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Lake Erie algae forecast available later today
Other morning headlines: University Hospitals receives over $4 million grant for cancer program; Basketball fans continue to wait for LeBron James's decision
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ
and LYNDSEY SCHLEY


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
  • Lake Erie algae forecast available later today
  • Akron medical incubator gets $5 million cash infusion
  • Ohio Supreme Court awaits Toledo traffic camera case before deciding one in Cleveland
  • Ohio Republicans wants to force Democratic gubernatorial candidate to release key-card data
  • Basketball fans continue to wait for LeBron James's decision
  • University Hospitals receives over $4 million grant for cancer program
  • Lake Erie algae forecast available later today
    Researchers are set to announce their outlook for the algae on Lake Erie this summer. Officials with Ohio State University's Sea Grant Program will offer their forecast today. In May, researchers hinted that heavy rainfalls this spring could bring another big algae outbreak later this summer. The algae blooms on Lake Erie during recent years have become a growing concern among politicians and cities that use the lake for drinking water. Phosphorus from farm fertilizer runoff and sewage treatment plants feed the algae that leave behind harmful toxins.

    Akron medical incubator gets $5 million cash infusion
    An Akron-based medical research incubator is getting a cash infusion from one of its founding members. The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron announced Wednesday that it’s receiving $4 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and one million from the state of Ohio to support its efforts to bring new medical devices to market. The Institute was formed in 2008 with funds from the Knight Foundation, the University of Akron, Akron’s three hospital systems, and NEOMED. Earlier this year NEOMED and Akron General backed out of the partnership. This week the Institute is expected to eliminate about eight of its 28 full-time positions as part of cost-cutting efforts. 

    Ohio Supreme Court awaits Toledo traffic camera case before deciding one in Cleveland
    Ohio's Supreme Court has put a Cleveland traffic cameras case on hold while the justices decide their ruling in a driver’s challenge to Toledo's camera system. The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed legal arguments in appeals of a lower court's ruling in Cleveland. A state appellate court had ruled that the traffic system unconstitutionally bypassed the judiciary, but that the driver lacked legal standing to recover his speeding fine. Both sides appealed. The justices last month listened to arguments on an appeal by Toledo and its camera vendor of an appellate court's ruling for a driver who sued over a 2009 camera-generated ticket.

    Ohio Republicans wants to force Democratic gubernatorial candidate to release key-card data
    The Ohio Republican Party is taking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald to court, trying to force him to release key-card data showing when he enters and leaves county buildings and parking facilities as the Cuyahoga County executive. The Wednesday filing asks the Ohio Supreme Court to compel the data's release as public record. A FitzGerald campaign spokeswoman calls it a political stunt and says Republicans and Gov. John Kasich should focus on real issues that matter to residents. Democrats have suggested FitzGerald's refusal to provide the records is similar to the Kasich administration's decision to block release of records detailing threats against the governor, because both involve a government leader's security.

    University Hospitals receives over $4 million grant for cancer program
    University Hospitals Seidmann Cancer center has received a $4.6 million grant made possible by the Affordable Care Act. The money will help about 1,800 patients with hard-to-treat cancers or those whose health, age or home situation makes treatment more difficult. The grant will fund 12 new positions including patient navigators and palliative care providers.

    Basketball fans continue to wait for LeBron James's decision
    LeBron James is going to continue to make us wait. Fans were glued to social media and the Internet last night, hoping James would announce where he will play next season after meeting with Miami Heat president Pat Riley earlier in the day. It is anticipated that James will meet with his family before making his choice and the frontrunners appear to be either staying with the Heat or signing with the Cavs. Meanwhile on Wednesday, the Cavs agreed to trade guard Jarrett Jack and center Tyler Zeller in deals would give the Cavs enough salary-cap room to offer James a maximum contract. Free agents can begin signing with teams today.  

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