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.

Meaden & Moore

Knight Foundation


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


Democrats campaign on Senate Bill 5 anniversary
Other morning headlines: Road construction season nears with big Turnpike project; Natural gas prices dropping
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ
and LAUREN SCHMOLL


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
Download (WKSU Only)
  • Democrats campaign on Senate Bill 5 anniversary
  • Healthcare enrollment events held around Ohio
  • Road construction season nears with big project on the Turnpike
  • Owners appeal exotic animal restrictions
  • Natural gas prices dropping
  • Xenia marks 40th anniversary of deadly tornado
  • Hikers treated for hypothermia
  • Ohio gas prices up
  • Kasich touts Ohio's successes to Jewish Republicans in Vegas
  • Heat assistance extended 
  • Dept. of Mental Health director speaks out against marijuana
  • Democrats campaign on Senate Bill 5 anniversary
    Democrats are using today’s three year-anniversary of Senate Bill 5 for campaign events around the state. It was three years ago when Gov. John Kasich signed SB 5 into law, limiting the collective bargaining rights of public unions. Voters then repealed the law at the polls months later. Today, gubernatorial candidate and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald will talk to Cleveland union members at the Building Laborers’ Local 310. He’ll be joined by Nina Turner, who is running for Secretary of State, and John Carney, candidate for State Auditor. FitzGerald’s running make, Sharon Neuhardt and Attorney General candidate David Pepper are holding other events around the state.

    Healthcare enrollment events held around Ohio

    Health care advocates are holding their final enrollment events around Ohio as a key deadline under the federal law approaches. People who start an application by midnight can enroll for this year in the insurance marketplaces created by President Barack Obama's law. As of March 1, nearly 80,000 Ohioans had signed up, 52 percent of the federal government’s goal for the first five months. The federal data shows that many Ohio residents obtaining coverage in the marketplace are older. Eighty-five percent of enrollees are getting financial help to pay their monthly premiums. The nonprofit Enroll America plans to host an all-day enrollment event today in Cincinnati. The head of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says its received increased calls for help in applying for health coverage.

    Road construction season nears with big project planned for Turnpike
    As the weather finally starts to warm up, Northeast Ohioans will soon be dealing with another unpleasant season: Road construction. ODOT is expected to announce 2014’s projects later today, but the Plain Dealer reports that one of the big projects will involve five miles of the Ohio Turnpike in Cuyahoga County. The construction zone will span from the southeastern edge of Olmsted Falls through Berea, Strongsville and North Royalton. The road will be torn out down to the dirt and replaced from the base up in the middle and right-hand lanes. That base is original to the road, and was poured in the early 1950s. Crews plan to keep two lanes open during peak travel times, but the road could be reduced to one lane overnight.

    Owners appeal exotic animal restrictions
    Exotic animal owners in Ohio are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision that upheld the state's restrictions on exotic animals. The owners sued the state over the regulations, arguing that the law violates their free speech and free association rights. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati court ruled against the owners earlier this month. Ohio says the rules address animal welfare, public health and public safety concerns associated with private ownership of dangerous wild animals. The new law requires owners to get a new state-issued permit by Jan. 1 of this year. They also must pass background checks, pay fees, obtain liability insurance or surety bonds and show they can properly contain and care for the animal.

    Natural gas prices dropping
    Natural gas prices are going down for Dominion East Ohio and Columbia Gas customers, after soaring over the winter months. According to the Plain Dealer, Dominion’s rates will fall 8.5 percent, to about $5 per 1,000 cubic feet, making the average bill for next month at just over $65. Columbia customers who pay a monthly variable rate will see a 3 percent drop, making the average bill $83 dollars.

    Xenia marks 40th anniversary of deadly tornado
    The southwestern Ohio city of Xenia is planning several events in April to commemorate the anniversary of a tornado that killed 35 people 40 years ago. The April 3, 1974, tornado that hit Xenia was part of a series of 148 tornadoes over two days that killed 315 people across 13 states. The Xenia twister destroyed 300 homes and seven schools, and caused more than $1 billion in damages. The Dayton Daily News reports that among the events recognizing the 40th anniversary is a memorial service on Thursday at the Greene County courthouse.

    Hikers treated for hypothermia
    Four hikers who got lost in the woods in Valley View are recovering from hypothermia. The group was hiking yesterday evening when they got lost looking for their car keys that they thought they dropped in the woods. WEWS reports the hikers were able to call police from their cell phones, but the phones died before they could be found. A rescue dog located them about 2:30 this morning. They are being treated for hypothermia and other injuries.

    Ohio gas prices up
    Prices at the pump are up in Ohio to start the work week. The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio is averaging $3.56 in today’s survey from auto club AAA and its partners. That's a nickel higher than last Monday. Today’s Ohio price is about 4 cents lower than a month ago, and just a penny lower than last year at this time. The national average is identical to the Ohio average at 3.56 per gallon. Analysts say ongoing seasonal maintenance at refineries and concerns over simmering tensions in the Ukraine have been keeping prices up.

    Kasich touts Ohio's successes to Jewish Republicans in Vegas
    Gov. John Kasich talked up Ohio’s high points during a speech to wealthy Jewish Republicans in Las Vegas over the weekend. Kasich was among a group of potential Republican presidential candidates speaking to a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition on Saturday, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. While many of the speakers touched on foreign policy, Kasich kept the focus of his speech on Ohio, talking about the state’s economy, education, and fighting the prescription drug problem. He opened with thoughts on a Holocaust memorial being installed on the Ohio Statehouse grounds. Kasich’s likely gubernatorial challenger, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, issued a statement that “Governor Kasich’s focus is not on helping Ohio’s middle class, by publicly courting a billionaire and notorious presidential fundraiser in Las Vegas.” The conference was at the Venetian resort and casino, owned by GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson

    Heating assistance extended
    The long, cold winter has been a drain on the household budgets of many Ohioans. Nearly 134,000 have received $34 million in help with heating bills through Ohio's Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program. Because of the severity of the winter, the deadline to apply for help has been extended to April 15. The typical deadline is March 31. Regina Clemons, the program's director of emergency assistance, said the agency is seeing lots of people who had never sought before. She said the agency can usually stop disconnects by enrolling people in one or more energy-assistance program.

    Dept. of Mental Health director speaks out against marijuana
    As the Kasich administration pushes a program to battle drug abuse among kids, a key member of the governor’s cabinet is raising concerns about the legalization of marijuana across the country. The “Start Talking!” program seeks to get adults to talk to middle and high school students about the dangers of drug abuse. But Tracy Plouck, the director of the state’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, says any move to legalize marijuana conflicts with the message that program is sending. Polls show most Ohioans favor the legalization of medical marijuana. Backers of a ballot issue are gathering signatures to put the issue before voters in November. Bills to legalize marijuana have stalled in the Republican-dominated legislature. 20 states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, and two of them, Colorado and Washington, have made recreational pot use legal as well.

    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

    HOF's Canton expansion could take an island and make it a village
    I live in the block from Broad St to the Hall of Fame and will be impacted by the expansion. I am in the process of selling my home and planned to long before i...

    Cleveland redeploys police to replace rejected red-light traffic cameras
    Periodic rotational enforcement without warning does NOT change behavior and the city officials know that. This is the basis of all officer-run enforcement trap...

    New enrollment period offers more insurance options
    The removal of federal funding for healthcare CO-OPs may limit the growth of the CO-OP movement. http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=6381

    The family of Boardman vet killed in Vietnam receives his medals
    My name is Mike Eisenbraun. I am Larry's brother. I was 14 years old when Larry was killed in Vietnam. He has been gone for 46 years but it seems like yester...

    Cleveland seniors are creating new wealth -- and facing new challenges
    Why is anyone surprised that we people over 65 are not retiring? If you have been paying attention, defined company funded pensions were phasing out in the eigh...

    Ohio company cuts off a dairy supplier after allegations of animal abuse
    these people should be held accountable for their actions. i would be more than pleased to see a year or more behind bars. i will NEVER eat anything that comes ...

    Goodyear recruits thousands of vets
    What a wonderful interview! Excellent reporting skills by a talented young reporter! I look forward to hearing more from Ms. Schley!

    Ohio Democratic Party begins the rebuilding process
    I agree 100% with Sen. Brown. I think it is absolutely critical for the Democratic Party in Ohio to engage in the long, tedious, hard task of re-building from t...

    They're talking again in the Macedonia bridge dispute
    Norfolk Southern says the Ledge road bridge meets regulations for train traffic, however it was built as an overpass for a roadway and/or farm usage. I think t...

    Cleveland City Council to consider transgender public restroom law
    this is sick. I do not want my daughter in the same bathroom as a perverted 45 year old man. this proposed legislation could seriously damage the security of ch...

    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