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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Feb. 13:

Sherrod Brown
WKSU

President Donald Trump unveiled his 2020 budget this week, and Congress is taking a critical look at his cuts to safety-net programs.

Ohio's Democratic Senator, Sherrod Brown, criticized $75 billion in cuts to Social Security disability insurance. In a call with reporters Wednesday, Brown said the plan will make it harder for people with disabilities to get the assistance they need.

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MICHAEL ZETTS

A delegation of Korean executives from LG Chem met in Washington, D.C., Wednesday with state and federal officials to lay the groundwork for a new electric vehicle battery factory in Lordstown.

Congressman Tim Ryan (D - Niles), along with Ohio lawmakers, Sen. Michael Rulli ( R - Salem) and Sen. Sean O'Brien (D - Trumbull), praised the investments being made in the Mahoning Valley by the battery maker and its partner General Motors Corp.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The state is one step closer to granting workers' compensation to first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder. The policy change would base benefits off of the mental health condition rather than requiring a physical injury. 

First responders lined the balcony of the Ohio House chamber to applaud lawmakers after they passed the PTSD workers' compensation bill.

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OHIO LEGISLATURE / THE OHIO GENERAL ASSEMBLY

A bipartisan bill would ban Ohio children younger than 18 years old from participating in so-called conversion therapy, the practice of trying to convert someone from gay to straight. 

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Two of the medical conditions rejected for inclusion in Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program last year are getting another chance this year.  

An Ohio State Medical Board committee will, once again, consider anxiety and autism spectrum disorder as conditions for which marijuana could be recommended to patients. The committee will consider new information provided on those and also cachexia, a wasting disease that causes patients to lose weight.

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TINA BOYES / KENMORE NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE

A new cafe is fulfilling a part of the Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance’s plan to add more food-related businesses to Kenmore Boulevard.

Lil' Bit Cafe hosted a grand opening Wednesday. Not only does it meet a growing demand for more sit-down restaurants in that area, it also increases job opportunities. The restaurant is partnering with the culinary training program called Jump On Board For Success. JOBS will train teen and young mothers for possible employment at the restaurant.

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Kent State has announced that students in Akron’s I Promise program will be able to attend the university tuition-free. The university will also provide one year free room and board and plans to fundraise to try to cover additional years.

In an interview provided by the university, Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Melody Tankersley says Kent has hosted I Promise students for summer programs to help them prepare for college, and this extends that relationship.

CAVS

The Cleveland Cavaliers made a surprise trade just hours before last week’s deadline. The team that’s in last place in the Eastern Conference (13-40) added two-time All-Star Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons without giving up any starters. Drummond is 6 feel 11 inches tall and 280 pounds. He averages 17.8 points and leads the NBA in rebounding at 15.8 per game.

WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says the trade underscores how in the NBA, the bigger you are the lower you're valued. 

Verrelle L. Wyatt
Akron Marathon

The Akron Marathon announced it will have a new race director for the 2020 season. 

Experienced runner Verrelle L. Wyatt will be responsible for planning, organizing and staging the marathon events. His experience in leadership and operational management will add to the marathon's effective systems, strategies and thoughtful event policies.

According to Anne Bitong, president and CEO of the Akron Marathon, Wyatt will bring a fresh perspective and an incredible energy to the runners.  

A new bill at the Ohio Statehouse would prevent doctors from prescribing drugs to delay puberty or perform surgery to change a child’s gender. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports on parental support of the bill.

 

Maria says doctors told her that her child was transgender. Maria doesn’t want to use her full name, but she says she believes medical professionals are experimenting with drugs and surgery on children like hers and forcing their parents into silence.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Sen. Rob Portman says he supports a loan program that would help Lordstown Motors Corp. in its effort to build electric pickup trucks at the old General Motors Co. plant.

The Energy Department loan is known as the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program. Lordstown Motors was seeking $200 million. But, President Donald Trump cut the loan program from his proposed 2021 budget.

Portman says that is not the final word.

Five former Ohio State wrestlers who say they were abused by former team doctor Richard Strauss, want Ohio’s inspector general to open investigations related to another alleged abuser.

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ANGELA HSIEH / NPR

A Central Ohio man teaching in China said he’s ending his contract to come home early amid growing concerns about the quickly spreading coronavirus

 

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio school officials say they’re backing a plan that would phase-out the private school voucher program known as EdChoice. The House-passed legislation would instead grant vouchers based on a family's income. The school groups say basing vouchers off of academic performance leaves public schools with less funding. 

More than 1,200 public school buildings are set to be designated as "failing" making students in those districts eligible for EdChoice vouchers. That's more than twice as many as last year.

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COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVANCY

Despite a disappointing season last year, the Countryside Farmers' Market at Highland Square in Akron will be back this summer. Market manager Serena Jones attributed last year’s lack of activity to the weather, saying it rained almost every Thursday the market was open. Jones said the decision to return was mission driven.  

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Voting rights advocates, computer security experts and some county elections officials gathered at the Ohio Statehouse for a cybersecurity initiative. Some say they feel like they have the information they need to protect Ohio’s upcoming primary. 

Franklin County Board of Elections Deputy Director David Payne says he’s not worried so much about the election process itself. “It would be very, very, difficult for anybody to change a vote.”

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GAGE SKIDMORE / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, Feb. 11:

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

As Ohio prisons officials work on a way to continue carrying out executions, House and Senate leaders are considering having deeper discussions on the future of the death penalty.

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The state’s chief elections officer is criticizing President Trump and other key figures for sharing rumors and false information related to voting, recently about the Iowa caucuses but going all the way back to the 2016 election. This comes as Ohioans prepare to start early voting in two weeks for the presidential primary in March.

Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose said posting conspiracy theories about voting that cast doubt on the fairness and accuracy of U.S. elections shouldn’t be tolerated – no matter where it comes from.

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JW PHOTOWORKS / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

For the last decade, Ohio lawmakers were locked in heated debates over how the state should address energy generation, from bailing out nuclear to rolling back green energy standards. With a new law in the books, House and Senate leaders are starting to turn their attention to a different energy debate: grid modernization. 

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YOUTUBE

Jane Fonda will return to Kent State this spring. The university has announced her appearance is part of events planned to honor the 50th anniversary of the May 4th shootings

Chic Canfora looks forward to Jane Fonda’s return to Kent State. “She was here in 1971," Canfora recalls. "She was here with a strong message that dissent is a powerful form of protection for our democracy."   

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, Feb. 10:

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JEFF ST.CLAIR / WKSU

America has a long tradition of the lone inventor, and Ohio has long been a leader in aerospace innovation.

An inventor in Oberlin combines the two by creating a new form of aircraft in his backyard.

On this week’s Exploradio, we look at the quest for a flying machine with no moving parts.

HOME IN AKRON: Tenant Hits ‘Slumlord’ in the Pocketbook

Feb 10, 2020
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MIKE CARDEW / AKRON BEACON JOURNAL

Anthony Williams keeps a pile of pillows on his bed to block a drafty window. But that’s not why he sleeps on the living room couch.

The basement wall below his bed is buckling. He’s afraid he’ll fall through or wake up buried by the ceiling. His landlord, Gary Thomas, said foundation repairs can wait until the spring, which brings no immediate comfort to Williams. “Well, it’s been there for a long time. So, I don’t know that it’s going to cause the house to collapse,” Thomas said in a phone interview last week.

 

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