No hayrides, haunted houses or Halloween parties. Those are some of the recommendations in the newest coronavirus guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health. 

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Three local organizations are joining forces to help people who’ve served time behind bars get their life back on track.

The program will help former felons earn a commercial driver’s license from Stark State College.

E.J. Brinson, the leader of Summit County Think Tank Coalition, says the program addresses education and employment, two of the main factors that lead to recidivism.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, September 18:

The cloud of COVID-19 is especially heavy for expectant parents. As part of our Informed Communities Series on Infant Mortality, WKSU brings you insights from Northeast Ohio doctors and researchers on how to stay safe and minimize stress during pregnancy.

After being investigated for complaints of racial discrimination, Cleveland’s health department has been reorganized to better focus on addressing issues such as racism, crime and violence as public health crises, Mayor Frank Jackson said Thursday.

That's why, he said, the department is now under the city’s Office of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunities for Youth and Young Adults, which was created in 2017 to improve the quality of life for children in impoverished neighborhoods.

Cleveland has passed Detroit to become the mid-to-large-sized city with the highest poverty rate in country, according to new annual U.S. Census Bureau estimates released this week.

Both cities have seen their poverty rates fall over the past few years, but in 2019, Detroit caught up with its smaller Midwest peer. At 30.8 percent, Cleveland’s poverty rate is just 0.2 percentage points higher than the Motor City’s, a difference within 2 percent the margin of error.

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Ohio State football is coming back in October.

In a reversal from last month, the Big Ten presidents voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of Oct. 23-24, 2020.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, September 16:

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The Cleveland Browns will try to re-group on their home field Thursday, as they host the Bengals less than a week after an embarrassing season-opening loss in Baltimore. And they'll have 6,000 fans in the stands cheering for a win. WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto said the team has some work to do. 

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Here are your morning headlines for September 15, 2020:

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With COVID-19 straining public health care, Stark County is taking a practical approach to help families vulnerable to infant mortality. The THRIVE program has shown significant progress in reducing the racial disparity that, statewide, reveals Black babies continue to die before their first birthdays at twice the rate of white babies. Now, in this time of the pandemic, community health workers are delivering tools to help families stay safer.        

Now that some schools have restarted in-person classes, after shifting to online learning in March, calls to child and family services are increasing.

Whenever students return from summer break, social workers expect to see increased reports of possible child abuse. And this year some counties are approaching pre-pandemic levels already.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has begun making a few cautious forays back onto the campaign trail. But generally, even as President Donald Trump stumps around the country, Biden is remaining close to his Delaware home as the pandemic has forced him into a kind of virtual front-porch campaign. You have to go back more than a century for the last time two candidates brought such different approaches to campaigning. 

A seemingly endless procession of police motorcycles and cruisers — lights flashing, sirens silent — rolled from Middleburg Heights to Downtown Cleveland Friday for the funeral of Cleveland Police Detective James Skernivitz, killed last week in the line of duty.

Police officers and civilians lined up along East 9th Street to pay their respects. Fire Department ladder trucks held aloft a huge United States flag.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, September 11:

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Hundreds of people protested at Kent State University Thursday over repeated incidents of racist graffiti on campus. At issue is The Rock, a large boulder that has frequently been painted with messages from student groups for almost 50 years. But over the past two weeks, it has repeatedly been painted with racist messaging.

For the past 18 years, the Ohio Statehouse has memorialized 9/11 with a flag display on the West lawn. But the 2,977 American flags, one for each life lost in the terrorist actions of that day, won’t go up this year. 

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The Cleveland Browns begin the NFL season Sunday. The team has had little time to get adjusted under new coach Kevin Stefanski because of the pandemic. WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto said the Browns face a tough opening game against the defending AFC North Champion Baltimore Ravens on the road.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, September 9:

David McDaniel, the 18-year-old charged with the killing of Cleveland Police Det. James Skernivitz and Scott Dingess, will make his first appearance in Cleveland Municipal Court Wednesday morning.

McDaniel is charged with two counts of aggravated murder.

The court in Cleveland is expected to send the case over to Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and the county prosecutor’s office.

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, September 8:

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The coronavirus pandemic canceled many traditional farmers’ markets in Northeast Ohio this summer. As the season begins winding down, some vendors report experiencing increased demand.

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Wayne County is now on red alert for the very high exposure and spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Mike DeWine attributes that to new cases in prisons, group homes, and churches.

At First Presbyterian Church in Wooster, Amy Baxstrom is director of Children’s and Family Ministries. She says they met last week in-person for the first time since March. But yesterday, it was back to online services because of the new coronavirus threat level.