Sculptor Don Drumm works in his private studio almost every day.
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State of the Arts: Inside Don Drumm's Studio

Artist Don Drumm has been a fixture of the Northeast Ohio art scene for nearly 50 years. On this week’s State of the Arts WKSU’s Mark Arehart takes us behind the scenes at the sculptor’s Akron studios.

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Akron City Council members are considering a request from the city for 10 new speed control guns.

The request was for $18,000 to buy the guns, which would be placed in cruisers so officers can monitor speed even while driving past a vehicle.

Ben Hier lives in Highland Square near Portage Path Community Learning Center, where an unmanned traffic camera is placed during the week. He says he’d prefer the presence of an actual police officer.

“If they had cops hitting radar, it would probably significantly drop the amount of speeding that does go on.”

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A small group of protesters wants the Cleveland Catholic Diocese to be more transparent with information about clergy sex abuse.

About a dozen people gathered in a light rain in front of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland on Saturday afternoon. The event came just days after the diocese said it’s compiling a list – going back decades – of priests who were removed from their posts due to allegations of child sex abuse.

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She used to be a METRO RTA driver. Now Dawn Distler is the agency's new Executive Director. She’s returning to northeast Ohio after 15 successful years in transit management in Tennessee, in Nashville and in Knoxville. What brought her back, and what are her plans for METRO RTA’s future?

Tamir Rice's funeral
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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, October 8:

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Voter registrations are up in Ohio since November 2016. And that pleases a non-partisan group that encourages increased voter participation. 

Jen Miller with the League of Women Voters of Ohio says she’s encouraged that, at last check, voter registration rates are up by two percent since the presidential election two years ago.

“We often see a downtick in turnout in midterm elections but this increase seems to indicate an enthusiasm for politics and voting this year.”

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Ohio’s senators split Friday on whether to move forward to a vote on Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the United States Supreme Court. Senator Sherrod Brown voted against proceeding. Senator Rob Portman voted in favor of ending the debate and moving to the final vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. In comments on the senate floor Thursday night, Portman affirmed support for Kavanaugh, and talked about the country moving forward.

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Motorists should look out for new traffic patterns as the I-76 Main Broadway Project continues in Akron.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is currently about halfway through the $84 million project. By the July of 2020 completion date, motorists should expect the permanent closure of the Grant Street and Wolf Ledges entrance and exit ramps to the highway.

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Backers of gender equality legislation that’s been proposed again in Ohio say they are making slow headway in getting the civil rights protection they think the bill would afford them.

Alana Jochum with Equality Ohio says civil rights protections for LGBTQ Ohioans are being passed in Ohio’s cities, including recently in Cleveland.

“We have gone from 14 percent of Ohioans from having access to a remedy to 27 percent.”  

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The controversy over conservative federal judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to a lifetime position on the U.S. Supreme Court has left many people wondering how the perceived shift in that bench will affect them. LGBTQ Ohioans are concerned.

Chad Griffin with the Human Rights Campaign says the message from his group to LGBTQ voters in Ohio is clear – put the brakes on the Trump administration now.

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Candidates for Ohio governor both fielded questions on Thursday from Ohio students in Cleveland about helping young people get jobs.

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