East Reservoir dam
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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is usually an issuer of regulatory permits, but for parts of its $75-million Portage Lakes dam project, it is the applicant.

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Hundreds of volunteers converged on Akron’s North Hill neighborhood over the weekend to work on houses as part of National Rebuilding Month.

The effort was part of the national Rebuilding Together initiative to provide low-income homeowners with major repairs, free of charge.

Jeff Tucker -- who owns his own construction firm and was helping out on Saturday – says many homeowners in North Hill run into challenges with upkeep because they are veterans or elderly, and their homes are often close to a hundred years old.

Ohio House Pushes Back on Gov. Kasich's Budget

Apr 29, 2017
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Gov. John Kasich’s $67 billion budget got ripped apart and put back together by House Republicans, who stripped out his key tax reforms and put more money into other areas. Part of the reason was because nearly a half a billion dollars had to be trimmed from it, and more cuts are likely to come later. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler sat down with the top lawmakers who’ve been studying the budget before a vote on it next week.

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The Lake Erie Charter Boat Association is among a half dozen environmental and business groups that have joined a lawsuit this week against the U.S. EPA.

photo of Christopher Hendon

Akron Public Schools is investigating why one of its elementary schools failed to stop a man impersonating a police officer from entering the school.

Police say Christopher Hendon visited Leggett Elementary with a weapon several times, but was not stopped because he appeared to be a police officer.

School officials never asked for Hendon’s ID.

Akron Schools spokesman Mark Williamson says the event is a reminder about safety in schools.