Joseph Ciccolini

News Intern

Joseph Ciccolini is an intern at WKSU for Fall 2019. He is set to graduate in December, 2019 with a degree in broadcast journalism. After graduation he wants to pursue a career in sports radio. He is passionate about the Cleveland Cavaliers, Browns and Indians. In his free time he likes to watch sporting events and movies, with Star Wars being his favorite. 

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Automation, robotics and artificial intelligence are all new innovations that companies are hoping to utilize. Now a new organization in Ohio is looking to propel the state to be a technological leader. 

OhioX is a nonprofit that wants to unite individuals throughout the state to collaborate on new technological innovation.

The group’s president Chris Berry says one goal is to help brand Ohio as a destination for people who want to help grow the economy through technology.

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Kent State announced plans on Wednesday to improve parking and energy efficiency on its main campus as well as regional locations.

Downtown Akron

The city of Akron has had a goal to increase its population and now has a plan to make that happen. The five year plan focuses on equitable growth that benefits all residents.

Deputy Mayor James Hardy says part of the plan involving downtown redevelopment is already well underway.  

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Craft breweries have been on a steady rise throughout the country becoming hot spots for people and providing benefits to local economies. Ohio now has over 300 craft brewers and is one of the top five craft brewers in the country.  

We've been checking in with Ohio author David Giffels as he travels around the state for his new book, "Barnstorming Ohio". Each month he discusses what he’s finding in a series of conversations we’re calling “To Understand Ohio.” This month Giffels visited a small brewery in Mansfield.

Four of the high ranking officials at GOJO.

The Akron based inventor of PURELL hand sanitizer announced a change in leadership Wednesday.

GOJO industries will promote Carey Jaros to President and CEO. 

Mark Lerner, who served as president for fifteen years will be transitioning into a new role as a senior advisor within the company.

Executive Chair Marcella Kanfer Rolnick says Jaros’s passion for innovation makes her a perfect choice for the future.

“I feel 100% confident that Carey is the absolute best next leader of our orginzation and there is no one else I would want to do this work with.”

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Issue 3: Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal and Increase) Cuyahoga Community College District - 64% - YES/ 36% - NO (PASSED)

Euclid City School District: Additional tax levy - 55% - NO/ 45% -YES (FAILED)

Independence Local School District: Bond issue - 56% - AGAINST/ 44% - FOR (FAILED)


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The LeBron James Family Foundation has partnered with a Chicago-based hotel company to address a pressing need for some of its students: housing. 

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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.

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Small to mid-size businesses in Northeast Ohio will soon have access to expertise that can help them grow.

The London Stock Exchange Group’s Elite Initiative has chosen Cleveland for its first North American headquarters.

It’s not the company’s first foray into Ohio. They worked with the city of Athens and nine Southeast Ohio companies last year in their first U.S. venture.  

Deb Janik is senior vice president of Real Estate and Business Development at Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Students would start school later under legislation being proposed by a state senator from Cleveland.

The measure, proposed by State Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland), follows California's passage earlier this month of similar legislation requiring schools to start later. Senator Sandra Williams' proposal would have all Ohio public schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

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Summit County will receive 38% percent of the cash settlement pharmaceutical companies reached with Summit and Cuyahoga Counties. The percentage is based on population. The bulk of the money will come from a deal with AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson Corp. Generic drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical has agreed to pay $20 million and provide $25 million dollars worth of products to the two counties.  

County executive Ilene Shapiro is creating an advisory task force to determine how that money will be spent.

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced Tuesday the 16 nominees eligible for induction in 2020.

The ballot features diverse artists from several countries across different genres of music. One even has a connection to Northeast Ohio.

This year’s ballot features:

Canal Park

The Sports Business Journal has ranked Akron the number ten minor league market in the nation to catch a ballgame.

The RubberDucks have seen 34% attendance growth in the seven years that Ken Babby has owned the team. Under his ownership the team was renamed the RubberDucks.

General Manager Jim Pfander says the name gives the team a better connection to the city and helps attracts kids and families.

“Everybody knows what a rubber duck is and so for us it’s part of the fun. It’s part of what minor league baseball is all about.”

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Summa Health System

Summa Health is building a new behavioral health facility on the Akron City Hospital campus.

The $60 million project will allow for inpatient and outpatient care to take place under one roof, but it will also be the end an era at St. Thomas.

St. Thomas hospital and its Ignatia Hall was the first hospital in the country dedicated to treating alcoholism. Under this plan St. Thomas will be vacated but the services provided there, including psychiatry and addiction medicine, will move to the new facility.

Youngstown has built a hub for additive manufacturing and it’s paying off in a big way. The NFL is bringing its challenge to create a safer helmet to the city in November.

Erin O’Donnell, Director of Partnerships and Community Relations for America Makes says the three day symposium could be a big step in trying to prevent concussions for players.

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The Ohio Wine Producers Association is hopeful a trade deal with China is reached before Ohio’s wines are pushed off store shelves. The head of the association, Doniella Winchell, said shelf space is already limited by the more than 300 wineries in Ohio.

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Hiram College’s plan to reduce tuition by thirty-five percent for all undergrads could have an impact well beyond the school.

Hiram College President Lori Varlotta says the goal is to reduce the sticker shock of going to Hiram and ease concern when applying. Varlotta says in the past her students rarely paid the full price, which was $37,710.

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A Warren native is bringing an innovative car company he developed in California back to the Mahoning Valley.

The Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center (TBEIC) will introduce Angelo Kafantaris and his company Hyperion Motors during a press conference Thursday morning.

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RooSense, An Akron Based Start-up, is getting a $25,000 grant to further its research on a fabric it's developing that can help you monitor your body’s electrolytes. 

The technology can be utilized to help users come up with a better hydration plan tailored to their body.

RooSense founder Chelsea Monty-Bromer says the material can be used to help athletes and other individuals better hydrate their bodies.