Shaquiena Davis

News Intern

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Shaquiena is a graduating Journalism student at Kent State University. She is a first generation college student who is proud to be one foot away from the finish line. She's spent my four years prepping to be a news reporter for a news station she can call home. I love telling stories that are impactful and trustworthy. Outside of journalism, she enjoys traveling and exploring different places.

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Clean energy advocates say the industry in Ohio has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. An analysis of Labor Department data by the group Environmental Entrepreneurs or E2 finds more than 20,000 Ohioans who worked in the clean energy industry have filed for unemployment since March.

That’s almost 20% of the more than 114,000 employed in the industry at the end of last year.

Micaela Preskill is from E2. She says the industry needs policymakers' support to get back on track.

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Juneteenth is the day commemorating the end of slavery for African Americans in the U.S.

The commemoration was born after the end of the Civil War in Texas on June 19th, 1865 when the U.S. Army arrived and let people know that emancipation passed and that African Americans were no longer enslaved.

Liz Smith-Pryor specializes in African American history at Kent State University. She says the death of George Floyd and others at the hands of police has helped bring greater attention to the day.

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Kent State and the University of Akron are among a dozen founding members of a new conference for esports. The Mid-American Athletic Conference (MAC) has created the Esports Collegiate Conference to organize competitions beginning next school year. The conference will operate independently of the MAC.  

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With federal legislation being proposed to address police reform, one of Ohio’s U.S. Senators says there should also be legislation at the federal level addressing racism as a public health crisis.   

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Governor Mike DeWine announced Thursday that zoos may reopen June 10. The Akron Zoo is ready. Members can purchase tickets beginning June 9 for a member-only preview,  and on June 10 the general public can begin purchasing tickets for admission beginning June 17. 

The Zoo last week was inspected by Summit County’s Public Health department, which approved its reopening plan.