Aaron McDade

News Intern

Aaron McDade is a senior journalism major at Kent State University, set to graduate in the spring. He has worked as an assigning editor and a reporter for the Kent Stater, the university’s student-run newspaper and plans to pursue a career in sports journalism after graduation. His interests include sports and politics.

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The Mid-American Conference (MAC) has cancelled the remainder of the men's and women's college basketball tournaments due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus. MAC comissioner Jon Steinbrecher made the announcement Thursday. The University of Akron and Kent State University were both scheduled to play today. The start time of Akron's game against Ohio University was initially going to be pushed back from noon to around 1 p.m.

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Akron Municipal Court has adopted an amendment to an eviction-related rule. The new amendment to rule 29 is designed to protect tenants, requiring more information from landlords to be submitted before an eviction action can be filed in court.

Landlords need to provide a copy of the lease agreement, prove that they own the property and show the property is properly registered with the county rental registry. Executive Director of Community Legal Aid Steven McGarrity says the rule change won’t have the consequences some landlords say it might.

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The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will begin a new sanitation policy Monday to combat public concerns about the coronavirus. RTA staff will use a disinfectant recommended by the Centers for Disease Control to sanitize all buses at least once every 24 hours, and rail cars every 72 hours.

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Ohio will soon receive federal funding to help test for and potentially care for coronavirus cases. Senator Sherrod Brown says the Senate is about to approve more than $8 billion in funding for coronavirus research and testing, and a portion of that money will go to Ohio.

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A local expert on China says the coronavirus outbreak has already impacted some Ohio businesses. A professor in Akron’s global business institute, Mahesh Srinivasan says some tire and medical implant manufacturers have seen disruptions in their rubber supply chain, but two main factors have delayed the impact elsewhere.

First, tariffs have forced some businesses to find alternate supply sources outside China, and second is the annual disruption in supply that occurs around Chinese New Year.

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A local elections official says Ohio’s upcoming primary is drawing similar public interest and registration numbers as 2016. Tuesday marked the deadline to register to vote in the March 17 primary election. Portage County deputy elections director Terry Nielsen says it’s important for voters to know their ballot, and make sure their voice gets heard.

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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.