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

The Holden Arboretum

Akron Children's Hospital

Meaden & Moore

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

Steelworkers OK Bridgestone deal but say no to Goodrich
Other noon headlines: Gambling addition, sex and school employees, 17-year divorce, Kosar

Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
USW members have overwhelmingly approved a four-year contract with Bridgstone, but rejects one with Goodrich.
Courtesy of MARK URYCKI
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
  • Tire company contracts are a split decision so far
  • Gambling addiction in Ohio are growing
  • Sex and school employees
  • A 17-year divorce-in-progress
  • Kosar says he's sorry
  • Tire company contracts are a split decision so far
    The United Steelworkers have accepted a new contract with Bridgestone-Firestone but rejected a similar package with BF Goodrich. No word yet on the status of the deal with Goodyear.

    The four-year contract with Bridgestone covers some 4,500 workers at six facilities, including a plant that makes racing tires in Akron. The steelworkers voted 2-1 to OK the contract that its negotiating team recommended last month. The package includes signing bonuses, wage and pension increases and protects health care for retirees. The deal also includes changes in the two-tiered wage system for new hires.

    But workers at Goodrich plants in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Fort Wayne, Ind., turned down a three-year deal that would have covered about  2,400 of them.  The Goodrich negotiations will resume on Wednesday.

    Gambling addiction in Ohio are growing
    Ohio expects to spend more than $6 million to treat gambling addictions through next June.

    In a closer examination of the impact of Ohio’s four new casinos on problem gambling, the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that   that the state gambling helpline is getting nearly 5,000 calls a month, and that some 450 people have asked to be voluntarily banned from the casinos.

    The state money to treat problem gambling is coming from the a 2 percent tax on casino revenue and is being distributed to county boards of mental health and addiction services.

    Sex and school employees
    A Stark County lawmaker wants to amend state law to forbid any school employee from sexual activity with students.

    The bill by Republican Rep. Christina Hagan would add cafeteria workers, janitors and others to the list of those facing criminal charges if they have sexual relations with students . Teachers and administrators already face criminal charges in fthey violate the prohibition. Hagan’s bill sprang from the case of a Stark County cafeteria worker who sent nude pictures of herself to students.

    A 17-year divorce-in-progress
    A 17-year legal fight between two law professors over their divorce has drawn criticism from judges who say the pair set a bad example.

    The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the feud has lasted seven years longer than the couple’s 10-year marriage. Judges hearing the case complained the professors broke rules or abused the system. The ongoing battle includes custody issues. 

    Kosar says he's sorry
    Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar has called St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher to apologize for his trash-talking the Rams during the broadcast of Thursday night’s preseason opener.  Browns CEO Joe Banner also has released a statement to try to end the controversy. 

    “We don’t condone the personal and unprofessional approach that Bernie took with some of his comments during the broadcast Thursday night,” Banner said. “We’ve spoken to Bernie, he understands that, and we would expect the situation is resolved moving forward."



    Add Your Comment


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


    Page Options

    Print this page

    E-Mail this page / Send mp3

    Share on Facebook

    Stories with Recent Comments

    Kasich campaign evokes dark images of a Trump presidency

    Backers of legalizing marijuana in Ohio promise to be back in 2016
    We should be aloud to grow more than 4 plants and not have to register with the state considering it will be a free market.

    Akron says it's had no second thoughts about welcoming refugees
    What business does Councilman Neal own on North Hill? I'd love to support him. I am so glad to have the refugees in our neighborhood. I have lived here for 25 ...

    Scarborough says the University of Akron is trying to rebuild relationships
    In order for the University of Akron to grow and become a desirable place for students across Ohio and elsewhere, it must address the crime problem in the Akron...

    Ohio Sen. Cliff Hite wants to end pay-to-play sports fees at Ohio's schools
    You can bet Hite and Husted will also rush to the rescue of the Academic Challenge team, the speech-and-debate squad, the Science Olympians and the chess club. ...

    Ohio lawmakers consider new gun bills
    States that have gun restrictions/cities have reduced gun violence is false. CHICAGO has some of the toughest gun laaws/restrictions but yet fun violence is off...

    Cleveland's public transit system considers fare increase for 2016
    I work with individuals with disabilities. Yes some of my folks need more help than the average person. As a whole, the group I work with however can manuver ju...

    Community group sues to re-open part of Wadsworth hospital
    My father was part of the founding group of citizens which started the "new" Wadsworth/Rittman Hospital. For some reason the leadership for the future of the ho...

    The Cleveland Museum of Art presents painters who loved their gardens
    brilliant masterpiece, Greetings from

    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