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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tiffany Hamilton has more than two decades of experience as a sign language interpreter and has been interpreting music through American Sign Language since she was a child. (Vivian Goodman)Signing the Symphony
The Canton Symphony Orchestra starts the music and reaches out to the deaf community

Sunday night when the Canton Symphony Orchestra opens its season the audience will be able to “see” the music. 

An American Sign Language interpreter will make songs by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland accessible to all.  WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports the interpreted performance is part of a larger initiative to serve the deaf community.  Vivian Goodman reports

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A connecting pipeline under construction in 2013 between the Kensington and Scio natural gas processing facilities (WKSU)Property owners meet about NEXUS pipeline
The meeting is in Medina but property owners from as far away as Toledo are expected to attend

Property owners along a 250-mile line from Kensington to Toledo have been notified.  The proposed NEXUS natural gas pipeline may cross their land. The 36-inch diameter line would move 2-billion cubic feet of gas a day from Ohio’s Utica shale to Midwest and Canadian markets.

There are concerns.  Individuals in the pipeline’s path and neighborhood groups like the Freedom of Choice Movement in Medina County are asking about safety, property value effects, and environmental issues. 

But, a lawyer whose home in Green is on the NEXUS route believes more needs to be done.  And, David Muklow  says, it needs to involve a strength-in-numbers strategy because questions from individuals and small groups are too easily ignored by corporate and government planners.  Tim Rudell reports

 Time's running out to register to vote
It's time to double-check to make sure you are registered

The voter registration deadline for this fall’s election is nearing. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, Ohioans should double check now to make sure they are registered to vote.  Jo Ingles reports

Ed Fitzgerald Fitzgerald's take on new Quinnipiac Poll
Poll show widening gap between the Democrat and incumbent John Kasich in the race for governor

A new independent poll of likely voters shows some bad news for the Democratic candidate for governor in Ohio. The latest Quinnipiac poll has likely voters backing Republican incumbent John Kasich at 57 percent, compared to 35 percent for Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. And the poll also shows Kasich gets support from 25% of Democratic voters, and that nearly half of those surveyed  say they still don’t know enough about FitzGerald to form an opinion.


FitzGerald says he always knew he’d be the underdog in this race, but he says his campaign is still out there talking to voters.  Jo Ingles reports

Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Division in Barberton, OH (Babcock & Wilcox)Babcock &Wilcox considers a corporate split
The Power Generation Division of B&W is major employer in northeast Ohio

Another big industrial company operating in northeast Ohio may split into separate corporations.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports that Babcock & Wilcox is evaluating such a move.  Tim Rudell reports

 (Madeleine Winer)Akron congregation makes a big move
104-year-old Temple Israel moving to new home in Bath Township

A Jewish congregation is moving from Akron to its new home in Bath Township.

Temple Israel President Ron Winer (WHY-nur) says last Sunday they started the move with a ceremonial walking of their nine Torahs to their new location.

Winer says over 300 members of their nearly 150 year-old congregation participated. He says the move to the new building will help the group continue to thrive.  Lyndsey Schley reports

Ohio Supreme Court upholds drunk driving test challenge
Other headlines:  new complaints against Bank of America in neglecting foreclosed homes, student who ventured on field during OSU game loses scholarship

  • OSC upholds drunk driving test challenge
  • Bank of America accused of neglecting Cleveland foreclosed properties 
  • No layoffs planned for Wright-Patterson
  • Student's antics during OSU football game costs him scholarship
  •   (more)

    Ohio's minimum wage to increase 15 cents Jan. 1
    Other morning headlines: Kasich maintains big lead over FitzGerald in new poll; Cleveland's Public Square makeover gets another $4 million donation

    WKSU morning news headlines for Wednesday, October 1:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    David Blatt was hired as the Cavs coach in June. He has won championships in Europe but has never coached in the NBA.  Pluto: Can the star-studded Cavs win with a rookie NBA coach?

    The revamped Cavs are considered to be championship contenders with LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. But they'll be led by a rookie NBA coach.

    This weekend, Cavaliers fans get the first glimpse of their new championship-caliber team. The Cavs, with LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, open the preseason against reigning Euroleague champion Maccabi Tel Aviv. That’s new Cavs coach David Blatt's former team. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says Blatt will be leading this star-studded team with no NBA coaching experience.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Eric Gordon (Cleveland Metropolitan School District)The state of Cleveland's schools
    Schools CEO Eric Gordon sizes up the impact of recent reforms

    Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon called the 2013-2014 school year a "year of disruption that yielded tangible results" in his annual State of the Schools address held in downtown Cleveland Tuesday. He was referring to the reforms ushered in under the district's Plan to Transform Schools.  StateImpact Ohio's Bill Rice looks at some of the highlights of Gordon's speech.  (more)

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    Aaron Ockerman with the Ohio Association of Election Officials sizes up the U.S. Supreme Court's action on early voting (Ohio Lobbying Association)What the U.S. Supreme Court ruling means for early voting
    Head of the Association of Election Officials plays down the difficulties

    Early voting that was set to begin Tuesday 9-30-14 won’t happen after all. The U.S. Supreme Court has put a hold on the in person, early voting in the buckeye state. The ruling will remain in effect until the court acts on an appeal by state officials. And since that appeal has not yet formally been filed, it means the Golden week, when Ohioans can both register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time, will not be allowed. This ruling also puts some weekend and evening voting hours in jeopardy. What does this mean for local boards of elections that were set to begin voting Tuesday? In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, Aaron Ockerman with the Ohio Association of Election officials says it’s not a big problem for them to put the election on hold at last minute.  Jo Ingles reports

    Ohio's Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District was developed in the 1930s and is still one of the largest flood control and water resources systems in the natiion (MWCD)Fracking windfall for Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
    Money from oil & gas drilling rights creates revenue surplus

    Property assessments in the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District are being cut in half due to revenue from fracking. 

    The MWCD’s annual operating budget is about eleven million dollars. And, that’s what assessments on privately owned property in the area usually must cover.  Not, this year.  More than five million dollars will come from drillers.

    Financial benefit or not, the decision to lease drilling rights was controversial, and especially drew fire from environmentalists.  

    But, District Executive Director, John Hoopingarner, says the choice was more about gaining a measure of control than money.   Tim Rudell reports

    Northeast Ohio gets $5.1 million for 41 new police officers
    Federal COPS grants have put about 125,000 officers on the streets since 1995

    Northeast Ohio is getting $5.1 million in grants to put 41 police officers on the streets.

    The Department of Justice today said seven departments – including Cleveland, Canton and Lorain – will receive Community Oriented Policing Services grants, or COPS for short.

    The program provides salaries and benefits for officer and deputy hires – and re-hires -- for three years. 

    U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach says the program looks at fiscal need, local crime rates and community policing plans.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Fake copies of rare cards, like this 1952 Mickey Mantle, are among those that Steven and Scott Norris are charged with selling online from 2006 to 2012 (Topps, Inc.)Brecksville brothers sentenced in baseball card scheme
    Scott and Steven Norris must pay back nearly $80,000 in an online scheme that sold counterfeits of rare cards

    Two Brecksville natives have been sentenced in an internet scheme to sell counterfeit baseball cards.

    From 2006 until 2012, brothers Steven and Scott Norris allegedly used multiple EBay accounts to sell counterfeit baseball cards, such as a 1952 Mickey Mantle and a 1933 Babe Ruth.

    Steven was sentenced to 32 months in prison today after pleading guilty to mail fraud. He must also pay nearly $50,000 in restitution.
    U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach says it’s a cautionary tale for anyone buying online.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Republican Attorney General Mike Dewine isn't opposed to executions, but says they won't resume in Ohio until state laws change.  (Ohio Attorney General Website)Ohio's Attorney General doesn't expect executions to resume as scheduled
    Mike Dewine doubts the executions in Ohio will continue without changes in state laws

    After several years of multiple executions, there’s only been one in Ohio this year, with the next one scheduled for February. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports, there are questions about whether executions will start up again anytime soon.  Karen Kasler reports

     Trying to keep out "Palcohol"
    From care givers to law makers, a lot of concern is being expressed

    Akron is now part of a fast growing movement to block the sale of “Palcohol.”  The Akron City Council has passed a resolution urging the state to ban the new powdered form of alcohol.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    Insurers prepare for year two of the Affordable Care Act
    Insurance providers such as CareSource are expanding

    Wednesday marks one year since the Affordable Care Act Marketplace opened up on And it’s the first year of the so-called individual mandate where everyone is supposed to get health care or pay a tax penalty. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports health insurance companies are ramping up.  (more)

    Keary McCarthy, president of Innovation Ohio, says there are times when charters outperform their traditional public school counterparts. (Innovation Ohio)New website provides reviews of charter schools
    Innovation Ohio and the Ohio Education Association launched the website that breaks down performance and financial information

    A progressive think tank and the state’s largest teachers union have launched a new website that lays out performance and financial reviews of charter schools. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the groups say they want the data to speak for itself.  Andy Chow reports

    Ohio death pen on hold
    Other headlines:  Akron Council backs state in plan to ban powdered alcohol, heroin OD tracking panel convenes 

    Ohio death pen on hold
    Akron supports 'palcohol' ban
    Panel convenes to track heroin overdose deaths  (more)

    U.S. high court halts Ohio early voting
    Other headlines: Lawyers request more time in Cleveland police shooting case, Libertarians call foul in ballot exclusion

  • Lawyers request more time in Cleveland police shooting case
  • Libertarians call foul in ballot exclusion
  • DeWine says no executions in Ohio until lawmakers act
  • Anti-death penalty group shares panel results
  • Cleveland Clinic adds $276 million cancer wing
  • NEOMED opens wellness center and Summa practice
  • Toledo water crisis bottled water costs big $
  • Traficant laid to rest
  • OSU student in court for game-day stunt
  • Tallmadge teacher named best in Ohio
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    The Ohio Libertarian Party is taking its fight to get its candidates on the ballot to court. (Ohio Libertarian Party)Ohio Libertarian Party takes ballot fight to court, again
    Gubernatorial candidate says he wants on the ballot, but policies already have him at a disadvantage

    The Ohio Libertarian Party will be in court this week as part of a hearing on whether the party’s candidates should be on the Ohio ballot.

    Last week, a judge decided not to immediately order the state to put the Libertarians back on the ballot, saying it could result in voter confusion.

    Charlie Earl, the man who wants to run for governor on the Libertarian ticket, says new laws put in place by majority Republicans in the Ohio Legislature have deliberately made his group irrelevant for voters.  Jo Ingles reports

    Ohio Governor John Kasich, with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the background (WKSU)Christie campaigns for Kasich in NEO
    The rally involved two Republican governors who could face off against each other for the next presidential nomination of the their party

    For Governor John Kasich’s re-election campaign, the rally Monday in Independence was to be a “get out the vote effort” coinciding with the start of early balloting in Ohio.  The voting was delayed by the U.S. Supreme Court.  But the rally’s headliner, New Jersey  governor Chris Christie still joined his long-time friend and ally to fire up supporters.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

     U.S. Supreme Court puts hold on earlier early voting
    5-4 votes knocks out 'Golden Week' a day before early voting was set to get underway

    A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio.  It had been set to begin Tuesday.  WKSU’s Andrew Meyer has more.  (more)

    Christie stumps for Ohio GOP
    Other headlines: Ohio police departments fail to gather DNA evidence, Richland County to name new prosecutor following suicide

  • Ohio police departments fail to gather DNA evidence
  • Richland County to name new prosecutor following suicide
  • Lower heating costs in winter forecast
  • Reynoldsburg teachers reject latest board offer
  • Toledo mayor calls for federal help to fight algae
  • One dead, five injured in motorcycle pileup
  • Gas prices inch up
  • Indians end 2014 season
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    Welding is one of the skill training programs that will be offered at Ohio community colleges thanks to new federal grants. (Flickr/Drew Coffman)Community Colleges receive funding for manufacturing training programs
    Colleges say the funding will allow them to train Ohioans for high-paying, in-demand jobs

    The federal government announced $450 million dollars in job training grants, and community colleges all over Ohio are receiving a chunk of that.

    Tracy Green is with Lorain County Community College. It led a consortium of 11 Ohio schools who received a $15 million grant to train students for manufacturing jobs such as welding and advanced automation.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    As new dean of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Akron, Eric Amis oversees the country's largest university-based polymer research efforts. Ohio also leads the nation in polymer production, most of it centered in Northeast Ohio. (Jeff St.Clair)Exploradio: Is Akron really the polymer capital?
    The former rubber capital has undergone a decades long transformation into a center for polymer innovation, but does Akron really live up to its claim?

    The University of Akron has a new dean of the College of Polymer Science and Engineering.  Why should you care?

    Well, for one thing, after the decline of the rubber industry, Akron is trying to build its reputation on polymer innovation.

    And because…polymers are everywhere.

    WKSU's Jeff St. Clair reports in this week's Exploradio.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    More libraries are asking communities for more funding through levis. (Abhi Sharma)Local library levies are rising as state funding decreases
    More libraries around Ohio are coming to communities looking for more funding

    Several dozen Ohio library systems asking voters for money this November election. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports libraries around the state are increasingly dependent on money from local property taxes.  - none - reports

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

    Ryan Schoeneman (left), Matthew McIntosh and Niki Darling from Feather Bottom Guitars show off one of their custom, CNC-router-made designs, which they've dubbed Guitars and tech meet at Ingenuity Fest in Cleveland
    Two Northeast Ohio companies, one making custom guitars and one making off-beat effects pedals, turn up the volume at the 10th festival

    Cleveland’s 10th Ingenuity Fest showcased the region’s art and innovation over the weekend, and one startup is finding a way to marry the two together.

    Feather Bottom Guitars debuted at this year’s fest, with a computer program that lets clients custom-design a guitar, then have it made in Parma in about a week. Co-owner Ryan Schoeneman helped design the software.
      Kabir Bhatia reports

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    Special Features
    Dr. Beverly Warren Speaks at the Akron Roundtable

    Kent State University President Beverly Warren is the featured speaker at the Akron Roundtable for October. The address takes place at a luncheon on Oct. 16 at Quaker Station at Quaker Square Inn. WKSU will rebroadcast the speech on Thursday, Oct. 23

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    Mean Kids: Bullying in School

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

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    Kent State 1970: Hear it now

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

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    May 4th Remembered

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

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    Good Jobs In Bad Times

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

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