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Greater Cleveland Food Bank

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank has been chosen for a pilot program that seeks to help those in need in a new way.

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Could data have helped prevent the opioid crisis in Ohio? A Kent State University researcher says yes. Public Health Professor Deric Kenne is partnering with a Kent computer scientist to develop The Northeast Ohio Tri-County Prevention Infrastructure.

Four of the high ranking officials at GOJO.
GOJO

The Akron based inventor of PURELL hand sanitizer announced a change in leadership Wednesday.

GOJO industries will promote Carey Jaros to President and CEO. 

Mark Lerner, who served as president for fifteen years will be transitioning into a new role as a senior advisor within the company.

Executive Chair Marcella Kanfer Rolnick says Jaros’s passion for innovation makes her a perfect choice for the future.

“I feel 100% confident that Carey is the absolute best next leader of our orginzation and there is no one else I would want to do this work with.”

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Voters in Akron elected three new members to the Akron Public Schools Board of Education Tuesday. One of them made history.  

N.J. Akbar is the first openly LGBTQ Muslim elected in Ohio. Akbar is the assistant dean of University College at Kent State University. He said he was encouraged to run by a colleague at the university.

With his new position, Akbar wants to examine equity policies, increase flexibility in the academic calendar and be transparent about how the board operates.

Akron mayor Dan Horrigan
JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

Akron Democrats had a strong showing in Tuesday’s General Election. Many gathered at the Duck Club in downtown Akron for general election results, which ushered in a second four-year term for Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, Nov. 6:

Koby Altman on Middlebury College magazine cover
SARAH TAYLOR / WKSU

Koby Altman may not necessarily be a household name, but the Cavs general manager has something that’s eluded a number of his predecessors. According to WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto, that says something both about Altman and the team’s owner, Dan Gilbert.

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CUYAHOGA COUNTY:

Issue 3: Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal and Increase) Cuyahoga Community College District - 64% - YES/ 36% - NO (PASSED)

Euclid City School District: Additional tax levy - 55% - NO/ 45% -YES (FAILED)

Independence Local School District: Bond issue - 56% - AGAINST/ 44% - FOR (FAILED)

MAHONING COUNTY:

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Akron Republican Josh Sines says he’ll concentrate on his businesses after losing the mayor’s race.

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JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan has won a second term, easily defeating a challenge from Republican Josh Sines, a restaurateur and pro wrestling ring announcer. 

In a statement declaring victory, Horrigan thanked voters for their support and expressed optimism as the city moves forward.

Election 2019 Results

Nov 5, 2019

Final numbers are in from Summit County. Democrats will retain control of the mayor's office and all of the seats on Akron City Council. Here are the numbers:

HORRIGAN  77%      SINES  23%

JEFF FUSCO, LINDA OMOBIEN, and GINGER BAYLOR captured the three at-large council seats. 

Ward 1   RICH SWIRSKY wins reelection unopposed.

Ward 2  PHIL LOMBARDO  77%      TODD KLEINTOP  23%

Ward 3  MARGO SOMMERVILLE  91%    MICHAEL DOWNEY  9%

Ward 4  RUSS NEAL 79%   DeANDRE FORNEY  21%

Ward 5  TARA MOSLEY-SAMPLES wins reelection unopposed.

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TC ARCHITECTS

One of Kent’s largest businesses is expanding its headquarters and expects to add as many as 200 support workers as it grows over the next decade. Davey Tree Expert Company said the expansion will begin next spring and double the size of its current headquarters building located at 1500 N. Mantua St.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Democratic state senators had lots of questions for the sponsor of Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed gun violence bill at its first hearing. They wanted details about the private gun sales background check system it creates as well as the version of the red flag gun seizure law it includes.

Democrats fired various scenarios at sponsor Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) and asked why the bill doesn’t include mandatory background checks or a stronger red flag law. Dolan told them the bill will reduce gun violence, and therefore does something – as activists have called for.

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The Ohio Senate is poised to pass two controversial abortion bills Wednesday that would put restrictions on doctors performing those procedures.

A 'thank you for voting sign' is seen in front of the Northeast Ohio Medical University polling station in Rootstown, Ohio. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.
CARTER ADAMS / WKSU

On this Election Day, two Democratic state lawmakers announced they’re introducing a bill to make future general election days paid state holidays for all Ohio workers.

State Reps. Erica Crawley (D-Columbus) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) say state law allows workers to take time off to vote, but hourly workers don’t have to be paid if they do. And though Ohio has 28 days of early voting, Sweeney says a paid holiday for governments and businesses that would observe it would help voters – especially single parents and those working multiple jobs.

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WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, Nov. 5:

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A federal program that could provide $5 billion dollars to private schools across the country hasn’t received the ok from Congress yet.

But that’s not stopping at least one state senator from introducing a bill to draw down those dollars when and if the program is approved.

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LEBRON JAMES FAMILY FOUNDATION

The LeBron James Family Foundation has partnered with a Chicago-based hotel company to address a pressing need for some of its students: housing. 

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Veterans will be at the Summit County Courthouse this week to highlight the mental health issues that face returning soldiers. Every morning, 22 dog tags will be placed on a Witness Tree to recognize that an estimated 22 veterans take their own lives each day. The project began in Pennsylvania. U.S. Army veteran John Schluep is bringing it to Akron. He’s a retired pastor, and he says many veterans experience a “spiritual crisis” after their service.

LYDIA TAYLOR / WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, Nov. 4:

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

A new book profiles farmers in Ohio – specifically, dairy farmers who are women.

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KEITH HOMAN / SHUTTERSTOCK

A quarter of the Ohio House – all Republicans – have signed on to a new “stand your ground” self-defense bill introduced last month.

That’s setting up suggestions that it could be part of a compromise to pass the gun violence plan backed by Gov. Mike DeWine following the mass shooting in Dayton. 

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Ohio farmers who want to sell their property to a younger farmer in their family might soon get a tax incentive to do that. 

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would give older farmers a tax incentive when they sell their farms to younger members of the family. State Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) says this bill will help make sure the land continues to be farmed instead of being developed for another purpose.

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Several Ohio House Republicans are backing a bill that they say is a ”free market solution” to surprise medical billing, when patients get unexpected big invoices from out of network providers after visiting an in-network hospital or health care facility. 

“Surprise medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in Ohio," Rep. Adam Holmes (R-Nashport) says.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Google broke ground on a new $600 million data center in central Ohio.

The new facility in New Albany was spurred, in part, by different local and state tax breaks. 

The new Google data center is expected to generate about 50 jobs within the next few years.

The tech giant received a 15-year, property tax abatement from New Albany and a 15-year sales tax exemption from the state that's estimated to be about a $43.5 million break.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said the benefits will far outweigh the tax breaks.

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