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A plan to address a backlog of maintenance needs at America's national parks has been approved by the U.S. Senate. The Restore Our Parks Act is part of a broader legislative effort.

The bill provides nearly $2 billion for long-delayed maintenance needs in the national parks. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says the measure will also create a big economic boost.

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Pressure is mounting for Congress to act on another relief package. Legislators from northeast Ohio are speaking out about what they’d like to see in it.

Members of Congress are hearing from local government leaders, businesses, nonprofits and social service agencies. Government leaders are concerned about how to sustain operations as revenues tumble. 

The children's voices on the phone line were hesitant, but they were looking for answers.

"Why did we switch to remote learning?"

"When are we going to go back to school?"

"They're opening up an emergency hospital here, will that bring more coronavirus cases to my area?"

Speakers Address Gun Violence at Akron Roundtable

Aug 6, 2019
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A gun control advocate says two provisions passed by Congress are prohibiting efforts to address gun violence.

Paul Helmke is the former president and CEO of the Brady Center, a nonprofit which advocates for gun control.

He spoke at the Akron Roundtable as part of their point-counterpoint discussion on gun violence.

Helmke, a Republican, also used to be mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Jan. 17:

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, January 9:

Classes started July 30 at the I Promise School in Akron.

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, November 9:

Cleveland Water Alliance Asks Congress For Funding Help With Algae Bloom

Aug 30, 2018
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Local officials are hoping Congress will help provide funding to clean up algae bloom in Lake Erie. Cleveland Water Alliance Director Bryan Stubbs testified before a committee Tuesday, asking for additional funding to resolve the issue of algal bloom.  The rapid increase of harmful algal bloom is sweeping across the United States, including Ohio.Stubbs and others told a U.S.

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Ohio’s second longest-serving member of Congress is stepping down from his post to take a job in the private sector. Republican Pat Tiberi has been a congressman for the 12th District in central Ohio since 2001 and in those nine terms, he has carried a lot of political clout in Washington D.C.



Back in 2012, just days before the general election, Republican Pat Tiberi was in his home district, firing up the crowd for a visit from presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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Dozens of the more than 1,000 bills proposed in the House and Senate this year passed in the lame duck session in the last two weeks. Among the bills that didn't make it, was one that aspired to put an end to the lame-duck session itself.

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State Auditor Dave Yost has shared his recent limited audit of the federal food stamp program in Ohio with a congressional committee.

Yost’s limited review of Ohioans who are part of the federal SNAP or food stamp program showed there could be some fraud in the system. He identified 36 dead people who were receiving benefits and, in some cases, someone was still using the card. While he admits fraud is not widespread, he says it needs to be addressed.

Dave Yost

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost is going to Congress. Yost will take his concerns about a big federal program to a House committee this week.    

Yost will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture Wednesday. He’ll be talking about his limited audit of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as the food-stamp program.

There were no big surprises in the 16 races for Congress, especially since there were no contested primaries in six of them. 

NASA Glenn Tries to Head Off Budget Cuts

Dec 8, 2015
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As time ticks away for Congress to reach agreement on the omnibus spending bill, supporters of Ohio’s NASA facility in Cleveland hope to keep millions of dollars from being cut from its budget.

For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Brian Bull reports.