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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The sewer district says the only way it can control flooding is to address stormwater. (Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District)Ex data chief of Ohio's largest school district is guilty of a felony
Other noon headlines: Sewer fight; tax scam; death penalty debate; Pilot Flying J

  • Northeast Ohio multi-million dollar sewer fight gets its day in court
  • Ex-data chief in Ohio's largest school district is found guilty
  • Georgia woman charged in tax scam that involve hundreds in NE Ohio
  • Should a juror who objects the the death penalty remain on a jury?
  • Haslam's Pilot Flying J case is heading for mediation
  •   M.L. Schultze reports

    Ken Simonson argues the highway trust fund is crucial to Northeast Ohio jobs. (Brian Bull)NE Ohio construction jobs depending on federal money
    Contractors argue for renewal of Highway Trust Fund

    A new report by a construction association shows Greater Cleveland is among the top 10 metro areas that’ve added construction jobs since last year. But the prospect of a downturn looms over the news, tied to the fate of long-term federal highway funding currently stewing in Congress. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports:  (more)

    Clinton is strong while Obama’s approval rating drops in Ohio
    Other headlines: Ohio lawmakers out of voting lawsuit as Feds back NAACP; Former Cleveland Fed chief takes unpaid position at U. of Akron

  • Ohio lawmakers out of voting lawsuit as Feds back NAACP
  • Former Cleveland Fed chief takes unpaid position at U. of Akron
  • Mumps cases continue to climb
  • Ousted OSU band director defends his record
  • Last abortion clinic in Toledo to close
  • Ohio issues second fine against prison food vendor
  • Feuding brothers convicted in death of bystander
  • Tiger Woods tees off at Firestone, hoping for 9th win
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Eric Holder has made voting rights a key issue of the Justice Department. (U.S. Department of Justice)Justice Department weighs in on Ohio voting limits
    Eric Holder files a "statement of interest" in the lawsuit seeking to overturn those limits

    The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a ‘statement of interest’ that joins in the challenge by the NAACP and others against Republican- limits on early voting in Ohio. 

    Attorney General Eric Holder had indicated two weeks ago that the Justice Department might get involved in the suit, which is being handled by U.S. District Judge Peter Economus. 

    The civil rights and voting groups are asking Economus to reinstate early, in-person voting hours that were cut by Republican lawmakers and Secretary of State Jon Husted. That includes the so-called Golden Week, in which people could register to vote and cast their provisional ballots at the same time. Economus already has ordered Husted to reinstate voting on the Sunday before an election. 

    Husted says he is simply trying to establish uniform voting throughout the state. Democrats say Republicans are trying to use non-existent voting fraud to try to keep those leaning Democratic from casting ballots.

       M.L. Schultze reports

    Gov. John Kasich is leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald by over 10 points in the latest poll. (WKSY FILE PHOTO)Quinnipiac poll shows Gov. Kasich has a strong lead over FitzGerald
    Three months out, governor maintains strong lead over Democractic challeneger

    Election Day is a little more than three months away, and a new poll shows Gov. John Kasich holding onto a strong lead over his challenger, Ed FitzGerald. The poll shows that FitzGerald faces an uphill battle on several fronts, and even the bad news for Kasich isn't that bad.  Andy Chow reports

    Brown says Ohio had nearly five people a day die of accidential drug overdoses in 2012, about two thirds of which invovled opioids. Ohio Sen. Brown's bill would lift limits on drug addicts doctors can treat
    Limits were set when methadone -- which requires nearly daily oversight -- was the only medication treatment for heroin addiction

    Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced a bill today that would more than triple the number of drug-addicted patients some doctors can treat. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the call to lift a decades’-old limit.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Akron has been hoping to attract a new Goodyear plant to go along with the company's global headquarters. (Goodyear)Goodyear reports record quarterly earnings in North America
    Economist: Second quarter earnings are part of a strategy that's paying off as Goodyear considers where it should build a new tire plant

    Akron-based Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company saw record quarter earnings in North America but stocks still dropped as investors were hoping for even higher numbers.

    However, University of Akron economics professor Dennis Byrne says the company continues to do very well. He says sales were down for the company from last year, but that is part of a larger strategy.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    The Lapchynski house burned in early July. (Cuyahoga Valley National Park)A serial arsonist may be at work in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
    Investigators believe a string of fires were intentionally set; a reward is ffered for tips leading to an arrest

    Investigators believe a string of fires in Cuyahoga Valley National Park were deliberately set. So far this year, there have been eight suspicious fires on park property. The most recent incident was last Wednesday when a vacant, park-owned house in Peninsula burned down.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Sherrod Brown says he'll work for the Democratic candidate but welcomes the GOP convention. (File photo)Sen. Brown says political conventions transcend politics
    On the eve of DNC visit to Columbus, Brown is pushing for both presidential conventions to be held in Ohio

    The Democrats site selection team will be in Columbus next week to try to determine if Ohio’s capital city should host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. 

    No state has ever hosted both presidential conventions in separate cities in the same year. But Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says this state remains crucial in presidential elections. And he thinks the Republicans’ choice of Cleveland for their convention bodes well for the Democrats in Columbus.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Former Cleveland ace becomes a Cardinal (Cleveland Indians)Indians trade struggling Masterson for a minor leaguer
    St. Louis sends James Ramsey to Cleveland.

    The Indians have traded veteran pitcher Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals.

    The Cardinals are giving Cleveland a 24-year-old minor league outfielder -- James Ramsey -- in return. 

    Last year, Masterson was on the All-Star team and headed into this season as the Indians ace pitcher and opening-day starter. 

    But he’s struggled this year, with an earned-run-average topping 5.5. He’s been on the disabled list since July 8 and hadn’t won a game for a full month before that. 

    Ramsey was the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 draft. Baseball America ranked him as No. 8 among St. Louis’ prospects at the beginning of this season. He's starting his career with Cleveland at AAA Columbus.  M.L. Schultze reports

    The state of Ohio is encouraging parents to make sure their babies sleep safely in a crib. (KAREN KASLER)Department of Health urges Ohio parents to avoid SIDS
    Advocacy groups say Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is best avoided by making sure babies sleep on their backs in cribs

    Ohio is the 48th worst in the nation when it comes to infant mortality rates. The Ohio Department of Health is hoping to lower that number with a campaign to remind parents that infants should sleep only by themselves, on their backs, and in cribs or bassinets.

    The state is working with advocacy groups, including the Charlie's Kids Foundation. It was started by Maura Brent Hanke and her husband, of Cincinnati, after their 3-week-old son Charlie died in 2010 after falling asleep on his napping father’s chest.  Andy Chow reports

    Goodyear's North American performance hit a record for any quarter, but South American sales were down. (File Photo)Quarterly record set by Goodyear
    Other noon headlines: Quinnipiac poll drill down; Common Core; Aramark; death case; immigrants and Dayton

  • North American market boosts Goodyear earnings
  • Collective bargaining battle remains important for Ohio voters
  • Common Core supports plan to fight back
  • State panel looks at Aramark's Ohio prison performance
  • Summit County judge withdraws from death penalty case
  • Dayton says it has two places to temporarily house immigrant children
  •   M.L. Schultze reports

    A pregnant Asha. American zoo-animal ownership depends on parentage and breeding programs. (WVXU)Who owns the animals that live in zoos?
    It all depends first on the mother, then the dad

    The Cincinnati Zoo is expecting a baby gorilla any day now. But, as WVXU’s Tana Weingartner reports for Ohio Public Radio, the little tyke won't actually belong to Cincinnati.  (more)

    A helicopter pilot was critically injured in the crash yesterday in Belfontaine, Ohio.  Buzz saw style blades are swept along the edges of power line right-of-ways to cut back encroaching foliage.   (FirstEnergy)FitzGerald fails to gain ground against Kasich
    Ohio police union backs FitzGerald and other Democratic challengers; Akron Judge steps down from capital murder case over accusations of bias

  • Ohio police union backs FitzGerald and other Democratic challengers
  • Akron Judge steps down from capital murder case over accusations of bias
  • Helicopter tree-trimmer crashes
  • Kasich hedges on support for Common Core
  • Private prison food company under investigation
  • Pro-gay marriage group airs first TV ad
  • Cincinnati hosts foster care extension forum
  • Browns fan could get two years in prison for peeing on Modell's grave
  • McIlroy comes to Akron after British Open win
  • Akron to release more LeBron celebration tickets tonight
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    Terry pluto in a recording studio in WKSU's downtown Akron newsroom  (wksu)Pluto advises fans: You can't judge much from early camp
    Fan intensity is one thing making a big impression in Berea

    Cleveland Browns training camp is nearly as hot a ticket as the LeBron James homecoming.  Whether it’s the new ownership, the draft, or the off-season moves, fans and the media alike are dialed into the team’s first days of official preparation for the new NFL season.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell talks with sports commentator Terry Pluto about the phenomenon.  Tim Rudell reports

    Aramark President John Hanner says his company has responded to complaints and is being used by forces opposed to privatization.  (KAREN KASLER)Ohio lawmakers hold hearing on prison food problems
    Committee is blaming a private vendor for food shortages, maggots and contraband in state prisons

    There have been problems with maggots, food shortages and contraband in state prisons, and the committee that inspects those facilities is blaming a private vendor hired by the prison system.  Karen Kasler reports

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    An Ohio gay marriage group will be airing the first pro-gay marriage ads in Ohio in 10 years. (Why Marriage Matters Ohio)First gay marriage to air in Ohio since ban 10 years ago
    Campaign manager says Ohio's opinion is changing on the issue

    A TV ad that supports same-sex marriage will begin running on stations across the state tomorrow. It is the first marriage equality ad to be broadcast since Ohioans enacted a gay marriage ban 10 years ago.  - none - reports

    State Sen. Bill Seitz says his bill will protect landlords. (State of Ohio)New bill would lower penalities in housing discrimination cases
    Opponents say it would leave tenants vulnerable; supporters say landlords are the vulnerable ones

    A bill in the Ohio Legislature would drastically cut fines and make other changes in the state’s law on housing discrimination. Supporters say it is a change that is needed to protect landlords from being victimized by fair housing organizations. But opponents say it will weaken protections for vulnerable tenants.  Jo Ingles reports

    University of Akron President Scott Scarborough says he will work on investing in facilities. (University of Toledo)University of Akron president says he will focus on financials
    President Scot Scarborough says it is important to get the university back on the right financial track

    With challenges including decreasing state support and increasing administration costs, the role of a college president can be a tough gig. But new University of Akron president Scott Scarborough says he is committed to getting his school on a positive financial track. For StateImpact Ohio, Amy Hansen has more.  (more)

    Brunswick will have working tornado sirens again after a recent severe storms. (Greg Goebel)Brunswick will turn tornado sirens back on after bad weather
    Sirens were taken out of use after hacker attacks six year ago

    One Northeast Ohio city is reinstating its tornado sirens after severe storms ripped through the area twice in as many weeks.

    Brunswick City Manager Anthony Bales says the Medina County town turned off its sirens about six years ago after hackers got access to the warnings and started setting them off.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    The director of Ohio State marching band, shown here, has been fired. Some alumni are protesting the move. (Sam Howzit)OSU alumni call for reinstatement of marching band director
    Alumni say the former director responded to sexual harassment problems

    Controversy continues to swirl around the Ohio State's marching band. A group of band alumni marched on the OSU administration building. The protesters are calling for the reinstatement of band director Jon Waters, who was fired after an investigation into sexual harassment. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU's Tom Borgerding reports:  (more)

    Mchael Clapper's 'Birth of the NFL' is lowered onto its I-beam pedestal across from Canton City Hall. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Canton installs the first piece of a $2.2 million public art project
    The Arts in Stark project blends art and Canton's other passion: pro football

    Traffic across the street from Canton City Hall slowed this morning as a crane lowered a massive piece of stainless steel onto an even more massive I-beam of Corten steel. WKSU’s  M.L. Schultze reports it was the installation of the first part of a $2.2 million public art project that celebrates Canton and the NFL.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Some sediments collected by dredging, seen here in Cleveland's harbor, will be used as fill dirt or compost. (Port of Cleveland)Toledo harbor will reuse sediment instead of throwing it back in the lake
    Environmental groups says the new program will help curb toxic algae blooms

    A pilot program in Toledo is finding other uses for dredged sediment from Lake Erie to avoid throwing it back in the water.

    Kristy Meyer of the Ohio Environmental Council says Lake Erie’s harbors must be dredged every year to make way for ships. However, that material is generally rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, which can feed toxic algae blooms.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    Alumni call for reinstatement of fired OSU band director
    Other headlines: Brunswick brings back tornado sirens; Brother charged in death of dirt bike thief

  • Brunswick brings back tornado sirens
  • Brother charged in death of dirt bike thief
  • Akron schools pay $100,000 for single student's special ed
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    House Republicans introduce bill to kill the Common Core
    Other headlines: Secs. Duncan and Perez tour Toledo school today; RPM reaches $800 million asbestos settlement

  • Secs. Duncan and Perez tour Toledo school today
  • RPM reaches $800 million asbestos settlement
  • Online retailer to add 900 Columbus-area jobs
  • Passenger in deadly plane crash still unidentified
  • Year-round schools start in Cleveland
  • Akron approves plans for new hotel expansion
  • Straight A Fund approves $145 million in school grants
  • Kindergarten teacher resigns after grabbing student
  • Cincinnati owes neighborhoods $4 million
  • State won’t inspect Skyhawk after accident
  • Byron named Lakers head coach
  • James celebration sells out in hours
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    Heroin heating in a spoon (Wikipedia)Heroin use and deaths continue to rise in Northeast Ohio
    Heroin is cheaper and more available than the prescription opiates that experts say often lead to addiction

    Five people die from drug-related causes every day in Ohio, according to recent state figures. Many of those deaths are heroin overdoses. In a three-week period this summer, eight heroin users died in the Akron Canton area alone.

    WKSU’s Tim Rudell has more on Ohio's opiate epidemic.  Tim Rudell reports

    Construction debris and flooding disrupted service Monday. (Greater Cleveland RTA)Greater Cleveland RTA to resume Blue and Green line service
    Heavy rain washed contruction debris onto tracks, shutting down service Monday

    The Greater Cleveland RTA planned to reopen an east-side train station and resume running its Blue and Green train lines early this morning. 

    All were largely out of service Monday after the weekend’s heavy rain flooded some areas and broke through a retaining wall at a nearby bridge-construction site, washing debris onto tracks.

    RTA’s Mary Shaffer says this year has been a rough one.   M.L. Schultze reports

    Click for slideshow: Canton City Hall is framed by the Canton installs the first of "The Eleven"
    The Pro Football Hall of Fame picked the moments; Arts in Stark picked the art

    When the Pro Football Hall of Fame parade steps off in downtown Canton Saturday morning, the floats, balloons and bands will be marching past a 23-foot configuration of I-beams, stainless steel and glass. It’s the first piece of a $2.2 million public art project – marrying Canton’s pro football identity with its growing arts community. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze was there for this morning’s  installation.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Matt Huffman and Andy Thompson think they can get the repeal of Common Core to a floor vote via an alternative route. (ANDY CHOW)Ohio Republicans fast-track a bill to repeal Common Core standards
    Despite backing by House leadership and Ohio Chamber of Commerce, some in the GOP say the standards over-reach

    School districts have spent years preparing to implement the education standards known as Common Core -- which are set to start this coming school year. Now House Republicans are renewing efforts to repeal the standards. And as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports the bill could be on the fast track to the House floor.  Andy Chow reports

    Director of Architecture and Design Jeffrey Strean and the new atrium at the museum. (WKSU file photo)Cleveland Museum of Art attendance approaches 600,000
    Museum finishes its eight-year renovation and expansion in the past fiscal year

    The Cleveland Museum of Art reopened in full last year after nearly a decade of renovation and expansion. And, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, it saw a big boom in visitors and fundraising as well.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Former Parmadale mentor sentenced as a sexual predator
    Woman admitted to sexual encounters with two girls placed at the treatment center

    A former worker at a residential treatment center for troubled teens was sentenced today to 44 years in prison for sexual encounters with 13- and 15-year-old girls at the center. 

    Thirty-four-year-old Cossondra Goodson pleaded guilty last month to a dozen charges, including sexual battery. She was a strength coach and mentor at the Parmadale Institute, and prosecutors say she sought out vulnerable victims and molested them over a period of years.

    During her sentencing, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Astrab called Goodson a predator. 

    Parmadale was operated by Catholic Charities for 90 years.

    The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services put it on probation in 2013 after the sexual abuse surfaced, and the agency announced in January that it was closing.

       M.L. Schultze reports

    Southwest Ohioans are divided over the region's role in helping with the flood of immigrant children. (Wikipedia)Southwest Ohio divides over its role in the flood of immigrant children
    Dayton mayor wants to temporarily house the children; GOP congressman and suburban mayor says 'No.'

    A feud is unfolding over whether Dayton should take in immigrant children from Central America who have been crossing the border by the tens of thousands in recent months. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports that Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is facing off against Congressman Mike Turner and other local politicians.  (more)

    A new survey shows hospitals are treating many fewer Ohioans who have no insurance, and many more covered by Medicaid. (Ricardo Diaz, Flickr)Early numbers show Medicaid expansion is cutting numbers of Ohio uninsured
    Ohio Hospital Associations plans to look more deeply into the details this fall

    When Ohio expanded Medicaid last fall, Gov. John Kasich estimated as many as 330,000 additional people would have health coverage. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that a new survey -- and a separate study -- indicate that may be coming true.  M.L. Schultze reports

    About 80 percent of Cleveland RTA passengers ride buses, but the 20 percent on trains are seeing disruptions today. (Greater Cleveland RTA)Cleveland RTA trains disrupted when retaining wall gave way
    Other noon headlines: Goodyear vets; bioscience investment; immigrant children; Smokey Bear

  • Train service is out for the day for Cleveland RTA
  • Goodyear plans to hire 1,000 more vets
  • Investments in bioscience in NE Ohio nears $100 million
  • Ohio congressman and others say the region can't handle immigrant children
  • The Ohio State Fair needs a new bear
  •   M.L. Schultze reports

    Flooding knocks out power, trains, and roads
    Other headlines: Ohio CEO dies in Findlay plane crash; Tuesday funeral scheduled for Cory Barron

  • Ohio CEO dies in Findlay plane crash
  • Tuesday funeral scheduled for Cory Barron
  • EPA offers small cities $250,000 for lakeshore cleanup
  • Property values depressed in Summit County
  • Cedar Point’s Skyhawk ride closed after weekend accident
  • Free tickets on sale today for LeBron homecoming
  • Ohio man wins Death Valley ultramarathon
  • Sbarro expands to Brazil
  • Cincinnati lawmaker charged with theft
  • Gas prices down in Ohio, nationwide
  • Ag officials predict bumper crops this year
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    The questions revolve around the chemicals used in fracking that are considered proprietary information. (WKSU file photo)Monroe Co. drilling fire might provide impetus to change fracking rules
    Gov. Kasich says the law may need to be changed to give first responders more information

    Big changes could be coming to Ohio’s fracking regulations in terms of chemical disclosure. It’s a transparency issue environmental groups have been pushing for years. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, another step is in the works following a major chemical spill.  Andy Chow reports

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Attorney General closes East Akron Community House investigation
    Attorney General DeWine says a new board -- and new audit measures -- will prevent lax financial oversight at the century old non-profit

    Attorney General Mike DeWine has closed his investigation of an Akron charity, putting in place a laundry list of conditions for the non-profit’s new board and executive team. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

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