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JEFF ST.CLAIR / WKSU

The future of Ohio’s two nuclear plants remains up in the air as a bailout package, House Bill 6, works its way through the state legislature. The package would throw a lifeline to bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions. Its former parent company, FirstEnergy hosted shareholders at its annual meeting in Akron Tuesday. Protesters were there too.  

Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant in Ottawa, Co., OH
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Ohioans are being bombarded with an ad campaign focused on an energy bill—House Bill 6—that’s being debated in the state legislature.

Who's behind the campaign and just what will HB6 do? Learn more in this conversation with Dayton Daily News reporter Laura Bischoff.

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WKSU

The City of Akron has partnered with local sustainability organizations to institute a Recycle Right campaign. ReWorks and Keep Akron Beautiful will work with the city to teach residents how to properly recycle.

Keep Akron Beautiful CEO, Jacqui Ricchiuti, says people need a refresher on what is recyclable.

John R. Aylward Photography

Pop-rock duo DreamStates recently released its latest album, “Sad Bad Happy Good”. The 12-track release features multi-instrumentalist Natalie Grace Martin and creative designer Madeline Eckhart sharing vocals over original, rock-and-EDM-inspired beats. 

trucks use left lane sign
SARAH TAYLOR / WKSU

It’s orange barrel season and one of our listeners asked our OH Really team an interesting question about sharing the road in construction zones.

We helped him find the answer.

On route 8 in northern Summit County, traffic has been reduced to two lanes in each direction and concrete barriers are set up as crews resurface a six mile section of the road. There are signs throughout the construction zone that illustrate listener Seth Marks’ concern.  

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KEN PIORKOWSKI / FLICKR

The Ohio Supreme Court has added a new inmate to the execution schedule – though Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed four executions until a new way to carry them out is developed. 

Akron community garden
JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

Akronites who are interested in gardening but don’t have the space or the skill can join a new urban farm cooperative.

Akron Cooperative Farms this month tilled the earth at an unused baseball park in North Hill.

Bug hunters and citizen scientists alike can now download a smartphone app to register cicada sightings. Cicada Safari from Mount Saint Joseph University will allow people to send pictures of cicadas, along with the time and location to Gene Kritsky. He's the dean of behavioral and natural sciences at Mount St. Joe and has been tracking cicadas for years.

photo of Harshaw Chemical entry gate
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

A Cleveland site that was once part of the World War II-era project to develop the atomic bomb, could be re-developed. But first, it needs to be cleaned up. And residents who live near the property are concerned about the options.

Drumm's 'Tree of Life' stands tall in front of the newly-opened I Promise School in Akron.
MARK AREHART / WKSU

Students at the I Promise school in Akron got the chance to become ninjas this week.

Kids participated in a replica of the "American Ninja Warrior" obstacle course where students tested their strength and stamina. They climbed an 8-foot wall among other obstacles. 

American Ninja Warrior host Akbar Gbajabiamila visited the school. While he was happy seeing the kids participate, Gbajabiamila wanted to leave an important message for everyone. 

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Right now, there are 21 medical conditions for which Ohioans could get medical marijuana.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The state will ask the US Supreme Court to delay an order to draw a new Congressional district map.

A panel of three federal judges that the map is unconstitutionally gerrymandered has denied a request from the state to delay their order to draw a new map by next month. 

A photo of Ryan Humbert and his band
AIMEE LAMBES / AIMEE LAMBES PHOTOGRAPHY

Longtime Northeast Ohio singer-songwriter Ryan Humbert is releasing his first album with his new honky-tonk band, The Shootouts. The five-piece group releases "Quick Draw" on Friday. 

Tim Ryan, U.S. Congressman from Ohio
WOSU

Congressman Tim Ryan said the pending sale of the Lordstown General Motors plant is bittersweet.

Ryan said bringing jobs to the plant is good news in the long-term, but not necessarily beneficial for the GM workers who lost their jobs when the plant ceased production.

Last week, when a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for Southern Ohio found the congressional district map Ohio has been using since 2012 to be unconstitutional and rigged in favor of the Republicans, there was a disparate range of emotions from one end of the political spectrum to the other.

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M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

Voters went to the polls in Akron’s primary election on Tuesday where they ousted  four city council incumbents.


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GOOGLE EARTH

Voters in a Portage County school district approved two new levies, averting a financial crisis. It’s the first time in 28 years that Field Local Schools will be getting new tax dollars. Voters have renewed levies in the past but have not approved an increase since 1991.

Levy co-chair Erin Roberts has worked on levy campaigns for the past eight years. She says they used a variety of tools to get their message out this time around: social media, robo-calls, text messaging and print fliers.

Voters in 19 greater Cleveland communities will decide the fate of levies in their school districts when they head to the polls on Tuesday.

If approved, the money will be used to avoid a deficit for Brooklyn City Schools and to provide emergency resources for Parma City Schools, West Geauga and Green Local Schools to name a few.

Jennifer Houge with the Ohio School Boards Association says if voters don't pass the levies, these districts will have to make difficult decisions to balance their budgets.

guitar effects pedal
EarthQuaker Devices

An Akron-based small business received an award from the Small Business Administration Monday.

Pedal devices can help bands like Akron-based Relaxer create guitar effects. Relaxer band member Jamie Stillman started making pedal devices in his Akron basement 15 years ago.

A photo of Bob Woodward speaking on stage at Kent State University
SARAH TAYLOR / WKSU

Kent State University marked the 49th anniversary of the May 4 shootings with keynote speaker Bob Woodward.

The two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist discussed his career at The Washington Post starting in 1971. 

A surge in popularity is breathing life into Northeast Ohio's pinball scene.
MARK AREHART / WKSU

Pinball is surging in popularity across the country. Here in Northeast Ohio, casual players are rediscovering once forgotten games. And there’s a competitive pinball scene brewing that draws in players from hundreds of miles away.

On this week’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Mark Arehart has his quarters ready as he takes us through the region's pinball renaissance.

Joe Kleon / joekleon.com

This weekend, Michael Stanley receives the Cleveland Arts Prize Lifetime Achievement award for his 50-year music career. But he says it doesn’t signal his retirement.

The Cleveland icon whose brand of heartland rock drew four sold out crowds to Blossom Music Center in 1982 is back on stage after undergoing quadruple bypass heart surgery a year and a half ago. But he admits it’s been a long road back.

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BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY

The head of higher education ministry for the United Methodist Church is saddened that Baldwin Wallace University has decided to end its affiliation with the church. Kim Cape says it’s a loss for the church, but she also says it’s a loss for BW. The school has been a Methodist affiliate since its founding 174 years ago.

photo of Diacon in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Kent State University

Kent State's board of trustees voted Monday morning to appoint current university Executive Vice President and Provost Todd Diacon as the university's next president. Diacon will take over when current president Beverly Warren retires July 1.

JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

Businesses in older buildings can sometimes look uninviting to customers. The city of Akron is working to change that by giving grants to spruce up buildings in its small business districts. 

Great Streets Akron, launched last year, aims to help bring vibrancy back to 10 Akron neighborhoods through grants, loans and street enhancements.

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