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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Rolling Acres goes to auction for fourth time
Top headlines: House committee Planned Parenthood hearings begin; Committee to hear from supporters for ride-sharing regulations; Stricter penalties considered for Ohio repeat gun offenders

Morning headlines for Tuesday, October 6, 2015:

  • Rolling Acres goes to auction for fourth time
  • Early voting begins today
  • House committee Planned Parenthood hearings begin
  • Committee to hear from supporters for ride-sharing regulations 
  • Stricter penalties considered for Ohio repeat gun offenders
  • Central Ohio man surrenders five tigers to the state
  • New executive named for Northeast Ohio Media Group
  • Fired Put-In-Bay police chief goes on trial
  • Woman wins close to $2 million in controversial pub game
  • State launches fire safety campaign
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Early voting is now underway in Ohio Early voting underway
    3 statewide ballot issues, some big mayoral races and nearly two thousand local issues

    This fall’s election is now underway:  early voting starts today. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

    Tika Dhimal says the mini mart he, his brothers and his father started is only the beginning. He envisions multiple stores -- even, he says, one in Bhutan if the government there would ever permit it.  (M.L. SCHULTZE)Bhutanese resettlement has had a big economic impact
    The economic model includes first jobs, first cars, first houses, first businesses

    The influx of thousands of Bhutanese refugees to the North Hill neighborhood of Akron has created a dozen small businesses and been enough of a boon to the economy that people are moving here from other parts of the U.S. But, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, the wealth is not necessarily shared – at least not yet.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Monday, October 5, 2015

    Ohio Auditor Dave Yost says his office will track how the $71 million federal grant is spent by the state's charter schools. (Ben Postlethwaite)Ohio Auditor wants to keep tabs on $71 million federal charter grant
    cites need for more oversight in light of recent reporting problems

    Ohio’s charter schools, which have struggled with performance, recently received a $71 million dollar grant from the federal government. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports Ohio’s Auditor wants to track how that money is spent.  Jo Ingles reports

    Senator Sherrod Brown is still waiting to see the final copy of the TPP agreement which he believes will hurt U.S. automakers. (U.S. Senate)Ohio Senator Brown not optimistic over Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement
    Concerned over U.S automaker impact and consumer access to affordable drugs

    The U.S. and eleven other Pacific Rim countries have approved a deal which would eliminate many tariffs and other trade barriers. The Trans-Pacific Partnership must still be approved by Congress. Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has opposed the TPP, saying it would hurt the U.S. auto industry. While the exact details have not been released, Brown says he believes it allows nations like Japan to include fewer parts made in the U.S. and other TPP countries in cars it exports.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    A satellite image of Lake Erie's algae bloom. (NOAA)Ohio's U.S. senators want NASA to keep helping with Lake Erie algae blooms
    They're asking for extended funding for monitoring from air and space

    Ohio’s U.S. senators want a long-term commitment from NASA to continue monitoring toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    The state will work with rescue organizations from around the country to find homes for the tigers. (Airwolfhound, Flickr)State of Ohio takes control of five tigers from Central Ohio man
    The Ohio Department of Agriculture says the man repeatedly failed to file permits for the animals

    The state is looking for a new home for five tigers that had to be taken away from a central Ohio man.

    Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    Lorain and Stark counties led the state in 2014 with the most deer-vehicle accidents. (The Ohio Department of Transportation)ODOT identifies "hotspots" for deer-vehicle collisions across Ohio
    The department used data from 2014 to list 10 locations across the state with the highest deer-related crashes

    Stark and Lorain counties lead the state in total number of deer-related accidents.

    That’s according to the Ohio Department of Transportation in a new study that identifies deer crash “hotspots” across the state.

    In fact, Northeast Ohio makes up half of the 10 total “hotspots.”

    ODOT spokesman Matt Bruning says crash numbers tend to rise during the fall.  Michael Bratton reports

    Slicker says the intersection at Arlington Avenue and Mt. Pleasant Street was the most dangerous for Stark County in 2014. (Google Maps)Stark County releases annual study identifying its most dangerous intersections
    The study uses data from the past three years to identify trends in dangerous intersections throughout the county

    Stark County released its annual Area Transportation Study today.

    The study uses data from the last three years to identify the most dangerous intersections in the county.

    Transportation Engineer Dan Slicker says the intersection at Arlington Avenue and Mt. Pleasant Street along the Stark and Summit County border tops the list for 2014.  Michael Bratton reports

    Missing Trumbll County toddler found alive
    Top headlines: Poll: Gov. Kasich losing ground in New Hampshire; Deadline to register to vote today; Ohio State lags behind peer schools in tech license income

    Morning headlines for Monday, October 5, 2015:

  • Missing Trumbll County toddler found alive
  • Poll: Gov. Kasich losing ground in New Hampshire
  • Deadline to register to vote today
  • Ohio State lags behind peer schools in tech license income
  • More than 400 fugitives turned themselves in drug in Safe Surrender
  • An 83-mile walk protesting the death penalty begins in Ohio
  • Bill would expand school sexual conduct ban
  • School district near proposed pot growing site opposes legalization
  • State has tested 9,000 of 11,000 rape kits
  • East Cleveland police car strikes, kills pedestrian 
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Artist Nelson Morris wanted to capture the basic structure of the human face, unadorned by makeup, wardrobe, hair or skin color (K. Bhatia)Artist captures the faces of Northeast Ohio at IngenuityFest 2015
    The 11th annual festival attracted more than three-dozen art-and-tech exhibitors

    The 11th Annual Ingenuity Fest wrapped up this weekend, and the festival once again married the artistic and techie sides of Cleveland. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    About 500 people from 22 Akron neighborhoods converged on the Innerbelt for '500 Plates' (KABIR BHATIA)Akronites have food for thought on the Innerbelt
    A public art project brings together 22 neighborhoods for "500 Plates"

    Hundreds of people converged on the Akron Innerbelt Sunday -- without their cars. An event called “500 Plates” invited people from the city’s 22 neighborhoods to discuss what should be done with the roadway. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    A growing number of Bhutanese refugees have been in Akron long enough now -- five years -- that they're a big part of citizenship classes. (M.L. SCHULTZE)North Hill, its history and its newest settlers
    An Akron neighborhood settled by migrants becomes home to thousands of refugees from half a world away

    For decades, the North Hill neighborhood in Akron, has been a place for the newly arrived:  Italians, Croats, Poles, Irish. And now Nepali-Bhutanese. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze introduces us to the neighborhood and some of the thousands of the newest settlers who have started calling North Hill home in just the last decade.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Ohio law voters need to be registered to thirty days before an election to be eligible to vote. (redjar, Flickr )Todayis Ohio's deadline to register to vote in November
    Statewide issues  and local races will dominate the ballots

    The deadline for registering to vote or submitting a change of address in Ohio is today.

    Statewide, voters in November will decide whether to change how legislative districts are drawn and whether to legalize marijuana. In Northeast Ohio, they'll also be voting for the mayors of Akron and Canton.

    Jeanette Mullane, deputy director of the Stark County Board of Elections, says offices will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Lauren Blue reports

    The Tremont West Development Corporation plans to bring Cleveland-based Constantino's Market to the neighborhood. (Constantino's Markets)Cleveland neighborhood gets help in addressing its "food desert"
    A federal grant could help in the efforts to attract a grocery

    Cleveland’s Tremont West Development Corporation has secured a $742,000 federal grant to try and bring a grocery store to the neighborhood’s “food desert.”

    The non-profit group plans to use the funds to turn an empty mansion on West 14th Street and Fairfield Avenue into a Constantino's Market.

    The corporation’s Executive Director Cory Riordan says bringing a grocer to Tremont will mean a lot to an area that has a high poverty rate and low annual incomes.  Michael Bratton reports

    Teshome says Northeast Ohio can expect conservative job and wage growth over the next six months. (PNC Financial Services Group)New survey by PNC Bank forecasts an increase in U.S. jobs and wages over the next six months
    Results predict a positive outlook for Ohio with conservative job growth in Northeast Ohio

    A new survey released by PNC Bank shows that small and mid-sized business owners plan to increase hiring and wages for employees over the next six months.

    The findings reveal that one in four expect to hire additional full-time employees. Forty-two percent intend to increase employees' pay.

    PNC Bank Economist Mekael Teshome says the outlook for Northeast Ohio’s economy shows conservative, but promising growth.  Michael Bratton reports

    Sunday, October 4, 2015

    Lal Rai greets his grandson, one of the newest arrivals in Akron from the Bhutanese refugee camps in Nepal. (Rick Senften)How thousands of people arrived in Akron from half a world away
    The next chapter of a history set in the Himalayans more than a century ago is being written in Akron's North Hill today

    For decades, Northeast Ohio’s aging cities have seen their populations dwindle as the children of immigrants grew up and moved on. But one Akron neighborhood has seen a sudden reversal of that. As many as 5,000 refugees from half a world away have settled in North Hill over the last decade. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports how the resettlement came to be.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Friday, October 2, 2015

    Allegiant flight taking on luggage as it prepares to leave for Florida  (WKSU)More "destination" flights are added for Akron-Canton Aiport
    Allegiant adds to service from northeast Ohio to vacation spots

    Akron Canton Regional Airport continues to announce new flights even as bigger airports in Ohio and the Midwest have been dropped as hubs by large air carriers.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    The Bureau of Workers Compensation gave Noe $50 million to invest in rare coins and collectibles, such as Beanie Babies. (Wikimedia Commons)Ohio Gov. Kasich denies clemency for GOP fundraiser
    The coingate investor is serving an 18-year prison sentence

    Gov. John Kasich denied clemency for the key figure in the so-called Coingate scandal in 2005. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

      Andy Chow reports

     Right now violence is not a factor considered when defining nuisance properties. (Wikimedia Commons)New bill would make it easier for Ohio communities to force closure of nuisance properties
    Definition would change to include the regular occurrence of violent offenses

    It could be a little easier for Ohio cities to shut down businesses that cause problems in their communities. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.  Jo Ingles reports

     WKSU looks at the lives and culture of Akron newest immigrant community
    The impact of thousands of Bhutanese refugees have impacted the city in dozens of big and small ways

    They’re Northeast Ohio’s newest immigrant community – Akron’s Bhutanese refugees.

    In the 1990’s, they were expelled from their villages in Bhutan and have spent decades in refugee camps in Nepal.

    WKSU is launching a six-part series next week exploring their new lives in Ohio.

    WSKU reporter M.L. Schultze discovered that their arrival in Akron can be traced to one man...

    We’ll get to that in a minute …  Jeff St. Clair reports

    Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams makes an emotional plea for residents to help solve the city's recent killings. (Kevin Niedermier)Reward offered for information in most recent child killing in Cleveland
    Shooting death of a 5-month-old girl prompts efforts to get more people to tell police what they know without fear

    The fatal shooting of a 5-month-old girl in Cleveland is prompting renewed calls for residents to come forward with information about serious crimes.  Yesterday’s shooting is the third killing of a child in Cleveland in recent weeks. WKSU's Kevin Niedermier reports this week’s death prompted another emotional press conference at the city’s police department.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Chandler says the heroin epidemic in Portage County has resulted in prison overcrowding and a need for a drug rehabilitation program. (Portage County Commissioner's Office  )Portage County Commissioners approve sales tax increase
    The tax increase will go into effect January 1st of next year

    Portage County Commissioners have approved a quarter-percent sales tax hike that will go into effect starting next year. The increase will be used to fund expansion of the women’s wing in the county jail and creation of a drug rehabilitation program.

    Kathleen Chandler is the Vice President of the Portage County Board of Commissioners. She says the heroin epidemic in Portage County has resulted in prison overcrowding, and the sales tax increase is necessary to fund the expansion.  Lauren Blue reports

    Infant fatally shot in Cleveland drive-by
    Top headlines: Juror removed in Akron cop murder trial; Ground breaking for joint medical school

    Morning headlines for Friday, October 2, 2015:

  • Infant fatally shot in Cleveland drive-by
  • Juror removed in Akron cop murder trial
  • Ground breaking for joint medical school
  • Akron's Children's Hospital breaking ground next week in Boardman
  • College Affordability task force makes recommendations
  • Law enforcement relations panel studying body cameras
  • Ohio Bankers League says marijuana legalization could create conflict
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Congressman Tim Ryan calls Ohio's charter school system broken (File photo)Congressman Tim Ryan calls Ohio's charter schools system "broken"
    Congressmen Ryan wrote to Education Secretary Arne Duncan he is concerned about the lack of charter school oversight.

    Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan has asked the U.S. Department of Education to put “stringent restrictions” on the distribution of $71 million in grant money for expanding charter schools in Ohio. 

    In a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Ryan said he was concerned about the lack of charter school oversight.  Ryan pointed to the resignation this summer of Ohio’s School Choice Director who admitted to scrubbing failing grades for some charter schools.  (more)

    Robyn O'Brien gave up her Wall Street career as a financial analyst for major food producers after research into genetically engineered food following her child's reaction to a Former food biz analyst tells Clevelanders why she crusades against GMOs
    Robyn O'Brien found her mission when her child fell ill

    Today’s Quick Bite addresses the issue of GMOs, those genetically modified organisms in our food, from a concerned parent’s perspective.

    The big food companies claim that tinkering with the genes of seeds will help feed the world with no impact on human health.

    But a former food industry analyst started having doubts about that when her own child suffered a life-threatening illness.

    WKSU’s Vivian Goodman spoke with Robyn O’Brien earlier this summer when she visited Cleveland.  Vivian Goodman reports

    Thursday, October 1, 2015

    Rep. Mike Gresham, a co-sponsor of the Issue 2 amendment, says opponents are misinterpreting just how broad the measure is.  (Ohio House of Representatives)Lining up on Issue 2
    Constitutional amendment would bar amendments promoting monopolies

    Two groups have declared their opposition to issue two, the proposed amendment aimed at keeping monopolies out of the state constitution. The ACLU and Common Cause Ohio say the measure limits citizen action. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU’s Mandie Trimble reports.  (more)

    Offically known as EMV cards, the smart cards require a pin to be entered upon making a purchase. (Tales of a Wandering Youkai, Flickr)Deadline for credit card conversion arrives in the United States
    Card issuers were to begin distributing cards that contain fraud-fighting chips while retailers were to have installed new terminals to read the cards

    Today marks a new day for credit cards in the United States.

    Banks and credit card companies were to begin issuing new credit and debit cards with fraud-fighting chips. Retailers were also to install new card terminals for reading the embedded chips.

    Matt Schulz is an analyst for He says the new chip-based system is all about consumer safety.  Michael Bratton reports

    Portman believes that U.S. aid to Ukraine will help the country defend itself against Russian insurgent fire. (WKSU screen capture)Ohio Sen. Rob Portman agrees with the decision to aid Ukraine in its fight against Russian insurgents
    The eastern European country will receive $20 million from the U.S. for long-range counter-battery radars

    The U.S. State Department announced this week that it will provide assistance to Ukraine to aid in its fight against Russian insurgents.

    The eastern European country will receive $20 million from the U.S. for long-range counter-battery radars.

    Ohio Sen. Rob Portman says he’s pleased with the decision to aid the country.  Michael Bratton reports

    Senate President Keith Faber says there's no reason to rush this. Ohio lawmakers likely to miss deadline for severance tax plan
    Committee was supposed to have a plan ready today

    It looks like Ohio lawmakers will miss a hard deadline today to produce a plan to increase the state’s tax on oil and gas. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow explains there’s still no report and top legislative leaders aren’t worried about it.  Andy Chow reports

    Mandel says he wants to see the state's Public Employee Retirement System join the Ohio Online Checkbook. (the State of Ohio)Some Ohio pension funds are signing on to Ohio's online checkbook was created to allow for spending transparency in Ohio supported entities such as state pension funds

    Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is starting to get some buy-in from the state’s pension funds on

    Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.  Jo Ingles reports

    Matthew Barge of the Police Assessment Resource Center will lead the monitoring of Cleveland's consent decree. (Kevin Niedermier)Cleveland picks a monitor for its consent decree
    City officials say their choice presented one of the lowest bids but had the most experience

    A non-profit Los Angeles-based police consulting firm has been named to monitor Cleveland’s consent decree with the Justice Department for police reforms relating to excessive use of force. Today Cleveland officials announced that the Police Assessment Resource Center will be paid nearly $5 million to track the consent decree’s progress. As WKSU's Kevin Niedermier reports, Cleveland chose the company over 22 other candidates with asking prices as high as $13 million.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine helped to reach the nearly $12 million settlement between the salt companies and the state. (Ohio Public Radio)Ohio road salt distribution settlement announced
    Ohio Attorney General's office shares how the money will be split up

    Nearly $12 million will be distributed across 850 Ohio communities, stemming from a settlement between the state and two salt companies. .

    Cargill and Morton Salt were accused of dividing up the Ohio market and agreeing not to compete with one another.

    For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports.  Brian Bull reports

    Cleveland will announce monitor to oversee police reform
    Top headlines: Reps. Renacci and Gibbs vote against bill to keep government funded; Ohio Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal of Portage County death row inmate; Condemned killers could face limitations in gathering post-trial evidence in Oh

    Morning headlines for Thursday, October 1, 2015:

  • Cleveland will announce monitor to oversee police reform at 10 a.m.
  • Reps. Renacci and Gibbs vote against bill to keep government funded
  • Ohio Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal of Portage County death row inmate
  • Condemned killers could face limitations in gathering post-trial evidence in Ohio
  • Report expected this week from group studying state's severance tax
  • Ohio House passes bill limiting public employers' use of criminal background info 
  • Kasich intensifies campaign in Iowa
  •   Cory York reports

    Toby Cosgrove is urging the Ohio Board of Regents to clamp down on smoking on campus. (WKSU file photo)Cleveland Clinic pushes Ohio regents to clamp down on campus smoking
    Cosgrove suggests a hike in insurance costs for smokers

    Two heavyweights in the Ohio medical world asked the state Board of Regents yesterday to reduce smoking on college campuses. The president of the Cleveland Clinic, Toby Cosgrove, suggested a carrot-and-stick approach.


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