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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FIRESTONE COUNTRY CLUB

The Bridgestone Senior Players Championship returns to Firestone Country Club later this week. It will feature 81 top PGA Tour Champions including World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els who will compete in the 2020 tournament raising money for those in need due to the coronavirus. But spectators will be missing, due to safety concerns about the spread of the virus.

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MEG PLONA / CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

The Cuyahoga River is now flowing freely in Brecksville. Crews have completed removal of the Brecksville Diversion Dam and historic Pinery Feeder Dam. Now that the first phase is completed, phase two of the dam removal project is set to begin soon.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park deputy superintendent Lisa Petit says phase two focuses on the decrease in water level and flow through the canal.

“Phase two is to create, or to fabricate and install a pump that will take water from the river and pull it into the canal to maintain water in the canal” says Petit.

East 4th Street
KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

A restaurant group has come out with a plan that it hopes will help its industry and the state's economy.

Cuyahoga River in Cascade Park
JEFF ST. CLAIR / WKSU

Summit Metro Parks will use a $2.5 million dollar grant to continue one of its largest ecological restorations.

The project involves a 1-mile stretch of the Cuyahoga River and adjacent flood plain in the Valley View Area of Cascade Valley Metro Park in Akron.

Summit Metro Parks Chief of Conservation Mike Johnson said the project will include a larger parking lot and additional river access.

Kent Roosevelt High School
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A local school librarian who’s won a national award for her work, will use the money to buy more books for the programs she started at Kent Roosevelt High School.

Media Specialist Jennifer Flaherty plans to split the $10,000 prize between Read Woke and Rough Riders Read.

Solar array
DOVETAIL WIND AND SOLAR

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.

Black Lives Matter rally
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

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.

A photo of Akron Stem Esports team
JEFF CARANNA / AKRON STEM HIGH SCHOOL

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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ELENA BELL / AKRON ZOO

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.