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Former Glenn Press Secretary Calls Him "A Giant"

Tributes have pouring in from people who knew, worked with and admired Ohio’s John Glenn – the first American to orbit the earth, the oldest person ever to fly in space and Ohio's only four term US Senator. Longtime Democratic strategist Dale Butland was Senator Glenn’s press secretary and chief of staff. He says Glenn’s commitment to his country through the military and the space program goes back to a time when Americans believed in their institutions and in the government to do big things....

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Among the flood of bills that passed this week in the lame duck legislature is a controversial proposal that would require state agencies to be abolished unless lawmakers approve their continued existence. Republican Lou Blessing III of Cincinnati admits it’s a divisive proposal – lawmakers will review 25 state agencies every four years to make sure they’re still doing the work they were created to do. “That is the key here – we have to actually act in order for these departments to remain in...

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The state parole board has voted 10-2 to recommend to Gov. Kasich that Ronald Phillips of Akron be put to death on schedule next month for the rape and murder of his girlfriend’s toddler daughter in 1993. The parole board’s report notes the killing of a three-year-old is among the worst of the worst capital crimes, and that testimony they heard about the abusive home Ronald Phillips was raised in didn’t indicate how much abuse he personally suffered. But two parole board members say they’re...

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Tributes have pouring in from people who knew, worked with and admired Ohio’s John Glenn – the first American to orbit the earth, the oldest person ever to fly in space and Ohio's only four term US Senator. Longtime Democratic strategist Dale Butland was Senator Glenn’s press secretary and chief of staff. He says Glenn’s commitment to his country through the military and the space program goes back to a time when Americans believed in their institutions and in the government to do big things....

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Editor's note: This story was originally published in December of 2015. In these last two weeks before Christmas, home cooks are racking their brains and rifling through recipe boxes, trying to recall just how Grandma worked her magic for those traditional holiday treats. Every ethnicity has its favorites, and Italians are especially fond of cookies. In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman visits a Bath Township kitchen and an Italian grocery in Highland Heights to nibble a few. Tony...

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Water levels in Lake Ontario have been regulated since the 1950s, and a new plan was announced Thursday. Not everyone is happy about it. The plan is called Plan 2014 , and it's designed to create more fluctuation between the lake's highs and lows. As water levels go up and down, coastal wetlands will flood and dry out more frequently.

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Former U.S. senator and astronaut John Glenn has passed away at the age of 95. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles spoke with the head of Ohio’s Democratic Party. Glenn was a popular four-term U.S. senator from Ohio. State Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper says Glenn was a driving force in Ohio politics. “He was this great historic figure but for those of us who got to know him he was also this great down to earth person who would just tell you what he thought. But every time you met with him,...

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Hattie's Café will be leaving the Summit County Courthouse at the end of the year due to financial issues. The cafe, which employs adults with disabilities to train them for jobs in the community, is run by Hattie Larlham. Dotty Grexa is the vice president of vocational services. She says that while the decision was hard to make, the cafe is no longer needed for training purposes. “We’ve got a very large location inside of Canal Place in Akron that is basically in the same vicinity that the...

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ARTS IN STARK

Arts in Stark has named Emil Alecusan as its new chairman. Alecusan has worked with the Canton city school board, the city chamber of commerce and is the CFO and vice president of Brewster Cheese . He has served on the Arts in Stark board for nine years Arts in Stark President and CEO Robb Hankins says that he is perfect for the chairman position. “I’ve been doing this for a few years around the country and I’ve never seen a community that devotes as many hours serving a community as Emil...

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Gov. John Kasich made a surprise appearance on the floor of the Ohio House on Tuesday. He told lawmakers to expect a tough budget because Ohio is on “the verge of a recession." But a report from his budget office doesn’t back up that claim. Ohio’s unemployment rate is near the national average and economic growth has been up slightly – the opposite of recession conditions. But income tax revenue is coming in about 3 percent lower than projections. A report from the state budget office says...

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Fighter pilot, astronaut and former US Senator John Glenn has passed away. John Glenn launched his career from eastern Ohio. He quit college to enlist after Pearl Harbor, became a Navy pilot, and then a test pilot. That led him to the US's newly formed space agency, NASA, which sent him up as the first American in orbit around the earth in 1962. He won election to the US Senate in 1974 and served for four terms. He ran for president in 1984 and was long considered a potential vice...

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