Lydia Taylor

2018-2019 Walton D. Clarke Fellow/Morning Edition Producer

Lydia Taylor is the Walton D. Clarke Fellow at WKSU for 2018-2019. Taylor is a recent graduate of Kent State University and earned a degree in multimedia journalism. She is currently attending Kent State’s Journalism Graduate Program and produces Morning Edition as part of her fellowship. During her undergrad, Lydia started at the station as a news intern in January 2017 and served as the editor of The Kent Stater, the university’s student-run newspaper, for three semesters. Her interests lie in data and audio storytelling.

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Ohio has partnered with two other states and the province of Ontario to develop a plan to block species of Asian carp from getting into the Great Lakes.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing new barriers in the Chicago waterway, which connects to the lakes that include a lock and dam.

Missile defense system
U.S. Defense Department

Ohio lawmakers are presenting a united front in efforts to get a missile defense base located at Camp Ravenna.

The Ohio House unanimously passed a Senate resolution, which calls on the U.S. Defense Department to place the base in Northeast Ohio.

Ohio Senator John Eklund’s district includes Camp Ravenna.

DAN HORRIGAN
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

Akron has released its spending plan for the additional money for public safety and roads raised from an income-tax increase approved by voters last year.

The increase is expected to raise $13 million this year. 

Mayor Dan Horrigan says the priorities include replacing one fire station, designing the replacement for another and repaving an additional 37 miles of road.

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VIVIAN GOODMAN / WKSU

Researchers say they are stumped by a disease that’s infecting beech trees in Northeast Ohio.

Beech leaf disease can be identified by curling leaves with dark stripes. The leaves fall earlier than normal and prevents the tree from blooming the next season.

Mike Watson, conservation biologist at Holden Arboretum, says the cause of the disease and how it spreads is unknown.

Summa Headquarters
Summa Health website

Summa Health System is once again going to be able to offer a program to train emergency room doctors.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education put Summa on probation in February citing a lack of supervision in the training. The council also put a hold on new residency programs or increasing the size of current programs.

Dr. Cindy Kelley says the emergency medicine training program is one of the largest accreditations a hospital can have. 

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