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"My Friend Dahmer" Premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival: A Conversation With Author Derf

The film version of the graphic novel "My Friend Dahmer" opens tonight at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. Author John Backderf went to high school with Jeffrey Dahmer, and his book is a recollection of their teen years before Dahmer became a serial killer. He paints a nuanced portrait of Dahmer’s slow slide into depravity in 1970’s Ohio.

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The leader of Democrats in the Ohio Senate is stepping down from that post and will be replaced with a familiar face. 

Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni of the Youngstown area says he’s stepping down so he can devote the time necessary to run to be his party’s nominee for governor in 2018. He’s among three Democratic candidates who have announced so far.

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Chris Tran

An Akron band that mixes business with its psychadelic prog rock is getting ready to release a new album next month.

In this week’s Shuffle, Devil Strip Magazine music editor Brittany Nader introduces us to Relaxer.

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A new report on air quality in Ohio has some good and bad news for the Buckeye State.

The American Lung Association’s Ken Fletcher says air quality in Ohio, in general, is improving. He says all cities have reduced pollution and smog. But he says there’s also some bad news in the organization’s latest air quality report.

“There’s still just far too many counties in Ohio that have failing grades, especially for ozone pollution.”

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A Cleveland man who spent 23 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit went free today thanks to new forensic evidence.

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PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS

State pension systems are underfunded by more than a trillion dollars nationwide, according to a new report. And taxpayers would have to make up that shortfall. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the study has some good news for Ohio.

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Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish gave his annual “State of the County” address in Cleveland today, and he used the opportunity to combat what he says is misinformation about the plan to refurbish Quicken Loans Arena.

The $140 million deal has faced opposition from groups who say the county’s $70 million share of the renovation costs could be spent in other ways – primarily in the city’s neighborhoods. During his “State of the County” address, Budish pointed out that the money comes from bed taxes and other sources that are earmarked for tourism-and-recreation projects.

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Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed says he’ll challenge Mayor Frank Jackson in this year’s election. For Ohio Public Radio,  WCPN's Nick Castele reports Reed is campaigning on safety and jobs.

Reed has served on City Council since 2001. He represents the southeast side of the city, and that’s where he announced his bid for mayor.

“We need someone in that office with fresh ideas, creative ideas, innovative ideas to transform these depressed wards into a platform and into a harbor which will launch new jobs and new economies for the people of the city of Cleveland.”

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Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Congressman Bob Gibbs toured a residential center in Massillon today that treats people addicted to opioids. They also heard arguments that the Medicaid expansion that many fellow Republicans oppose is crucial to such efforts. 

The tour was of two 100-year-old buildings on what used to be the grounds of Massillon State psychiatric hospital. They’ve been renovated and turned over to CommQuest services to provide detox, medication maintenance and residential treatment.

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The state lawmaker who allegedly was discovered drunk in March  in a Cincinnati area McDonald's with a weapon has escaped felony weapons charges.

A Butler County grand jury has indicted Republican Rep. Wes Retherford on a drunk-driving charge, but it didn’t indict him on a more serious felony charge of improperly handling a firearm in a vehicle. 

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One of the state’s largest utility companies is proposing a change in the way they charge customers for their power. Consumer groups are objecting, but AEP Ohio says other changes will offset those costs. 

AEP wants to increase the fixed rate, or so-called customer charge, to ratepayer’s electric bills. It’s about a $10 hike per month. But they’re decreasing the cost of using power.

Consumer and environmental advocates argue this shift takes away the incentive to save power in order to lower electric bills.

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At Seneca Sawmill Company in Eugene, Ore., a team of lumbermen stand watch as wooden boards are spit out one-by-one onto a planing platform.

"We're taking rough lumber from the saw mill, bringing it over and putting a smooth surface on all four sides and then grading it based on lumber grading rules," explains Todd Payne, Seneca's CEO.

Payne says his business is thriving. A "now hiring" sign even hangs out front. Seneca Sawmill has weathered the past few decades better than many of Oregon's other timber operations.

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