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The Takeaway's John Hockenberry Comes to Northeast Ohio

Celebrated journalist John Hockenberry comes to Northeast Ohio on May 7. Media master and host of The Takeaway, Hockenberry will be in Kent for a live broadcast and in Akron for an evening presentation. Click through for details!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Manager Terry Francona and Cleveland pitching have the national media excited. (Screen capture)Are the Indians Sports-Illustrated-cover-World-Series good?
In a bit of role reversal, Pluto tells the national sports media not to get ahead of itself

As the Indians finish out spring training, they’re drawing lots of national notice – including a Sports Illustrated cover and predictions of a World Series championship. WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto has been watching the team up close this week in Goodyear, Arizona, and he tells me there are reasons for optimism and reasons  -- including history -- to be cautious.  M.L. Schultze reports

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Global Tel-Link will provide the new, cheaper phone service to Ohio inmates. (Global Tel-Link)Ohio prison phone call rates drop significantly with a new contract
Prison phone call rates will go down to 5 cents a minute

It will soon cost prisoners in Ohio lockups a lot less money to make a phone call. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports a new phone contract will lower those costs.  Jo Ingles reports

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says farewell to the State Department in 2013. Clinton continues to lead the presidential polls in Ohio. (U.S. State Department)Hillary Clinton continues to lead Ohio's Quinnipiac poll
Former secretary of state holds onto lead despite email controversy

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton still holds the Ohio edge over any possible presidential contender according to the latest poll. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, there is an unexpected candidate gaining ground.  Andy Chow reports

Attorney General Eric Holder (center) and Cleveland officials announced a tentative deal for changes in the police department and a federal monitor in December. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Cleveland and the Justice Department start searching for a police monitor
Successful candidate will watch over the changes mandated by a consent decree

The U.S. Justice Department and the City of Cleveland are starting the search for an independent monitor as part of a pending consent decree for the police department. When a deal is struck, the monitor will make sure it’s adhered to.  Kevin Niedermier reports

State Sen. Bill Coley wants to decrease tax credits to casinos. (Ohio Senate)Ohio lawmakers want to cut casino tax breaks
State Sen. Bill Coley says the casinos have not had the economic impact developers promised

Some state lawmakers say casino revenue has not been as high as was promised a few years ago when Ohio voters approved those casinos. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the lawmakers say they will introduce a bill that would rein in a tax break those casinos have been receiving.  Jo Ingles reports

Ohio's Sen. Sherrod Brown talks about the negative impact of currency manipulation 
by U.S. trading partners at Ford's Cleveland Engine Plant. (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Ohio Sen. Brown wants any trade deal to restrict currency manipulation
The Democratic senator and automakers say trade partners gain an advantage with artificially low currency

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. automakers are calling for provisions to restrict currency manipulation in a looming trade agreement. They say U.S. manufacturers cannot compete with countries whose governments keep their currencies artificially low.  Kevin Niedermier reports

Auto-title loans are growing in Ohio. Borrowers use their car as collateral for a 30-day loan that typically charges fees equaling 300 percent interest. (Greg Gjerdingen CC Flickr)Auto title loans exploit a loophole in Ohio's payday lender law
A loophole in the 2008 law  has allowed similar high-risk, short-term auto title loans to spread in Ohio.

A loophole in an Ohio law that reformed payday loans has spawned another high-risk loan industry in Ohio -- auto title loans.

These are short-term, high-interest loans that use a borrower’s car as collateral.

A new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that the auto-title loan business is spreading in Ohio. Study director Nick Bourke says people who use auto-title loans pay about 300 percent interest on loans that often lead to long-term indebtedness.  Jeff St. Clair reports

Conservative advocates for same-sex marriage hope to change the national Republican platform before the party gathers in Cleveland for the 2016 convention. Ohio Congressman Renacci talks about shoring up the Highway Trust Fund
Other headlines: NFL punishes the Browns; state police task force; Cleveland council police recommendations

Morning headlines for Tuesday, March 31, 2015:

  • Clinton still tops presidential candidates in Ohio
  • Ohio police practices recommendations are in final stages
  • Girl's fire death in a fire delays Youngstown rape trial
  • Semi-truck accidents, road wear increase in eastern Ohio
  • NFL punishes the Browns less severely than expected
  • Canton school board selects new member
  • Republican activists push for gay-rights inclusion 
  • Death sentences fall in Ohio
  • National Drug Control Policy heads talks opiate addiction in Ohio today
  • Cleveland Council will release its report on police-community relations this week.

  •   M.L. Schultze reports

    Cliff Kazmierczak says soft, natural light is an important element in cancer care. (Sarah Jane Tribble)Cancer spawns a construction boom in Cleveland and beyond
    As Baby Boomers age, cancer-care demands grow

    Near the corner of Carnegie Avenue and 105th Street, the Cleveland Clinic's new cancer center is under construction. It's less than two miles away from University Hospital's Siedman Cancer Center, which opened four years ago. It's all part of preparing for a growing number of patients. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Sarah Jane Tribble has more on the evolution of cancer care.  (more)

    Monday, March 30, 2015

    Director Tom Johnson says he's stepping down for personal reasons. (The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio)PUCO chairman resigns
    Despite stepping down, Tom Johnson says he plans to be a member of the comission

    The director of the state panel that regulates public utilities is stepping down from that role. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, he won’t really be leaving the commission.  Jo Ingles reports

    Point source pollution is monitored by the Ohio EPA through a program that sets limits on the amount of pollutants permitted to be released into a waterway.  Those limits, called TMDL's, have been called 'rules' by the Ohio Supreme Court and must now comply with Ohio's rule-making laws. ( Kate Boicourt | IAN  CC Flickr)Ohio Supreme Court ruling is costly setback for Ohio EPA
    The high court says 1,761 new EPA TMDL pollution limits are 'rules' and require public hearings, which could take years.

    The Ohio EPA received a setback at the hands of the Ohio Supreme Court in its efforts to combat pollution contributing to toxic algae blooms.

    The state’s high court ruled last week that the process the EPA uses to set limits on discharges from factories, municipal waste treatment plants, and other polluters is invalid because it does not include a public comment period under Ohio's rule-making laws.

    Joe Koncelik is an environmental lawyer, and former Ohio EPA director. He says the enforceability of limits set by the EPA, called TMDL’s, or Total Maximum Daily Loads, are now called into question.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    Southern Columbiana County countryside (wksu)New hearings are set for cleanup of the Nease Chemical superfund
    Both state and federal agencies are trying to decide what to do with the Columbiana County site

    A new public meeting is on the calendar for the old Nease Chemical manufacturing site near Salem. But, it’s not about the ongoing clean-up of the 44 acres and surrounding area. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    Kathy Dietrich learns to like the healthy stuff after being diagnosed with cancer. (Sarah Jane Tribble)What's it take to take control of cancer?
    Diet, smoking and genetics all contribute

    The messages to be healthy are seemingly everywhere, from brightly colored food labels at the grocery store to signs next to stairwells encouraging us to walk. It can be tempting to just tune it all out. But, as WCPN’s Sarah Jane Tribble reports for Ohio Public Radio, in terms of cancer prevention, there are convincing reasons to change our habits.  (more)

    Dr. Alan Lerner says being informed has its limits. New study says less than half of Americans with Alzheimer's are aware
    Nearly 210,000 Ohioans are living with the disease, expected to grow to 250,000 by 2025

    The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are about 210,000 people living in Ohio with Alzheimer’s disease.

    Its recent report shows that less than half of those patients have been officially diagnosed by their doctor.

    University Hospitals’ Dr. Alan Lerner says patients should be aware of their condition, but within reason.  (more)

    Browns GM Ray Farmer is barred from team facilities during the four games. (Cleveland Browns file photo)NFL suspends Browns GM Farmer for four games
    But the leagueconcludes no one else in management knew of the texting

    Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer has been suspended for four regular-season games and the team has been fined $250,000.

    Farmer admitted he violated NFL policy by sending texts to the sideline during games last season. The terms of his suspension bar him from any team discussions nor can he be in the Brown’s offices or practice facility, nor attend games.

    The NFL says no team officials but Farmer knew of the violations. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says the organization is committed to learning from Farmer’s mistake.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Potholed streets are keeping Northeast Ohio cities busy with repairs. (Alan  Straton)Local road chiefs say Northeast Ohio's pothole problem is not overwhelming
    Cities say they are keeping ahead of the potholes despite two harsh winters in a row

    Northeast Ohio cities are busy filling the potholes opened up on their streets this winter.

       Kevin Niedermier reports

    The Indians are honoring the late Al Rosen with this uniform patch this season. (Cleveland Indians)PUCO chairman turns in his resignation
    Other noon headlines: Trade deal, Ohio GOP, Ohio redo, Al Rosen

    Noon headlines:

  • PUCO chairman resigns
  • Trade deal gets mixed reviews from Ohio delegation
  • Ohio GOP isn't giving up on keycard data
  • $2 million to start remaking Ohio's image
  • Indians honor Rosen 

  •   M.L. Schultze reports

    The corrosion lab opened at the University of Akron more than three years ago to great fanfare and $15 million in federal funding. (TIM RUDELL)Ohio gets $4 million to battle toxic algae in Lake Erie
    Other headlines: CIFF wraps up, volatile rail shipments through Ohio, Doolittle Raiders; years away from a Lake Erie solution

    Morning headlines for Monday, March 30, 2015:

  • Still need years to control toxic algae in Lake Erie
  • About 1 in 10 Ohioans live near dangerous rail shipments
  • University of Akron assures DoD it's fixing corrosion
  • Little Sisters of the Poor's last Mass on Palm Sunday
  • Should a church dorm be exempt from property taxes?
  • WWII Doolittle Raiders to receive Congressional Gold Medal 
  • Gas prices higher to start the week
  • CIFF finishes 12-day festival with record attendance
  •   M.L. Schultze reports

    Dayton 'Black Lives Matter' protesters to appear in court today
    The arrests followed protests in December over the shooting of an unarmed black man last year

    Ten protesters arrested in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek in December will have a pretrial hearing in Greene County this morning. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports.  - none - reports

    Artist rendering of proposed power plant to be built near Carrollton  (Carroll County Energy)The state gives the last green light for a Carroll County power plant
    The nearly $1 billion plant will use natural gas for fuel

    An $800 million power plant project in Carrollton, and 500 construction jobs that go with it, can start any time now.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    Grand River low lands (Western Reserve Land Conservancy)Federal grant helps a Northeast Ohio conservation effort
    Money is for easements and other efforts to maintain unique wetlands along the Grand River 

    Conservationists plan to spend a million dollars over the next two years to protect a thousand more acres of the Grand River Lowlands in Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    Dobama Artistic Director Nathan Motta says this year's production of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' will be one of the most elaborate in the theater's 56-year history (K. Bhatia)Cleveland Heights' Dobama Theater unveils its 56th season
    This fall's theme will be 'What’s past is prologue'

    Dobama Theater has announced its 2015-2016 lineup, and it’s a look backward and forward for the Cleveland company’s 56th season. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Friday, March 27, 2015

    A map shows the distribution of people with disabilities in Ohio, with concentrations in Cuyahoga and Franklin counties. (The Center for Community Solutions; Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center)Ohio's disabled face long waiting list for services
    A new report shows much work needs to be done to improve programs serving disabled Ohioans

    The way Ohio cares for its developmentally disabled residents is slowly changing. There's a push to move people from institutional care into more community-based settings.

    For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Sarah Jane Tribble says a new report out today highlights just how difficult it will be to make that change.


    Nutrients from farm run-off is feeding toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie, but critics say a new bill to reduce runoff doesn't go far enough. (ODNR)Critics say new anti-algae bill doesn't go far enough
    New bill restricts farmers from spreading fertilizer and manure on frozen ground but critics say it's full of loopholes

    When the Senate and House passed a bill that would seemingly improve water quality in the Lake Erie basin -- it was touted as a big step forward. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- there are some groups that are still not satisfied.

       Andy Chow reports

    Summit County Medical Director Dr. Marguerite Erme says Obama Administration resistant bacteria plan should help slow the spread.  (WKSU)Northeast Ohio health official happy White House addressing resistant germs
    Action plan increases collaboration and research and addresses over-prescribing of antibiotics

    The Obama Administration today released a national plan to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Summit County’s medical director welcomes the announcement.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    State Rep. Lou Blessing cites similar entertainment zones in recent Superbowl-hosting cities as one reason they can be a boon to Ohio (State of Ohio)Ohio House approves entertainment districts
    The areas would allow for relaxed open-container laws

    The Ohio House has approved a plan that would allow cities with populations of 35,000 or more to create entertainment districts. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has details on the plan that would let cities to designate areas where open container laws apply.  Jo Ingles reports

    Unhappy Cleveland teachers heard of mass layoffs in 2011, just before the Cleveland Plan was unveiled (K. Bhatia)Cleveland teachers unhappy with $3.4 million in cuts coming next year
    Ths district says dollars need to follow the students

    Cleveland schools are facing $3.4 million in budget cuts next year, and at issue is how that plays into the plan designed to turn around the district.

    Members of the Cleveland Teachers Union expressed concern at a meeting yesterday with district officials who say decreasing enrollment is behind the budget cuts.

    Teachers Union President David Quolke says they worked with administrators to pass the Cleveland Plan and a levy in 2012. But since then, Quolke says teachers feel abandoned by the district.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Noon headlines: Missing baby found; Cleveland teachers fear cuts
    House passes charter school reforms; Reforms needed for Ohio disabled programs 

  • Missing baby found
  • Cleveland teachers fear cuts
  • House passes charter school reforms
  • Reforms needed for Ohio disabled programs 
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    Lawmakers to sift through hundreds of amendments to governor's budget
    Other morning headlines: House clears bill to create outdoor drinking areas; Helicopter survey shows deer numbers high in Cleveland suburbs

  • Morning headlines for Friday, March 27, 2015:
  •  Lawmakers to sift through hundreds of amendments to governor's budget
  •  House clears bill to create outdoor drinking areas
  • Helicopter survey shows deer numbers high in Cleveland suburbs
  • Gov. Kasich urges Hillary Clinton to support balanced budget amendment
  • Ohio House approves bill on charter school crackdowns 
  • Cleveland responds to lawsuit from family of mentally-ill woman who died in custody 
  • Attorney General's office warns of 9-1-1 scam 
  • Transportation budget goes to Gov. Kasich for signature
  • Helicopter survey shows deer numbers high in Cleveland suburbs
  • Judge rules in favor of bench trial for Cleveland officer on trial for deadly chase
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Forced Perspective features local Ohio artist Derek Hess. (Cleveland International Film Festival)"Forced Perspective" documentary featuring Ohio artists debuts in Cleveland
    Derek Hess was chosen to illustrate the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened its doors 20 years ago, a Northeast Ohio artist was chosen to illustrate the event. Since then, Derek Hess's artwork has impacted a global audience of Gen-X music fans. Hess is the subject of the documentary, "Forced Perspective", that gets its world premiere this weekend at the Cleveland International Film Festival. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's David C. Barnett gives us a look at the man behind the movie.  (more)

    Students at E Prep Woodland Hills walk in a single-file line without talking. Educators say this clear rules are less stressful for students. (Mark Urycki)Educators use brain research to help "stressed" kids in poverty
    Researcher says strong emotional attachments help kids grow

    For the first time in at least 50 years, more than half of public school children in America are living in poverty. In Ohio, the number is only 39 percent but it still concerns school officials here who know that poor kids come to school carrying extra burdens. State Impact Ohio’s Mark Urycki reports schools are looking towards brain research for guidance.  (more)

    Kombucha is essentially sweetened black tea that's fermented. Two Northeast Ohioans are producing local brands and finding wide acceptance for the beverage. It's said to promote good health although there's no scientific evidence. (Vivian Goodman)Kombucha: a sweet business brewed with fermented tea
    Two Northeast Ohio food producers are making money with a health drink that goes back a few millennia

    In a food culture where everything old is new again, interest in fermented food and drink has bubbled up.

    We meet a couple of Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs cashing in on the trend in today’s Quick Bite.

    WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports they’re creating new interest in a beverage that goes back thousands of years.  Vivian Goodman reports

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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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