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The View From Pluto: The Indians Spent Big and Fans Are Buying In

The Cleveland Indians have been big spenders in the offseason, and now fans seem to be buying in . The Indians, who usually rank near the bottom in attendance, have already sold more than one million tickets for the upcoming season. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks to Amanda Rabinowitz about the Tribe's big winter.

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Trucks carrying highly radioactive nuclear waste from Canada may soon be rolling through northeast Ohio. They’ll be bound for a disposal site at an old cold-war atomic bomb plant in South Carolina.

A decision was made at the 2007 Washington DC Nuclear Summit to “re-patriate” weapons-grade

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Stark County’s Board of Developmental Disabilities approved a new strategic plan Monday.  It fundamentally changes the role the agency plays in helping the disabled. 

Instead of running workshops and busses for the developmentally disabled, Stark DD will arrange, monitor and fund services by private providers. That’s to comply with Medicare rules phasing in over the next three years.

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The Cleveland Indians have been big spenders in the offseason, and now fans seem to be buying in. The Indians, who usually rank near the bottom in attendance, have already sold more than one million tickets for the upcoming season. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks to Amanda Rabinowitz about the Tribe's big winter. 

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Since taking over as governor, John Kasich has been calling for different agencies to - as he puts it - move at the speed of business.

In his latest budget proposal, Kasich has shifted that mindset into the education field, trying to align classrooms with the business community. Teachers unions are not happy with the path Kasich is taking.

“I’ve been around children all my life,” says Janet Eshelman.

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As a federal court fight continues over the state’s new proposed method of lethal injection, a freshman state lawmaker is proposing expanding the death penalty in Ohio.

State law already makes killing a police officer eligible for the death penalty. The bill from northeast Ohio Republican Rep. Dave Greenspan of Westlake would allow that punishment when any first responder, including firefighters, EMS and military members die at the hands of criminals.

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A lawmaker wants to change the eligibility rules for people who want to get scholarships from the state to send their kids to certain private schools. The plan is meant to provide more access for the middle class.

Republican Senator Matt Huffman of Lima wants to take the state’s various private school voucher programs and combine them into one system. Right now, vouchers go to children in so-called failing school districts, among other considerations.

Cleveland Mayor Outlines 2017 Budget Proposal

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Mayor Frank Jackson
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Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has laid out his plans for hiring workers and expanding services using the millions of dollars raised by the income tax increase approved by voters last November.

The mayor’s 2017 budget proposes more than $40 million in new spending on city departments. It adds 65 police patrol positions as well as about a dozen higher-ups. Jackson also wants to hire additional building and housing inspectors.

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NEW AMERICAN ECONOMY

A bi-partisan group has created an interactive map showing the economic impact of immigrants in all 50 states.

The map comes from a study produced by the group New American Economy.

According to the study, in Cleveland, immigrants have over $3 billion in spending power and contribute over $1 billion in taxes.

It also finds that immigrants are 75% more likely to start businesses than native citizens.

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There are many stories of hope woven through the tragedies of Ohio’s opioid epidemic. In this installment of our series, Opioids: Turning the Tide in the Crisis, WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz looks at the range of recovery methods, from addicts simply helping each other out to structured treatment programs.  

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Some Ohio lawmakers are pushing a bill they say would save consumers about $4 million a year. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports the bill would benefit women in particular.

It’s called the “pink tax.” Those are taxes on tampons and other feminine hygiene products. House Democrats are pushing a bill that would make those items exempt from the state’s sales tax. 

It’s not a new idea. It was proposed in the last General Assembly but failed to advance. But this time around, three Republican lawmakers have signed on to it as co-sponsors.

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