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How Is the Cleveland Orchestra Attracting a New Generation of Music Lovers?

For the seventh year in a row, the Cleveland Orchestra this fall will welcome kids under 18 to Severance Hall for free on some nights. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on how that’s changed the makeup of the orchestra’s audience – and how it could change the audience in the future. This past summer, the 49 th season of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Festival drew its biggest audiences ever, with about 7,000 people at each performance. That’s up almost 80 percent from just a decade ago. And a...

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The Ohio Division of Forestry has come up with a plan to cut down some trees in Mohican-Memorial State Forest in order to allow others to grow. 

Before it was a state forest, farmers had planted pine trees in rows. Forest Manager Chad Sanders that prevents several native species from growing.

The ACLU Says Ohio is Violating Voters' Rights

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The Ohio ACLU has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing Ohio's removal of registered voters from the rolls because they choose not to vote is a "powerful tool of voter suppression."

Ohio's system first raises questions when people have failed to vote for two years. It terminates their registration if they don't respond or vote over the next four years. 

Ohio ACLU Legal Director Freda Levenson says the state is violating the National Voter Registration Act. She adds that when voters are purged, they aren’t notified until they are turned away at the polls.

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Law enforcement in Cleveland have organized a new task force to pursue open murder cases. 

The task force will include investigators from Cleveland police, the FBI and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says it’ll look into cases that go beyond Cleveland’s borders.

“Their task is to review all the homicides that happened here in this part of Northeast Ohio to make sure we’re using every resource possible to get those solved.” 

Ohio Graduation Rates Could Dip This Year

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Overall, the high school graduation rate in Ohio has been climbing since 2010. But changes to federal education policies could cause a decrease this school year.

State report cards show the four-year high-xschool graduation rate reached more than 83 percent in the 2016-2017 academic year. But the federal Every Student Succeeds Act—or ESSA-- could impact that rate negatively, particularly for one group of students.

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The Republican candidate for governor, Mary Taylor, unveiled a set of proposals for health care in Ohio on Monday that includes shrinking Medicaid in her first budget if she gets elected next year. That puts the current lieutenant governor in opposition to a key issue for Gov. John Kasich -- Medicaid expansion. 

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For the seventh year in a row, the Cleveland Orchestra this fall will welcome kids under 18 to Severance Hall for free on some nights. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on how that’s changed the makeup of the orchestra’s audience – and how it could change the audience in the future.

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Opponents of commercial dog-breeding facilities known as puppy mills say the state’s current laws don’t protect animals enough. So they are trying to put an issue before Ohio voters to let them decide. 

The group Stop Puppy Mills Ohio has received approval for language for a proposed constitutional amendment they say would make commercial dog breeding more humane. It would limit the number of litters a female dog could produce in her lifetime, and it would also spell out care standards for puppies and breeder dogs.

A Cleveland-based developer focused on affordable housing is looking to change its designation to better help low-income families get home loans.

The move by CHN Housing Partners is an attempt to address what are known as mortgage deserts.

CHN Executive Director Rob Curry says that his group wants to focus on communities where very few people qualify for residential mortgages.

“Housing values cannot recover unless there is a flow of mortgages into a neighborhood, a flow of capital,” says Curry.

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