Dan Horrigan

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Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan has introduced a plan to address vacant buildings in the city.

The mayor's spokeswoman, Ellen Lander-Nischt, says city council has received complaints about abandoned buildings throughout the city for a while. 

“Mayor Horrigan was a ward councilperson himself years ago, and a persistent problem has been vacant commercial or industrial buildings in Akron that has basically been neglected for years.”

The logo for the Akron Parks Challenge.
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The deadline is fast approaching for community groups and individuals to pitch their ideas for the Akron Parks Challenge. The goal is to improve two Akron parks.

The city will give up to $100,000 each to the winning proposals. Other organizations, like the Knight Foundation, are also pitching in to make these initial projects feasible.

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, April 5:

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Akron City Hall is backing one of the city’s biggest employers in calling for a government alternative to FirstEnergy plans to close three nuclear power plants. 

A statement from Mayor Dan Horrigan followed the announcement that the Akron-based utility plans to shutter the David Besse and Perry nuclear power plants in Ohio and Beaver Valley plant in Pennsylvania. It also came right after FirstEnergy -- as expected -- declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy of its deregulated power-generating subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions.

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CITY OF AKRON

Akron is getting $8 million in federal funding for its Main Street Promenade project.

The promenade project is concentrated on Main Street between Perkins and Mill -- north of the John S. Knight Center. Mayor Dan Horrigan says the funds will go toward repairs, more greenspace and improved accessibility for people with disabilities. And he thanked Ohio's congressional delegation for its bipartisan support in securing the grant.

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