hearings focusing on the budget bill, the Ohio House is ready to debate other issues now that it passed the legislation on to the Senate.

    Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    The scene following the controversial November, 2012 Cleveland police chase that left two suspects dead. (WEWS)Councilman says constituents don't expect Brelo charges to be dismissed
    Cuyahoga judge is expected to rule by Monday if prosecutors fell short in making their case against Cleveland officer Brelo

    A Cuyahoga County judge is considering a defense motion to dismiss charges against Michael Brelo. He’s the Cleveland police officer who fired 49 shots at a car carrying two unarmed suspects. The defense argues the prosecution failed to make the case to convict him on voluntary manslaughter charges.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    (Left to Right) Reggie Wilkinson, director of the Advisory Group on Law Enforcement Training stands with Attorney General Mike DeWine at a meeting releasing the report. (JO INGLES)Ohio AG's task force says police academies must do a better job
    Reformers says screening and training both need to be mroe rigorous and ongoing.

    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Advisory Group on Law Enforcement Training is recommending changes to improve policing statewide. The group wants tougher standards to determine who gets into training classes and wants extended training to address racism, mental health and community policing.  Jo Ingles reports

    Portman says he thinks Lynch will be a needed change from Holder. (File photo)Ohio's GOP Sen. Portman says he'll vote to confirm Loretta Lynch
    The senator says she's assuaged concerns over her approach to immigration issues

    Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman was among the Republicans voting today (Thursday) to confirm Loretta Lynch as the new attorney general. In the process, though, he took a swipe at her processor, Eric Holder.  M.L. Schultze reports

    The Lancaster church where a potluck supper is believed to have sickened nearly 20 people. (WOSU)Botulism linked to a church picnic kills one and leaves dozens more ill
    Botulism is relatively rare, with only about 20,000 cases in the U.S. diagnosed each year

    Health investigators continue to try to identify the source of a botulism outbreak in Lancaster. The illness has killed one person and sickened about a dozen others. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU’s Mandie Trimble reports officials have traced the outbreak to a church potluck supper.  (more)

    Officials seek answers after Trumbull County chemical spill
    Other headlines: Number sick in botulism outbreak climbs to 23; Viral meningitis case reported at North Olmstead middle school

    Morning headlines for Thursday, April 23, 2015:

  • Officials seek answers after Trumbull County chemical spill
  • Number sick in botulism outbreak climbs to 23
  • Ohio Attorney General to announce police training recommendations
  • Viral meningitis case reported at North Olmstead middle school
  • Ohio House passes its version of state budget
  • Ex-school board president gets 14 years on child porn charges
  • Senate Committee delays vote on expanding access to heroin antidote
  • ThistleDown Racino plans $70 million expansion
  • RNC occupying full floor of Cleveland's Halle Building 
  • Senate passes proposal to set pay levels for elected officials
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says the budget is a good start, and measures like oil and gas tax hikes may come up separately. (State of Ohio)State budget passes House and heads to the Senate with big changes
    Medicaid expansion continues; cigarette and oil tax hikes are dropped from the $71 billion spending plan

    It’s now the Senate’s turn to deliberate over a state budget bill, after the House passed the measure with several substantial changes. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports members on both sides of the aisle were able to find elements they liked and disliked in the huge piece of legislation.  Andy Chow reports

    Few Clevelanders enjoyed last week's Rock Hall induction ceremony more than journalist and novelist Deanna Adams. Her first novel and its new sequel are both set in Cleveland. (Jeff Hace)A baby boomer with rock and roll in her DNA sets her latest novel in Cleveland
    Rock journalist Deanna Adams has written a sequel to her first rock novel

    Good vibrations from Saturday’s Rock Hall inductions are still rocking Cleveland. 

    And Deanna Adams is still excited.

    The rock journalist who wrote 2002’s "Rock and Roll and the Cleveland Connection" is now also a rock novelist. 

    WKSU’s Vivian Goodman talked with Adams at Fireside Books in Chagrin Falls at a book signing for Scoundrels and Dreamers.  Vivian Goodman reports


    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Crackers help turn liquid natural gases and other biproducts into plastics. (Wikimedia)Governor's office confirms Ohio is in the running for a $5 million cracker
    Construction could be done by 2020

    The governor’s office is now confirming that a $5 billion chemical plant is in the planning stages for eastern Ohio.

    PTT Ltd. of Thailand will spend a year on evaluation and design for a “cracker” in Belmont County -- a plant to create raw materials for chemical industries from liquid by-products of natural gas. If all goes well, construction would begin in 2016 and be done in 2020, when the plant would employ up to a thousand permanent workers.  

    Petroleum engineer and Marietta College Professor Bob Chase says the cracker could have environmental as well as economic ramifications.   Tim Rudell reports

    Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor Rick Bell says Brelo stepped over the line when he fired a series of shots from the hood of a car. (Screen capture)Judge considers throwing out charges against Cleveland cop
    As prosecutors finish their case, defense lawyers say they failed to prove Michael Brelo did anything criminal

    The voluntary manslaughter trial of a Cleveland police officer is on hold until Monday while the judge decides whether to throw the whole case out – without the defense presenting any evidence.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze  has more on the arguments that rest largely on the hood of a car.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Zawistowski says he'd rather see proportional voter, not a winner takes all primary Conservative group slams Ohio primary move
    Ohio House has passed a bill delying next year's presidential primary to mid March

    The Ohio House has passed a bill that would move the presidential primary in Ohio to March 15th instead of earlier in the month -- as it has been since the 1980s.

    Lawmakers approved the change after the Republican National Committee said it would not allow any state to have a winner-takes-all status if its election were held earlier. 

    Not all Republicans are happy with the change. Tom Zawistowski with the conservative group, Ohio Citizens PAC, says he wants proportional voting because it gives more conservative candidates an opportunity to win.  Jo Ingles reports

    Congressman Tim Ryan believes creating this position is essential to addressing the issue of harmful algal blooms. (WKSU file photo)Bipartisan Ohio delegation pushes a federal algae bloom bill
    Reps. Tim Ryan, David Joyce and Marcy Kaptur are backing the bipartisan bill

    With another algae bloom season coming at the end of the summer, federal lawmakers from Ohio are pushing legislation to better protect the Great Lakes.

    Congress members Tim Ryan, David Joyce and Marcy Kaptur introduced their bipartisan bill this week, which calls on the EPA to appoint a coordinator to address the harmful blooms. Rep. Ryan says he believes it will pay off in the long run if this position is created.  (more)

    Looking at a possible route of NEXUS during a public information session in North Canton hosted by NEXUS.  (WKSU)Public comment sought on NEXUS pipeline through NE Ohio
    Federal regulators have set a series of public hearings

    Staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be in the region for “scoping” meetings on NEXUS, the proposed pipeline that would carry natural gas from eastern Ohio’s Utica Shale across the state to Michigan and on to Canada.

    What are scoping meetings?  WKSU’s Tim Rudell explains.  Tim Rudell reports

    Tom Zawistowski, president of Ohio Citizens PAC in Akron, says the House and Senate need to defend the citizens against  outrageous spending. (Kabir Bhatia)Portage Tea Party leader urges 'real Republicans' to vote "no" on the budget
    Tom Zawistowski says it is not a conservative spending plan

    As Ohio House members were getting ready to vote on the Republican-backed state budget this afternoon, a Tea Party leader urged his followers to call representatives and demand they vote “no.”

    Tom Zawistowski is president of Ohio Citizens PAC in Akron, and says since the budget is bigger than previous budgets and includes Medicaid expansion, it’s not a conservative spending plan.  Karen Kasler reports

    1 dead, 18 ill with botulism symptoms after church picnic
    Other headlines: OSU still looking for band director after two finalists dropout; Bill would require students to be immunized against meningitis 

    Morning headlines for Wednesday, April 22. 2015:

  • Vote today to push back the 2016 primary by one week
    State legislature to consider tougher gun penalties 
  • Second Muslim woman alleges she was forced to attend jail Christian service
  • OSU still looking for new band director after two finalists drop out
  • 1 dead, 18 ill with botulism symptoms after church picnic
  • Senate committee to vote on expanding access to heroin antidote 
  • Bill would require students to be immunized against meningitis 
  • Cavs win game 2 
  • Browns to play two prime time games next season  
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Tipps moved from county chairman to state chairman, then on as a lobbyist. (File photo)Ex-Ohio Democratic Party leader Paul Tipps dies at 78
    When Tipps stepped down in 1983, Ohio had Democrats in almost every statewide office

    Democrats are mourning a man they consider a giant of Ohio politics. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports on the way Paul Tipps is being remembered.  Jo Ingles reports

    drawing of outdoor memorial  (facebook.com)Chardon raises funds for a memorial to the February 2012 shooting
    The green space would honor those killed and injured as well as those responding

    Organizers of “The Chardon Living Memorial Park” hope to create an area to remember the three students who were killed, the survivors, and the first responders in the shooting at Chardon High School.  It will include a playground, running and hiking trails, and an outdoor fitness center.

    Chardon City Council approved the plans last week.  A website is now up as part of the effort to raise three-hundred-thousand for the project.

    Steven Turpin of the non-profit civic group Chardon Tomorrow…  Tim Rudell reports

    David Griffin is the Cavs' rookie general manager who made some risky moves that paid off for the team as it rolls in the playoffs.  David Griffin: The man behind the curtain who made the Cavs click
    Terry Pluto credits the Cavs' rookie GM for making some risky decisions that saved the season

    The Cavs are rolling in the playoffs with a 2-0 series lead over the Celtics in the first round. But, it’s been no cakewalk to get to this point. After all the hype of LeBron James returning to Cleveland last summer, the season started out rocky. Then, rookie general manager David Griffin made some risky moves that clicked. WKSU Commentator Terry Pluto talks about the man behind the curtain for the Cavs.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports


    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    House Finance Committee chair Ryan Smith says he supports revisiting some issues cut from the budgets, such as public records audits and school funding changes. (Ohio House of Representatives)Items cut from the Ohio House budget may make a comeback as bills
    Issues range from banning public records audits to cutting school funding

    One version of the state budget bill went through a last, major overhaul before passing out of a House committee today. The amendments removed some contentious provisions, but as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, that does not mean we have seen the last of controversial issues.  Andy Chow reports

    The PARCC test has brought the debate to a boil in Ohio and elsewhere. (PARCC)One bill cuts school testing time, another tackles the PARCC test
    House committee passes limits on high-stakes tests with bipartisan support

    State lawmakers looked over two bills dealing with the controversial tests that students are now taking – which many parents, school officials and others are complaining take too much time and cause too much stress. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports one bill passed, but there are still questions about the other one.  Karen Kasler reports

    House Rep. Tim Brown hopes his party can get the primary moved to a favorable time. (The Ohio House of Represenatives)House committee passes a bill to delay Ohio's presidential primary -- but only for a week
    Democrats were pushing for a shift to May rather than a week later in March

    Plans to change the date of next year’s presidential primary are moving forward. A House committee has passed a bill to do that. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, Republicans and Democrats do not agree on the date.  Jo Ingles reports

    Ohio House Rep. John Becker says commercial activity taxes are bad for the economy. (Ohio House of Representatives)Southwest Ohio lawmaker says the budget needs even more tax cuts
    Rep. Becker says eliminating the commercial activities tax would be good for business

    The Ohio House’s proposed $72 billion budget includes a 6.3 percent income tax cut and a targeted cut for small businesses that total $1.2 billion.

    But Republican State Representative John Becker wants more, including eliminating the commercial activities tax on businesses.

    In all, Becker says the Legislature could cut $1.7 billion of what he calls the least economically helpful taxes.  Jo Ingles reports

    Marcie Seidel of the Drug Free Action Alliance says Fentanyl and Heroin are a dangerous mixture. (Drug Free Action Alliance)Heroin additive is leading to more deaths in Cuyahoga County
    State officials say fentanyl is increasingly showing up in heroin with deadly consequences

    Heroin overdoses were up only slightly in Cuyahoga County last year, but an additive is causing its own spike in deaths.

    A new report from the Cuyahoga County medical examiner shows 198 heroin-related deaths last year, up four since 2013. Deaths related to Fentanyl, an opioid used to cut heroin, have soared eight-fold to nearly 40.

    Marcie Seidel is the executive director of the Drug-Free Action Alliance. She says the statistics reflect larger statewide trends and the practice of drug dealers stretching their supplies with fentanyl.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    Michael Brelo (right) and his attorney, Patrick D'Angelo, as the state investigator testifies. (Screen capture)State investigator: Cleveland cop insisted he thought he was being shot at by what turned out to be an unarmed couple
    BCI investigator also says, when asked, Brelo insisted he doesn't recall climbing onto the hood of a car and shooting into two people

    Cuyahoga County prosecutors are expected to wrap up their manslaughter case against Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo today -- with the continued testimony of the state investigator who interviewed Brelo and a dozen other cops after the high-speed chase and shooting. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Crackers are chemical plants that break down ethane molecules into smaller chemical components. (WOSU)A multi-billion-dollar cracker plant may be built in eastern Ohio
    This would be the fourth cracker project for the Utica/Marcellus shale region

    Even as eastern Ohio’s energy boom quiets down in the face of depressed oil and natural gas prices, there are rumblings of huge new investments in the region’s Utica Shale play. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on a $5 billion plan for Belmont County.  Tim Rudell reports

    Mayor Frank Jackson believes the city's new gun laws will curb violence despite doubters. he spoke to reporters today at City Hall. (Kevin Niedermier)Cleveland Mayor Jackson is convinced new gun law will withstand lawsuits
    Gun offender registry and penalties for unsecured weapons could be targeted as unconstitutional by gun-rights groups

    Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is praising City Council for passing a new set of gun ordinances that largely mirror state laws. And he rejects claims they will not effectively curb gun violence.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Budget Director Tim Keen says cuts have been used as 'get out of jail free card.' (State of Ohio)Ohio governor's budget director tells local governments to get over it
    Keen tells House that local governments and schools have been blaming state budget cuts for too long

    The House is set to vote on its version of the state budget tomorrow (Wed). But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports budget hearings in the Senate are already underway, starting with the state budget director.  Karen Kasler reports

    Budget Director Tim Keen says the governor's school-funding shifts are necessary. (Ohio Office of Budget and Management)Ohio's budget chief says school funding cuts were needed
    The Ohio House added extra money to its budget so no district would lose funding

    The House version of the budget is on its way to a floor vote tomorrow, but the Senate is not waiting for that vote to start working on its spending plan. Hearings started today in the Senate Finance Committee.

    First up was state Budget Director Tim Keen defending Gov. John Kasich’s original budget plan. That proposal included a new school-funding formula, which cut funding for half of Ohio’s public school districts.

    Keen said that was intentional, and needed.

       Karen Kasler reports

    Algeania Freeman is Wilberforce University's 20th president. She was hired in the fall of 2014. (Wilberforce University)Ohio historic black university fights to maintain its accreditation
    Members of the Higher Learning Commission will evaluate Wilberforce University to determine if it meets all requirements for accreditation

    The nation's oldest historically black private university is fighting to maintain its accreditation.

    Members of the Higher Learning Commission are on the campus of Wilberforce University in southwest Ohio this week to find out if leaders have addressed low enrollment and financial deficits.

    Wilberforce President Algeania Freeman tells WOSU's Debbie Holmes she’s confident the university will maintain its accreditation.  Debbie Holmes reports

    Columbus Business First is reporting a Thai company is considering major construction in Southeast Ohio. (WKSU file photo)Noon headlines: Michelle Obama is coming to Northeast Ohio
    Other noon headlines: Brelo, cracker, Pulitzer, Cavs, open container

  • Mrs. Obama at Oberlin;
  • State investigator, who talked to cops who have taken the 5th, is testifying;
  • Bangkok investment in Belmont County;
  • Open container bill;
  • Local tie to Pulitzer Prize for fiction;
  • Cavs playoff game 2
  •   M.L. Schultze reports

    Expert: Cleveland officer acted unreasonably in 2012 chase, shooting
    Other headlines: Governor creates fundraising committee; Cleveland Council passes new gun regulations

    Morning headlines for Tuesday, April 21, 2015:

  • Expert: Cleveland officer acted unreasonably in 2012 chase, shooting
  • Governor creates fundraising committee
  • Senate to start state budget hearings this week
  • Ohio House panel adjusts funding to help school districts
  • Cleveland passes new gun regulations  
  • Cleveland Council passes resolution supporting gay marriage
  • Cardinal Health to pay nearly $27 million fine in settlement
  • House committee strikes provision allowing privatization of county jails from budget
  • House panel considering proposal requiring overhaul of academic standards
  • Yost's Sunshine Act remains in state budget
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    House GOP adds a series of amendments to state budget before committee vote (State of Ohio)Ohio House committee passes its budget with significant changes
    A vote from the entire House on the two-year spending bill is expected Wednesday; Senate action will come later

    House Republicans added another series of amendments to the budget before passing it out of committee. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    After playing more than 44 minutes in the Charge's last game, Joe Harris was recalled to Cleveland -- again. (Rick Senften)Whipsawed from Canton to Cleveland -- and enjoying it
    Rookie Joe Harris says he has basketball families in both towns -- and he's spent a lot of time with both this season

    As the Cleveland Cavaliers were wrapping up their first playoff win in the media spotlight Sunday, their development team, the Canton Charge, were ending their season with a playoff loss to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. For most of the D-League team, that means the end of the season. But for Joe Harris, it means yet another roster move. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the nomadic season of a Cleveland Cavalier.  M.L. Schultze reports


    Monday, April 20, 2015

    Gov. John Kasich ran for office in 2010 with the slogan More signs Ohio Gov. Kasich may be running for president in 2016
    Kasich released a new ad using a slogan similar to one he used when he ran for governor in 2010

    It’s looking more and more like Gov. John Kasich is going to run for president in 2016. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports on the latest signal.  Jo Ingles reports

    The Republican National Convention begins July 18, 2016. (Creative Commons: DonkeyHotey)2016 RNC planning committee may sue Cleveland hotels
    David Gilbert says about 10 hotels are reneging on a written agreement with the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee

    The group planning the Republican National Convention in 2016 may sue about 10 hotels in the Cleveland area.

    The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee says the hotels are going back on a voluntary, written agreements they signed last year. Organizers say the hotels agreed to provide a significant number of rooms at reasonable market rates to RNC visitors during the week of the event in July 2016. David Gilbert is president and CEO of the host committee.  (more)

    Dr. Paul Tesar heads the team at Case Western Reserve University that screened more than 700 drugs to find activity in treating MS. They discovered two drugs used for skin conditions could also help repair damage to neurons caused by MS. (Jeff St.Clair)Cleveland researchers discover new approach to treating MS
    Researchers at Case used brain stem cells developed in the lab to screen drugs for activity that could lead to new MS treatments

    Researchers in Cleveland have discovered a promising new approach to treating Multiple Sclerosis.

    MS is an auto-immune disease that attacks the protective coating of nerve cells in the brain and body.

    Case Western Reserve University researcher Paul Tesar tested more than 700 drugs and found that two medications used to treat athletes’ foot and eczema can also reverse the effects of MS.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    Clendening Reservoir, built in 1933 as part of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District  (MWCD)Frackers are still buying water from Ohio lakes
    Slumping prices are slowing Ohio's shale oil and gas development, but not yet stopping it

    Despite a slowdown in fracking in Ohio, a major driller has made a deal to buy up to 180 million gallons of water from Clendending Reservoir over the next few months. WKSU’s Tim Rudell Reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    Congressman Bob Gibbs talks about the  federal highway bill with county engineers at the University of Akron's Medina County University Center. (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Northeast Ohio congressman doubts a long-term highway bill coming
    Republican Gibbs says tax revisions will mean another extension until after presidential election

    Northeast Ohio Congressman Bob Gibbs met today with county engineers and construction officials to talk about the upcoming federal highway bill reauthorization. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, there’s little optimism for a long-term spending plan.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    The collapse prompted the city to close streets and forced local businesses near the Garfield Building to close. (Brandon Simmons, WKYC-TV)Cleveland considers updating its inspection code after a façade collapse downtown
    Both the state of Ohio and the city of Cleveland don’t require regular inspections

    The City of Cleveland's considering updating its building inspection code after last Monday’s façade collapse at the Garfield Building in downtown.

    A piece of the 11-story building’s façade fell from the building and crushed a minivan, but no one was injured.

    The director of the city’s building and housing department, Ron O’Leary, says the city plans to review inspection codes in cities similar to Cleveland’s size.  Michael Bratton reports

    Kasich fuels 2016 speculation on "Meet The Press"
    Other headlines: Cleveland City Council to vote tonight on tougher gun laws; Neo-Nazi group holds rally in Toledo

    Morning headlines for Monday, April 20, 2015:

  • Kasich fuels 2016 speculation on "Meet The Press" 
  • Cleveland City Council to vote tonight on tougher gun laws 
  • Lawmakers agree college affordability is a priority, but approaches vary 
  • Neo-Nazi group holds rally in Toledo 
  • State: Waste pickup is wasting money 
  • Cedar Point nears completion of historic hotel's renovation
  • Dozens of revisions to be considered in state budget proposal 
  • Ohioan to run 100 marathons before age 70 
  • Buckeyes meet the president today
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he has more experience than any other Republican in the field. (Screen capture, 'Meet the Press')Gov. Kasich tells 'Meet the Press' he's strongly considering a presidential run
    The most important consideration: 'What does the Lord want me to do with my life?'

    After spending time in the key presidential primary state of New Hampshire, Gov. John Kasich took more questions about his possible presidential campaign on national TV this weekend. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

    Ohio's Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says the Bush administration never prepared for a long war. He says new rules for Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam have also inundated the VA. (U.S. Senate)Ohio's Sen. Brown says the VA is making progress
    Ohio's Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says President Bush and Congress were sure the Iraq war would be short, so the Va was underfunded

    A recent AP investigation finds wait times and other problems continue to plague VA hospitals and clinics – a year after news of the problems first broke. Still, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that the Ohio senator on the Veterans Affairs Committee sees signs of progress.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Stateline editor Jeff Stinson says the analysis shows the middle class's income is decreasing. (Stateline)Pew analysis shows Ohio's middle class is shrinking
    Study shows the upper-income bracket is getting larger but not richer

    A new study shows the middle class in Ohio is shrinking.

    The analysis was created by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

    Jeff Stinson is editor at Stateline.org, the media wing of Pew. He says 5 percent fewer Ohioans were in the middle income bracket in 2013 than 2000.  He says the average income of the middle class has also dropped about $8,000when accounting for inflation.

    The percentage of people in the upper class has increased about 4 percent since 2000, but Stinson says this is not as good as it sounds.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    SLIDESHOW: Hmong helped the U.S. fight what's been called the 'Secret War' in Laos, and many eventually found their way to the U.S. (M.L. SCHULTZE)The Hmong: America's fiercest allies -- once left behind -- now call the U.S. home
    Third and fourth generations are now being raised in Akron and other Midwestern communities

    Editor's note: Extended interviews about the escape from southeast Asia and life in the U.S. and Akron are continued below this story.

    Forty years after Vietnam officially came to a close for the U.S., the role of the Hmong people remains largely unknown here. But it’s had a lasting impact on second and even third  generations in Akron. As part of our series exploring the legacy of the Vietnam War in Northeast Ohio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with the Akron Hmong community about its attempts to honor the past and prepare for the future.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Mike Roberts flying over rice paddies in the Mekong Delta in 1968; he was in Vietnam for the Plain Dealer, and would return in time to cover the 1970 Kent State shootings (Collection of Mike Roberts)Covering the Vietnam War on the front and back home in Northeast Ohio
    Three Northeast Ohio reporters look back on a tumultuous decade

    Vietnam was all over the network news in the 1960s. But it was different for local news in Northeast Ohio for much of the decade. In the latest installment in our series, Looking Back at Vietnam, WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia talks to some local journalists about their coverage of the war in Southeast Asia.  Kabir Bhatia reports

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