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Friday, August 28, 2015

The head of Responsible OH says it's not fair to use the word 'monopoly' in the language of the ballot issue  (Brett Levin/Flickr)ResponsibleOhio leader says the state is trying to set Issue 3 up for failure
Marijuana legalization group maintains the use of the word 'monopoly' is unfair

The leader of the group backing Issue 3, the marijuana legalization issue on this fall's ballot, is speaking out about the proposed wording voters will see. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.  Jo Ingles reports

Co-chairs John Born and Nina Turner sayd the standards raise the bar statewide. (KAREN KASLER)Ohio sets minimum standards for police use of force and recruiting
The goal is to improve relations between community and police

For the first time in state history, there is a set of minimum standards for the use of deadly force and police recruitment. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

State Sen. Frank LaRose has introduced a bill to bring local elections into the digital age. Current Ohio law requires local candidates to file campaign finance reports only on paper. His S.B. 206 will require those disclosures in searchable digital form.   (State of Ohio)Summit County's LaRose calls for on-line campaign finance records for local candidates
Current Ohio law requires local candidates to submit campaign finance records only on paper

Candidates for statewide elections made the switch to digital 15 years ago, but for local elections, candidates are still required to file by paper. 

Republican State Sen. Frank LaRose of Copley says it’s time to change that.

He’s introduced a bill that requires candidates for local and county elections to file campaign-finance reports electronically. 

“It’s good for our process," says LaRose, "It’s good for democracy for people to have full transparency when it comes to who’s donating money to political candidates.”

Current state law requires local candidates file only paper reports, which LaRose says gets in the way of public scrutiny.  Jeff St. Clair reports

FCI had 5 years of decreasing academic performance earning a grade of F by the state. (Clemens V. Voglestang )Two Ohio charters close as the school year begins
Some 300 students in Columbus are  left trying to find another school

Columbus City Schools are getting plenty of calls from anxious parents after a charter school in Columbus closed. Some 300 students were left scrambling to find a place to land at the start of the school year. State Impact Ohio’s Mark Urycki reports FCI Academy had survived financial trouble a year ago but its sponsor has now pulled the plug.  Mark Urycki reports

Ohio's U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (right) and Bridges of Hope Coalition Coordinator Greg Bell discuss the program's success. (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Ohio's Sen. Portman prepares for reauthorization of drug prevention funding
The GOP incumbent says East Cleveland offers an example of how the funding should 

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman was in East Cleveland today visiting a drug prevention program funded through his Drug Free Communities Act. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, Portman is gathering information about how well the programs are working as he prepares for the act’s re-authorization.

   Kevin Niedermier reports

Don Moul said although customers would see an increase on their bill, they would get credits after.  (First Energy)Ohio regulators will hear FirstEnergy rate hike proposal Monday
State utility overseers will hold hearings

The state’s utilities watchdog will start holding hearings Monday to determine if FirstEnergy customers should see an increase to their bills. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

Akron General also includes the Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute. (WKSU)Cleveland Clinic to complete take over of Akron General Hospital
The two health systems entered into a limited partnership last year that's 'gone very well'

The Cleveland Clinic is exercising its option to take over Akron General, just one year into a partnership between the two hospitals.

Last year, the clinic bought a $100 million stake in Akron General, with an option to buy the rest within six years. Akron General CEO Tim Stover says the partnership worked so well that it made sense to act now.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Youngstown public school students start the new year with a state takeover looming. (Amy Hansen)Youngstown students return with a state takeover looming
Local and statewide groups express concerns whether a new law really could fix what's wrong with the city's schools

Youngstown students went back to school this week amid tension between local and state education leaders.

The district is in danger of being taken over by the state unless a lawsuit filed last week can stop the planned overhaul of the school system. StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen recently spent a few days in Youngstown, and takes a look at the link between the problems of the city -- and its schools.  Amy Hansen reports

There is no shortage of local honey at area farmers' markets. (VALERIE BROWN)Raiding the Quick Bites larder for local honey
We return for the sweet stuff to a story from January of 2012

One of the sweetest treats at Northeast Ohio’s farmers’ markets is produced by the region's own very industrious bees.

The National Honey Board has a website where health-conscious consumers can locate home-grown honey.  But for this week’s “Quick Bite," WKSU’s Vivian Goodman had to look no further than Bath.  Vivian Goodman reports

Thursday, August 27, 2015

So far, the two Democrats who want to be next on the Akron mayors' wall -- and independent committees backing them -- have spent more than half-a-million dollars. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Half a million has already been spent on Akron's mayoral race
Independent groups are the bigger spenders

More than half a million dollars has been spent in Akron’s mayoral race so far – far more of it by independent groups than by either of the  Democrats on the ballot in the Sept. 8 primary. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.  M.L. Schultze reports

Gov. John Kasich has strongly supported charter schools, despite Ohio's reputation nationwide. (WKSU file photo)Ohio think tank says nearly half a billion dollars flowsto charters from traditional public schools
Critics say that hurts the kids left behind

Does the charter school funding system hurt students who stay at traditional public schools?  Some say the numbers prove that. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- pro-charter school groups say those stats can be deceiving.  Andy Chow reports

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted opposes marijuana legalization, but says the ballot wording is accurate. (Library of Congress file photo)Marijuana referendum is heading to the Ohio Supreme Court
Legalization supporters say Ohio is playing games with the wording to try to sink the issue

The group backing marijuana legalization has filed a lawsuit with the Ohio Supreme Court over the state-approved language in its ballot issue. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

Xerox says Cleveland is sitting on a $9 million surplus from the traffic cameras. (KABIR BHATIA)Xerox is suing Cleveland over traffic cameras
The company says the city never terminated its contract after voters banned the use of unattended cameras last fall

The Xerox Corporation has operated traffic enforcement cameras for the City of Cleveland since 2004. Now, Xerox is suing the city following a ban on the cameras. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Buddie -- ResponsibleOhio’s new mascot -- is traveling the state on the group’s 'Green Rush' bus to convince college students to vote for the proposed constitutional amendment. (JO INGLES)Mascot for Ohio's marijuana amendment is under fire from opponents
ResponsibleOhio says 'Buddie' is aimed at college students, while others feel it's geared toward kids

The group behind this fall’s proposed amendment to legalize marijuana has a controversial new mascot. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.  Jo Ingles reports

Hillary Clinton characterized Republicans as out of touch while at Case Western Reserve University today. (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Hillary Clinton rallies supporters and bashes Republicans in Cleveland
The Democratic presidential candidate says children, gun violence, student debt and middle class dreams issues she would address

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to a crowd of about 1,000 people at Case Western Reserve University where she asked for grass-roots help campaigning in the important swing state of Ohio. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports.  Kevin Niedermier reports

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge is among the members of Congress who have not yet announced their position on the Iran deal. (WKSU file photo)The Iran debate follows Marcia Fudge back to Akron
Proponents and opponents make themselves heard in the Northeastern Ohio congresswoman's district

The debate over the nuclear deal with Iran has followed some members of Congress back to their home districts. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that includes Northeast Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.  M.L. Schultze reports

Hillary Clinton, shown here leaving as secretary of state, will visit Cleveland tomorrow. (WKSU File photo)Hillary Clinton will visit Cleveland tomorrow
Her first stop will be at Case Western Reserve University

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Cleveland tomorrow to greet donors and supporters. Her first stop is Case Western Reserve University, where organizers plan a “commit to Hillary” drive. 

Janet Carson is president of the Ohio Democratic County Chairs Association. She says this will boost Clinton’s momentum as she prepares to take on all challengers, including some in her own party.  (more)

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says this is the worst drug epidemic the state has ever seen. (Office of the Ohio Attorney General)Hundreds of people have been arrested after a series of drug raids in Ohio
Law enforcement continues to crack down on drug dealers

Hundreds of people have been arrested during a series of drug raids around the state. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- law enforcement plans to continue cracking down on drug dealers.  Andy Chow reports

Violators are subject to a fine but no points on their licenses. (Creative Commons)Traffic cameras in Akron school zones will be turned on tomorrow
The cameras are only operational during school hours

Akron will be turning on more than 60 traffic cameras in school zones tomorrow around the city. They’re only in operation during school hours, and violators are only subject to a fine, not points on their driver’s license. Lt. Richard Decatur of the Akron Police Department says there are benefits to having the cameras -- for the children and drivers.

  Lauren Blue reports

The state says it has returned $76 million in unclaimed funds.  (Ohio Department of Commerce)Ohio has a record-breaking year for returning unclaimed funds to residents
The average claim for the fiscal year was more than $1,500

It was another record-breaking year for the state when it comes to returning forgotten money to Ohioans. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

President of the Ohio League of Women Voters says Issue 1 would outline clear rules on redistricting. (League of Women Voters)Ohio League of Women Voters formerly endorses redistricting proposal
Group endorses the ballot measure on how Ohio House and Senate districts are drawn

Issue 1, the ballot measure changing the process for drawing lines for legislative districts, is getting support from many groups around the state. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports on the latest bipartisan support for the plan.  Jo Ingles reports

The most common source of lead in homes built before 1978 is peeling lead-based paint, especially around windows. The paint can contaminate soil around the foundation (KAREN SCHAEFER)Cleveland, Akron each get more than $3.3 million for lead paint clean-up
The HUD grants will help clean-up about 450 homes

Cleveland and Akron are each getting nearly $3.5 million in federal Housing and Urban Development grants to deal with homes with lead-based paint hazards. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

CSU President Ron Berkman announces a marketing partnership with Quicken Loans Arena. (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Quicken Loans Arena will help CSU's Wolstein Center increase bookings
The new partnership is aimed at helping all of downtown Cleveland

Cleveland State University and Quicken Loans Arena are working together to bring more people to downtown Cleveland. In an announcement today, CSU President Ron Berkman says the Q’s marketing department will now handle the booking of events for the university’s under-performing Wolstein Center.  Kevin Niedermier reports

Cleveland State University and Quicken Loans Arena announce a partnership to book events. It was announced today by (l to r) Arena CEO Len Komoroski, CSU men's basketball coach Gary Waters, women's basketball coach Kate Peterson-Abiad and CSU President Ron Berkman.
 (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Quicken Loans Arena will help book events for CSU's Wolstein Center
The partnership is aimed at boosting performance at and bringing more people downtown

The marketing department at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena is taking over event booking and promotion for Cleveland State University’s under-performing Wolstein Center. The partnership between the Q and the university is aimed at bringing more people downtown.

   Kevin Niedermier reports

The Massillon Tigers have used a live cub as a mascot for decades. (KABIR BHATIA)Massillon Tigers still hope to start football season with their mascot, Obie
The team's boosters are trying to find a tiger cub whose care will be up to the levels now required by the Ohio Department of Agriculture

Washington High School in Massillon has its first football game Thursday, but it may have to start the season without its mascot: a live tiger cub named Obie. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

They attorney of former University of Cincinnati Police Officer feels Tensing won't get a fair trail in Hamilton County due to the high profile nature of his case. (Hamilton County )University of Cincinnati cop accused of killing a motorist wants his trial moved
The attorney of former University Cincinnati Police officer Ray Tensing has filed a change of venue motion

A week after saying he would, the attorney for the former University of Cincinnati police officer accused of murdering motorist Sam DuBose has filed a change of venue motion. From Ohio Public Radio member station WVXU, Tana Weingartner reports.  (more)

Gas prices likely on the way back down
Other morning news headlines: Akron and Cleveland get funding to reduce lead hazards; Cleveland detective faces prison for warning store owner about raid

WKSU Morning News Headlines for Wednesday, August 26:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

Larry Williams' first priority at Akron is to find a way to revive interest in the football team, which has the lowest attendance in Division I.  Terry Pluto: U of A's new athletic director has the toughest job in town
Larry Williams takes over Akron's struggling athletic program that recently cut baseball and has the lowest football game attendance in Division I.

The new head of the University of Akron’s athletic department faces a tough challenge. Larry Williams comes to Akron with some experience; Up until two years ago, he was athletic director at Marquette. He takes over at Akron amid huge budget cuts and a lot of public scrutiny. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks about what he argues has become one of the toughest jobs in town.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ohio Senate Keith Faber is one of the state leaders attending the annual GOPAC conference this year in Columbus. Some conservative groups are urging lawmakers to rethink their approach to criminal justice. (State of Ohio)Conservatives meet in Columbus for annual GOPAC conference
Groups at this year's GOPAC conference are urging lawmakers to rethink harsh criminal justice policies among other topics

Conservative leaders from state legislatures around the country are in Ohio this week to discuss their top issues and how they're handling them. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, one of the headlining topics is criminal justice reform.

   Andy Chow reports

Stokes' flag draped casket being taken from the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church following his funeral today. (Kevin Niedermer)Hundreds celebrate the life of Congressman Louis Stokes
The Clevelander is remembered as a pioneer and family man

Hundreds of people packed Cleveland’s Olivet Institutional Baptist Church today to say farewell to Congressman Louis Stokes. Stokes died last week at the age of 90. There were family, friends, constituents and government officials including Vice President Joe Biden at his funeral.  Kevin Niedermier reports

Dr. Leonard Calabrese is the director of the R.J. Fasenmyer Center for Clinical Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic. He has researched HIV/AIDS for more than 30 years.  (The Cleveland Clinic)Longtime Cleveland duo gets $18.5 million to research AIDS/HIV
The work will focus on why HIV/AIDS patients responding to treatment can still develop autoimmune diseases and premature aging

Two longtime researchers at The Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University got $18.5 million from the Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation for their continued research on HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Leonard Calabrese has been studying the relationship between HIV/AIDS and autoimmune diseases with Dr. Michael Lederman for more than 30 years. He says their research raises questions about why patients who respond to treatment can still develop autoimmune diseases.  Lauren Blue reports

The Rev. Otis Moss Jr. gave the eulogy at Louis Stokes funeral today. (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Congressman Louis Stokes is remembered as a man who overcame tough odds
Hundreds attend his funeral to celebrate his accomplishments

Cleveland Congressman Louis Stokes was remembered today as someone who overcame tough economic and racial obstacles to become Ohio’s first black congressman. Hundreds of people gathered at his funeral to celebrate his life.  Kevin Niedermier reports

A collaboration is working on identifying and helping those with gambling addictions. (JO INGLES)Ohio adopts a new program aimed at problem gamblers
Quiz helps determine who has an addition to gambling

There’s a new program in Ohio for problem gamblers. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the message is focused to people who don’t have a gambling problem.  Jo Ingles reports

Supporter of Issue 3 don't like argue it is not a monopoly. (WKSU file photo)Top Ohio elections official sets title for marijuana ballot question
It includes a word that supporters don't like

The marijuana legalization issue on the fall ballot will have an official title with a word that backers of the proposal don’t use: Monopoly. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has details.  Jo Ingles reports

Audience and media gather for news conference at InfoCision Stadium on the University of Akron campus (TIM RUDELL)New University of Akron athletic director meets the public
University President Scott Scarborough says Larry Williams was his first choice

It sounds like the University of Akron will try to maintain Division I status in college athletics and wants to stay in the Mid-American Conference. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on the first public appearance of the university’s new athletic director.  Tim Rudell reports

The latest poll shows Ted Strickland has a 3-point lead on Rob Portman, but the race is too close to call when taking the margin of error into account. (WKSU file photo)Latest Quinnipiac Poll shows Ohio's Senate race is tightening
Latest polls give former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland the lead

Next year’s U.S. Senate race in Ohio is tightening up, after several polls showing the challenger way ahead of the incumbent. For Ohio Public Radio, statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

A memorial for Congressman Louis Stokes at Cleveland City Hall (Brian Bull)Friends and colleagues gather to remember Louis Stokes
Monday evening gathering organized by Stokes' fraternity

Several hundred relatives, friends, officials, and fraternity members gathered in Cleveland’s City Hall last night to celebrate the life of Louis Stokes. The 15-term congressman died last week of cancer. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports mourners said his contributions made Stokes immortal.  (more)

More people signed up for Medicaid in Ohio, while costs dropped. (Medicaid)There are fewer uninsured Ohioans, and Medicaid costs have fallen, too
Experts look at the impact of Medicaid expansion in Ohio

Three million Ohioans are on Medicaid, but costs for that health-insurance program for poor and disabled people are down. For Ohio Public Radio, Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler talks to two experts about what those numbers mean.  Karen Kasler reports

Monday, August 24, 2015

School started today for students at Youngstown City Schools. (Don O'Brien )Youngstown schools begin a new year after suing the state
School started normally for kids in Younstown

A new school year kicked off in Youngstown today. But just last week, the city’s school board joined a handful of groups in filing a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Education. They maintain a new law allowing a state takeover of the district is unconstitutional. Despite the recent legal action, local leaders tell StateImpact Ohio’s Amy Hansen, today was business as usual.

   Amy Hansen reports

The Cleveland Institute of Music has been put on notice by its accrediting body. (Cleveland Institute of Music)Cleveland Institute of Music's operations under scrutiny
The accrediting body is giving the institution a year to correct problems

The Higher Learning Commission is raising concerns about governance, financial strength and academic quality at the Cleveland Institute of Music. It has given the school one year to show improvements or risk losing accreditation. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, the nearly 100-year-old institution has already started addressing the issues.  Kevin Niedermier reports

The recent poll shows Ohioans are split on ISIS, immigration and funding of Planned Parenthood. (Quinnipiac University)New poll shows Ohio voters are split on controversial issues
Poll from Quinnipiac University shows Ohio voters are split on Planned Parenthood, Iran nuclear accord and other issues

A new poll shows Ohio voters are almost evenly split on a variety of controversial issues, including cuts in government funding to Planned Parenthood and on sending ground troops to the Middle East to fight terrorism. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains.  Jo Ingles reports

A yes vote for Issue 3 would legalize marijuana, but only allow for 10 growing sites.  (Brett Levin, Flickr)ResponsibleOhio airs its first pro-marijuana ad
The ad for Issue 3 focuses on reducing crime

The first television ad in favor of Issue 3, which would legalize marijuana in Ohio, is now on the air. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the message focuses on crime.  Andy Chow reports

Cleveland School CEO Eric Gordon outlines district improvements at his 5th state of the schools address today at the Renaissance Hotel. (Kevin Niedermier)Cleveland schools are progressing, but changing rules hinder the effort
School CEO Gordon says advancements are being made despite Ohio's continually changing standards

In his fifth state of the schools address today, Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon cited incremental progress in the once-struggling district. But he says it’s hard to gauge exactly how well the district’s massive academic overhaul is working because of changes in the ways Ohio measures achievement.   

   Kevin Niedermier reports

Stephanie Dodd, a Democratic school board member, says she has been getting conflicting information. (State of Ohio)Ohio school board members renew their call for a charter investigation
Seven Democrats want the 12 other Ohio baord members to join in their call for an independent investigation

Seven Democrats want the other 12 elected and appointed members of the state Board of Education to join their call for an independent investigation into the resignation of the state’s charter schools chief. For Ohio Public Radio, statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

The Hoover plant at the main intersection of North Canton  (WKSU)North Canton's Hoover District developers to meet with EPA
Testing shows elevated levels of some chemicals

Managers of the Hoover redevelopment project in North Canton have asked for a meeting with the U.S EPA. They want guidance on whether anything needs to be done about some additional brownfield contamination issues discovered on the site. WKSU, Tim Rudell has more.  Tim Rudell reports

Following the public viewing, Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity paid a tribute at which retired Rep. William Lacy Clay speaks. (Brian Bull, WCPN)People pay their final respects to Congressman Louis StokesHe l
He lies in state in Cleveland City Hall

Since the early morning hours, people have been passing through Cleveland City Hall to pay their final respects to former congressman, Louis Stokes, who died last week. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports:  (more)

Republican and conservative groups are holding multiple sessions in Ohio well ahead of the Republican National Convention next summer. (GOPAC)Republican PAC is bringing leaders from around the U.S. to Ohio this week
GOPAC will bring in state senate presidents, house speakers and other elected leaders from around the country

A Republican group is coming to Ohio this week, just after a conservative group’s national conference left. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler has details.  Karen Kasler reports

Public viewing for late Congressman Stokes today in Cleveland
Other morning headlines: Ohio's Green Party opposes marijuana ballot issue; Change of plea expected in immigrant teen case

The latest WKSU headlines for Monday, August 24:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

Former Congressman Louis Stokes passed away last week at the age of 90 (Vivian Goodman)Remembering Louis Stokes
Clevelanders have a chance this week to pay their final respects

Mourners will have a chance to pay their respects to the late Congressman Louis Stokes today. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports, there will be several special events to honor him.   (more)

Vice President of Ohio Oil and Natural Gas Shawn Bennett is opposed to new federal regulations.  (Ohio Oil and Gas Association)Ohio natural gas producers are wary of stricter methane regulations
The EPA is hoping to cut methane emissions up to 45 percent over the next decade, but natural gas producers say new rules would decrease efficiency

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to put new regulations on the natural gas industry. It’s hoping to cut methane emissions up to 45 percent over the next decade by reducing natural gas leaks. The White House recently put stricter regulations on carbon dioxide emissions. However, at a time when natural gas production has increased dramatically in Ohio, local producers aren’t happy about the possible new regulations. Shawn Bennett is vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. He says new federal regulations would be counterproductive.  Lauren Blue reports

As the ODE creates their new charter school evaluation system, the panel will make their independent recommendations. (Ohio Education Research Center)State creates panel to look at Ohio charter school sponsors
Independent panel will investigate the sponsor system

The Ohio Department of Education is tapping three people to take an independent look at the state’s charter school sponsor system. Last month, a high-ranking ODE official resigned after omitting F grades on several charter school evaluations. For Ohio Public Radio, StateImpact Ohio’s Amy Hansen reports.  Amy Hansen reports

Seth Gershenson worked on the study. His study found black teachers were more optimistic about black students than white teachers were.  (American University)New study looks at teacher's expectations for students by race
The study compares predictions of white teachers to black teachers

Race does matter, according to a new study measuring high school teachers’ expectations for black students. For Ohio Public Radio, StateImpact Ohio’s Mark Urycki reports.  Mark Urycki reports

A red blood cell carries oxygen to the body through narrow blood vessels. But a Cleveland researcher says the oxygen can't be delivered without a molecule of nitric oxide riding along. Exploradio: The power of NO
Researchers in Cleveland say its time to rewrite the textbooks and introduce the third member of the respiratory cycle, nitric oxide

People breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide - that’s the respiratory cycle as it’s long been known. 

But researchers in Cleveland say there’s more to the story, and it may be time to rewrite the text books.

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that one other gas is necessary for life.  Jeff St. Clair reports

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