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.

Don Drumm Studios

Wayside Furniture

Greater Akron Chamber


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


Noon news headlines for December 13, 2012
Kasich won't lease Turnpike; Cleveland, Akron among dirtiest cities


 
  • Kasich won't lease Turnpike
  • Cleveland, Akron among dirtiest cities
  • Kasich won't lease Turnpike
    Governor John Kasich won't lease the Ohio Turnpike and instead proposes raising $1.5 billion in bonds to fund local road projects.

    Up to an additional $1.5 billion could be generated by matching local and federal funds.Kasich's plan puts toll increases on trucks in line with inflation, and freezes rates for 10 years on local trips paid for with an E-Z Pass.

    Turnpike toll hikes have been about 7 percent a year over the past 20 years, but Kasich says his plan would cap future increases at no more than 2.7 percent.

    Ninety percent of the proceeds from bond sales, backed by future toll revenues, would go to northern Ohio projects, including the turnpike. Diverting toll revenue off the roadway will require lawmaker approval.

    The plan retains the Ohio Turnpike Commission as a public entity and turns operations over to ODOT. The governor originally touted benefits of a lease. But counties hosting the 241-mile toll road strenuously objected.

    Cleveland, Akron among dirtiest cities
    Forbes magazine has released a list of America's dirtiest cities.  Akron is #15 while Cleveland is #19.  The rankings are based on EPA air and water quality indexes, plus the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report and the number of Superfund sites in a metro area.  Fresno, California tops the list.

    In northeast Ohio, the study cites air pollution from coal and steel plants plus groundwater contamination from decades of heavy manufacturing.

    Cleveland also clocks in at #9 on Forbes' list of America's most dangerous cities.  Detroit is #1.

    Kennel bill stalls
    Legislation that would increase criminal penalties against kennel operators who abuse pets in their care probably isn't going anywhere during the current session in Columbus.

    The bill was proposed after more than a dozen dogs died from starvation or neglect at a Mahoning County kennel. But lawmakers say the measure isn't expected to move out of the Ohio Senate this time because it lacks support.

    The law would make it illegal for kennel owners, managers or employees to abuse or neglect pets in their care. Violations would be bumped from misdemeanors to felonies.

    The bill passed the Ohio House in February. It was nicknamed Nitro's Law after one of the dogs that died at the kennel.

    Shaker Heights student wins spelling bee and scores perfect SAT
    A Shaker Heights teen who won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2010 is celebrating another impressive achievement — a perfect SAT score. The Plain Dealer reports Anamika Veeramani scored a perfect 2400. She hopes to someday become a cardiovascular surgeon.
    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

    Study shows raising the cigarette tax a dollar could raise $342 million
    So, it takes an expert to tell us raising the tobacco tax raises the revenue for the state? Doh. By the way, any one who was going to quit smoking probably alre...

    Akron's Highland Square celebrates community spirit and public art
    Both Donna and her husband, Joseph are both such amazing art talents! The photos look stunning! I must get down to Angel Falls for an in-person look. I just l...

    Pluto: Another off-season, another Browns quarterback conundrum
    The Browns do need a draftable QB for the future. Johnny Manziel needs to go and that leaves Brian Hoyer and Connor Shaw. Free agency doesn't really have any so...

    Exploradio: Improving the lives of paralyzed people
    God bless you doctor. I hope to be alive the day that humans, like me, can use the results of your search...

    Nature and nourishment down by the river at the Metroparks' Merwin's Wharf
    I love QUICKBITES! I look forward to it every week. One question: is it possible to include a link to the restaurant or store that you profile? Thanks!

    Canton's proposed Timken-McKinley school merger is drawing spirited debate
    From a sports opinion Varsity would have a lot more talent to choose from So Im sure varsity sports would improve.Also Timkens name would be much more published...

    Canton school board will decide whether to merge high schools
    I really hope we can save those jobs, usually we try to cut budgets but the demand is still the same. Then we look bad a year or two after the descion is made. ...

    FirstEnergy wants PUCO guarantees on nuclear and coal prices
    Would just comment that the plant has admitted the following (as reporting in the Akron Beacon Journal): "The utility has said it may have difficulty keeping t...

    Mozzarella's easy when you have a way with curd
    Hello, Where can I get such a heater that you have? Does it hold temperature that you set? What brand and model is it? Thank you in advance!! :)

    Pluto: A healthy LeBron James is the key for the rocky Cavs
    It's time to back our Cleveland professional teams through thick and thin. I've seen management, players and coaches come and go and it hasn't changed a thing. ...

    Copyright © 2015 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