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Friday, May 22, 2015

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert with Kyrie Irving -- in healthier times. Ohio unemployment rate is up, and the Cavs Kyrie Irving may be down
Other morning headlines: Dredging, home sales, oil production, fired cop, Kasich, movies in the park

  • Ohio unemployment inches up;
  • Cavs prep for Eastern Finals Game 2, but Kyrie Irving is iffy;
  • Army Corps begins dredging;
  • FirstEnergy is staying put in downtown Akron;
  • Colorado company may move up Ohio production;
  • Home sales and prices climb in Ohio;
  • Republic Storage workers may qualify for aid;
  • Heroin-ring convictions;
  • Fired cop is charged;
  • Kasich hits the presidential campaign trail;
  • Sunset movies at Edgewater Park;
  • Indians get a first for the season
  •   M.L. Schultze reports

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

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Ohio-based Murray Energy is laying off nearly 2,000 workers.

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

    The nation’s third-largest coal company declined to be interviewed this (Friday) morning, but has in the past blamed the Obama administration’s energy policies. Murray has been accumulating debt to make some $4 billion in acquisitions. Analysts have said the business is being impacted by a glut of coal, and lower natural gas prices.

       M.L. Schultze reports

    Old City Soda's label shows a bear drinking soda. It's the same bear that's on Gulley's family crest. (VIVIAN GOODMAN)How a Cleveland soft drink maker puts a little fizz in Midtown
    Old City Soda makes nine pop flavors in what used to be an abandoned warehouse

    Cleveland’s long been a mecca for craft beer, but now a different carbonated drink is bubbling up in Midtown. 

    WKSU’s Vivian Goodman has the story of a new craft soda company in today’s Quick Bite.  Vivian Goodman reports

    Breakthrough operates 10 charter schools in Cleveland and has been held up by Kasich and others as an example of success. (WKSU file photo)Charter schools grow on Ohio Gov. John Kasich's watch
    The GOP governor is a strong proponent of choice

    During his past four years in office, Gov. John Kasich has been a steadfast supporter of school choice. In another installment of our series on charter schools, StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen looks at the governor's views and policies when it comes to charters.  Amy Hansen reports

    Thursday, May 21, 2015

    Kasich has expressed interest in a presidential run in a variety of forums, including 'Meet the Press.' (WKSU screen capture)Will Fox rules for the GOP debate propel Kasich to declare?

    The rules for the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland in August may help determine if and when Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich declares. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports:  (more)

    The Army Corps -- under court order -- began dredging the Cuyahoga River yesterday. What will happen in 2016 is not yet resolved. Under court order, Army Corps begins Cuyahoga dredging
    A judge continues to review the options longer-term

    The U.S Army Corps of Engineers has hired a Michigan contractor to remove sediment from the Cuyahoga River bed between now and mid-July at a cost of roughly $1.8 million. 

    Dredging keeps the river deep enough for container ships and similar vessels to pass through. And earlier this month, a federal judge ordered the Corps to dredge the last mile of the 6-mile expanse of river leading up to the ArcelorMittal Steel plant.

    Corps spokesman Bruce Sanders says when all the dredge work is done, a total of 180-thousand cubic yards will have been gathered.  (more)

    The shipping channel in the Cleveland flats requires yearly dredging, but what to do with the sediment has also become an annual fight between the Army Corps and the Ohio EPA.  Army Corps dredges Cuyahoga after first round of legal fight
    The Army Corps is yielding to a court order to dredge the river while a second legal fight over sediment dumping drags on

    The US Army Corps of Engineers says it’s hired a Michigan contractor to remove sediment from the river bed between now and mid-July, at a cost of roughly $1.8 million. 

    Dredging helps commercial shipping by keeping the river deep enough for container ships and similar vessels to pass through.

    Corps spokesman Bruce Sanders says, when all the dredge work is done, a total of 180,000 cubic yards will have been gathered.  (more)

    Researchers have found evidence of the beads throughout Lake Erie. (Satellite photo)Ohio Sen. Portman backs bill to cut back on microbeads in products
    Many companies have already agreed to phase out plastic particles in beauty products

    U.S. Senator Rob Portman is sponsoring a bill that would curtail the use of microbeads, something many people use every day.  Jo Ingles reports

    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (The Ohio Attorney General's Office )Ohio's attorney general rejectsthe latest proposal to legalize marijuana
    DeWine says he cannot not verify if the amendment was fair and truthful

    Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected a petition to put another issue on the ballot to legalize marijuana in Ohio. For Ohio Public Radio, Jo Ingles reports.  Jo Ingles reports

    The national standardized tests were developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. (PARCC)PARCC testing is cut from twice a year to once
    National board adopts the first of changes advocates are pushing

    A consortium of state education leaders has voted to make a big change to the standardized test known as the PARCC. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    Portman pushed for amendments regarding currency manipulation and the Export-Import Bank (ROB PORTMAN)Ohio's Sen. Rob Portman says Trade Promotion Authority is good for Ohio
    Democrat Brown votes against advancing the trade deal

    Ohio's Republican Sen. Rob Portman tried to incorporate provisions on currency manipulation and reform at the Export-Import Bank as part of his vote today to advance President Obama's trade agenda. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

     (Mike Mozart, Flickr)Ohio Legislature honors fallen soldiers with medals of distinction
    Medal commemorates soldiers who died overseas. 

    In preparation for Memorial Day weekend, state leaders have honored the Ohio soldiers recently killed in battle. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    Otterbein lost its argument that its police records are private. (Otterbein University)Ohio Supreme Court says private universities police records are public information
    State high court orders the police chief at Otterbein University to hand over ecords requested last year

    The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that police departments at private universities are subject to public records requests. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports this means private universities cannot shield police reports from the community.  Jo Ingles reports

    Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo during his voluntary manslaughter trial.  (WKSU)What can be expected if Cleveland cop Brelo is convicted?
    National police association head says it could be hard on the entire force

    Almost all the focus on the pending verdict of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo has been on what will happen if he’s acquitted of voluntary manslaughter. The city is preparing for possible violence. But WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier looks at what a conviction might mean.

       Kevin Niedermier reports

    Ohio's Republican Sen. Rob Portman says he's not concerned about primary competition because he has key support. (U.S. Senate)Ohio Sen. Rob Portman could have competition in next year's GOP primary
    Don Eckhart has run for public office twice and plans to challenge the one-term incumbent in the 2016 primary

    It looks like Ohio's U.S. Sen.Rob Portman could have a challenger in next year’s Republican primary. Columbus-area resident Don Eckhart, who’s run for public office twice as an independent, says he intends to run against Portman for the Republican nomination. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.  Jo Ingles reports

    A bonfire, drumming, and singing with members of the Northern Cheyenne Nation  is open to the public tonight at Firestone Metro Park. Northern Cheyenne find common ground with Akron students
    A delegation from the Northern Cheyenne Nation is in Akron this week to share their culture and find commonality with Jewish history

    Tonight, a delegation of students and teachers from Montana’s Northern Cheyenne Reservation are sponsoring a bonfire and drumming at Firestone Metro Park in Akron.

    This public event is part of a week of educational activities with students at The Lippman School in Akron.

    I sat down to talk about this unique cultural exchange with Lippman teacher Matt Russ and a member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, Burt Medicine Bull.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    Oza says the demand far outstrips the supply in Northeast Ohio and elsewhere. (BRIAN BULL WCPN)H1-B visa limits inhibit Cleveland startups and tech ventures
    Advocates push for a doubling; opponents say that will take American jobs

    Advocates say limits on a special type of visa are hurting Northeast Ohio startups and tech companies. Speaking at the TechniCLE forum in downtown Cleveland yesterday, attorney Rishi Oza  said there are only 65,000 H1-B visas for professionals already working in their fields, and another 20,000 for those graduating with a master’s degree or higher the limits. The non-immigrant visas allow American companies hire foreign workers in specialized fields.  (more)

    Artist Joyce. J. Scott takes on topics of race, gender and violence in a timely exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland. (Vivian Goodman)A visit with a provocateur at Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art
    Joyce. J. Scott protests racism, sexism, and violence in sculptures, beadwork, and jewelry

    Caution: The artist uses a racial epithet to describe some of her work in this story.

    An exhibition running through this weekend at Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art is the work of an angry craftswoman. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman talked with the artist at MOCA.  Vivian Goodman reports

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    Cleveland State president Ronald Berkman says the school is cutting student costs by cutting the number of class hours needed to get a degree (Cleveland State University)Some Ohio universities await the state budget to set tuition
    Ohio State is freezing tuition for the next year; others taking a wait-and-see approach

    Ohio State University has decided to freeze its tuition and fees for next fall but other state universities are waiting to see what the Ohio legislature does with its budget. For StateImpact Ohio, Mark Urycki reports that schools are feeling the pressure to cut costs.  Mark Urycki reports

    State leaders gather at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus to unveil the statue of Thomas Edison which will be on display in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.  (Andy Chow)New statue of Edison unveiled
    A new statue of the famed inventor has been unveiled in Columbus before it heads to the nation's capital

    A major piece of Ohio history was unveiled in the state’s capital.

    As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, people can now see the statue of Thomas Edison on display before it moves to Washington, D.C.

       Andy Chow reports

     (Andrew Magill)Ohio college students plead for more need-based aid and debt relief
    Students lobby for a bigger piece of the state budget

    College students from around the state are telling Ohio senators to put more need-based funding for students in the upcoming budget proposal. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, that’s not all.  Jo Ingles reports

    U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D - Ohio). (The United States Senate)Ohio's Sen Brown push amendments
    Sherrod Brown says his proposed amendments would protect American workers and manufacturers.

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown made another run this week at amending the new fast track trade  on trade deals. Brown outlined measures he says would protect American workers and manufacturers in future deals. One of those amendments calls for holding countries accountable who use their exchange rates to subsidize exports.  Lauren Blue reports

    The Nowcast system launched in 2013. Biologist Meg Plona (right) said the metrics for water quality have changed dramatically since the 1980s. (KABIR BHATIA)Expect more canoes and kayaks on the Cuyahoga River this summer
    A pilot program partners Kent State's Recreation Department with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Cuyahoga Valley National Park is partnering with Kent State University to find out whether canoers and kayakers should have an expanded presence on the Cuyahoga River. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

     (Scott Bauer, USDA ARS)Ohio farmers fight removal of country of origin labeling on produce
    Farmers are looking for alternatives in light of 'country-of-origin' ruling

    Members of the Ohio Farmers Union met with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsak Tuesday.  They were part of a contingent representing farmers across the country who support country of origin labeling. A ruling by the World Trade Organization this week found those labels violate trade laws with Canada and Mexico. Now, those countries could impose tariffs on American foods. But Joe Logan, president of the Ohio Farmers Union, says consumers want more information about their foods.  (more)

    Democratic Representative Alicia Reece of Cincinnati. (The Ohio House of Representatives)Ohio lawmakers propose changes in criminal justice laws
    African-American state lawmakers hope changes can begin before the Michael Brelo verdict.

    African-American state lawmakers say they want changes in criminal justice laws, and say they’re hoping those changes can begin before a verdict comes out in a controversial case from Cleveland. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

    Cuyahoga County hopes to have a new emergency operations center open in time for the RNC next summer. (Cuyahoga County)Construction of the Cuyahoga County emergency center could miss its deadline
    Debate over cost has slowed progress toward next summer's expected opening

    Ground was broken last month on the new Cuyahoga County emergency operations center to coordinate police, fire and medical response in a disaster. But because of cost issues, the facility may not be completed by next summer as planned.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Gov. John Kasich is being challenged on two fronts: The Ohio Supreme Court is considering arguments on private prisons and Libertarians are heading to the Ohio Elections Commission. Marathon oil settles with feds for close to $6 millon
    Other morning headlines: Private-prison debate; Libertarians vs. Kasich; Cuyahoga Valley National Park waterwasy; Plusquellic vs. the Beacon

  • Marathon settled with feds for close to $6 million;
  • Ohio Supreme Court takes up private prisons arguments;
  • Libertarians vs. Kasich battle continues;
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park may expand its water trail;
  • Differentiating fake from real guns;
  • Plusquellic vs. the Beacon Journal;
  • Wrongfully imprisoned man sues Cleveland;
  • Older Ohioans and their health;
  • Arson charges filed in country-club fire;
  • Loretta Lynch showcases Cincinnati's police reforms;
  • School barricade bill advances;
  • The Cavs vs. Hawks
  •   M.L. Schultze reports

    Pro Football Hall of Fame Village, as it might look (NFL Hall of Fame )Expected impact of proposed Pro Football Hall of Fame Village
    The numbers are good, but HOF president says having believers is more important

    An economic impact study was released yesterday on the proposed Pro Football Hall of Fame “Village” project in canton.  Surprise seemed to be the common reaction.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    Matthew Dellavedova was the star in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. An unlikely hero's unlikely path to the NBA
    Where did Matthew Dellavedova come from?

    The story of the 2015 Cavs playoff-run has been one of surprises. The kind -- like Kevin Love’s injury -- that break fans’ hearts. And the kind – like Matthew Dellavedova’s  performance in Chicago -- that put them back together again.

    I talked with our sports commentator Terry Pluto about Dellavedova and the unlikely story of an undrafted Australian guard who eclipsed Cleveland’s nemesis.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    Canal Park was built 19 years ago, when the AA affiliate moved from Canton to Akron. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Akron expects Eastern League All-Star game will be a big national draw
    RubberDucks owner Babby says tickets already are selling for the 2016 game

    Akron will be hosting the Eastern League All-Star game in 2016.

    It’s the first All-Star game since the Cleveland Indians moved their AA affiliate to Ohio – first to Canton, then Akron -- in 1989.

     Akron RubberDucks owner Ken Babby says tickets began selling as soon as the announcement was made Tuesday afternoon.  M.L. Schultze reports

    An unmanned areal system, more commonly referred to as a drone.  (Creative Commons )Dayton community college receives drone exemption
    Sinclair Community College first school to get exemption to operate drones commercially

    A community college in Dayton has been granted a section 333 exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration.  Sinclair Community College will be able to operate drones commercially, even before broad regulations go into effect. It’s the first community college in the country to get the exemption.

    Andrew Shepherd is the director of unmanned aerial systems at Sinclair. He says operating commercially will open up lots of options.  (more)

    Ricky Jackson spent 39 years in prison before being exonerated last November.  (Kevin Niedermier)Ricky Jackson sues Cleveland after exoneration
    wrongfully imprisoned for 39 years, Jackson alleges that Cleveland officers fabricated case documents

    A man imprisoned for 39 years for a murder he didn't commit is suing the city of Cleveland, alleging officers framed him. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Nick Castele reports the lawsuit was filed on the 40th anniversary of that slaying.  (more)

    U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch tours a slave pen at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. (Tana Weingartner WVXU)US Attorney General kicks off community policing tour in Cincinnati
    cites city's collaborative policing agreement

    U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with city, police and community leaders in Cincinnati today during the first stop on a multi-city tour discussing new and collaborative policing strategies. For Ohio Public Radio, WVXU's Tana Weingartner reports.  (more)

    Artist rendering of concept for Hall of Fame Village  (Pro Football Hall of Fame )Hall of Fame Village news conference
    Projected economic benefit numbers were presented

    Plans for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a “destination attraction” were center-stage in Canton Tuesday.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell was on hand for the release of a feasibility study on the Hall of Fame Village.  Tim Rudell reports

     (Creative Commons)Ohio lawmakers look for ways to reform criminal sentencing
    a new effort underway to revamp the sentencing process

    While much of the focus is still on the budget, Ohio lawmakers are working on many other issues they’d like to address before summer break. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, some legislators are taking a serious look at reforming the state’s criminal sentencing structure.  Andy Chow reports

    The nationwide study was conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  (Annie E. Casey Foundation)New study shows too many Ohio kids lack families
    Foundation study shows kids who raised in nurturing family environments do better overall than kids raised in alternative settings.

    A new report shows too many Ohio children lack families of their own. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.  Jo Ingles reports

    Ohio's peach crop  was devastated by a bitterly cold winter in 2014, but experts feel this season will see a much better yield. Ohio fruit crops on the rebound
    After a devastating winter last year, Ohio's fruit crops are showing signs of recovery

    Ohio’s fruit crops appear to be on the rebound following last year’s dismal harvest.

    In 2014, bitter cold virtually wiped out Ohio’s $6 million peach crop.

    Rory Lewandowski with the Ohio State University extension office in Wooster is holding out hope for this year.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    A rendering  of plans for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's expansion, which is to be completed in 2019. (Cleveland Museum of Natural History)Cleveland extends natural history museum's lease to aid expansion
    Other Morning headlines: Renacci and road taxes; Lynch and police relations; Plusquellic no show; Cleveland domestic partnership

  • Cleveland council extends natural history museum's lease to aid expansion plan;
  • Renacci pushes for tax-hike, long-term road solution;
  • Cincinnati meeting launches Lynch's tour on better police-community relations;
  • Plusquellic and his cabinet are no-shows at Akron council meeting;
  • Cleveland continue to work to keep the peace;
  • Massillon's tiger mascot may be in jeopardy;
  • Probation officer charged;
  • A zoo for Canton?
  • Cleveland expands domestic-partner benefits;
  • Cyber-emergency preparedness in Ohio;
  • Man arraigned today in quintuple murders

  •   M.L. Schultze reports

    Monday, May 18, 2015

    Richard Hart, a member at large of Canton City Council, says it may be time for Canton to develop a zoo again. (City of Canton )Could a new zoo dovetail with Canton Hall of Fame village?
    It’s likely been a while since you heard anyone talking of building a major new zoo for a city

    Canton City Council members are hearing from Councilman-at-Large Richard Hart who is  asking for a resolution to study the feasibility of using a 500-acre parcel of undeveloped land the city owns south of town to build a large zoo. He sees it as a way to leverage plans for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for making Canton a “destination.”  Tim Rudell reports

    Senator John Eklund  (The Ohio Senate)Ohio Career Criminals Act cracks down on repeat violent offendors
    The new bill would put restrictions on felons with history of violent crime

    A newstate  bill would crack down on people who commit more than two felonies within the past eight years. The Career Criminal Act creates a new classification of felons called violent career criminals who are subject to strict sentencing guidelines.

    In addition to extending prison sentences, the bill would prohibit these offenders from owning firearms. State Sen. John Eklund from Geauga County says the goal is to protect residents from the small number of people committing a large number of violent crimes.  Lauren Blue reports

    Ohio Auditor David Yost says some public officials treat public money as though it's their own. (State of Ohio)Ohio auditor warns public agencies about spending public funds lavishly
    Yost says he'll start filing findings if the high-price travel continues

    The state auditor says he recently found a public school district spent more than $300 a night on hotels when it could have stayed at a place right across the street for less than half of that. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, David Yost says he wants that to stop.  Jo Ingles reports

    FirstEnergy is headquarters in Akron and the annual shareholders meeting is expected to include protests over its rate proposals. (WKSU)Protest planned at tomorrow's FirstEnergy meeting
    Religious leaders and environmental activists are expected outside the annual meeting in downtown Akron

    The FirstEnergy shareholders’ meeting Tuesday morning at the Knight Center in Akron is the target of a protest. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on a group of northeast Ohio pastors is leading a demonstration against a First Energy rate plan.  Tim Rudell reports

    A Cleveland police officer could be found guilty of lesser charges for his role in the November 2012 police shooting. (WEWS)Cleveland cop Brelo could be convicted on lesser charges
    If the judge doesn't believe Brelo fired the fatal shots, he still could render a verdict of attempted voluntary manslaughter

    A verdict could come at anytime in the voluntary manslaughter case against a Cleveland police officer accused of killing two unarmed suspects. The judge could acquit Michael Brelo, convict him, or find him guilty of lesser charges as WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports. 


       Kevin Niedermier reports

    Democratic Representative Michael Stinziano.  (Ohio House of Representatives)Ohio bill would help smaller communities with LGBT discrimination laws
    A Democratic lawmaker is proposing ways to enforce sexual orientation and gender-identity discrimination laws

    An Ohio lawmaker wants a  panel to help municipalities crack down on sexual orientation or gender-identity discrimination. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo is awaiting a verdict from Judge O'Donnell. (WKSU file photo)More delay in Cleveland cop Brelo verdict
    Other Morning Headlines: Kasich eyes presidency; FirstEnergy protesters; hit and run penalites; aging prisoners; NHL scammer

    Cleveland cop's verdict won't be in for days or even weeks;
    Kasich presidential hopes gain more certainty;
    Protesters prepare for FirstEnergy meeting;
    Tougher penalties proposed for hit-and-runs;
    Ohio's prison population ages fast;
    Convicted NHL scammer is facing new charges;
    Memorial Day travel ;
    Medicaid redo;
    Teens killed in wreck of stolen SUV identified;
    House budget could cost children covered  by Medicaid;
    Bridge is back

      M.L. Schultze reports

    Heritage Thermal Services stack, East Liverpool (WFMJ-TV Youngstown)Federal regulators investigate northeast Ohio incinerator
    Agency wants to examine why the plant had a large number of self-reported incidents

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a Columbiana County hazardous-waste incinerator has recorded nearly 200 violations in four years. That’s prompting action on several fronts. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    An artificial hand rests in a lab at the Cleveland VA medical Center. Researchers are developing hardware that will allow amputees to feel real sensations like touch and pressure through artificial hands. (Jeff St.Clair)Exploradio: Restoring touch to a lost limb
    Researchers in Cleveland are adding a sense of touch to prosthetics that will allow amputees to feel again

    A team of researchers at the Cleveland VA Medical Center are working on a breakthrough technology that will return the sense of touch to those who have lost a hand.

    In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports on the challenges of creating an artificial limb that both moves and feels.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    The rendering flows from east to west and does not include the sites of the park or the high school.  (Pro Football Hall of Fame)Hall of Fame plans to unveil economic projections for its massive expansion
    Backers acknowledge that McKinley High School and Stadium Park may be absorbed

    Supporters of a plan to expand the Pro Football Hall of Fame into a complex that includes a hotel, conference center and retail and residential space, plan to release an economic impact study tomorrow. 

    Hall of Fame President David Baker has said the project could eventually top a billion dollars. He’s been working with developer Stu Lichter, who has put together other major projects in Northeast Ohio including Goodyear’s global headquarters. 

    The Hall of Fame abuts Canton’s McKinley High School and the city’s largest park – both of which Lichter acknowledged last week could be absorbed by the Hall of Fame.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Bill Rensi says academies like his are crucial for rural areas. (BILL RENSI)Ohio likely will continue with two types of police academies
    'Open academy' supporters say they're important for diversity

    Ohio has begun meeting to figure out what changes to make in police hiring and training. But – at least for now – it’s set aside the idea of closing 10 training academies where fewer than half of the enrollees got certifications to become police officers. 

    Most of those are academies run by community colleges -- as opposed to “closed academies” in which enrollees already have been screened and offered conditional jobs by police departments. Bill Rensi of Eastern Gateway Community College acknowledges only about a third of the students completed his program. But he maintains that can be a strength.  M.L. Schultze reports

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