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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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

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

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


Monday, May 25, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sunday, May 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

   Kevin Niedermier reports


Saturday, May 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

   Kevin Niedermier reports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Friday, May 22, 2015

The Ashtabula River railroad disaster happened on December 29, 1876, just 1000 feet from the Ashtabula Train Station. It was the deadliest train bridge collapse in U.S. history, and is depicted in this wood engraving in this postcard (Wikimedia)Four Northeast Ohio sites are named among the most endangered in the state
Preservation Ohio includes old schoolhouses on its list of most at-risk historical sites

Ohio’s 2015 list of endangered historic sites is out, and it includes four places in Northeast Ohio. A Federal-style house in Canton and the Ashtabula Train Station made the list, put out by the group Preservation Ohio. The list also includes two area schoolhouses: one in Akron and one in Middleburg Heights.

Alex Bobersky of Trumbull County is on Preservation Ohio’s board, and says schools, especially, should be refurbished instead of replaced.  Kabir Bhatia reports

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

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    Bullying is a bigger problem in Northeast Ohio than in the nation as a whole. It happens more often and it's reported less frequently. Our region has also been rocked by the suicides of bullying victims who saw no other way out. In this series, Mean Kids, WKSU's Vivian Goodman takes a closer look at the bullies, their targets and their weapons, as well as the tools Northeast Ohio is using to fight the problem.

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    Kent State 1970: Hear it now

    At the time of the events, WKSU reporters caught many of the key developments leading up to the shooting, the day of the tragedy and of the aftermath. The original audio, as well as photographs, reports and other text, has been gathered on a special web site: kentstate1970.org.

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    May 4th Remembered

    On May 4th, 1970, Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on Kent State students protesting the invasion of Cambodia, the escalation of the Vietnam War - and the presence of the guard on campus. Four students died; nine were wounded. The scene became an icon for the Baby Boom generation. And this year, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, as a site that contributed significantly to the understanding of the nation's history and culture. But for many, the history is not national. It's personal. And while it's fading out of many textbooks and memories, it's fresh in the lives of many others. WKSU is taking a look at the personal stories and larger lessons that grew from May 4, 1970.

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    Good Jobs In Bad Times

    The WKSU newsroom dove into the murky waters of the current employment situation in Northeast Ohio with the 8-part series Good Jobs in Bad Times. With their reports, the award-winning news staff covered topics that include high-paying tech jobs, careers that don't need a 4-year degree, the re-growth of agriculture as industry, working part-time full-time, drastically changing career paths, the truth about healthcare, bridge jobs after graduation and the future of the NE Ohio employment outlook.

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