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a photo of the new Boston Mill Visitor Center
ANDREW MEYER / WKSU

Cuyahoga Valley National Park has opened what it’s calling its first “Front Door."

The Boston Mill Visitor Center is on Riverview Road in Peninsula. Park Superintendent Craig Kenkel hopes the new center will bring some new faces as well.

"We see this as being a place for those first time visitors who know nothing about Cuyahoga Valley and Northeast Ohio, but it’s also a place where returning visitors and local visitors can come and learn more about our interpretive scenes and the stories that comprise the National Park as well as its connection to Cleveland and Akron."

Aging Akron Police cruiser
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

A new dispatch system launched this month in Summit County will improve emergency response.

Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) replaced aging, DOS-based technology that had been used by the county, the cities of Akron and Green and the University of Akron.

Brian Nelsen is chief of staff to Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro. He said the new system will enhance how first responders react to emergencies.

a photo of Carlos Carrasco pitching
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A Cleveland Indians player is being awarded the prestigious Roberto Clemente award. It was announced Friday that the award would be given to pitcher Carlos 'Cookie' Carrasco. Carrasco said reading stories about Clemente’s dedication to the community and humanitarian efforts inspired him.

“When I get to read his stories, I say, ‘I just want to be like him,’ because that’s the way that I love to help in the community. And that’s the way that I am. And that’s the step that I want to follow too.”

a photo of Senator Rob Portman
STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Sen. Rob Portman says he’d like the current impeachment inquiry to be more transparent. His comment follows a move earlier this week by House Republicans to disrupt the closed-door proceedings. He says it's not a tactic he would use. 

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Oct. 25:

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DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The home rule provision was added to the Ohio constitution by voters in 1912, and the struggles between local officials and state lawmakers have raged almost since then. There have been claims that home rule is “under attack”.

The sun begins to set in the early afternoon behind the General Motors Metal Fabrication Division in Parma, Ohio Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019.
Carter Adams / WKSU

United Auto Workers members in Parma voted to ratify a new contract with General Motors today.

Nearly 90% of the plant’s 950 workers voted. 52 percent approved the deal while 48 percent did not. 

UAW Local 1005 President Mike Caldwell says this narrow decision has to do with how the contract affects each worker. 

Perry Nuclear Power Generation Station
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

This week brought a close to one chapter for Ohio's nuclear power plant bailout law, House Bill 6. But another could be starting. The group fighting against the bailout mounted a last minute push for signatures and their campaign could be heading to a new arena.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Summit County and the City of Akron are getting more than $10 million in federal funds to test for and remediate lead in nearly 500 hundred homes.

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SHUTTERSTOCK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s trying to unify elected officials and lawyers from cities and counties involved in opioid-related lawsuits. He wants to come up with a broad agreement on how the billions that will likely come their way will be spent.

DeWine says an all-day gathering Wednesday of about 100 city and county elected officials and their lawyers at the Governor’s Residence, along with Attorney General Dave Yost, is the first of its kind among any state seeking damages from opioid manufacturers and distributors.

photo of people signing House Bill 6 referendum petitions
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A federal judge has rejected the request from the anti-nuclear power plant bailout group to have more time to collect signatures. The group was trying to put the controversial law up for a vote on next year's ballot. 

Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts already missed the deadline and did not collect enough signatures to trigger a referendum on the nuclear bailout law.

photo of Tim Ryan, Ray Mancini
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan has decided to end his pursuit of the Democratic nomination for president. Ryan's decision is no real surprise. He failed to qualify for the debate held Oct. 15 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. And his latest fundraising report indicated he had raised far less than the top candidates. He raised just over $425,000 between July and September, less than half what he had raised during the previous reporting period.  

Students would start school later under legislation being proposed by a state senator from Cleveland.

The measure, proposed by State Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland), follows California's passage earlier this month of similar legislation requiring schools to start later. Senator Sandra Williams' proposal would have all Ohio public schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

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DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Oct. 24:

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TY GREENLEES / DAYTON DAILY NEWS

Two weeks after Governor Mike DeWine unveiled his so-called STRONG Ohio gun control package, groups on both sides of the issue are ramping up the rhetoric.

The plan disappointed many who wanted universal background checks and a law allowing a judge to take guns from someone deemed a threat. DeWine called for both after the Oregon District mass shooting.

Now, both sides are lobbying lawmakers as they consider DeWine’s gun violence bill. 

Senator Kristina Roegner
Karen Kasler

An anti-union group is setting up shop in Ohio, saying they’re focused on reaching out to around 340,000 public employees following last year’s Janus v. AFSCME decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Photo of a person vaping
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A recent outbreak of Lung Disease linked to vaping has prompted pulmonologists at the Cleveland Clinic to explore the link between the two.

Doctors began conducting lung biopsies on patients with a history of vaping. Director of Pulmonary Pathology Sanjay Mukhopadhyay led the study.

"Some people who vape definitely get lung damage, and that was not known before on a microscopic level and we have proved that in this study beyond a reasonable doubt," Mukhopadhyay said.

Republican Leader Larry Householder
KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Republican leader of the Ohio House says he’s watching what happened this week with the last-minute settlement to stop the big opioid trial in Cleveland – and the billions of dollars involved in it.  

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Senator Sherrod Brown is pushing for the reauthorization of a national program aimed at reducing infant mortality rates. The Healthy Start Program provides free and low cost medical care for mothers and their children.

Brown says the program also works to reduce racial disparities when it comes to infant mortality rates. African-American babies are three times more likely to die than white infants in Ohio.

Ohio School Counselors Association president Nichole Miller talks about the bill alongside OSCA past president Heather Fairs and president-elect Michelle Grimm. It’s sponsored by Reps. Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park) and Susan Manchester (R-Lakeview)
KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Teachers unions and school counselors are backing a new bipartisan bill that would put into law a universal job description for school counselors.

Counselors are responsible for academics, college and career readiness, and students’ social and emotional issues. But Ohio School Counselors Association president Nichole Miller said they’re often doing data reporting or cafeteria duty, filling in for teachers or administering tests – which leaves little time to help students, especially those in crisis.

UAW workers in Parma begin voting Wednesday on whether to ratify a proposed agreement or stay on strike and negotiate another contract.

Union officials and GM reached a tentative agreement late last week. It met some union demands, including maintaining healthcare benefits and providing a path for temporary workers to be hired full time.

However, some workers think the contract needs to do more for them and future workers. That includes Mike Crose, a 35-year GM employee.

A striking member of United Auto Workers Local 1005 walks in front of the General Motors Metal Fabrication Division in Parma, Ohio Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019.
CARTER ADAMS / WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, Oct. 23:

Cavaliers coach John Beilein and Browns coach Freddie Kitchens
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Two of Cleveland’s pro sports teams are starting fresh this week. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says the Browns are hoping to turn things around after the bye week, while the Cavs open the season with low expectations. 

Disability Rights Ohio Executive Director Michael Kirkman announces the lawsuit against the state back in 2016.
KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A disability rights group has settled the class action lawsuit it filed against the state of Ohio four years ago over its claims that people are being needlessly institutionalized in state and private run facilities.  

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OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

A local legislator is looking for ways Ohio can protect provisions of the Affordable Care Act. A federal court  is expected to rule soon on a Texas case that could strike down the ACA. State representative Randi Clites from Ravenna said that could jeopardize health care for people with pre-existing conditions. A bill she is proposing would protect families going through situations like her own.

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