Mitch Felan

News Intern

Mitch Felan is a multimedia journalist with experience in radio, television, print and visual journalism. He is back with the WKSU team after spending a semester studying in Washington D.C. Outside of work, he enjoys making music, watching movies and bike riding. He plans to graduate from Kent State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Journalism this fall.

 

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ANNA STAVER / WKSU

The ACLU of Ohio is calling on Wooster to reject an ordinance that could punish the city’s homeless population.

The proposal calls for an initial fine of $150 if a homeless person refuses available shelter. Repeat offenses would mean higher fines and jail time.

In a letter to the city, the ACLU said the proposed ordinance is unconstitutional and would not be effective.

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

When Kalin Bennett was young, medical experts told his family he might never walk or speak because of autism. During his senior year of high school, he was ranked as the No. 16 basketball prospect in Arkansas.

Bennett will bring his talents on the court to Kent State as the NCAA’s first autistic basketball player to sign at the Division 1 level.

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After a number of delays, small amounts of medical marijuana are expected to be available in Ohio before the end of the year.

The goal of the state’s medical marijuana program was to start selling in September, but the state missed that deadline due to lawsuits and construction problems.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Ohio House has sent a "stand your ground" bill to the State Senate after passing it Wednesday 64-26. The law, sponsored by Geauga County Republican Sarah Latourette, would remove requirements to retreat in confrontations that could result in force.

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Democrats scored one historic victory on election day. Their candidate for state Supreme Court became the first African American woman to win election as a justice.

Melody Stewart from Cleveland defeated incumbent Mary DeGenaro from the Youngstown area, who was appointed to the position earlier this year.

Stewart, who has served as a judge on the Eighth District Court of Appeals, knew it would be an uphill battle.

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