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Kent State Univeristy


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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Dec. 6:

A streetview of the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority

The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority says more than 20,000 families are waiting for housing assistance. A federal grant will allow it to help some of those most in need.

The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) is calling the project the Mainstream Voucher Program.

AMHA has about 4,000 families with disabilities who could benefit from the program. But the half million dollar grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will only fund help for 80 families.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Dec. 5:

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The voice of the Cleveland Indians may soon be honored in Cooperstown. Tom Hamilton is a finalist for the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award, presented to a broadcaster for major contributions to baseball. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says Cleveland fans have been hearing Hamilton on the radio for 30 years.

Ohio's State Highway Patrol says early data shows 15 people were killed on the state's roadways over this year's Thanksgiving holiday period.  

Downtown Akron

The city of Akron has had a goal to increase its population and now has a plan to make that happen. The five year plan focuses on equitable growth that benefits all residents.

Deputy Mayor James Hardy says part of the plan involving downtown redevelopment is already well underway.  

Amid countless sales at big box stores over the post-Thanksgiving shopping weekend, some of Cleveland's newest retailers will be offering their own deals — from decidedly smaller boxes.

BoxSpot, at Kinsman Avenue and East 81st Street, is a collection of 10 shipping containers, painted yellow and gray and repurposed to hold seven independently owned stores. Tenants include everything from a candy shop to an eyeglass store. There's also an outdoor picnic and performance space with tables and benches.

The Cleveland Police Department is facing scrutiny from the city for coming up short-staffed in three specialty units.

The city council’s safety committee held a special hearing Wednesday to address the concerns.

The homicide unit hasn’t hit its desired count of 23 detectives, Chief Calvin Williams said, though four recent hires brought the total to 19.

The domestic violence and sex crimes units are similarly understaffed, he said.

ODOT sign warning drivers to buckle up
ODOT / Ohio Department of Transportation

Travel officials are predicting this to be one of the busiest Thanksgiving weekends on the roads, and crews are taking that into account when it comes to construction projects.

AAA is predicting about 2.3 million Ohioans will be traveling further than 50 miles for the holiday. It hasn't been that busy since 2005.

And 89% of Ohio travelers will be on the roads.

The Ohio Department of Transportation's Matt Bruning said ODOT will suspend roadwork around the state.

Browns and Steelers
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The Browns have a chance on Sunday to sweep the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time in 31 years. But hanging over the rematch is the aftermath of the ugly brawl at the end of their last meeting two weeks ago. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto puts it in perspective.

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Here are your headlines for Tuesday, Nov. 26:

Former General Motors Lordstown plant

The company that bought Lordstown’s former General Motors plant is expected to be ready to start producing an electric pickup truck there within the next year.

Steve Burns, the CEO of Lordstown Motors Corp., says that production will start with about 400 workers. He hopes to eventually offer as many jobs as GM did at the height of production for the Chevy Cruze when around 4,500 people worked the plant’s three shifts.

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Here are the morning headlines for Monday, Nov. 25:

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Community groups in Akron are working to make sure people participate in next year’s U.S. census so there is an accurate count of the city’s residents.

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The Southeast Stark County Village of Magnolia may be a model for civil political discourse.

After the November mayoral election the two candidates were tied. The decision came down to a coin toss this week.

Travis Boyd became mayor-elect as the coin landed heads-side-up.

Myles Garrett’s goal was to be NFL’s top defensive player this season. He won’t finish it.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Nov. 22:


Case Western Reserve University's (CWRU) football team is making its fifth NCAA postseason appearance. They'll play Union College in the Division III tournament on Saturday. Case players have notable achievements on the field, but our commentator Terry Pluto says they perform even better in the classroom. 

A member of United Auto Workers Local 1005 stands on the picket line outside of the General Motors Metal Fabrication Division in Parma, Ohio Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019.

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Nov. 21:

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Craft breweries have been on a steady rise throughout the country becoming hot spots for people and providing benefits to local economies. Ohio now has over 300 craft brewers and is one of the top five craft brewers in the country.  

We've been checking in with Ohio author David Giffels as he travels around the state for his new book, "Barnstorming Ohio". Each month he discusses what he’s finding in a series of conversations we’re calling “To Understand Ohio.” This month Giffels visited a small brewery in Mansfield.

Newsroom staff at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will begin a byline strike Wednesday, removing their names from articles, in protest of what they deem a hostile work environment created by newspaper leadership.