Carter Adams

News Intern

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Carter is a senior journalism student at Kent State University and multimedia intern with WKSU. His concentration is in documentary photography, focusing on political unrest and working-class issues. He has worked on stories both local and abroad, having covered the 2016 Republican National Convention and the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys.

Attorneys Duriya Dhinojwala and Michael Steel co-founded the pro bono committee at Akron-based Brennan, Manna & Diamond. They participated in the free legal clinic offered by Community Legal Aid.
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Community Legal Aid is honoring two Akron attorneys for their pro bono work in Summit County.

A photo of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank logo.
Greater Cleveland Food Bank

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank has been chosen for a pilot program that seeks to help those in need in a new way.

A photo of voter machines.
DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

In addition to a host of local races, tax levies and ballot questions in this year's election, voters in two counties in Northeast Ohio will be asked to make changes in how county government operates. 

Summit and Cuyahoga Counties are the only two counties in Ohio to have a charter form of government. In order to make changes in their organization, voters must approve the changes.

A Metro RTA bus
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Akron Metro RTA plans to use $3 million in grant funding from the State of Ohio for bus maintenance and bus stop improvements.

The money will also help Metro RTA fund new programs, including Flex Ride. The initiative aims to connect suburban job centers with workers in need of transportation. The program is expected to launch next year.

Metro RTA Planning Director Valarie Shay, says this money allows the organization the opportunity to do more with current budgets.

CARTER ADAMS / WKSU

Workers at the General Motors Lordstown assembly plant have built cars and a community for more than 50 years. Earlier this year, GM shuttered the plant, but hope had remained that it would not close permanently. GM’s new contract with union workers, approved Friday, dashed those hopes. 

WKSU joined workers on the picket line at the assembly plant last week for a final farewell to Lordstown.

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. 

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.

Nick, a former GM employee, stands with fellow strikers in front of the main truck gate at the Lordstown GM assembly plant, Lordstown, Ohio. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.
CARTER ADAMS / WKSU

The contract agreement reached between the UAW and General Motors that may end the month-long strike does not include a new product for the shuttered Lordstown plant in Trumbull County.

The deal meets many demands that sent 49,000 workers to the picket line. Those include a better healthcare plan, gradual wage increases and a path for temporary workers to be hired on full time. 

However the agreement maintains the closure of three of four facilities GM shut down earlier this year, including the assembly facility in Lordstown where the Chevy Cruze was made. 

City of Canton
JIMMY EMERSON / CREATIVE COMMONS

The city of Canton is expanding a program to attract new residents.

Since the mid-1990s the city has had four Community Reinvestment Areas. Now the whole city is part of the program. It allows property owners in the city to apply for a 15-year, 100% tax abatement.

To qualify, property owners must invest either $5,000 in existing property or build a new home.  

Christopher Hardesty, who runs the program, is hopeful it will revitalize the city.

Portage Path walkers
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Akron is celebrating its second annual “North American First People’s Day” with a series of events Friday through Monday. 

The weekend long celebration started in 2018 with a resolution by the Akron City Council declaring the first Monday in October as a day to honor and celebrate indigenous history and culture.

The celebration includes a walk on Sunday led by representatives from the Northern Cheyenne Nation along the historic Portage Path.

kayakers in the Cuyahoga River
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The Cuyahoga River is now officially the 13th water trail in the state of Ohio. The designation was celebrated with a ribbon cutting at Water Works Park in Cuyahoga Falls.

Some of the participants in the designation ceremony paddled to the site at the Peninsula shelter next to the river.

Fifty years after it last burned the crooked river’s transformation from ecological disaster zone to water trail will lead to better management and a better user experience, according to Andrea Irland. She is an outdoor recreation planner for the National Park Service. 

The "corckscrew" rollercoaster at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio.
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Theme park operator Six Flags has approached Cedar Fair, owner of the Cedar Point amusement park, with a potential merger, according to a story released by Reuters.

Dennis Speigel, president of the consulting firm International Theme Park Services, says a merger would be momentous.

The track where an assault took place in the late hours of the morning. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019
CARTER ADAMS / WKSU

The identity of the man arrested in connection with an assault on Kent State’s campus has been released. KSU police arrested 21-year-old Christopher Eugene Clark near Summit Street and Loop Road.

Clark, of Newton Falls, is facing charges of gross sexual imposition, assault and obstructing official business.

A member of United Auto Workers Local 1005 stands on the picket line outside of the General Motors Metal Fabrication Division in Parma, Ohio Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019.
CARTER ADAMS / WKSU

More than 900 General Motors workers in Parma are among the 50,000 UAW members currently on strike across the country. 

a photo of a referee at a basketball game
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In an article published this week the Ohio High School Athletic Association issued a stern warning to parents and fans, saying their bad behavior is pushing referees off the field. If they don’t have game officials, OHSAA warns, there will be no more games.

A national report finds 80% of game officials quit after their first two years mainly because of unruly parents and fans.

a photo of Senator ROB PORTMAN
WKSU

Senator Rob Portman is lobbying for the passage of “the new NAFTA,” The trade deal negotiated by the Trump administration between the US, Mexico and Canada, known as the U.S.M.C.A.

The agreement has been awaiting congressional consideration. Portman says the deal will help the US economy.

“and U.S.M.C.A. is better for the ag (agricultural) community, better for our workers, better for industry, better for the auto industry,” senator Portman said. 

Portman says the new agreement will unify working standards for auto workers in each of the three countries.

Senator Rob Portman at the Ohio Statehouse
Statehouse News Bureau

Senator Rob Portman is speaking out in favor of background checks and red flag laws to prevent gun violence. But he says that the senate will only act on a measure it knows the president will support.

Portman says he has conferred with senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.

A federal red flag law would allow police to obtain a court order to confiscate guns from potentially dangerous people.

Portman said such intervention would have been appropriate in the case of the mass shooting in Dayton early last month.

photo of Juul
ANNA HUNTSMAN / WKSU

A local school district is trying a new way to fight the vaping epidemic. The Revere School District has installed 16 “FlySense” chemical and noise detectors in the middle school, high school and field house.

photo of trucks on highway
SHUTTERSTOCK

A new report finds that compared to the rest of the country, Ohio’s highways are getting better.

The study comes from the Reason Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank focused on market oriented solutions. It measured traffic fatalities, congestion and construction costs. 

Baruch Feigenbaum is the lead author on the report. He says Ohio’s overall ranking has improved.

Photo of Akron Pride Fest
CARTER ADAMS / WKSU

Thousands made their way to Akron’s Hardesty park Saturday  in the pursuit of celebrating love, life and pride. For attendees of the third annual Akron Pride Festival, all three were in abundance.

Starting early in the morning with a parade and going well into the evening with live performances, the park remained vibrant throughout the day. 

Map of the proposed Lake Erie Water Trail water access points via Cleveland Metro Parks.
Cleveland Metroparks

Cleveland Metroparks has begun planning a Lake Erie Water Trail, spanning the Cuyahoga County shoreline. Kelly Coffman, the Metroparks Senior Strategic Park Planner, says the popularity of paddle boarding and kayaking is one reason for the proposed trail. She says interest in the Cuyahoga River Water Trail is another incentive.