News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Wayside Furniture


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Ohio


Noon headlines, Oct. 23, 2012: Ohio's politics, early voting, FirstMerit
Political visits and ads launch Ohio blists; early voting more popular; voter fraud and intimidation watch; Ohio and Smithsonian, FirstMerit, Craigslist killings
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
In The Region:
Ohio remains presidential politics central
Early voting growns in Ohio
Federal prosecutor assigned to voter intimidation/fraud
Ohio Historical Society and Smithsonian ink a deal
FirstMerit's profits
Akron teen says he cooperated in Craigslist killings out of fear
COHEN: Early voting grows, again

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:33)


Ohio remains presidential politics central
The day after the last presidential debate, Ohio is once again ground zero for visits by the presidential candidates and their surrogates. Democrats, especially, are really ratcheting it up this week.

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are meeting up in Dayton for a rare joint appearance, the day after Biden stumped in Northeast Ohio. And Mr. Obama plans to wrap up a two-day swing state blitz on Thursday evening with a rally at Burke Lakefront airport in Cleveland.

Mitt Romney will be in Cincinnati and Defiance Thursday and his oldest son, Matt, is in southeast and south central Ohio today.

Meanwhile, Kentucky Democrats are shifting money to the Buckeye state. Romney is expected to easily win Kentucky, while Ohio remains a swing state leaning slighting President Obama’s way. Both parties often shift funds in the final days of a campaign from states where they often have big leads or big deficits.

And conservative advocacy groups co-founded by Karl Rove are making their biggest buy yet in this year's Senate elections. Crossroads GPS says it's spending $5.8 million this week in Ohio and five other states.

Early voting growns in Ohio
The number of Ohioans taking advantage of early voting continues to grow. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has this update.

COHEN: Early voting grows, again
Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download
(0:33)

Federal prosecutor assigned to voter intimidation/fraud
The Justice Department is assigning a team to handle complaints of voter intimidation and voter fraud on election day in Ohio.

Ann Rowland will lead the Northern Ohio team. She was the lead prosecutor in corruption case against former Cuyahoga  County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.

In announcing her appointment today, U.S. Attorney  Steven Dettelbach said, “Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud.”

Rowland  will be on duty all 13 hours the polls are open on Nov. 6, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The FBI also will have special agents in field office nationwide to investigate claims of abuses.

  • Rowland can be reached by the public at 216-622-3847.  
  • The local FBI field office can be reached by the public at 216-522-1400.
  • Complaints about ballot access problems or discrimination can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington at 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2767.  
Ohio Historical Society and Smithsonian ink a deal
The Ohio Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution are now formally affiliated.

The two have signed an agreement that gives the Ohio society access to the largest museum collection in the world and to training by the Smithsonian.  It’s also expected to give a higher profile to Ohio-related exhibits on the national and global stage. The Smithsonian runs 19 museums and the National Zoo, as well as research facilities.

CLARIFICATION: FirstMerit took over two Chicago-area banks during the recession; each had multiple branches.
FirstMerit's profits
Akron-based FirstMerit has once again announced a jump in profits, following cuts of nearly 300 jobs from a year ago.

The bank’s third-quarter report shows profits up 9 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

FirstMerit has reported quarterly profits for more than 13 years -- even during the great recession, and it was tapped by the feds to take over dozens of failing banks in the Chicago area. T

The company has also announced it is buying Citizens Republic Bancorp of Michigan. That will give FirstMerit branches in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.

 Akron teen says he cooperated in Craigslist killings out of fear
The Akron teen suspected in the slayings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers says he went along only because he feared the triggerman would kill him, too.

Soft-spoken 17-year-old Brandon Rafferty testified Tuesday at his trial in Akron. He says he was stunned by the first killing as the victim interviewed for a southeast Ohio farm job.

Rafferty's co-defendant is a self-styled street chaplain Richard Beasley. He’s pleaded not guilty and will be tried later.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Bridgestone exec indictments are latest step in a billion-dollar price-fixing case
Why is O.P.E.C Not investigated and charges brought against it and it's member companies? It sounds exactly the same...

Ohio's new drilling rules rely on known earthquake faults
requiring drillers to place seismic monitors when they drill within 3 miles of known fault lines. This comment really upsets me!! What good does an instrument t...

Kasich's gubernatorial ad focuses on his blue-collar roots
John Kasich is the biggest con-man in America. He will say one thing and then do the opposite. He is terribly successful at fooling the public and he is worki...

Cab drivers who refuse to drive Gay Games taxis will be replaced
the irony is that most americans distrust or hate muslims much more than they hate gays!! silly ignorant bigots-GO HOME!!!

New transportation companies come to Cleveland
Ride-sharing companies are breaking laws and regulations every day. From regulatory fee evasion to use of smartphone while driving (and even two smartphones(!) ...

Cleveland anti-poverty agency executive resigns amid financial probe
That committee won't be too independent. He plans to stay on until after the new appointee is chosen.

How can you wipe a criminal record clean?
Great article! NO CLINIC in May 2014, however, because it's graduation month for students For the next dates of the FREE Legal Clinic to help with Expungment,...

Drilling remains suspended while ODNR investigates NE Ohio earthquakes
Flaring and lights, so has all been halted? Also, smell of HS2 and sounds of an auger/drilling/water rushing underground. So, has all been halted? In light of t...

Will the Ohio River carry fracking wastewater?
Texas $ vs. WV citizens . Who will our governor listen to?

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University