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Boulez leading Cleveland Orchestra
ROGER MASTROIANNI / CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

Music is big business in Northeast Ohio. The Cleveland Orchestra commissioned a study to determine just how big.

It found the orchestra’s activities at Severance Hall and concerts at Blossom Music Center – which it owns – generated more than $135 million in spending in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

The orchestra’s President and CEO Andre Gremillet says he wants to increase that impact in the coming years.

a photo of the start line for the Akron Marathon
AKRON MARATHON / FACEBOOK

Road closures begin at 5:30 Friday evening in preparation for the 2019 Akron Marathon. The race begins at 7:30 Saturday morning from a new starting point, Stan Hywet in west Akron. 

In anticipation of the race, S. Main Street, between Exchange and Bowery in downtown Akron will be the first street shut down for the race. E. Buchtel between High and S. Main will close at 7 Friday night. 

photo of Sherrod Brown and Tom Perez
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Senator Sherrod Brown is taking on President Donald Trump's new overtime rule. The Democrat said the salary threshold the Trump Administration is imposing is harmful to moderate income workers.  

A rule created under President Obama increased the salary threshold so everyone making $47,000 or less would be required overtime pay.

But it's Trump's proposal that will go into effect, allowing OT for people making $35,500 or less. Brown said Trump's rule leaves about 50,000 Ohioans without overtime pay compared to Obama's plan.

Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH 13) is trying something different in his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. He's released a recording of his policies in a streaming album. Called "A New and Better Agenda" the 10-tracks cover gun control, education, healthcare, college affordability and more. The album can be streamed on Spotify.

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OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY

The Democratic National Committee says the next debate in Westerville will be held on one night, October 15th.

While the DNC had blocked off two nights, it says only October 15 will be needed because no other candidate is close to qualifying by the October 1 deadline. Candidates must get at least 2% in four DNC approved polls and have at least 130,000 unique donors. And the bar gets higher to reach in the next debate.

A photo of BrightView in Akron
SARAH TAYLOR / WKSU

Akron residents struggling with addiction have an additional option for recovery. BrightView Health has opened an outpatient treatment center in the city to further address the opioid epidemic in Northeast Ohio.

The facility offers medication-assisted treatment, individual and group therapy and social support.

Carl Knorr, a peer recovery supporter, says BrightView’s philosophy is to "treat the whole person" by offering specialized care for each patient.

Photo of a UAW ON STRIKE sign sits on the sidewalk 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 Friday, September 27:

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Ohio Department of Health has confirmed at least 20 cases of severe breathing illnesses, mostly in young people. And there are about two dozen more cases being investigated. Gov. Mike DeWine wants to ban flavored e-cigarettes. Now, there’s a bill that would do that.

Kids cannot legally buy vaping products under current law, but State Representative Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) says they are getting flavored vaping products. He wants to ban the sale of flavored vaping e-cigarettes.

A photo of former Ohio House speaker Ryan Smith
STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives is resigning and heading for academia. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports.

Republican Ryan Smith is resigning to lead Rio Grande Community College and Rio Grande University. The move isn’t a surprise because word of it has been circulating around the Statehouse for weeks.

Jay Gershen
JEFF ST.CLAIR / WKSU

September 30th is Dr. Jay Gershen’s last day as president of the Northeast Ohio Medical University.

During his decade at the helm of NEOMED, Gershen has emphasized the school’s mission to produce doctors to serve Northeast Ohio’s diverse communities.

Presidential candidate Beto O Rourke addresses a crowd of supporters and counter protestors during his town hall rally, organised by the KSU College Democrats, on Risman Plaza, Kent State University.  Kent, Ohio. Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2019
CARTER ADAMS / WKSU

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is continuing his campaign with town halls at several Ohio colleges. Wednesday night O’Rourke visited Kent State University to speak to close to 400 people about his plans. 

photo of Akron neighborhood next to I-77
DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, September 26:

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CITY OF AKRON

Akron’s history as the rubber capital of the world has been celebrated in books and a documentary. Now the city has a plan to recognize the thousands of workers who made that happen.

It started with a suggestion from a man who worked at B.F. Goodrich in the late 1970s.

“There’s still a rubber pulse in Akron. It’s still beating," said Joel Neilsen of Broadview Heights. He first felt that pulse when he started his career as a 20-something tire development engineer. He recalls interacting with the workers.

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Lindsay Fox / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / ecigarettereviewed.com

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, September 25:

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ERIK DROST / FLICKR

The Cleveland Indians are making a push for the playoffs in the final week of the season. As of Wednesday, they are a half-game back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the second American League Wild Card. They trail the Minnesota Twins by four games in the AL Central. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto said the team turned its season around in the face of adversity.

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ERIK DROST / FLICKR

The Browns head into their Sunday game against the Balitmore Ravens with a 1-2 record. They lost to the L.A. Rams 20-13 on Sunday. Head coach Freddie Kitchens took the blame for the loss, citing his poor play calling towards the end of the game. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto said there were some positives to take from yet another disappointing offensive performance.

A photo of Annie with her painting
SUMMIT COUNTY PROBATE COURT

Sixteen ideas that can engage residents and enrich Akron through the arts have been chosen as winners in the fourth Knight Arts Challenge.

Applicants answer a simple question: what’s your best idea for the arts in Akron?

This year, Knight awarded nearly $600,000 to bring to life ideas that range from an exploration of the community’s history of disability to a presentation of Baroque music integrating puppets and visuals.

A photo of a worker gathering signatures on a petition
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The intense fight over a petition drive seeking to overturn Ohio's nuclear bailout law is escalating with a counter petition now circulating around the state. The pro-nuclear bailout group is calling it a grassroots effort which doubles down on their anti-foreign investors’ message.

photo of "For Rent" sign
CARTER ADAMS / WKSU

A social service organization is getting help to prevent homelessness. Coleman Professional Services is receiving a $75,000 grant from Anthem Blue Cross and Shield to help landlords provide rapid rehousing for individuals facing homelessness in northeast Ohio. Vice President of Clinical Services at Coleman, Tammy Weaver, said transitional housing helps people stabilize and get back on their feet.

a photo of Frank LaRose
JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

An effort to circulate petitions to repeal the nuclear bailout law known as House Bill 6 has brought out a high-profile opposition campaign with ads and mailers. And despite repeated calls to reveal their donors, neither the bailout's supporters nor the group that wants to overturn the law has said where they're getting their money.  One top state official said he thinks something needs to be done to change that.

photo of Larry Householder
DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The speaker of the Ohio House said he expects to receive Gov. Mike DeWine's official proposal to increase gun regulations in the state soon, and the legislation expanding background checks and a court's ability to confiscate weapons will be "well vetted."

Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) said he and many gun owners are already for background checks, but he raised doubts about how to enforce them for personal gun sales.

a photo of the stone amphitheater at Chestnut Ridge Park
JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

The Akron Parks Challenge asks the community to envision how to better use the city’s neighborhood parks. In Kenmore, residents are restoring a long-neglected gem.

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GAGE SKIDMORE / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, September 24:

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AKRON CIVIC THEATRE

Halloween is not typically the first holiday you think of when it comes to love. However, Akron Municipal Court will once again be offering couples the opportunity to tie the knot on the spookiest of days. The court is offering to officiate weddings at the Akron Civic Theatre on October 31st.

This is the fourth year the court has offered the special Halloween ceremonies. Judge Ron Cable will preside.

Death penalty bed
/ STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The state is making changes to the process the Parole Board uses when considering clemency for death row inmates. 

The Ohio Parole Board will get more information on the background of inmates. The inmate’s application for mercy, reports of child abuse, mental health and substance abuse history will all be given to parole board members early. 

Senior Federal Public Defender David Stebbins says they were getting just the inmate’s case record, disciplinary history and rehabilitation efforts on the day of the clemency hearing. 

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