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Fire crews in Wooster are assessing the damage after heavy rains swept through and flooded much of Wayne County Sunday. Wayne is one of 63 Ohio counties under a state of emergency because of damage from severe weather.

Parts of the county got as much as 5 inches of rain over a short period of time.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, July 22:

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Five-hundred kids have new bicycles today thanks to a “Christmas in July” event in Akron.

On Schiller Avenue in North Hill early Sunday morning one youngster could be heard shouting, “Who wouldn’t want free bikes? It’s summertime!” as six medium-sized trucks pulled up. The trucks were packed with small bikes and 10-speeds donated by Dayton-based Huffy and other community partners. The nonprofit Elves & More organized the effort and distributed the bikes.

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Medina County’s only Child Advocacy Center has opened a new facility, and it’s meant to keep children safer and give them better access to services.

The nonprofit’s new facility is almost twice as big as the previous one. It’s one of about 30 in the state to use the child advocacy model, which brings together teams of professionals with legal, medical and social services backgrounds.

Fred Griffith spent 53 years on TV in Cleveland — and most people agree — it never changed him.

As homespun as a host could be, the West Virginia native and Air Force veteran began his television career at WVIZ/PBS, now part of ideastream, where he hosted a talk show.

He moved to WEWS Channel 5 as a writer, then news director. Six years later, he stepped in to host "The Morning Exchange.” His colleagues there remembered him in a Friday tribute as “the heart and soul of television during its golden age."

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Four independent booksellers in Northeast Ohio joined others around the country to try to help the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Bookstores Against Borders event over the weekend raised money for RAICES, a Texas-based nonprofit providing legal aid and other resources to refugees detained  at the border.

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A Cleveland Chef is taking another step to help people who have fallen on hard times. Brandon Chrostowski is helping a community nonprofit open a pizza shop called Ohio City Pizzeria.

Chrostowski is the founder and CEO of Edwin’s restaurant, where he trains and employs former inmates. This new venture has a similar mission.

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As a potentially deadly heat wave with high humidity sweeps across the eastern United States, some Northeast Ohio cities are taking precautions. 

The following cities are offering cooling centers to their residents, with some even providing transportation:

Akron

Local community centers have extended their hours and will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. through Saturday.

Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St.

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WKSU

Akron is hosting its 82nd annual All-American Soap Box Derby Saturday, where more than 400 competitors will race for college scholarships.

The event at Derby Downs begins with the first heat at 9 am.

President and CEO of the Soap Box Derby, Mark Gerberich, said it’s great to have another world championship event.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, July 19:

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Here are your morning headlines for July 18, 2019:

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A residential development on the former Sycamore Valley Golf Course in Cuyahoga Falls is moving forward, but residents want a Cuyahoga River tributary to be protected.

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The Indians started the second half of the season with an uphill battle to try to win the American League Central Division. They gained ground on the first-place Twins, and knocked six games off Minnesota's lead in the weeks leading into the break. As of Wednesday, the Indians trailed by five games. The two teams will meet 10 more times this season.

WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto lists three key players that the Indians need to play well to be able to catch the Twins.

Former Major League Baseball pitcher and author Jim Bouton died last week at age 80. Bouton is most known for his controversial 1970 tell-all book, "Ball Four." It exposed what really happened in the locker room, from players getting drunk to popping amphetamines like candy. It became a best-seller.

The Ohio State University announced Tuesday that it launched a review of millions of dollars worth of donations from billionaire Jeff Epstein and his associated organizations.

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David Giffels believes the journey to understanding America begins with Ohio. Traveling around the state, the Akron-based writer is working on a new book ahead of next year’s election.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Autoworkers in Lordstown are hopeful as national contract negotiations are underway with General Motors Co. GM and the United Auto Works are to begin talks Tuesday on a new 4-year deal.

UAW Local 1112 President Dave Green said leaders of the national union told him they will do their best to get a product for the shuttered Lordstown plant.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Akron's first Bridgestone Senior Players Championship golf tournament wrapped up Sunday. But its economic impact remains to be seen.

The seniors event replaces the Bridgestone Invitational, which was moved to Memphis and renamed last year after Bridgestone declined to renew its sponsorship.

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, July 15:

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Akron-based Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio has released the somewhat surprising results of research focused on gender equity and women’s leadership in Summit County.

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, July 12: 

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, July 11:

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CLEVELAND CLINIC

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, July 10:

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, July 9: 

Photo of Ed McCants gathering signatures for Marion's "Sensible Marijuana Ordinance."
NICK EVANS / WOSU

In cities across Ohio, organizers are going to the ballot box to push local governments away from low-level marijuana enforcement. The state’s penalties for possession are already relatively loose. But initiative backers say the drug convictions aren’t making communities safer, and they’re unnecessarily harmful to those who get caught. If passed, the proposals will likely prompt a court fight where similar measures have recently been struck down.

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