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Namaste: A Past in Bhutan, a Future in Akron

The only area of Akron that’s been growing since the 2010 Census is North Hill. The reason is a migration of thousands of refugees from a tiny Himalayan kingdom on the other side of the world. WKSU brings you stories on major changes in people’s lives and the overall community of Akron’s newest settlers: Nepali, Bhutanese and, now, Americans.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Ohio River pollutant regulations to be decided by states
ORSANCO changes its 2003 plans to grandfather 'mixing zones' on the river

Getting rid of “mixing zones” on the Ohio River may take a while longer. Those are areas downstream of waste water outlets into which higher-than-permitted levels of pollutants, like mercury, can be discharged and then allowed to be diluted by the river’s main flow.   Tim Rudell reports

Cleveland Hopkins Airport officials say FAA fines over winter runway maintenance are based on incorrect information. (WKYC)Cleveland officials say FAA airport fines should be reduced or dropped
The city is negotiating with the agency over proposed penalties regarding winter runway mantenance

The City of Cleveland is asking the Federal Aviation Administration to drop some proposed fines and reduce others imposed for insufficient winter runway maintenance at Hopkins International Airport. The FAA’s $735,000 in penalties charge airport officials with having too few snow plow drivers and not having enough de-icing materials. The agency says this lead to flights being diverted during the 2013 and 2014 winters.  But acting Airport Director Fred Szabo says many of the incidents were caused by human error and not a lack of maintenance capability. And he believes scheduled meetings with FAA officials will make that clear.  Kevin Niedermier reports

LaRose says he's considering making a run for Ohio Secretary of State in 2018. (Ohio Senate)Ohio Sen. Frank LaRose says he's considering a run for Secretary of State
The election for a new Secretary of State in Ohio will occur in 2018

In three years, every statewide executive office will be up for grabs, without any incumbents running. This means several high-profile leaders are laying the groundwork for a possible run. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

Newhouse says the Export-Import Bank is a federal tool that’s helpful to manufacturers (The National Association of Manufacturers)Manufacturing advocate says Ex-Im Bank will secure 17,000 Ohio jobs
The National Association of Manufacturers says its been harmed by federal over-reach

A manufacturing advocate is pushing the need for a federal export import bank and why it’s important to Ohio. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

The group took a week to walk the more than 80 miles from Lucasville to Columbus. (Karen Kasler)Anti-death penalty advocates march from execution site to Columbus
The group walked more than 80 miles from the prison to Columbus

Opponents of the death penalty are at the end of a week-long walk to the state capital, which started at the maximum security prison in Lucasville, where executions are carried out.

Members of the group include Derrick Jamison, who served 20 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit, and Sam Reese Sheppard, whose father was wrongly convicted in the 1954 murder of his mother in Cleveland.

Lorry Swain is with the Lucasville chapter of Fellowship for Reconciliation. She says she’s against the death penalty for many reasons.  Karen Kasler reports

Jo-Ann Fabrics to lay off more than 100 in Hudson
Top headlines: Possible new minority owner for Cleveland Indians; Former Cleveland school's CEO to pleads guilty to corruption charges

Morning headlines for Friday, October 9, 2015:

  • Jo-Ann Fabrics to lay off more than 100 in Hudson 
  • Three East Cleveland detectives face conspiracy charges
  • Possible new minority owner for Cleveland Indians
  • Former Cleveland school's CEO to plead guilty to corruption charges
  • Police still looking for suspect in CSU shooting
  • Ohio police must take advanced training courses to meet requirements
  • More bedbugs in Parma schools
  • Gov. Kasich planning multi-state stops 
  • Another natural gas plant likely coming to northeast Ohio
  • Put-in-Bay's former police chief convicted of disorderly conduct
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association recently gathered friends of sustainable agriculture for a harvest dinner in an Auburn Township barn. (VIVIAN GOODMAN)Getting a taste of farm life in a Geauga County barn
    A farm-to-table event at Maplestar Farm for chefs, foodies, farmers, and supporters of organic agriculture

    Northeast Ohio’s small family farmers aren’t smiling much as they go to harvest.

    Farm work is never easy, but this growing season a cold start, wet June, and dry August made for an even harder slog.

    Still, in today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman finds optimism about the local food trend, and the links it’s forging between the region’s chefs, farmers, and foodies.

       Vivian Goodman reports

    Among their hobbies, Bhutanese refugees in Akron love to fish at Cascade Valley Park with large casting nets (Summit MetroParks)Festivals, fishing, and the world's game of football
    The Nepali-Bhutanese recreation, like other parts of life, have been transplanted to Akron

    For many of the Bhutanese refugees who settled in Akron, farming is a longstanding tradition in their families. Both they and others in Akron who've gotten to know them would say that spirit of hard work continues. But they also take the time to renew body and mind -- and that time is filled with gardening, sport, food, music and celebration.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

    The Cornerstone Building previously sold in 2007 for $3.2 million ( County buys permanent home for Children's services
    The Cornerstone building has more parking than the current facility, where the county's lease expires in March

    The Children's Division of Stark County Job and Family Services will be moving next spring to a new building with much more parking.
    County Administrator Brant Luther today said the department has purchased the vacant Cornerstone Building for about $445,000. That's the same price the agency would normally pay to lease its current space for 14 months.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Anthony says the three officers pocketed $25,000 from a drug bust, then faked a police report to cover it up. (Brian Bull)3 East Cleveland police officers face corruption charges
    Accused of conspiring to shake down drug dealers

    Criminal charges have been filed in federal court against three former East Cleveland police officers. The trio stand accused of faking evidence, conducting illegal searches, and stealing cash from suspected drug dealers while working as part of the Street Crimes Unit. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports:  (more)

    Rep. Retherford says Supreme Court justices are making decisions that are ruining the Constitution. (The Ohio House of Representatives)Conservative political group calls for amendment to the U.S. Constitution
    The group wants to add conservative requirements to the budget, limit the authority of federal agencies and require term limits for Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court

    According to a far-right political group, the federal government is out of control, and they say they have a plan to stop it.

    Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    LaRose says he wants to get the resolution on the ballot as soon as next year so voters can make redistricting more fair. (The Ohio Senate)Ohio Senators want change in congressional redistricting in the state
    Senators Frank LaRose and Tom Sawyer are pushing for the change to bring "fairness" to district maps

    The bipartisan duo of lawmakers that pushed for redistricting reform on the state level is at it again.

    This time they want to change the way congressional districts are drawn in Ohio. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    Trent Reznor moved to Cleveland to start his music career in the late 1980s. His band, Nine Inch Nails, is on the Rock Hall ballot for the second time. (YouTube)Rock and Roll Hall of Fame releases a diverse ballot for 2016
    Many long-eligible acts make their first appearances

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has released its list of 15 nominees for the Class of 2016. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Results show that Strickland's lead is slightly outside the margin of error. (NASA)New poll shows Ohio's U.S. Senate race is a toss-up
    With still more than a year to go, results show Democrat Ted Strickland is leading current Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman by just three points

    A new Quinnipiac University poll shows the U.S. Senate race is close.

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

    Steiner says his group plans to run Internet-based advertisements against Issue 3 for now. (Brett Levin, Flickr)Anti-Issue Three group begins internet advertisements
    The group has already mailed and called potential voters to try and discourage them from voting in favor of the issue

    Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana have been airing ads on television stations for a couple of months now.

    As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, opponents of Issue 3 have come up with an ad of their own.  Jo Ingles reports

    Forshey says Ohio is doing its best to be prepared to handle the bird flu if it comes to the state during this year's migration period. (The Ohio Department of Agriculture)Ohio prepares for bird flu during annual migration season
    The virus infected 211 flocks and killed 48 million chickens and turkeys in other states.

    Cooler weather means many birds are beginning their migration towards the south. With this year’s migration comes concerns on the return of the bird flu to the U.S.

    While Ohio remained untouched during this summer’s outbreak, the virus infected 211 flocks and killed 48 million chickens and turkeys in other states.

    State Veterinarian Tony Forshey says his office is working with farm officials from across the state to prepare for the virus if it comes to Ohio.  Michael Bratton reports

    Sen. Portman wants to attack the Sen. Portman wants to focus on mental health in background checks
    The Republican says it is a root cause of gun violence

    Sen. Rob Portman says he is still focused on the mental-health aspects of gun violence, and is not sure that legislation would have prevented shootings such as the one in Oregon last week. Portman says he'd like to attack the “root cause” of the problem by expanding mental health services and making that information available as part of background checks.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Quinnipiac poll: Majority of Ohioans support marijuana legalization
    Top headlines: Defendant testifies in murder trial of Akron police officer; Akron Urban League's president and CEO removed; High costs to keep drinking water toxin free from Lake Erie

    Morning headlines for Thursday, October 8, 2015:

  • Quinnipiac Poll: Majority of Ohioans support marijuana legalization
  • Defendant testifies in murder trial of Akron police officer
  • Akron Urban League's president and CEO let go 
  • Toledo says costs rising to keep drinking water toxin-free
  • State officials seize four bears
  • Lakewood man gets two years in federal prison in credit union fraud
  • Ohio woman awarded $1.6 million following DuPont C8 lawsuit 
  • Schools and camps now allowed to keep inhalers for emergencies
  • Fired police chief not guilty of blocking a sexual assault investigation
  • Bill expanding access to treatment for STDs clears Ohio Senate
  • Nominees announced for Rock Hall's class of 2016
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

     Law, order and building trust
    When a Bhutanese man was murdered in 2012, many questioned whether Akron was the place to remain; but the tragedy also opened a relationship with police

    Orientation for new immigrants includes a simple lesson: Police officers are your friend. It’s a first step in overcoming a suspicion many refugees feel toward those in uniform and authority. Through opportunity -- and tragedy -- the lesson is being refined and built upon.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Artistic Director Mary Verdi-Fletcher founded Dancing Wheels in Cleveland in 1980. The nation's first physically-integrated dance company will mark its own 35th anniversary as well as the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with a gala concert this weekend followed by a nationwide tour. (VIVIAN GOODMAN) Sitting down and standing up with Cleveland's Dancing Wheels
    America's first physically-integrated dance company celebrates its 35th anniversary

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

    It was 35 years ago that the nation’s first physically-integrated dance company was founded. 

    Saturday night in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, dancers in wheelchairs will celebrate those two major milestones. 

    WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports.  Vivian Goodman reports

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    Strahorn says the bill moves Ohio in the right direction on charter oversight (Ohio House of Representatives)Charter reform bill heading to Gov. Kasich's desk
    The goal is to increase accountability

    A comprehensive reform to the way charter schools are policed is on its way to the governor’s desk for his final approval. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    Wilford is calling for a stop to bills that call for prison time. (Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)Another path to Ohio prison reform
    Reforming the system just one step towards reducing prison populations

    Advocates who want to decrease the prison population say reforming the criminal justice system is just one step. The other is to put an end to an influx of new bills that include prison time. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    Shuring says the intent was to make sure no one was paying into both social security and a state pension (Ohio House of Representatives)Charter reform bill includes controversial change for some teachers
    Ohio Federation of Teachers says they were left out of the amendment

    The charter school reform bill includes some language that has Democrats and members of one of the state’s two teachers unions concerned. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

    Ohio Secretary of State John Husted is supporting a bill that would redact personal information of domestic violence victims on government forms. (Ohio Secretary of State )New bill would protect personal information for victims of domestic violence
    Addresses and phone numbers of domestic violence victims would be redacted from government forms

    There’s a new bill in the Ohio legislature that would shield addresses and phone numbers of domestic violence or human trafficking victims on government forms. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has details.  Jo Ingles reports

    Matthew Barge (L) and Sean Smoot (R) of the Cleveland consent decree monitoring team briefing city council today on how they will track the reform's progress. (Kevin Niedermier)City Council briefed by Cleveland's consent decree monitor
    Monitor says strong engagement from all parties could lead to quicker implementation of police reforms

    The head of Cleveland’s consent decree monitoring team told city council today that after one week on the job he’s confident real police reforms will be made. Matthew Barge met with council’s safety committee. WKSU’ Kevin Niedermier reports.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    New presidential poll finds Kasich slipping in support in Ohio. (Quinnipiac University)Kasich lagging in home state in new poll
    New Quinnipiac swing-state poll shows Ohio governor trailing Trump and Carson

    A new poll of Ohio voters shows Gov. John Kasich is no longer leading the Republican pack here. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has details.  Jo Ingles reports

    The Strategy Network, owned by Ian James, is at the heart of accusations involving voter fraud. (The Strategy Network)Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted vows to enforce ResponsibleOhio subpoena

    The filing comes after concerns were raised about ResponsibleOhio's suspected role in voter fraud in Southwest Ohio

    Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is requesting that his subpoenas for documents and testimony from members of the Strategy Network be upheld by the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

    Husted’s request comes after concerns were raised about the group’s suspected role in voter fraud while working to place ResponsibleOhio’s Issue 3 on the ballot.

    The Strategy Network is owned by Ian James, executive director of Responsible Ohio. He says the organization has “zero tolerance” for fraud and will cooperate with the investigation.  Howard Wilkinson reports

    Members of the commission were sworn in on September 8. (Nick Castele)Newly formed Cleveland Community Police Commission seeks public input
    The commission was established last month and has only held organizational meetings so far

    It’s been about a month since the founding of the Cleveland Community Police Commission, charged with making recommendations for police reforms.

    So far, meetings have been mostly organizational, but tonight the group will choose its chairperson and decide the details for a meeting seeking community input.

    For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Annie Wu reports.  Annie Wu

    Quinnipiac GOP poll: Gov. Kasich losing ground in Ohio
    Top headlines: Marijuana advocacy group proposes $24 million research facility; Cleveland police justified in March fatal shooting

    Morning headlines for Wednesday, October 7, 2015:

  • Quinnipiac GOP poll: Gov. Kasich losing ground in Ohio 
  • Marijuana advocacy group proposes $24 million research facility
  • School van not hit by gunfire in Cleveland as initially reported
  • Cleveland police justified in March fatal shooting
  • Rolling Acres Mall pulled from auction
  • Business owner shot by Akron police dies in hospital
  • Ohio Secretary of State asking court to enforce pot issue subpoenas
  • State panel will discuss proposal to spare mentally-ill convicts 
  • Cleveland council to meet with police reform monitor today
  • Algal blooms force cancellation of Great Ohio River Swim
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Francisco Lindor sparked the Indians offense in the second half of the season. Now, Terry Pluto says they need to go get more hitters Pluto: The Indians are a couple good bats away from being contenders
    Terry Pluto says in the off season, the Indians must trade some of their good pitching for some good batting

    The Indians begin the off season with a lot of questions about how the team can improve prior to next April. After getting off to a slow start, the Tribe managed to stay competitive in the playoff chase, falling short by about five games. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says he hopes the front office still plans to make adjustments in the off season despite finishing strong at 81-80.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

     (M.L. SCHULTZE)Learning language, culture and more
    A growing number of people in North Hill speak English as a second language, or don't speak it at all -- and scores of people and dozens of classes are working to change that

    The migration of thousands of Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugees to the North Hill area of Akron is playing out not only at the high school, but in preschools and in classes for adult learners and in a whole lot of education in between. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the transformation of classrooms especially at places like North High School.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

    Dr. Sue Sisely believes a facility would allow for research on diseases like cancer, alzheimers, childhood epilepsy and more. (Jo Ingles)Cannabis research facility could come to Ohio if Issue 3 passes in November
    The International Cannabinoid Institute says it will locate one of its research facilities in Central Ohio if the ballot passes

    A non-profit research organization says it will build a state of the art cannabis research center here in Ohio if Issue 3 passes.

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

    Health officials say tests conducted with this year's vaccine prove to be more effective than last year. (Daniel Paquet, Flickr)Ohio Department of Health believes this year's flu vaccine will be more effective than last year's
    Last year's vaccine was only 30 percent effective in most cases due to a virus mutation

    October marks the beginning of flu season in the U.S. and a time when people start getting flu vaccines.

    However, health officials found that last year’s vaccine proved to be about 30 percent effective as the virus mutated.

    Dr. Mary DiOrio is the Medical Director at the Ohio Department of Health.

    She says tests show this year’s vaccine appears to be more effective than last year’s.  Michael Bratton reports

    Trucks at an Ohio truck rest area  (WKSU)Ohio groups are lobbying for the truck regulation change
    Backers of the proposed SAFE Trucking Act say bigger would be better, and safer

    A push for a new highway bill is underway in Washington.  And, nine trade and farm associations in Ohio are pushing for it to include new regulations allowing heavier trucks.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    Rep. Teresa Fedor is a charter school critic who's praising the final version of the reform bill. (Ohio House of Representatives)Ohio House and Senate leaders unveil new version of charter reform bill
    critics and advocates alike are praising the new bill

    House and Senate leaders are touting their latest version of charter school reform. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    NEXUS proposed route across Ohio to Michigan (NEXUS)NEXUS prevails in Medina court for oil and gas pipeline
    County judge says he can't change state statues

    A judge in Medina County has rule in favor of the NEXUS Gas Transmission Company’s right to send surveyors onto private property. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    Becker says he's excited to be working on a project that could help to benefit injured military service members. (The University of Akron)University of Akron to split $6 million grant to aid wounded service members
    The grant will be used by the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering to develop an injury stabilizing device

    The University of Akron will split a $6 million grant from the U.S. Army with other universities across the country to advance the work in limb-saving techniques for soldiers.

    The research would involve the development of a cylinder-shaped polymer shell that stabilizes an injury while missing bone regenerates.

    Professor of Polymer Science Matthew Becker says using his research to help service members is something he’s eager to do.  Michael Bratton reports

    One of about 8,000 vacant structures the City of Cleveland has demolished in the last 10 years.   (Kevin Niedermier)Extensive Cleveland housing stock survey completed
    The information will help city officials target neighborhoods where vacant homes are the biggest problems

    A door-to-door survey of Cleveland’s housing stock has just been completed, and a report on where the biggest problems are should be out next month.   The Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Thriving Communities Institute are working with city officials on the project. The biggest targets are the thousands of vacant homes still remaining from the foreclosure crisis.

    Frank Ford of the Thriving Communities Institute says about 150-thousand homes were surveyed, and when the numbers are crunched, Cleveland officials will have a better idea of where to put money for demolitions.   Kevin Niedermier reports

    O'Brien hopes to exchange ideas with Cuban leaders on topics such as education. (The Ohio House of Representatives)Northeast Ohio business leaders and lawmakers set to visit Cuba
    The purpose of the trip is to explore the possibility of establishing trade relations with the country

    Ohio businesses and two Democratic lawmakers will travel to Cuba next week to explore forming trade relations with the country.

    Congressman Tim Ryan of Niles will join state representative Sean O’Brien of Hubbard and 13 Northeast Ohio business leaders to visit the newly formed U.S. embassy and meet with trade leaders there. 

    O’Brien says the trip will also offer Ohio an opportunity to study Cuba’s public services in the areas of healthcare and education.  Statehouse News Bureau reports

    Federal government has to rewrite regulations on how ballast water is released. Environmentalists praise ruling against U.S. EPA

    Federal government has to rewrite regulations on how ballast water is released.

    Environmental groups are praising a ruling yesterday against the U.S. EPA, saying the agency failed to keep American waters safe from invasive species brought in by the ballast water of ships.

    For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports  (more)

    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
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