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Saturday, August 23, 2014

League Park has been slowly deteriorating for the last 74 years, but now its back to its original splendor and ready to host a new generation of baseball fans (K. Bhatia)Cleveland's League Park is alive again after 74 years
The Indians' first home has been renovated and will reopen tomorrow, Saturday, August 23

For 54 years, League Park in Cleveland hosted the Cleveland Spiders -- and then, the Indians – bringing fans moments like the debut of Bob Feller and Babe Ruth’s home run heroics. League Park is reopening today, 74 years after the Tribe moved across town. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Friday, August 22, 2014

David Pepper racked up nearly $10,000 in parking tickets in 14 years. (File photo)Pepper says DeWine's million dollar contracts dwarf his parking tickets
Democrat accuses the Republican incumbent of pay-to-play politics

With hopes of winning the governorship damaged by scandals surrounding Ed FitzGerald, Ohio Democrats are shifting resources from the top of the ticket to a campaign focused on getting out the vote to boost their other statewide office candidates.

One of the down-ticket Democrats in David Pepper, who is running an aggressive campaign against Attorney General Mike DeWine. He was stumping in Northeast Ohio Friday. And he was pushing voters to pay more attention to millions of dollars in contracts awarded by DeWine to campaign donors than to the $10,000 in parking tickets Pepper had accumulated over 14 years.  (more)

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he satisfied in the Senate. (U.S. Senate)U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he has no interest in becoming president
Unlike Sen. Portman, Brown says he would rather stay in the senate

Recently, Ohio's Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman indicated he would be open to a presidential bid in 2016.

But Ohio's other U.S. senator, Democrat Sherrod Brown, says he has zero interest in running for president or vice president in 2016.  Jo Ingles reports

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber says he will look into the Common Core repeal bill if it gets through the House. (Ohio Statehouse)Ohio Senate president weighs in on Common Core -- without committing
Sen. Keith Faber was noncomittal on the repeal bill

The Ohio House is preparing to conduct a second week of hearings on a controversial proposal to repeal the Common Core, the standards created by education experts from around the country, including Ohio.

Opponents, including conservative bloggers, say the Common Core represents a federal takeover of education. But top Republican leaders including Gov. John Kasich and Senate Education Committee Chair Peggy Lehner have disputed that argument.

Now Senate President Keith Faber of Celina is weighing in. He says he is prepared to take a good look at the bill if it were to pass the House.  Andy Chow reports

A big market for steel tubing in the U.S. is the shale fracking industry. (WKSU FILE PHOTO)International Trade Commission rules six countries dumped cheap steel
Commission says this practice may have hurt American steel manufacturers

The International Trade Commission has ruled that six countries have been dumping underpriced steel tubes in the U.S. market, hurting domestic steel manufacturing in places like Ohio.

Critics says the main culprit was South Korea, which has no domestic market for steel tubing but is a major producer.

Much of the steel pipe is used by the shale drilling industry.

Mike Chadsey of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association says the ruling is good for the industry, even if it may mean a price increase for his members.  Lyndsey Schley reports

Kent State football player remembered by teammates
Other headlines: Court rules county could be liable for deadly crash; Surgery scheduled for OSU quarteback Braxton Miller

  • Court rules county could be liable for deadly crash
  • Surgery scheduled for OSU quarteback Braxton Miller
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    Algae bloom persists in Norwalk's Upper Reservoir
    Other morning headlines: Toledo officials: Don't panic, water is safe; First batch of absentee ballots sent out 

    The latest WKSU morning news headlines:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Richard Roldan is Director of Dining Services for Kent State University Dining. He's enjoying one of the food truck's healthier options: sweet potato slices, with chili powder and salt with just a little oil -- grilled, not fried. (Vivian Goodman)Kent State rolls out its new campus food truck
    Traditional burgers and fries are on board the Fork in the Road along with trendier and even some healthier choices

    Students returning to campus Monday for Kent State’s fall semester might want to come hungry.

    A new food truck is chock-full of tasty, trendy, traditional and even healthy options. For today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us to the Fork in the Road.  Vivian Goodman reports

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez spoke in Cleveland today. (U.S. Department of Labor)U.S. Labor Secretary stops by Cleveland to talk about job trends
    Secretary Perez says while last month was bad for Ohio, the state as a whole is doing well

    U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez says both national and Ohio job numbers are a reason for optimism. 

    Perez told the audience at the Cleveland City Club that more total jobs have been added in the first half of a year than any year since 1999.

    But in July, Ohio led the U.S. in job losses. Secretary Perez says not to read too much into those numbers right now.  (more)

    Cleveland Congresswoman Fudge says politics block job creation
    Marcia Fudge says cutting taxes will not create jobs

    Congresswoman Marcia Fudge says job creation – not cutting taxes – will drive the economic recovery.  During a speech at the Akron Roundtable today, the Cleveland Democrat said one of the stumbling blocks is partisan politics in Congress.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Rev. Tim Ahrens of First Congregational Church, Columbus (center) with leaders and members of several faith groups discuss the prayer week. (Jo Ingles)Faith leaders hold week-long prayer vigil at Ohio Statehouse
    Participants say they hope to shift the focus of government to important issues

    Faith leaders throughout Ohio are starting a week long prayer vigil at the Ohio Statehouse.

    It is based on the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina, where participants engage in peaceful demonstrations to protest the government’s stand on important issues.

    The Rev. Mark Diemer of Columbus says this is not a protest against conservative issues, but an effort to get politicians to shift their focus from the privileged to those in need.  Jo Ingles reports

    Ohio ranked low due to its tobacco policies. (Julie Bocchino)Ohio gets bad policy ratings from the American Cancer Society
    Tobacco policy led to many of the bad scores

    Ohio is falling behind on strong cancer-prevention policies, according to a new report from a leading cancer-fighting organization. The study especially notes shortfalls in tobacco-related issues.  Andy Chow reports

    Miquel Rosales designed the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in Boston, MA. (Bill Damon)Cleveland commission chooses famous architect to design bridge

    Pedestrian and bike bridge will connect waterfront to convention center

    Cleveland’s Group Plan Commission has chosen a nationally known architect and design firm to build a new pedestrian bridge to connect the Cleveland lakefront to the convention district.

    The commission chose architect Miquel Rosales, famous for Boston’s Y-shaped Zakim suspension bridge, and the engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff to head the project.

    Chris Ronayne is president of University Circle and was on the selection committee. He says the bridge will be visible among many Cleveland landmarks.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    Akron Mayor Plusquellic's request for FBI reviews sprang from a 2008 shooting here and predated the trouble in Ferguson, Mo. (WKSU file photo)Akron mayor wants the FBI to review all police shootings
    Mayor Plusquellic believes a federal investigation would help quell public distrust of internal reviews in the tense times after police shootings

    Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic is pushing for a pilot program giving the FBI the power to investigate all police shootings.  As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, the proposal was formulated before recent police shooting unrest in Missouri.

       Kevin Niedermier reports

    The Kinsman area of Cleveland is one of hundreds of neighborhoods in Northeast Ohio devastated by the housing crisis. (Thriving Communities Institute)Bank of America deal could boost landbanks in Ohio, but not meet the needs
    The deal also improvements over its predecessors in another key concern for Ohio: demolition

    A tiny fraction of the nearly $17 billion settlement Bank of America has reached will go to land banks – the nonprofits and quasi-governmental entities set up to buy vacant properties and get them back into use. 

    One of the most active landbanks in Ohio is the Thriving Communities Institute. The institute’s Frank Ford acknowledges the $50 million in the Bank of America deal is twice that of the Citibank settlement of a month ago.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Akron mayor calls for FBI to investigate police shootings
    Other headlines: US Labor Sec. Perez addresses Cleveland City Club; Chagrin Falls student arrested for threatening Facebook post

  • US Labor Sec. Perez addresses Cleveland City Club
  • Chagrin Falls student arrested for threatening Facebook post 
  • Akron mom sentenced to prison for school brawl 
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    The park was used by Negro Leagues and then largely abandoned after Municipal Stadium was built. (Wikipedia)The next chapter for Cleveland's League Park begins Saturday
    The predecessor to Municipal Stadium reopens for school and public use

    After years of planning, Cleveland’s historic League Park reopens this weekend. The ballpark, located at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 66th Street was home to the Indians for 45 years beginning in 1901. They won a World Series title there in 1920. It’s also where Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run and where the Cleveland Buckeyes won the Negro World Series in 1945. The $6.3 million in renovations began in 2011. 

    Ken Krsolovic co-authored a book about the history of League Park. He says the upgrades are impressive, including a museum and artificial turf field. and he says the restorations capture the feel of the old stadium.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Drilling company sues Coshocton man over "poisoned water" billboards
    Other morning headlines: Owner of Cleveland Horseshoe casino, Thistledown racino fined; Northeast Ohio man indicted in real-estate investment scheme 

    The latest WKSU morning news headlines:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    The Ohio Turnpike will be accepting sponsorships. (Doug Kerr)Ohio Turnpike to look for advertisers for a range, from snowplows to dog trails
    Officials say they will not be selling naming rights for the road itself

    The Ohio Turnpike Commission has decided against selling naming rights for the toll road, but will be seeking sponsors for other assets from snow plows to vending machines along the road.

    Adam Greenslade of the commission says it will be looking for sponsors for the items such as pet walking trails and highway safety programs.

    While drivers may not be used to these sponsorships along the toll road, Greenslade thinks that it will be worth it to customers.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    Gov. John Kasich says he's not interested in a presidential bid in 2016. For now, he's focusing on winning the 2014 governor's race. (WKYC)What competition? Ohio Gov. Kasich runs as if unopposed
    Kasich makes Sen. bill 5 a positive for his campaign; dismisses rumors of presidential plans

    Republican Gov John Kasich continues to campaign throughout Ohio and he’s running plenty of TV ads statewide.

    Meanwhile, his Democratic opponent, Ed FitzGerald,has lost most of his campaign staff and is having trouble getting enough money to compete.

    Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports it’s as if the Kasich campaign is looking beyond November.  Jo Ingles reports

    Dale Butland says low-paying jobs replaced the good ones in Ohio. (YouTube)Ohio think tank: Lower paying jobs replace the better ones lost to the recession
    Gov. Kasich's spokesman says the findings are skewed

    A new study by a liberal-leaning think tank shows newer jobs in Ohio generally don’t pay well. Dale Butland with Innovation Ohio says there’s a disturbing trend within the new report.  Jo Ingles reports

    Case Western Reserve University is hosting a Cancer Steam Cell conference. (Case Western Reserve University)Case Western Reserve University hosts cancer stem cell conference
    Researchers from across the world are converging on Cleveland to discuss how to improve treatment

    All this week, researchers from across the world are gathering in Cleveland to attend Case Western Reserve University's cancer stem cell conference. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Anne Glausser brings us an update on this field of science and how it is informing new cancer therapies.  (more)

    The Nexus Gas Transmission Project pipeline would run from eastern Ohio to western Ontario, Canada. (Nexus Gas Transmission)Medina County residents question safety of proposed natural gas pipeline
    Some say they will not give permission to allow the project to cut through their properties

    Some Medina County residents say they were blindsided by news that a natural gas pipeline could run through their properties. Many of them attended a Medina County commissioners’ meeting Tuesday to voice their concerns.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Taiwanese Health Minister Wen-Ta Chiu visisted Cleveland to learn about American elder care. (Zhang Yongtai- Voice of America)Taiwanese health officials visit Cleveland to look into senior care
    As the percentage of elderly Taiwanese rises, officials are looking for the best ways to take care of the population

    Caring for an aging population is a concern not only in America but in many parts of the globe. This week health officials from Taiwan came to Cleveland to learn how that care is provided in the U.S. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Joanna Richards reports.  - none - reports

    Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor questioned whether Ohio's probate system isn't enough to handle the issue. (Screen capture)Ohio Supreme Court hears drilling cases worth tens of millions of dollars
    Question is who owns and inherits  the mineral rights and for how long

    The Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments today (Wednesday)  in two cases that could shift tens of millions of dollars from property owners to drilling companies. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze outlines the legal debate that has sprung for Ohio’s fracking boom.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Ajit Pai says the rule has outlived its usefulness; Fudge says change could hurt those who can't afford cable. (KAREN KASLER)Cleveland's Fudge and the Black Caucus fight end of the NFL blackout rule
    They say it would spur a shift to cable, and hurt poorer viewers

    Cleveland Congresswoman Marcia Fudge and the Congressional Black Caucus she leads are fighting a move to end the TV black out rule for pro sports.

    Currently, FCC rules impose the blackouts on over-the-air TV broadcasts in the local market if a game is not sold out. One of the members of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, was in Ohio last week calling for the end of the rule.  M.L. Schultze reports

    First human cases of West Nile virus reported in Ohio
    Other headlines: Ohio River diesel spill flows down stream; Smucker's sales fall 2% in first quarter

  • Smucker's sales fall 2% in first quarter
  • First human cases of West Nile virus reported
  • Texas driller sues Ohio man over anti-waste well billboard
  • Reservoir in Norwalk shows unsafe levels of algal toxin 
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    Summa's CEO to retire this year
    Other morning headlines: Hoyer named Browns starting quarterback; Feds give farmers $2 million to control farm runoff

    The latest WKSU morning news headlines:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Pluto says QBs Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel looked rattled, frustrated and took several steps back in terms of performance in the second preseason game. Pluto: Like years past, Browns quarterback competition is chaos
    Commentator Terry Pluto says the Browns need to end the quarterback competition and work on continuity as the regular season nears

    The Cleveland Browns looked sloppy in their second preseason game of the season this week, as both quarterbacks struggled to complete passes. Fans and the media have been closely watching the quarterback battle between Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel and coach Mike Pettine is expected to name a starter soon. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks to Amanda Rabinowitz.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    The Lake Link will connect the Cuyahoga River to Lake Erie with a hiking and biking trail. (Wikipedia)Cleveland Foundation pledges $5 million to link the lake and the river
    The gift is part of the foundation's 100th anniversary and it's embracing of the lake

    The Cleveland Foundation is putting up $5 million for the Cleveland Metroparks and Trust for Public Land to build a trail linking the lakefront to the Flats.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the latest roll-out of the foundation’s 100th anniversary celebration.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Judge Anita Mays says giving addicts Naloxene could save lives. (Cleveland Municipal Court)Cleveland drug court to give overdose drug to Heroin addicts
    Judge hopes the effort could save lives

    As opiate addiction has risen, so have deaths from overdoses. There is an antidote that can save users from an overdose, and a Cleveland court is launching an effort to get it into the hands of drug users.  (more)

    Republican Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner says the Common Core repeal bill would cause havoc. (Ohio Statehouse)Common Core repeal bill lacks some needed supporters
    With the governor against the bill, implementation seems unlikely

    A House committee reconvened Tuesday to hear more testimony from opponents of the education standards known as Common Core. But in order for the bill to get anywhere after the House, it needs to get support from some major players and that seems unlikely.  Andy Chow reports

    Kent State students walking on the south side of the main campus (KSU)HUD accuses Kent State of housing discrimination involving a service dog
    The case began with a complaint filed by a student in 2010 

    Kent State University has been charged by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with a Fair Housing Act Violation. The case has to do with the definition of a “service animal.”  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    Gov. John Kasich poses for pictures at a campaign stop in Beavercreek. (Karen Kasler)A small group of tea party and Democrats protest at Kasich campaign stop
    Gov. Kasich says he is not sweating the polls as he holds a steady lead

    Democrats have always hoped for a strong anti-Kasich sentiment in this year’s election. There was a little of that at a very small campaign stop for the incumbent governor today near Dayton.  Karen Kasler reports

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald's campaign took another hit yesterday when two top staffers resigned. (Cuyahoga County Executive's Office)A political scientist discusses the limited options for Ohio's Democrats
    If Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald does withdraw, former Gov. Ted Strickland would be the best replacement

    Top Democratic Party officials insist their gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald is in the race to stay despite the fact that his top staffers are leaving his campaign.  Jo Ingles reports

    Gov. John Kasich says it is important that there is a quick investigation into the shooting death in Beavercreek. (Ohio Statehouse)Kasich supports an investigation into a fatal police shooting in SW Ohio
    The U.S. attorney is asking the FBI to investigate the Wal-Mart shooting

    The U.S. attorney in Columbus has asked the FBI to investigate the recent shooting death of 22-year-old John Crawford III.

    Police in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek shot Crawford on Aug. 5 inside a local Walmart. Beavercreek police say Crawford was carrying an air rifle. The state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation is now investigating.

    Gov. John Kasich addressed the incident during a campaign stop in Beavercreek today.  (more)

    AG candidate Pepper racks up 180 parking tickets since 2000
    Other headlines: Oil spill forces closure of Ohio River; Toledo mayor calls algae bloom  "an environmental attack."

  • Oil spill forces closure of Ohio River
  • Toledo mayor calls algae bloom  "an environmental attack." 
  • HUD charges Kent State with violating Fair Housing Act
  • Cleveland Foundation grants $5 million for Flats to lake link
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    Questions about FitzGerald and his driving record started to break the same day the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed him. (File photo)Top staffers are leaving the FitzGerald gubernatorial campaign
    Two are already gone from the troubled campaign; other departures may be coming

    After weeks of bad headlines, low poll numbers and disappointing fundraising, there’s a major shakeup rattling the campaign of the Democratic candidate for governor. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler has details.  Karen Kasler reports

    Arguments in ex-Akron officer's murder case set for Monday
    Other morning headlines: Ohio sets new laws for tattooing and piercing; All rides at Cedar Point reopen after brief power outage

    The latest WKSU morning news headlines:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Ari Jay Comet and his daughter, Norah, juice up their Nissan Leaf. They've come to rely on a home charger, and knowing where the public units are in Cleveland, for power (Robert Sustersic)Akron, Cleveland EV charging stations on hold
    Whether or not to install electric car chargers seems to be an automotive case of 'chicken and the egg' for the Northeast Ohio cities

    Cleveland and Akron are pulling back on plans to install electric car chargers. Two years ago, Cleveland said it would install the devices in three key spots, including the MetroParks Zoo. And Akron began adding chargers to its parking garages, with plans to add more. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports the slowdown in the installations may be an automotive case of which needs to come first, the chicken or the egg.  Kabir Bhatia reports

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    Mean Kids: Bullying in School

    Bullying is a bigger problem in Northeast Ohio than in the nation as a whole. It happens more often and it's reported less frequently. Our region has also been rocked by the suicides of bullying victims who saw no other way out. In this series, Mean Kids, WKSU's Vivian Goodman takes a closer look at the bullies, their targets and their weapons, as well as the tools Northeast Ohio is using to fight the problem.

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    Kent State 1970: Hear it now

    At the time of the events, WKSU reporters caught many of the key developments leading up to the shooting, the day of the tragedy and of the aftermath. The original audio, as well as photographs, reports and other text, has been gathered on a special web site:

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    May 4th Remembered

    On May 4th, 1970, Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on Kent State students protesting the invasion of Cambodia, the escalation of the Vietnam War - and the presence of the guard on campus. Four students died; nine were wounded. The scene became an icon for the Baby Boom generation. And this year, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, as a site that contributed significantly to the understanding of the nation's history and culture. But for many, the history is not national. It's personal. And while it's fading out of many textbooks and memories, it's fresh in the lives of many others. WKSU is taking a look at the personal stories and larger lessons that grew from May 4, 1970.

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    Good Jobs In Bad Times

    The WKSU newsroom dove into the murky waters of the current employment situation in Northeast Ohio with the 8-part series Good Jobs in Bad Times. With their reports, the award-winning news staff covered topics that include high-paying tech jobs, careers that don't need a 4-year degree, the re-growth of agriculture as industry, working part-time full-time, drastically changing career paths, the truth about healthcare, bridge jobs after graduation and the future of the NE Ohio employment outlook.

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