Akron native Joe Maas, who produces atmospheric beats as ZOD1AC, is working to unite Northeast Ohio's hip-hop commuity by celebrating what makes Rust Belt cities inspiring and influential to local musicians.


Ohio's Supreme Court Chief Justice is awaiting a task force's recommendations on how to reform Ohio's bail system. Maureen O’Connor said it’s a real problem when some low-income Ohioans charged with crimes have to pay bail to be released from lockups. 

O’Connor said having to pay bail after being charged with minor infractions can turn the world upside down for some low-income Ohioans.

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Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan gave his third State of the City address today, and touted a new partnership between the city and AARP to examine economic and social factors that affect seniors in the city.

The mayor said Akron is going to be part of the AARP “Age-Friendly Communities” initiative. It’s a five-year plan to examine city policies to ensure they’re helpful for seniors. Horrigan says an assessment should be completed this year.

photo Voters in Cuyahoga County

Ohio’s top elections official said giving workers a day off for Election Day is an interesting idea, but he’s not convinced it’s the one and only solution. 

The city of Sandusky moved its paid city holiday from Columbus Day to Election Day. Local leaders said they wanted to prioritize that time as a holiday to give workers the chance to vote.

A similar move has been proposed by members of the Cincinnati City Council.

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A new study has found Ohio charter school students aren’t measuring up to their traditional school peers.

The report from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University shows Ohio charter school students had weaker academic progress in math than traditional students. They showed similar results in reading.

The study finds the growth is even weaker for online charter students.