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Friday, May 29, 2015

Garry Moneypenny moves from City Council president to Akron Mayor at 4 p.m.  Sunday. Akron's post-Plusquellic era begins Sunday
The new mayor is sworn in Sunday, but Plusquellic's impact is likely to linger

Residents of Akron will wake up Monday morning with a new mayor. That will be the first time in nearly three decades. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has a last look at Don Plusquellic -- the man who dominated his city for so long -- and at the issues Akron faces as it moves on.  M.L. Schultze reports

Back in the day, at West Point Market's  original store, Akron's Norka soda was prominently advertised. Now it's back on the shelves along with other nostalgic sodas.  (VIVIAN GOODMAN)Akron's getting its fizz on with old and new craft sodas
Norka is back in the beverage aisle along with a new locally brewed root beer

What’s new in the carbonated soft drink business is what’s old.

Vintage sodas are coming back. Also, new craft sodas made in old-fashioned ways are gaining ground. 

In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us down the beverage aisle.  Vivian Goodman reports

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Gus Frangos is president of Cuyahoga County Land Bank  (Cuyahoga Land Bank )Land bank and Collinwood clinic team up to help vets
Plan would address both housing and transportation issues

Half a block of boarded-up housing in Cleveland’s blighted Collinwood neighborhood is coming back to life. And, an effort to help veterans with special living needs is the reason. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

Min-Ho Kim says he hopes nanobombs can be used on infections resistant to traditional antibiotics.  (Kent State University)Kent prof gets nearly $2 million to study nanobombs
NIH grant will help develop technology to treat infected tissue

A researcher at Kent State has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop nanobombs.

They're microscopic particles that can treat infected tissue without killing surrounding healthy tissue. The particles are coated with molecules that recognize bacteria. They are then controlled remotely by applying a magnetic field.

Min-Ho Kim is an assistant professor of biology at Kent State and will be leading the research with scientists at three other universities.  Lauren Blue reports

Kasich has been making rounds of talk shows and early primary states. (Screen capture)New Quinnipiac presidential poll shows Ohio Gov. Kasich enters the top 10
But it's a tie, and a spot on the dais for the first debate in Cleveland is far from a sure thing

Gov. John Kasich appears to be inching closer and closer to announcing a run for President. If he does, he might face a huge hurdle.

Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports there are questions if he will be able to be part of the first presidential debate in Cleveland.  Jo Ingles reports

Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel launched the website last year to try to list all public spending in the state. (State of Ohio)Ohio treasurer calls for more accountability in government spending
Mandel says elected officials will have to participate

Hamilton County is the latest local government to sign onto Ohio’s financial accountability website.

The Ohio treasurer launched late last year listing all state spending. Josh Mandel is encouraging county and local governments to post their expenditures as well. He says at some point elected officials will have to participate.  (more)

Sen. Joe Schiavoni represents the 33rd Senate District, which covers all of Columbiana and Mahoning counties in Northeast Ohio. (The Ohio Senate)Ohio Senate Democrats offer multiple amendments to proposed budget
The Senate is expected to introduce a revised budget bill in the coming week

As Republican senators work out a final version of their budget, they are dealing with more than 500 amendments offered by minority Democrats.

That’s more than twice the number of Democratic amendments proposed in the budget process two years ago.

For Ohio Public Radio, Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

Congressman Jim Renacci speaking at today's Greater Akron Chamber small business breakfast. (WKSU file photo)Renacci says Congress needs more lawmakers grounded in business
The Republican says career politicians, including many GOP presidential candidates, don't have the experience to make good business laws

Congressman Jim Renacci said today that a big problem with Washington politics is that too many members of Congress are not business people. And that criticism includes the current slate of Republican presidential candidates.

   Kevin Niedermier reports

Bill to delay 2016 primary by one week heads to governor's desk
Other morning headlines: Woman who dangled toddler over zoo exhibit pleads to lesser charge; Cleveland, DOJ to meet next month over consent decree

WKSU morning news headlines for Thursday, May 28:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

The poster for Is it cinema-art or racist-propaganda playing Friday at Cleveland's Cinematheque?
D. W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation" is being shown on its 100th anniversary.

One of the most talked-about films in the history of cinema is screening tomorrow night at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Cinematheque. 

D.W. Griffith’s 1915 epic, “Birth of a Nation”, is set in the South during and after the Civil War, and the star of the show is the Ku Klux Klan. 

The film’s been slammed as racist propaganda for a hundred years, but also praised even to this day as an artistic triumph.  Vivian Goodman reports

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Red Line Greenway co-founders Matt Koriath (left) and Lennie Stover (center) say the project is all about giving the land on the west side back to the city (KABIR BHATIA)Cleveland RTA's Red Line could be 'going green'
A 2.8-mile trail running along the Red Line on the west side could become a linear park

About 3 miles of long-abandoned train tracks in Cleveland could one day be home to a “Greenway,” according to a plan unveiled by the Rotary Club this week. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is still coming up with a cost estimate. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Businesses and foundations asked to help fund Cleveland police reform
Mayor Frank Jackson and the U.S. Justice Department appeal to the community for financial support

Putting Cleveland’s new police reform plan into action will be pricey.

Mayor Frank Jackson has yet to come up with a cost estimate, but he and the U.S. Justice Department have already appealed to the community for financial support.

David Abbott, head of the George Gund Foundation, says both parties called a meeting of potential funders early Tuesday morning, ahead of the public announcement of the consent decree.  (more)

Mike Williams is the first to officially declare he wants to succeed Plusquellic.  (Akron City Council)Williams is running for Akron mayor
For the first time in nearly 28 years, there will be no incumbent Mayor Don Plusquellic

The longest-serving member of Akron City Council has announced he’s running for mayor -- again. Mike Williams is making it official this afternoon.

Williams ran for the Democratic nomination four years ago and lost to Mayor Don Plusquellic. Plusquellic – in office for nearly 28 years -- abruptly announced earlier this month he’s resigning, effective Sunday.

Though he hadn’t yet committed to running, Williams said two weeks ago he couls change the approach of the mayor’s office.  M.L. Schultze reports

Rep. Ron Gerberry, D-Youngstown, says Ohio would join 13 states who have already regulated powdered alcohol.  (State of Ohio)Ohio moves to outlaw powdered alcohol and caffeine
Bill passed by an overwhelming majority in the House must still get Senate approval

The Ohio House has voted overwhelmingly to outlaw powdered caffeine. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the changes representatives made to the bill mean it has to go back to the Senate for approval.  Karen Kasler reports

Sen. Scott Oelslager represents the 29th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses most of Stark County in Northeast Ohio. (The Ohio Senate)Ohio Senate continues working on a state budget with a deadline looming
The governor must sign the two-year budget by the end of June

Senators are preparing to unveil their version of the budget that was passed by the House last month – which featured key differences from the original spending plan from Gov. John Kasich.

Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports getting it done on time might be difficult.  Karen Kasler reports

intake line, Canton Water Department (WKSU)Canton plans its first moves to protect its aquifer
Keeping chloride from the underground drinking water sources includes cutting back on road salt

The next steps are getting underway following Stark County’s road salt summit last week. Canton is expected as soon as possible to pend about a quarter of a million dollars to move one of the city’s salt storage domes. WKSU Tim Rudell has more.  Tim Rudell reports

Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis says the deal will force cops to focus on paperwork rather than patrols. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Police union head calls Cleveland consent decree dangerous
Head of Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association also threatens suits to curb false complaints

The head of the union that represents Cleveland patrol officers says a police-reform agreement the city signed with the U.S. Justice Department is impractical and even dangerous. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.  M.L. Schultze reports

The Knight Foundation and the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau have both created and printed a combined 2,500 brochures with plans to print more in the future. ( promotes reasons to stay in Akron after the interships run out
Rubik's Cube-like brochures and free programs try to keep interns interested in Akron 

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is working to get summer interns interested in discovering the Greater Akron Area.

The foundation spent $20,000 to create unique Rubik’s Cube-like brochures for its “Akron: Out of the Box” program.

The brochure opens three different ways to show readers the restaurants, sites and activities Akron has to offer. Kyle Kutuchief, the foundation’s program director in Akron, says he hopes this will get interns interested in pursuing a career in the city after they graduate.  Michael Bratton reports

The Cleveland Cavaliers reserved a spot in the NBA Finals with a 118-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks last night to win the Eastern Conference title.  Pluto: Cavs take remarkable route to the NBA Finals
Commentator Terry Pluto says the team overcame a season filled with adversity to advance to title series

The Cleveland Cavaliers are heading to the NBA Finals after completing the sweep of the Atlanta Hawks to win the Eastern Conference crown. The Cavs dominated the Hawks in last night’s 118-88 win. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto looks back on how the team gained momentum and looks ahead to the title series.   (more)

A plaster cast of the upper jaw of a new species called Australopithecus deyiremeda, or 'close ancestor'. Researcher Yohannes Haile-Selassie of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History led the team that discovered the jaw fragments in northern Ethiopia, just 22 miles from where 'Lucy' was discovered in 1974. New discovery shows 'Lucy' was not alone
A Cleveland researcher has discovered a new early human ancestor that lived side-by-side with the famous 'Lucy' 3.4 million years ago

A researcher from Cleveland has discovered a new early human ancestor in a desert region of Ethiopia.

Yohannes Haile-Selassie is a curator at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. 

He’s also head of the team that discovered a separate species that lived at the same time and place as the famous specimen Lucy, about 3.4 million years ago.

Haile-Selassie says the discovery creates a more complex picture of the origin of early humans.

  Jeff St. Clair reports

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Religious leaders from across Northeast Ohio led a peaceful march through downtown Cleveland to protest what they say is unequal treatment by the  (Kevin Niedermier)Area pastors and congregation members protest justice system

Several hundred members of the Greater Cleveland Congregations marched through downtown Cleveland today calling for equal treatment by the local justice system. WKSU's Kevin Niedermier reports.  Kevin Niedermier reports

Byrne is working with Ohioans to Stop Executions to urge Ohio lawmakers to provide more support for the families of murder victims. (Ohioans to Stop Executions)Change of heart on capital punishment
Man who's wife was murdered has second thoughts on the death penalty after seeing the killer executed

The survivor of a murder victim who witnessed the killer’s execution now says he has second thoughts about capital punishment. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach speaks with the press about the Department of Justice's agreement with the City of Cleveland. (M.L. Schultze)Cleveland and Justice Dept. reach deal on police reforms
The Department of Justice released a 105-page report, which still needs approval from a federal judge

The City of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice reached an agreement today when it comes to making changes to the city's police department.

In a press conference today U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach said the Department of Justice prepared a 105-page consent decree report that details plans to ensure Cleveland police do their jobs in a more safe and effective manner.

"We have signed and are filing a 105-page, comprehensive Consent Decree that, once approved, will not only serve as a roadmap for reform in Cleveland but as a national model for any police department ready to escort a great city to the forefront of the 21st Century," said Dettelbach.
  M.L. Schultze reports

Rev. John Edgar says Ohio has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country.  (Methodist Theological School in Ohio)Ohio religious leaders say budget cuts could worsen infant mortality rates
Proposed revision would decrease the number of families eligible for Medicaid.

Religious leaders advocating for the poor are urging the Republican-dominated Ohio Senate to change a proposed cut in Medicaid eligibility for poor women. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, they believe the change will increase infant mortality rates.  Jo Ingles reports

Rep. Great Johnson says a Republican proposal increasing the statute of limitations on rape cases from 20 years to 25 years isn't enough (The Ohio House of Representatives)Bill would eliminate statute of limitations in Ohio rape cases
would also make spousal rape and sexual battery illegal

An Ohio legislator is proposing big changes when it comes the sentencing for rape and sexual battery crimes in the state.

For Ohio Public Radio, statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

If approved, the path will run from the Zone Recreation Center on West 65th Street to downtown Cleveland. ( Line Greenway concept to be unveiled at community meeting
The concept includes a three-mile trail and park space along Cleveland's west side

The Rotary Club of Cleveland and its partners will hold a “community unveiling” Wednesday in Cleveland to discuss its $13 million Red Line Greenway project.

The proposal includes a three-mile hike and bike trail and park space that will cross the city’s west side.

Project coordinator and co-founder Lennie Stover says he hopes to get some honest feedback about the project's first phase from Cleveland residents at the meeting.  Michael Bratton reports

Cleveland reaches deal with Justice Department on policing
Other morning headlines: 58 protesters arraigned after Cleveland officer's acquittal; Ohio bill would allow patients to get STD meds for partners

WKSU morning news headlines for Tuesday, May 26:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

The effort to get marijuana legalized in Ohio has some questioning the state's process for constitutional amendments (Brett Levin/Flickr)Marijuana referendum may change more than pot's legal status in Ohio
Critics says drive to legalize marijuana points to overall flaws in Ohio's constitutional amendment process

Is it time to change the way constitutional amendments are brought to Ohio voters?

The possibility of one referendu on legalizing marijuana has critics saying it’s time. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

Robert Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy, says his industry has been battered by Murray Coal to lay off nearly 2,000 people
Ohio and West Virginia mines will be the most impacted

UPDATE: In a statement, Murray provided updated numbers and the rationale for the layoffs. This story has been adjusted to incorporate the company information.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Ohio-based Murray Energy is laying off more than 1,800 workers.

The layoffs amount to about a fifth of the Murray’s workforce and will largely affect mines in Ohio and West Virginia. 

   M.L. Schultze reports

Cleveland Mayor Jackson says he has long embrace real reform. Now he needs to figure out how to pay for it. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Cleveland deal ramps up civilian oversight of police
U.S. Department of Justice agreement zeros in on use-of-force; also beefs up training, recruiting and special mental health outreach

The city of Cleveland has signed a lengthy agreement with the Justice Department to revamp the recruitment, training, discipline, oversight and even equipping of its police force. But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, many of the details have yet to be filled in.  M.L. Schultze reports

Monday, May 25, 2015

Protesters appearing in court for their arraignment (Mark Urycki)Scores of Cleveland Brelo verdict protesters are arraigned and most released
Most of those arrested face minor charges stemming from protests Saturday following the acquittal of officer Michael Brelo

Cleveland Municipal Court held a rare Memorial Day session this morning so more than four dozen people arrested over the weekend could go home. They had been protesting the acquittal Saturday of a Cleveland police officer who shot two unarmed suspects in 2012. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Mark Urycki reports.  Mark Urycki reports

Cavs one win away from title berth
Backed by 37 points from LeBron James, Cavs hold off Hawks for 3-0 lead

The Cavs are one win away from a trip to the NBA finals. LeBron James shook off an atrocious shooting start and withstood Atlanta's gritty comeback to record a triple-double, and the Cavs beat the Hawks 114-111 in overtime Sunday night. They now have 3-to-nothing series lead. James missed his first 10 shots, but finished with 37 points. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Cavs, with coach David Blatt, have remarkably navigated injuries to key starters.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

Gov. Kasich comes closer than ever to announcing presidential bid
Appearing on ABC’s "This Week," Kasich said he’s happy with what he calls his metrics

Gov. John Kasich came closer than ever to saying a presidential campaign is in his future on one of the Sunday TV talk shows this weekend. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

Cleveland protesters to be arraigned on Memorial Day
Other morning headlines: New veterans court to be dedicated in Cleveland; Ohio lawmakers want to speed up trauma emergency transport

WKSU morning news headlines for Monday, May 25:  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

Cleveland State says many of the donations will fund scholarships. (WKYC)Ohio's public universities increasingly rely on donations
As taxpayer support dwindles, Cleveland State and other schools turn to endowments

Not that many years ago, only private colleges built endowment funds. Now, with the higher costs of education and the shrinking support from state governments, even public universities need to ask for donations. One of the latest is Cleveland State University. State Impact Ohio’s Mark Urycki reports.  Mark Urycki reports

Gov. Kasich's proposed budget sets aside $316 million for developmentally disabled Ohioans (Governor Kasich)The generation gap in care for developmentally disabled Ohioans
Officials are debating how to spend $316 million that could be provided for people with developmental disabilities

The care of Ohioans with developmental disabilities has changed dramatically through the past few decades. Gov. Kasich’s proposed budget provides $316 million for developmentally disabled Ohioans. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, there’s a generation gap of sorts now, especially when it comes to funding.  Jo Ingles reports

Morgan K. Smith is one of Oberlin's Ninde scholars. (Oberlin College)First Lady Michelle Obama will celebrate mentorship at Oberlin today
First Lady is recognizing the college's 'near-peer' program to get first-generation kids through college

First Lady Michelle Obama will speak with the graduating class at Oberlin College this morning. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on one of a trio of addresses she's giving this Spring.  M.L. Schultze reports

The dozen or so protesters outside The Q arrived after the game started and left around halftime to ensure they would not be arrested for blocking Huron Road after the game (KABIR BHATIA)Small protest fizzles outside of The Q during the Cleveland-Atlanta game
Responding to the Brelo verdict, about a dozen people blocked traffic for part of the first half of Game 3 of the Eastern finals

The city of Cleveland was quiet last night following the acquittal of Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo. Protests following the verdict could have threatened the NBA playoffs. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Oberlin campus.  (TIM RUDELL)First Lady challenges Oberlin grads to find the most contentious places and create change
Michelle Obama says American history shows that's where some of the biggest changes happen

First Lady Michelle Obama spent Memorial Day in northeast Ohio. She spoke at the graduation ceremony for the Oberlin College class of 2015.WKSU'S Tim Rudell has more.  Tim Rudell reports

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