M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

Ohio's Primary is Not Top-of-Mind for Many Voters Yet, but National Concerns Are

It’s five weeks before Ohio’s primary, and so far, the presidential candidates and their issues seem far removed from many Ohioans’ lives. As WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, that’s not just because those candidates have been spending all their time in New Hampshire. Editor's note: We’ll be checking back with the B& K regularly though the 2016 election. And though this presidential field may seem more crowded than in years’ past, you can check at the bottom of this story to find some...
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Rolled steel
WKSU

  The Columbus and Cincinnati areas have already recovered the jobs lost during the recession, however Greater Cleveland still hasn’t bounced back. A recent U.S. Conference of Mayors’ report say the region’s heavier reliance on manufacturing is a big reason. But one economist says there is another factor. 

PNC Bank economist Mekael Teshome says Cleveland-area manufacturing jobs are slowly returning, but that recovery is on two tracks.

Sherrod Brown
U.S. SENATE

After a recent water scare in Sebring, Ohio and crisis in Flint, Mich., U.S. Sen.Sherrod Brown has introduced a bill aimed at addressing notification delays and readiness plans for communities hit with high lead levels in their drinking water supply.

Bald Eagle
National Wildlife Service / U.S. Wildlife website

The bald eagles have come back to Brecksville.  

The nesting pair has been returning to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park at about this time each year since 2006. 

The chief of visitor services, Jennie Vasarhely, says it is important for people who want to see the birds to keep their distance.  Getting too close disturbs the eagles so no one should approach the nesting area directly, or walk along the old railroad right-of-way that goes by it.

She says the return of the birds this year, and every year is very important. 

Alliance for Energy Choice
Alliance for Energy Choice

  Opponents of the so-called coal plant bailout proposed by two electric utilities are taking a big swing at the plan through a media blitz. 

“You want us to pay for what? This is crazy!”

So begins the ad by a  group of energy producers, known as the Alliance for Energy Choice, who are taking their fight against a price guarantee for AEP and FirstEnergy to the airwaves with radio and TV ads.

“They want a handout and they want you to hand it to them.”

Akron Brass nozzle
Akron Brass Company website

Another of those special companies in northeast Ohio that has long been a world leader in making an important precision product has been sold.  But WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports that may not be a bad thing.  

Akron Brass began in 1918 in Akron, later moving to Wooster. Its precision fittings for everything from fire hoses to marine equipment are considered top of the line. 

Since the 1990s it has been owned by a British company, though it remained in Wooster. 

loading water
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

An Ohio environmental group is making recommendations on how to handle the elevated lead levels showing up in some tap-water samples. The move comes after officials in the village of Sebring waited months to notify residents of unsafe levels of lead.

Football HoF
WKSU

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 includes six players who played in a combined 40 Pro Bowls. 

This year's class includes Indianapolis Colts Wide Receiver Marvin Harrison -- who played in the '90s and 2000's -- as well as Tony Dungy, who coached the Colts to a Superbowl win in 2007.

Sherrod Brown
WKSU

With the Republican National Convention just months away, Ohio’s politicians are preparing to greet delegates, activists and candidates to Cleveland.

 Among them is Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. Brown says he’s hopeful that some of the more controversial comments from the Republican campaign trail don’t make it into the convention. 

Charles Lawrence
CLEVELAND MUSIC SETTLEMENT

The CEO of the Cleveland Music Settlement, Charles Lawrence, resigned late Friday, just as he was arrested in Cleveland Heights for gross sexual imposition. The arrest stems from a Feb. 1 police report filed by a female.

In a statement, the Music Settlement says it knows of no instances of improper acts involving Lawrence and students at the school. The Cleveland Music Settlement also says it's launched a search for its next president.

John Kasich
CNN

  

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will host his 100th town hall in New Hampshire this weekend – just days before the first-in-the-nation primary there on Tuesday.

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New Hampshire Primary Coverage

It’s the first in the nation primary.

What will it mean to a still-crowded Republican field? And what of the close contest between Democrats Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders? Join us Tuesday night beginning at 8:00.

From NPR

The state says the number of prescriptions being written for painkillers continues to fall as Ohio battles a deadly addictions epidemic.

Data released by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy Monday show 701 million painkiller pills were dispensed to Ohio patients last year, down 12 percent from a high of 793 million in 2012.

The data also show a 71 percent decrease in the number of patients going from doctor to doctor in search of drugs thanks to the pharmacy board's computerized reporting system.

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