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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Gov. Kasich's campaign cash advantage continues to grow. (FILE PHOTO)Finances of Ohio's Democratic statewide candidates start to catch up
But given earlier GOP advantages, they continue to have far less cash on hand; and Gov. Kasich's advantage over Ed FitzGerald grew even larger 

Campaign finance reports filed today show Gov. John Kasich continues to have a big edge over his likely November challenger, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the pictures the numbers paint for statewide races.  M.L. Schultze reports

Arthur Tyler is scheduled to be executed next month for killing an elderly Cleveland man. (Ohio Department of Corrections)Cuyahoga prosecutors seek clemency for death row inmate
Defense attorneys are asking the Ohio Parole Board to commute the death sentence for Arthur Tyler

Defense attorneys are asking the Ohio Parole Board to commute the death sentence of a Cleveland man convicted of a 1983 murder. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, in an unusual twist, the prosecutor’s office is also asking for mercy for him.  Andy Chow reports

As a high school student, LeBron James and the St. Vincent-St. Mary team played home games at the James A. Rhodes Arena, built in 1983. The University of Akron's basketball team also played at the JAR, but would move to the proposed $76 million complex near Canal Park (Brandon Davis)Summit County sheriff supports a sales tax hike to fund jail improvements and a sports arena
County Council will decide whether to ask voters to approve a 0.25-percent increase, which could generate about $20 million annually for the county jail, plus a new sports arena

A proposal to hike Summit County’s sales tax would fund improvements at the county jail, as well as build an $80 million arena in downtown Akron. And as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, Summit County Sherriff Steve Barry says that’s a win-win for the city of Akron.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Gina McCarthy says the new carbon limits will reduce air pollution overall and help bring down the number of illnesses associated with it. (United States Envoirnmental Protection Agency)EPA promotes new carbon emission regulations in Cleveland
Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, spoke about natural disasters, carbon emissions and climate change at the Cleveland Clinic

As the Obama Administration gives a final review to its proposal for new carbon-pollution standards, the EPA is working on its ground game to build public support. That included a stopover in Cleveland this week by the head of EPA. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Anne Glausser reports.  (more)

 (Sam Howzit, Creative Commons)Tressel has now made the cut for both Akron and Youngstown presidencies
Former Ohio State coach is one of six candidates at Youngstown State, one of three at Akron

Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is now a finalist for the presidency of two Ohio universities just 50 miles apart.

Youngstown State University announced today it has narrowed its search for a president to Tressel and five others. The five include some other nontraditional candidates -- a NASA official and the director of a school for the blind.

They’re all to be interviewed by Skype tomorrow and Saturday.

Tressel is also one of three finalists for the presidency at the University of Akron and is to be interviewed in person next week.

He’s been a vice president at Akron since shortly after Ohio State fired him in the midst of a scandal revolving around players selling memorabilia.

And he coached at Youngstown State before moving onto Ohio State.  M.L. Schultze reports

Ohio Medicaid is backlogged with 70,000 applications
Only about 65 percent of the almost 350,000 applications filed from Oct. 1 to March 31 have been processed

The Ohio Department of Medicaid is just beginning to process through a giant backlog of applications received between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, many of which are because of the expansion of the program under the Affordable Care Act.

On Jan. 1,, Ohio Medicaid changed its eligibility to include all adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. That expanded eligibility for low-income people was part of the design of the federal health care reform law, but only about half the states have actually accepted the billions in federal funds associated with the program.  (more)

The continuous caster and other improvements at Timken's Faircrest plant will boost steel production by about 25 percent. (M.L. Schultze)The pricetag of Timken's split into two companies comes down
Bearings and steel will be separate businesses by June 30

The cost of splitting the Stark County-based Timken Co. into two is likely to be $10 million cheaper than originally predicted. And the company is heading toward the split with higher profits and sales. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from the penultimate quarterly report for the 115-year-old company.  (more)

This is Martin Sarcyk's third time facing gambling and money laundering charges. (Cuyahoga County)Ohio gambling raids lead to further investigations
Now begins an analysis of the evidence collected from the raids

The state says the indictment of a North Royalton man yesterday Wednesday is just the beginning of an investigation into illegal gambling. Greg Croft with the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Cleveland district says the search warrants served in the arrest of Martin Sarcyk allowed investigators access to more evidence. And now the analysis begins.  (more)

County prosecutor argues clemency for death row inmate
Other headlines: Worker's comp. bureau will cut rates; Columbus sues Lyft ride share company

  • Worker's comp. bureau will cut rates
  • Columbus sues Lyft ride share company
  • Ohio girl killed in tractor accident
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

     Cuyahoga sin tax opponents to launch ballot initiative for facility fee
    Other morning headlines: Plans for Akron sports arena moving forward; Former Akron police captain to remain free during case; Hostage situation at Trumbull jail ends peacefully

  • Cuyahoga sin tax opponents to launch ballot initiative for facility fee
  • Plans for Akron sports arena moving forward
  • University of Akron programs to be suspended 
  • Former Akron police captain to remain free during case
  • Hostage situation at Trumbull jail ends peacefully
  • Man indicted for allegedly running gambling ring
  • Governor's race heating up
  • Lawmakers want Ohio universities and colleges to form lakefront plan
  • Net income down for Lincoln Electric
  • $80 million Canton sewage plant makeover moving forward
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Congressman Dave Joyce has been painted as a RINO by opponent state Rep. Matt Lynch. Groups such as GovTrack list his votes as centrist. (KABIR BHATIA)Northeast Ohio Republicans ask 'Who's right?' in the race for the 14th Congressional District
    State Rep. Matt Lynch is running to the right of Congressman Dave Joyce in the primary, and political scientists say if it spells victory on May 6, it could mean defeat in November

    The Republican primary in northeast Ohio’ s 14th Congressional District has turned into a fight that a national audience is watching. And the main issue seems to be, “Who’ s right?” WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    This week, the Indians announced a partnership with Verizon Wireless to offer in-park 4G LTE and Wi-Fi at Progressive Field.  (Joshua C. Cruey \ Orlando Sentinel)Better than being there? Sports teams try to attract a tech-savvy crowd
    Terry Pluto says free Wi-Fi and faster cell phone service at games are must-haves for fans

    Pro sports teams are working vigorously to keep up with fans in the digital age…and in turn, keep them coming to games. HDTV makes it easy to want to stay home, while fans at games often experience slow – or no - cell phone service as networks get bogged down at a stadium.

    This week, the Indians announced a partnership with Verizon Wireless to offer in-park 4G LTE and Wi-Fi at Progressive Field. Last fall, the Browns installed a new cell tower, and is considering adding wireless access. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks about whether the grass greener with a smart-phone in your hand.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Despite protests from some students, the program cuts passed -- albeit a smaller number than originally considered. (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)The University of Akron will have fewer academic choices
    The trustees have approved suspending several under performing programs

    Nearly 50 University of Akron academic programs will be suspended because of low enrollment and weak job placement rates. Today the university’s board of trustees unanimously approved halting the programs. But as WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, some may return.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    The dredging of some 225,000 cubic yards of sediment from harbors like Cleveland's is crucial for shipments of raw materials and finished goods. (Army Corps of Engineers)Army Corps looks for alternatives for dumping Cleveland harbor sediment
    Dry dumping and open-lake dumping may be two alternatives for next year

    The Army Corps of Engineers announced today it will begin dredging the Cleveland harbor and Cuyahoga River next month – and will dispose of the sediment as it has for the last 40 years – dumping it at a dike near Burke Lakefront airport. But, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, the Corps is warning that next year will have to be different -- and that’s pretty much guaranteed to generate more costs or controversy.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Ohio is one of only seven states that charge no entrance fees for its state parks.  (Ohio Department of Natural Resources)State parks receive $88 million for improvements
    So far the focus includes upgrading electric, bathhouses and shower facilities

    Ohio’s state parks will be soon be revamped with $88 million in state funds. Eileen Corson with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it is looking for public input, but already has a plan for what the money will go towards.  Jo Ingles reports

    A new sports and entertainment venue could be coming to downtown Akron
    The University of Akron facility hinges on a possible Summit County sales tax increase

    Plans are moving ahead to build a sports arena and entertainment facility in downtown Akron. Today the University of Akron trustees approved a proposal with Summit County and the city of Akron to build a basketball facility on university and city land across from Canal Park baseball park.

    As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, the plan hinges on a county sale tax increase.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Dr. Sandy Markowitz is an oncologist and head of the cancer genetics program at Case Western Reserve University's Medical School. He's coauthor of a study that shows people at risk of colon cancer benefit from taking aspirin IF they have high levels of the enzyme 15-PGDH. Without the enzyme, aspirin is not effective. (CWRU)Aspirin helps prevent colon cancer, but not in everyone
    A simple test shows whether taking aspirin can cut the risk of colon cancer in half, or provide no benefit at all

    A new study explains why some people at risk of colon cancer benefit from taking aspirin, while others do not. 

    WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports a simple lab test determines which group individuals fall into.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    The EPA is testing for chemicals at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish School is Cuyahoga Falls. (Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish School)EPA tests for dangerous chemicals at Cuyahoga Falls school
    Cancer-causing chemicals could be rising out of the groundwater on parish property

    The Ohio EPA is collecting samples to check whether cancer-causing gases are seeping into a Cuyahoga Falls school and parish.

    Linda Oros of the Ohio EPA says crews are testing the air at the Immaculate Heart of Mary grade school. She says a plume of toxic chemicals got into the groundwater and migrated to the school property. It was discovered during construction on the new Portage Crossing development on State Road.  (more)

    Summit County will ask voters to OK a sales tax hike to build an arena
    Downtown arena would be home court for the University of Akron basketball team and a venue for other entertainment

    Plans are moving ahead to build a $76 million sports arena and entertainment facility in downtown Akron.

    Today, the University of Akron trustees approved a proposal with Summit County and the city of Akron to build a basketball facility on university and city land downtown across from Canal Park.  The arena would be funded with a county sale tax increase that will go before voters in November. No university funds would go into the construction.

    Details of the plan are still being worked out.

    If completed, the arena would be the Akron Zips home basketball court, and a venue for other events.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Harbors are dredged so commercial ships can carry sufficient cargo in and out of ports. (NOAA)Army Corps will dump Cleveland sediment in dikes this year only
    The Corps looks for other options after Ohio turned down a plan for open dumping in Lake Erie

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin dredging sediment from the Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River next month. And it will pump the hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of the sediment into a confined area near Burke Lakefront Airport – as it has for decades.

    But, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, the corps calls today’s decision a “one-time occurrence based on unique circumstances.”  M.L. Schultze reports

    Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) Brown talks up Workforce Investment Act in Ohio
    Brown is pushing bill that would fund workforce training.

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is talking about the shortage of skilled workers in Ohio.

    For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports the Democratic senator spent time this week in Southwest Ohio pushing a bipartisan bill to fund workforce training.  (more)

    Army Corps agrees to dump dredging waste on-shore, this time
    Other headlines: Ohio high court frees Prade pending appeal; Anti-fracking group wants more state oversight after earthquake ruling

  • Anti-fracking group wants more state oversight after earthquake ruling
  • Ohio high court frees Prade pending appeal
  • TB case in Elyria prompts calls for testing
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    Ohio Supreme Court frees ex-Akron Police Capt. Prade for now
    Prade and the state continue to argue over new evidence -- and potentially a new trial -- in the murder of his ex-wife

    The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that former Akron Police Capt. Douglas Prade should remain free while the courts continue to deal with his conviction in the murder of his ex-wife 16 years ago. 

    Prade maintains he was not the killer. And after reviewing new DNA evidence, a Summit County judge ordered him freed last year and – alternatively – ordered a new trial.

    Prade was released pending that. But an appeals court said the evidence against Prade was overwhelming, and ordered him to be jailed pending the outcome of new appeals. 

    Prade argues he poses no threat, and in a 4-3 decision this morning, the justices agreed he should remain free at least pending the outcome of a jurisdictional question.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Bunches of flowers sit beneath the Chardon High School sign in Chardon, OH on Monday, February 27, 2012. Chardon school shooting families reach partial settlement in civil suit
    Other morning headlines: Cuyahoga County Council signs off on downtown convention center hotel; Ohio prepares to spend $88 million on state park upgrades

  • Chardon school shooting families reach partial settlement in civil suit
  • Tressel named finalist for University of Akron presidency
  • Thousands vote early for May primary
  • Ohio prepares to spend $88 million on state park upgrades
  • Cuyahoga County Council signs off on downtown convention center hotel
  • Steubenville volunteer football coach sentenced in party that preceded rape
  • Man who put out false Lake Erie distress call to pay nearly half million dollars
  • Same-sex marriage amendment proposal certified but likely on hold
  • FitzGerald announces Cuyahoga home demolition plan
  • Eaglets spotted in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Worker's Compensation premiums could drop for private sector employers
  • FirstMerit touts 15 consecutive years of profit
  • Cleveland, Columbus invited to submit bids for Democratic National Convention
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor to argue against death for inmate
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    Ron O'Brien, Franklin County prosecutor, says victims should play a bigger role in death penalty cases. (Franklin County prosecutor's office)Four prosecutors make their own recommendations on Ohio's death penalty
    They say the majority went too far in a report to curtail the use of the death penalty

    Four prosecutors on a task force that reviewed the death penalty in Ohio have released a report objecting to some of the recommendations the task force put out two weeks ago.

    The dissenters – representing Ohio’s three largest counties and the Attorney General’s office – also included their own recommendations for  lawmakers to consider if they’re going to change the death-penalty law.

    Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says one suggestion is to allow a presentation on behalf of the victim in the sentencing phase of a capital trial.  Karen Kasler reports

    Contractors say Ohio needs the federal highway fund. (Kyle May)Federal highway trust fund is running out of cash
    Ohio contractors say the fund is crucial for Ohio projects

    As road construction season gets underway in Ohio, some in the industry are worried about the flow of money from the federal government to help pay for the projects drivers will see next year. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

    Iam James would have needed to collect 385,000 valid signatures from at least 44 counties in Ohio by July 2 to get it on the ballot. (Freedom to Marry Ohio)Gay marriage amendment put on hold
    Despite the Ohio Ballot Board's approval of the amendment's wording, supporters are waiting to put it on this years ballot

    Though the Ohio Ballot Board has approved the wording of the amendment proposal that would overturn Ohio’s gay marriage ban, voters may not see it on the ballot until next year or 2016.  FreedomOhio’s Ian James says there’s not enough time to get the necessary signatures to put the issue before voters this November.  Jo Ingles reports

    The alliance's Tom Yablonsky says the goal is to get downtown Cleveland's population up between 20,000 and 25,000. (Downtown Cleveland Alliance)Downtown Cleveland continues to expand its housing market
    Millennia Companies purchase of the Garfield Building may add about 170 apartments to downtown

    Millennia Companies’ decision to buy the Garfield Building in downtown Cleveland is expected to add hundreds more residents to downtown.

    According to the Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s annual report, 11 other residential buildings will be online in the next 24 months. The alliance’s Tom Yablonsky says although downtown’s primary cohorts are young professionals and empty nesters, that’s changing.  (more)

    The Dutch ship Fortunagracht arrived Saturday morning from Antwerp, Belgium. (M.L. Schultze)Transforming Cleveland's port: Regularly scheduled service to Europe begins
    The head of the St. Lawrence Seaway celebrates it as part of the "opportunity corridor"

    The first regularly scheduled cargo ship from Europe to the Great Lakes has unloaded its containers and other cargo at the Port of Cleveland -- to the delight of supporters who say it could transform shipping in the Midwest. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke to one of those supporters, former Ohio Congresswoman Betty Sutton, who now oversees the St. Lawrence Seaway.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Two eaglets like these were born in the park last month. (Cuyahoga Valley National Park)More eaglets born in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
    Park is blocking off the area near the nest near the Route 82 bridge

    Cuyahoga Valley National Park staff and volunteers have spotted two newly hatched eaglets in a huge nest in the Pinery Narrows area of the park. 

    They were born in late March and will remain in the nest likely until mid-to-late July. 

    The park is protecting the birds by blocking off the area around the nest tree, including a section near railroad tracks and downstream from the Route 82 bridge and dam. The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail remains open.

       M.L. Schultze reports

    Tressel is the best known of the candidates to head the University of Akron. He's also up for the top slot at  Youngstown State. Tressel makes the finalist cut for the University of Akron presidency
    Provosts at Toledo and Maryland round out the top three

    Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is one of three finalists for the presidency at the University of Akron.

    Also finalists to succeed retiring President Luis Proenza are Ronald Nykiel, provost of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Scott Scarborough, provost of the University of Toledo.

    Both Nykiel and Scarborough will be visiting campus next week to meet with faculty, deans, students and community representatives, as well as the university trustees.

    Tressel is already on campus; he’s a vice president at Akron. But he, too, will be meeting with the committees on May 1.  He’s also a candidate for the presidency at Youngstown State University.

    Tressel remains under NCAA sanctions through 2016 tied to a memorabilia-selling scandal at Ohio State.

       M.L. Schultze reports

    Same-sex marriage amendment language approved for fall ballot
    Other headlines: Renewable energy foe draws fire from witnesses; PA company tapped to handle Ohio's radioactive fracking waste

  • Renewable energy foe draws fire from witnesses
  • PA company tapped to handle Ohio's radioactive fracking waste
  • Pet dog shot with crossbow
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    Cuyahoga prosecutor is asking Ohio parole board to change death sentence
    McGinty says Tyler deserves life in prison without parole

    Cuyahoga County’s prosecutor will argue to the Ohio parole board Thursday that a Cleveland man deserves life in prison, not death.

    Arthur Tyler was convicted of killing Cleveland produce vendor Sanders Leach in 1983 and is to be executed May 28.

    Prosecutor Tim McGinty has filed a statement that says he still believes Tyler was the triggerman, but the case today would not merit the death penalty. He says carrying out Tyler’s death sentence “may undermine public confidence” in the criminal justice system.

    Both Tyler and his co-defendant, Leroy Head, gave shifting accounts of what happened the day that the 74-year-old Leach was killed. And McGinty is underscoring that he does not believe Tyler should be released from prison.

    Last summer, McGinty unsuccessfully pushed for clemency for Billy Slagle. Slagle then committed suicide on the eve of his execution.  M.L. Schultze reports

     Kent State/Cleveland Orchestra partnership gets nod for $5.5 million
    Other morning headlines: Prosecutor wants death sentence changed; Time running out for Save the Dream Ohio program

  • Kent State granted reimbursement for Blossom renovations
  • Kasich signs epinephrine shot bill
  • Prosecutor wants death sentence changed
  • Ohio State launches mumps vaccination campaign
  • Lawmaker wants prison food contract terminated
  • Summit County Council considers raises for 600 employees
  • Symposium focuses on youth homelessness
  • North Akron Savings Bank acquired by Peoples Bancorp
  • Time running out for Save the Dream Ohio program
  •    Amanda Rabinowitz reports

     (StudentsFirst)Researcher: Parental involvement in education may be overrated
    Duke University professor Angel Harris and his team set out to answer two questions about parental involvement

    It's a commonly held thought: The more involved a parent is with their child's education, the better they'll perform. But not so fast, says one researcher. He says parental involvement, like helping with homework or volunteering at schools, may be overrated. StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen has more.  (more)

     Only minor bugs revealed in Common Core field test
    A trial run of new Common Core tests in Ohio revealed a few small problems.

    Schools across Ohio have just finished up a trial run of tests incorporating Common Core, the new set of education standards adopted by most states. StateImpact Ohio's Bill Rice reports not everyone participated, and the tests don't count this year.  (more)

    NEOMED student Daniel DelloStritto is studying to be a doctor and a translational researcher. The research Ph.D. will add four years to his time in school. (NEOMED)Plenty of translational research jobs if med students want to take the time
    The dual M.D./Ph.D. degrees mean extra years in med school, but medical companies need doctors who can communicate with research scientists

    For a few Northeast Ohio medical students, treating patients is only a part of what they want to do when they graduate. They also want to find new ways to treat illnesses.
    The Northeast Ohio Medical University is one of many schools nationwide giving students the opportunity to become researchers as well as doctors. And as WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, it takes a lot of extra time and effort.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Cleveland study shows vacant lots may yield storm water solutions
    Green infrastructure could keep sewage out of Lake Erie

    The idea of retooling vacant land to better absorb storm water and help prevent overloads to the sewage system is a hot topic among those concerned with the environment and city planning. It is a concept called “green infrastructure.”
    Now there is more scientific evidence behind its effectiveness.  (more)

    Daniil Trifonov started composing as a very young child even before he started piano studies. His parents back in Russia are punk rock musicians. (Courtesy of CIM)World premiere at Cleveland Institute of Music is fanfare for a new theme
    Twenty-three-year-old piano phenom Daniil Trifonov's original concerto highlights the conservatory's new focus on the virtuoso/composer

    Tomorrow night at the Cleveland Institute of Music, a celebrated young pianist will perform the world premiere of a concerto he wrote for piano and orchestra.   

    WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports the event is part of the institute’s year-long celebration of the virtuoso/composer, a theme playing out in several ways, including the development of a new curriculum. 

    C.I.M.’s president calls it a return to the model that produced some of the world’s greatest music.  Vivian Goodman reports

    Former Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette says LaTourette says his super PAC is there to 'level the playing field'
    Former Ohio congressman also calls for campaign finance reform during remarks to Akron Press Club

    A GOP superPAC headed by former Congressman Steve LaTourette is targeting two Republican congressional primaries in which tea party candidates are challenging incumbents. LaTourette says it’s not just a matter of who wins, but of the party’s future. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Ken Burns talks with reporters before his appearance on the Kent State main campus (WKSU)Documentarian Ken Burns unfolds images of America at Kent State
    Burns says his documentary on Shakers has a special place

    Ken Burns, called by many the great American documentarian, came to northeast Ohio Tuesday. He was the fifth visitor in Kent State University’s Presidential Speaker Series—WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on what he came to say…and to see.  Tim Rudell reports

    Bard's Cleveland early-college campus will be nearly 500 miles away from its New York campus. (Bard College.)From New York to Cleveland: Bard College sets up an early college
    Bridging the K-12 gap to higher education

    In today’s job market, applicants need to be higher-skilled and better educated to compete for secure jobs at decent pay. So more schools systems are offering students a chance to earn college credit before leaving high school. Numerous “early college” programs have cropped up across Ohio in the last decade, most in conjunction with a nearby public college or university. StateImpact’s Michelle Kanu reports the Cleveland school district is set to open another in the fall, but its partnership with higher education is a little out of the ordinary.  (more)

    Monday, April 21, 2014

     (Cleveland Hopkins International Airport)Cleveland Hopkins airport is up for a $20 million upgrade
    Airport officials invite public input on Thursday

    Officials are hoping to get public input Thursday on a $20 million plan to overhaul the facade, ticket lobby and baggage area at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. 

    The plans include new floors, skylights, signs, lighting and windows as well as an upgrade of restrooms at the security checkpoint. 

    Spokeswoman Jacqueline Mayo says the renovations will be paid for with bonds on which the airlines have been paying debt service.  M.L. Schultze reports

    No one is criticizing the choice of Beverly Warren as Kent State's new president, but the secrecy of the hiring process has stirred controversy. Kent's journalism school faculty protest presidential search secrecy
    The university says it abided by the law, and the process yielded the best candidate for president

    Most of the faculty at Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication are protesting the secrecy surrounding the late stages of the university’s search for a new president. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the dispute over the process that led to the hiring of Beverly Warren.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Sow and piglet.  The smaller the animal the more vulnerable it is to the disease.  (Wikipedia)New virus kills piglets in Ohio
    Ohio ranks 9th in the nation in pork production

    “Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus.”  The first things to know about this new disease appearing in Ohio are:  yes…it is as nasty as it sounds; and no…it does not make people sick.  WKSU's Tim Rudell reports  Tim Rudell reports

    The Harvest for Hunger campaign is only halfway to its 17 million meal goal for early May. (Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank)Regional food banks struggle as need continues to rise
    Harvest for Hunger campaign only halfway to goal, food banks say

    Northeast Ohio food banks are having trouble meeting demand as need continues to rise and donations have decreased.

    Julie Chase-Morefield is executive director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. She says the cold winter led to fewer donations, though they are starting to rebound. Their Harvest for Hunger campaign is doing well with corporate donations, but donations from customers at drugstores and supermarkets are down.  (more)

    The campaign against microbeads caught the attention of a first-grader in Minnesota. (Creative Commons)Ohio joins the growing campaign vs. microbeads in personal-care products
    Lake Erie shows the greatest concentration of the microscopic plastics

    At the same time environmentalists are worried about big fish breaching into Lake Erie, they’re increasingly concerned about tiny particles called microbeads heading for the Great Lakes as well. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the growing attempt to ban the synthetic plastics.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Suspicious package shuts down Ohio roadways, now reopened
    Other headlines: Twenty GOP incumbents face far right challenges; Ohio inmates gain Medicaid coverage

  • Twenty GOP incumbents face far right challenges
  • Ohio inmates gain Medicaid coverage
  • Prosecutor pushes clemency for death row inmate
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

     Investigation: Women's pay gap widening in state offices
    Other morning headlines: Women's pay gap widening in state offices; Ohio hog farms battling deadly disease for newborn pigs; Lorain schools to be reviewed by state

  • Asian carp DNA found in Muskingum River
  • Investigation: Women's pay gap widening in state offices
  • Ohio hog farms battling deadly disease for newborn pigs
  • Lorain schools to be reviewed following state takeover
  • County jails now under new rules
  • Legislator wants to increase prosecution for timber theft
  • Search continues for Lake Erie boaters
  • Ohio gas prices up
  • Republican lawmakers facing heated primary battles
  • Construction delayed for serial killer victims' memorial¬†
  • Ohio Historical Society changing name in rebranding effort
  • Lorain officials bust sophisticated meth lab in posh home
  • Lawsuit alleges defamation between Oberlin faculty
  • East Bank project moving forward¬†
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Belgian cargo ship Fortunagacht arrives in Port of Cleveland. (WCPN)Belgian cargo ship creates new export route between Antwerp and NEO
    Fortunagacht arrives at the Port of Cleveland in its inaugural voyage to northeast Ohio.

    A Belgian cargo ship dropped anchor this weekend in the Port of Cleveland, marking the inaugural voyage of a new export route between Antwerp and northeast Ohio. From OPR member station WCPN, Brian Bull has the story.  (more)

    Silver carp are voracious and powerful. (Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee)State officials are examining options to stem Asian Carp
    Fish could be headed to Akron, which is the gateway to Lake Erie

    Asian Carp DNA in central Ohio could indicate the invasive fish is on the move north from the Ohio River, toward Lake Erie. And as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, state officials plan to attack the problem this summer.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Honey production went down last year and bee losses over the winter are likely to hurt honey production for 2013. (Peter Shanks)Honey production sharply dropped in Ohio last year
    The bad winter is likely to make the worsening trend continue, beekeeper says

    A report from the USDA shows honey production in Ohio dropped from 2012 to 2013 and the outlook is not good for 2014.

    Honey production was down almost 30 percent from last year. Master Beekeeper Joe Kovaleski of Steubenville says poorly timed weather affected honey production. Late frost hurt flowers in spring and heavy rain kept bees in their hives in early summer.
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    Steve Driehaus lost a hotly contested battle to Steve Chabot in 2010 and claims he was defamed by a political ad. (Debate WCPO 2010)U.S. Supreme Court will consider if Ohio law can prohibit political lies
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    This red hickory in Akron is the largest in the nation. It's on the registry of champion trees updated twice a year by American Forests. Ohio will add four newly discovered giants to the list on Arbor Day. (Jeff St.Clair)Exploradio: Tracking Ohio's champion trees
    Big trees across the world are threatened, but the list of giants in Ohio is growing

    Ohio is home to 11 national champion trees. They’re the largest of their species in the country. On Arbor Day this Friday, four more newly discovered Ohio giants will be added to the list. 

    On this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair visits two of Ohio’s grand champion trees and meets the people who care for them.

       Jeff St. Clair reports

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald released his first campaign ad on the radio. (Cuyahoga County Office of the Executive)Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate releases first campaign ad
    His push follows a TV ad released by Gov. John Kasich earlier this week

    The ad war is on in the Ohio governor’s race, but the battle is being fought in two different arenas.  Karen Kasler reports

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