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CITY OF HUDSON

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, September 14th:

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M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

Nearly a year after the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, a report on its economic impact in Northeast Ohio has yet to be released. The researchers hired to complete the report submitted a draft but its release date is not known.

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ANDY CHOW / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

Gov. John Kasich will celebrate the biggest win in his presidential campaign tonight.

It was one year ago when John Kasich won his only presidential primary – Ohio’s.

“We are going to go all the way to Cleveland and secure the Republican nomination!” he declared on March 15, 2016,

KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

If you were at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last summer, Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur wants to know if you witnessed any meetings between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian officials.

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MICHELLE FAUST / WCPN

Two of the protesters with the group that burned the American flag outside the Republican National Convention were arraigned today.

Dominique Knox and Joseph Scogin both face felony charges in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court for allegedly assaulting police officers, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

Civil Rights Attorney Terry Gilbert says videos of the incident show the men are innocent of the charges. They pleaded not guilty in court.

What's Next for Cleveland After the RNC?

Aug 17, 2016
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WKSU

  It's been nearly a month since more than 50,000 people came to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention. The Host Committee says it was a huge success. 

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RNC host committee officials say partnerships between private and public sectors made the convention a triumph. Speaking at a Crain's Cleveland business event last night, Host Committee Vice President Joe Roman said the negative perception of Cleveland changed to a positive one for visitors and residents.

Current Political Climate Excites and Concerns a First-Time Voter

Aug 8, 2016
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AKRON BEACON JOURNAL

The day I turned 18, my AP government teacher wished me a happy birthday and handed me a voter registration form.

Gee thanks, I wanted to say, but politics aren’t really my forte. I didn’t understand it, didn’t care for it, but most of all, didn’t think my vote would make a difference.

ANDY CHOW / OPR

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are locked in tight races in several battleground states and Ohio is no exception.

 

Trump’s latest rally in Columbus Monday is the third big campaign stop in Ohio since the Republican National Convention. 

 

During his campaign stop in Columbus, Donald Trump deciding to take a swing at what seems to have become his new favorite target: fire marshals.

 

 

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M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

Protests at political conventions are a given. But there were some differences in the voices raised this year. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports on the contrasts between Cleveland and Philadelphia and between 2016 and years’ past.

Blasting sodomites and fornicators, the Westboro Baptist Church showed up in both cities – as it does at just about any event that promises to be the center of media attention. But that was one of the few similarities between the protests in Cleveland and Philadelphia.

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GREATER CLEVELAND'S COORDINATED RESPONSE TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Inquiries about human trafficking went up during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland when an estimated 50,000 people came to town.  

A spike was predicted because large events can generate increased human trafficking cases.

A Northeast Ohio anti-human trafficking group says a public education effort launched a few weeks before the RNC contributed to the rise in attention to the issue.

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Look around any political convention and you will likely see vendors selling tee-shirts, buttons and memorabilia.

But both the DNC this week and the RNC last week also attract artists and small businesses selling stuff to the party faithful. 

If you walked through the Home Run Alley at Progressive Field during the RNC, you would have seen a lot of different items for sale. Many are handmade by local artisans like the shirts made by Marianna Keithly of Middletown. The garments were bedazzled on site with rhinestones.

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U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Congressman Tim Ryan is headed to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention this week, his fourth convention since taking office in 2003.

The Youngstown-area Democrat says he hopes the DNC looks at the issues differently than the Republican National Convention does.

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ANDY CHOW / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

The Republican National Convention in Cleveland was a unique experience for many delegates, capped by mixed feelings about the party’s presidential nominee Donald Trump. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, GOP leaders say there was something at the RNC that won't be duplicated at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week. 

High-profile speakers seemed timid to even mention Donald Trump’s name around Ohio Republicans during the RNC.

Amanda Renteria
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

  One of those in Quicken Loans Arena a week ago to hear the Republican Party nominate Donald Trump for president was Amanda Renteria, Hillary Clinton’s national political director. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with Renteria in Cleveland about the differences she sees in the presidential race that others might miss.

Amanda Renteria was in the Q being interviewed when the New York delegation delivered the GOP nomination to Donald Trump. She acknowledged the next day, the experience was a bit surreal.

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Real estate magnate Donald Trump accepted the GOP nomination last night. But that doesn’t mean the party is unified behind him. 

Governor John Kasich’s delegates attended the convention and many of them admit they have a hard time accepting Trump. 

The Rolling Stones tune, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” blared throughout Quicken Loans arena as Donald Trump left the floor after being nominated by the Republican Party.

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KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

Things are running relatively smoothly at Cleveland Hopkins Airport as thousands of visitors  head home now that the Republican National Convention is over.

A computer problem caused four flights to be canceled.

About 600 passengers had to find new flights after Southwest Airlines didn't have the correct airplanes in place. 

The airport’s Interim Director Fred Szabo says other airlines tried to re-book those displaced passengers on their planes.  He says it proved difficult  since they were already nearly filled to capacity.

Cleveland Officials Are Proud of the Job Done on the RNC

Jul 22, 2016
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KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

Cleveland officials were all smiles Friday morning as they gave their final press briefing on the Republican National Convention,  which most people have deemed a big success.

After major concerns about the city not being prepared, they say Cleveland has proven the naysayers wrong.  

WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports on the wrap-up of the relatively trouble-free event.

“Cleveland Rocks!” says Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, echoing the famous rock anthem.

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VIVIAN GOODMAN / WKSU

An iconic cafeteria that’s usually closed for dinner on weeknights has extended its hours to help the RNC get a taste of Cleveland.

In today’s Quick Bite WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports the Tremont family restaurant has long been recognized for its authentic Cleveland cuisine.

Featured specials Friday nights at Sokolowski’s University Inn include Chicken Paprikash, smoked Kielbasa, and the specialty of the house, Salisbury steak.

2016 RNC

It's been called the most conservative platform in living memory.

With strong planks rejecting gay marriage and abortion, and calls for inserting religion into public schools and as a guide in lawmaking, the 2016 Republican platform is certainly tailored to appeal to a key constituency of the party, evangelical  voters.  

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CORY BOOKER FOR US SENATE

One of the Democrats who has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate to run with Hillary Clinton says he flew in to Cleveland to serve as a fact checker for the Republican National Convention.

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MATT RICHMOND / WCPN

It too more than 24 hours to arraign 17 people arrested Wednesday after a flag burning protest got out of hand near the Q.

The National Lawyers Guild of Ohio says the court didn’t receive the charging paperwork, causing the delay. 

Those taken into police custody are facing numerous charges including failure to disperse and resisting arrest.

Attorney Gordon Friedman working on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild and NAACP says the people charged with misdemeanors should not have spent a night in jail.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The group “Standing Together Against Trump,” or “STAT” marched over the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge in Cleveland today, saying they want to fight what they view as the intolerant rhetoric of Donald Trump.

About 200 people participated in the peaceful demonstration, starting near the West Side Market and going to Progressive Field before heading back.

Chief Calvin Williams
KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams has been on the scene to help defuse some of the raucous protests during this week’s Republican National Convention. And following yesterday’s flag burning that led to several arrests, he says it was nice to participate in a group prayer for peace. He was asked to pray by a man from Texas who came to Cleveland offering “free hugs” to everyone following the Dallas police shootings.

Dr. Gary Goman
KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

Part of the Republican National Convention security detail includes more than 30 police horses and their officers from around the state and from Texas. They are backing up Cleveland’s seven-member mounted unit.  WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports on how this team of horses is being kept healthy during their long, hot patrols.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The $50 million revamp of Cleveland’s Public Square was finished last month, just in time for the Republican National Convention. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on what things are like in and around the square this week.

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