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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Feb. 20:

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The snow didn’t stop hundreds of people from attending the third annual Cleveland Women’s March over the weekend.

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STATE OF OHIO

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Jan. 18:

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Thousands of gun control advocates gathered in Cleveland on Saturday for what was called The March for Our Lives. It was one of hundreds of marches held nationwide in response to last month’s deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Saturday’s march drew thousands to Public Square for the student-led protest against gun violence. One of the organizers was Solon High School senior Pranav Iyer.

“The Parkland shooting was really a call to action," Iyer said.

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Ideastream

Cleveland is working with several groups to create permanent replacements for some temporary elements in Public Square, including a series of safety measures. The original concrete Jersey barriers were placed in the square after it reopened to bus traffic -- which heightened concerns about terrorist attacks involving people plowing vehicles into the space.

Nora Romanoff is the senior project manager of LAND Studio, who is working on the project.

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Two studies conclude that reopening Superior Avenue to bus traffic through Cleveland’s Public Square would reduce RTA travel time and improve safety.  But the city isn’t convinced its terrorism concerns have been fully assessed.

Buses going through Public Square on Superior Avenue would save a minute or more travel time compared to going around, according to an independent consultant’s traffic study.

Joe Calabrese, general manager for the RTA, says a separate security study found no  increased risk of a terrorist threat.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The Kent Interfaith Alliance held a post-inaugural rally on Saturday, one of hundreds of similar events taking place throughout the country and around the world.

About 100 people were at the Portage County courthouse in Kent for the rally, which organizers said was a call to work with -- and pray for -- elected officials. Krishna Fitch from Cuyahoga Falls was there encouraging people to listen to the content of what elected officials say.

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Public Square in Cleveland will be the place for free ice skating this coming weekend, the first large-scale winter event on the renovated plaza. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on whether the $50 million makeover has been paying off.

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Cleveland’s Superior Avenue running through Public Square will remain closed to traffic.  The city and the Regional Transit Authority will have to get the federal government on board with the plan.

The Federal Transit Administration gave RTA millions of dollars in 2004 for the Euclid corridor transportation project also known as the Health Line.  

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Cleveland plans to keep Public Square closed to bus traffic permanently.

The city originally had planned to reopen the transformed public plaza to buses traveling east and west on Superior Avenue after the Republican National Convention this summer. But the reopening stalled. And today (Tuesday), Mayor Frank Jackson announced the the Greater Cleveland RTA had agreed to give up the route and to work with the city on alternatives and to “mitigate any operations impacts” of the decision.

Speeches Flowing on Cleveland's Public Square During RNC

Jul 19, 2016
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KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

Cleveland’s redesigned Public Square is serving as a focal point for speeches during this week’s Republican National Convention. A stage on the venue’s south side has been hosting a variety of speakers addressing issues ranging from abortion and immigration to, of course, the presidential candidates. One of today’s speakers was Perry O’Brian, an Afghanistan war veteran who is head of “Vets Versus Hate.”  O ‘Brian accuses presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump of using veterans for political gain.

Cleveland's Public Square is Rededicated After a Year-Long Construction Project

Jun 30, 2016
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Cleveland rededicated Public Square today after a year-long, $50 million renovation. Clevelanders gathered in the space for the ceremony.

Greater Cleveland Partnership Chairman Tony Coyne spoke about the civic meaning of the redesigned space.

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When the 2015 construction season began in the spring, crews pushed ahead on several major projects. Cleveland’s Public Square, the Shoreway, and the Opportunity Corridor all advanced. For Ohio Public Radio, Brian Bull reports.