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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Teacher Keith Allison is suing a school district he worked for after he was fired over a Facebook post on the dairy industry. (ACLU of Ohio)Wayne County teacher sues the school district that fired him over a vegan Facebook post
ACLU of Ohio says the teacher's First Amendment rights were violated

A teacher who was allegedly fired for posting a photo with a vegan message on Facebook is suing the Green Local School District in Wayne County.

Freda Levenson is the legal director of the ACLU of Ohio. She says Keith Allison was told he could no longer work as a tutor at Green Elementary School because his Facebook post was critical of the dairy industry.

Levenson says this violates his First Amendment rights.  Lyndsey Schley reports

Ohio was the first state in the U.S. to test students using Common Core standards. (albertogp123, Flickr)Kaisch says there's too much testing for students in Ohio
Governor is not calling for elimination of new Common Core tests

Parents across Ohio are reportedly opting their kids out of new standardized tests based on the Common Core math, reading and writing standards. And Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports that response is testing both state lawmakers and the governor.  Karen Kasler reports reports that February proved to be the coldest February on record in Northeast Ohio. (ODOT)Southern Ohio hit hard by winter weather
Many schools and businesses, including Ohio University in Athens, closed due to the weather

The Ohio Department of Transportation is working to clear roads in Southeast Ohio right now.

Agency spokesman Matt Bruning says road crews have been busy.  Jo Ingles reports

Elizabeth Ranade-Janis works with the Ohio Department of Public Safety's office of criminal justice services. She was hired in 2013. (The Toledo Blade)The link between big sporting events and sex trafficking
Ohio's human trafficking coordinator says they are keeping a close eye on one big event this weekend in Columbus

An estimated 175,000 bodybuilders, fitness fans, professional athletes and “weekend warriors” are in central Ohio this weekend for the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, the largest sports showcase in the world. And there are claims that this is also one of the biggest events for sex trafficking.

Elizabeth Ranade-Janis is the state’s human trafficking coordinator, and she says there are no solid stats on trafficking at sporting events like this, but it does happen.  Karen Kasler reports

John Arthur and James Obergefell challenged Ohio's gay marriage ban. Arthur died of Lou Gehrig's disease shortly after the couple sued the state of Ohio to recognize their Maryland marriage. (Screen shot)Ohio Democrats join fight over gay marriage
Ohio's Democrats want the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court decision that upholds bans on same sex marriage

The Ohio and Michigan Democratic parties are filing a joint brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on a gay marriage case it will consider April 28th.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper says the parties want the nation’s highest court to overturn an appeals court decision that upholds bans on same sex marriage in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Pepper says it is wrong for courts to allow voters in those states to decide the rights of citizens.  Jo Ingles reports

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Sen. Rob Portman during  his trip to congress Tuesday. (Brian Bull)Ohio Sen. Portman hopes Netanyahu's speech will strengthen U.S.'s stance on Iran
Ohio Republican senator says Israel's opinion on the issue is important

Sen. Ron Portman says he hopes Netanyahu’s address to congress will cause the U.S. to take a firmer stance in the nuclear talks with Iran.

Portman says he thought it was important that congress hear Israel’s take on the talks.  Lyndsey Schley reports

Cleveland Police, Fire and EMS at meeting (Brian Bull/WCPN)Cleveland's police, fire and EMS lack women and minorities
The latest figures show white males dominate the three units’ personnel, and this could hamper efforts to connect with communities

More women and minorities are needed in Cleveland’s ranks of first responders. That from the city’s department of public safety, which hopes City Council will eventually enact a plan to diversify its police, fire, and EMS units. WCPN's Brian Bull reports.  (more)

State task force to discuss police use of force training
Other morning headlines: Former Big Boy executive denies embezzlement allegations;  Toledo mayor's widow considers running for election

Morning headlines for Thursday, March 5, 2015:

  • State task force to discuss police use of force training
  • Former Big Boy executive denies embezzlement allegations
  • Toledo mayor's widow considers running for election
  • Vegan teacher sues school district over firing
  • Prosecutors may seek death penalty in barbershop shooting
  • Judge charged with impaired driving given probation
  • Toledo mayor's widow considers running for election
  • Former Big Boy executive denies embezzlement allegations
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Max Barton began his tenure as executive director of the Canton Museum of Art in October, after serving as its associate director and as director of marketing and communications. (Courtesy of the Canton Museum of Art)The new director exhibits high hopes for the Canton Museum of Art
    Max Barton brings marketing and business skills to his new job as well as a passion for the arts

    Along with its current exhibition, now drawing to a close, the Canton Museum of Art can look back at a recent string of successes.

    WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports its new executive director looks ahead to many more.  Vivian Goodman reports

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Mayor Jackson on stage at his 10th State of the City address. (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Education and police are big parts of Cleveland Mayor Jackson's address
    Jackson 10th State of the City address focuses on boosting education and building lasting police reforms with the Justice Department

    Education and public safety dominated Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s 10th State of the City address Wednesday. About 1,000 people filled Cleveland’s Public Hall to hear the mayor talk about the city’s successes and where improvement is needed.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Governor John Kasich  Kasich is back in Ohio after trip to Netanyahu speech
    Kasich says interest in foreign policy encouraged his trip to Washington

    Gov. John Kasich is back in Ohio, after a brief trip to Washington to hear Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress Tuesday.  

    Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler talked with him about it.  Karen Kasler reports

    Senator Sherrod Brown  Sherrod Brown weighs in on NCLB testing
    He's not suggesting cutting the test but instead looking for more efficiency in testing

    A consensus appears to be forming that American schoolchildren are taking too many standardized tests. Liberals complain that it’s being done to punish teachers. Conservatives say the federal government is intruding in local schools. The Ohio Department of Education wants a 20% reduction in such tests and now they may get some help from Washington. State Impact Ohio’s Mark Urycki reports.  Mark Urycki reports

    Lehner says the results of testing should not be used to hold back students this year. Ohio Senate advances bill delaying high stakes on testing
    The measure would create a one-year delay

    The Ohio Senate has unanimously passed a bill that will be attached to the budget that would hold back high stakes on testing in schools this year. Republican State Senator Peggy Lehner, the sponsor of the bill, says it will affect this year only.  Jo Ingles reports

    Mayor Frank Jackson covered a number of issues in his State of the City address. (The City of Cleveland)Mayor Jackson covers police, education in State of the City address
    Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says Cleveland needs to reform police department, but is making strides in education

    Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson gave his State of the City address Wednesday and made mention again of the changes to come to the city’s police department.

    Jackson says he isn’t looking for a quick fix to the problems with Cleveland’s police.  (more)

    Goodyear concept tire, BHO3 (Goodyear )Goodyear Tire develops energy generating tire
    These energy generating tires can greatly benefit electric cars in the future.

    Akron-based Goodyear has developed a tire that can extend the distance you can drive in electric cars. The energy generating tire known as BH-O3 would transform tire heat into electricity that would charge the car’s battery. Goodyear Spokesman Keith Price says this concept could contribute to solving future mobility challenges.  (more)

    At mic, Democratic State Rep Herschel Craig, at right-democratic State Rep Niraj Antani, joined by three Ohio veterans (Jo Ingles)Giving Ohio businesses financial motivation to hire veterans
    New bill in the legislature would provide a $2000 credit for each veteran hired.

    A bill has been introduced in the Ohio legislature that would give businesses within the state an incentive to hire veterans. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.  Jo Ingles reports reports that Ohio has about 123,000 kids attending nearly 400 charter schools. (Elizabeth Albert, Flickr)Ohio's charter school system known as one of the nation's worst
    Panelists at a conference in Denver consistently cited K12 Inc. and Akron-based White Hat Management as some of the nation's worst-managed charter school operators.

    Ohio’s charter school operators have been under scrutiny for their low scoring results within the state's education system.

    However, a recent conference hosted by the Education Writers Association shows that Ohio has some of the worst run charter schools in the nation.

    Todd Ziebarth of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools says there’s a need for major reform in the Buckeye State.  Michael Bratton reports

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) with U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (left). Netanyahu addressed Congress on Tuesday, March 3. (Brian Bull/WCPN)Mixed reaction following Prime Minster Netanyahu's speech to Congress
    Northeast Ohio Representatives Marcy Kaptur and Marcia Fudge skipped the joint address beacuse the speech was not vetted by the White House

    Following his address to Congress Tuesday, Cleveland-area critics and backers of Benjamin Netanyahu are speaking out about his warning of Iran’s nuclear capabilities. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports.  (more)

    Group submits new amendment that would legalize pot in Ohio
    Other morning headlines: House to vote on expanding heroin antidote accessibility; Akron Council signs off on largest part of sewer project

    Morning headlines for Wednesday, March 4, 2015:

  • Group submits new amendment that would legalize pot in Ohio
  • Ohio Democrats want state to set up health insurance exchange as safeguard
  • House to vote on expanding heroin antidote accessibility 
  • Ohio Audito, Secretary of State to testify in support of two separate bills 
  • Another shale driller to scale back in Ohio
  • Akron City Council signs off on largest part of $1.4 billion  sewer overhaul
  • Tamir Rice's mom says she continues to feel disrespected 
  • Ohio Superintendent gives districts a reprieve for students who skip testing
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Josh McCown, 35, went 1-10 as a starter for Tampa Bay last season. The Browns have given him a $14 million contract. ( likely to start their 23rd quarterback since 1999
    The Browns signed 35-year-old veteran quarterback Josh McCown over the weekend, signaling the end of the Brian Hoyer era

    In what’s become an annual tradition for Cleveland fans, the Browns have shaken up the quarterback position yet again. The signing of 35-year-old Josh McCown over the weekend likely means the end of the Brian Hoyer era for the Browns, and leaves Johnny Manziel’s future with the team open. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks about why the Browns signed McCown, who went 1-10 last season with Tampa Bay.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    Clarence Bozeman is a retired teacher and high school principal living in Maple Heights.  He grew up in Alabama and while studying at Alabama State University in the late 1950’s was the driver for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Clarence Bozeman: In the driver's seat of history
    Clevelander Clarence Bozeman, former driver for Martin Luther King Jr., tells of the courage of black civil rights leaders

    Update: Clarence Bozeman's  appearance at Kent State University was delayed last month by the winter storms that closed campus. He'll be speaking Wednesday night (March 4) at 6 in the FirstEnergy Auditorium (Room 340) of the School of Journalism in Franklin Hall.

    Clarence Bozeman is a retired teacher and high school principal living in Maple Heights.

    He grew up in Alabama and while studying at Alabama State University in the late 1950’s, his job was to drive the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church to his appointments. That pastor was the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Bozeman spent many hours driving the back roads of Alabama with King, talking about the ongoing civil rights movement, and the challenges of fighting segregation.

    He’ll share his stories tomorrow night on the Kent State campus, but he sat down with me to share his stories of those years and one secret Dr. King shared with him on one long drive.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    SLIDESHOW: VOCI, the civic choral group in Canton, stands for many voices. About 70 of those voices are performing the Civil War Cantatas in Canton and Washington. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Canton's VOCI marches onto Washington with Civil War cantatas
    VOCI will perform the works of Richard Bales in Canton this Sunday before taking the performance to the National Gallery of Art

    Canton’s civic choral group known as VOCI is heading to the National Gallery of Art next month to mark the end of the Civil War. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the music that ties Canton to Washington – and to America 150 years ago.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Ron Amstutz, a Republican from Wooster, is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. He backs the governor's goal of cutting income taxes, but he's not sure yet how to get there. Lawmakers slow to warm to Kasich's tax plans
    Gov. John Kasich wants to move Ohio's primary tax revenue from income taxes to consumption taxes, but lawmakers are slow to embrace the plan

    Ohio lawmakers will sit down this week to begin dissecting Gov. John Kasich’s proposed changes in Ohio’s tax code.

    Kasich wants to lower income taxes by 23 percent and pay for it, in part, by raising the state’s sales tax and the so-called severance tax on oil and gas drilling.   

    Ron Amstutz, a Republican from Wooster, is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

    He says he backs Kasich’s plan in principle, but the final tax cuts and hikes will likely not be as large as the Governor wants.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    Governor Kasich attended today's speech to Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (State of Ohio)Gov. Kasich attends Israeli P.M. speech to Congress
    Kasich's trip to D.C. could have political ramifications

    While several Democratic members of Congress skipped Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech today, there are also guests who’ve traveled to Capitol Hill to hear it. Among them: Gov. John Kasich and state Treasurer Josh Mandel.

    University of Cincinnati political science professor David Niven says both Republicans may be sending a message to an international audience and to big political donors that they’re friends of Israel.  Karen Kasler reports

    The revamping Cleveland's Public Square will take about a year and a half. (City of Cleveland)Cleveland's Public Square renovation starts next week
    The downtown four-block Cleveland landmark will be closed to traffic for about 18 months

    The major renovation of Cleveland’s Public Square starts next Monday. And Heather Holmes of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance says beginning that morning, traffic will be closed off in that area until the project is finished in 2016.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio is suing BP for 33 million dollars (State of Ohio)Ohio attorney general sues BP for $33 million
    Dewine accuses the company of double dipping on underground gas-tank cleanup

    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing oil and gas giant BP for more than $33 million. DeWine says BP double-dipped, getting money from both insurance and from a state fund to clean up underground gas storage tanks.  Jo Ingles reports

    Dan Rice of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition says the idea is to connect the towpath to downtown and neighborhoods. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Akron takes its first steps toward reworking the towpath downtown
    Parts of the project could be done by late summer

    The group that wants to work out the rough spots of the Towpath Trail through Akron took its first slippery steps downtown this afternoon. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the three-day planning process that’s expected to include at least $200,000 in improvements.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Rice family attorney Ben Crump (left) talks about Cleveland's response to the family's civil suit. Beside him at the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church are Samaria Rice and attorney Walter Madison. (KEVIN NIEDERMIER)Tamir Rice's family: Cleveland's lawsuit response showed disrespect
    The Rice family attorneys also say police are wrong about timing of police shooting the boy

    The family of Tamir Rice feels they’ve been disrespected by the city of Cleveland’s response to the civil suit over the 12-year-old's fatal shooting by police. And as WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, their attorneys say they have evidence that the officer fired sooner than police have asserted.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    David Bowie is one of the dozens of artists featured in the photo-and-video exhibit, Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits (Herb Ritts)New Rock Hall exhibit brings the photography of Herb Ritts to Cleveland
    Ritts shot more than 2 million rolls of film before his death in 2002; images and videos from his rock portfolio opens in Cleveland March 13th

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next week unveils the first exhibit dedicated to the rock photography of Herb Ritts, who photographed some of the most famous names in music starting in the late 1970s. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    The Akron sorting center is expected to close on April 18th. The main post office on Wolf Ledges Parkway will remain open. (Tales of a Wandering Youkai, Flickr)U.S. Postal Service plans to close its sorting center in Akron
    The Postal Service is closing mail sorting centers in Akron, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown due to declining volume

    The United States Postal Service will close four of its Ohio mail sorting centers next month.

    Over the weekend, the American Postal Workers Union launched a website in hopes of informing the public of the closings.

    Mary Sitko, vice president of APWU Local 120, says the closing in Akron will hurt services.  (more)

    Speed humps are three to four inches tall and about 12 feet wide. The recommended  speed for driving over a speed hump is 15 mph. (Richard Drdul, Flickr)Akron's residential streets will get bumpier -- on purpose
    The City of Akron is implementing a speed hump pilot project in residential areas

    The City of Akron is implementing a pilot program installing speed humps --  not to be confused with speed bumps -- on some residential streets.

    Akron’s Public Works Manager Jim Hall  says the speed humps will make streets safer.  (more)

    Ohio sues BP for double dipping on insurance claims
    Other morning headlines: Cleveland mayor apologizes for city response to Tamir Rice lawsuit; Cleveland Public Square renovations begin next week

    Morning headlines for Tuesday, March 3, 2015:

  • Ohio sues BP oil and gas for double dipping on insurance claims
  • Cleveland mayor apologizes for city response to Tamir Rice lawsuit
  • Public Square renovations to start March 9
  • City of Cleveland contributes $500,000 to Rock Hall ceremony
  • Ohio House set to approve $7 billion transportation budget
  • Ohio No. 2 in Site Selection's economic development rankings
  • Gov. Kasich to attend Israeli Prime Minister's speech
  • Sentences reduced for Amish beard cutting group
  • Bridal shop building linked to Ebola scare is up for sale
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Monday, March 2, 2015

    Councilman Zach Reed says the health care approach to addressing violence has worked in cities such as New York and Boston. (Cleveland City Council)Cleveland councilman wants the city to put more money toward anti-violence measures
    Zach Reed wants the 2015 budget to focus more on alleviating violence in Cleveland

    Cleveland City Council has a little more than four weeks to consider and pass the budget proposed by Mayor Frank Jackson.

    Councilman Zach Reed believes the mayor’s budget does little to alleviate the problem of violence in the city. Reed says Cleveland needs to switch from a public safety or community relations approach to a health-care model.  (more)

    Recently retired Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder is now consulting with a troubled charter school. (State of Ohio)Ohio charter school signs up a powerful consultant
    Former Ohio House Speaker Batchelder says he won't lobby but will consult with ECOT

    The Ohio House is considering a list of reforms aimed at cracking down on bad charter schools and the companies that manage them. Meanwhile, one charter is getting support from a recently retired legislator. Mark Urycki of State Impact Ohio reports.  Mark Urycki reports

    Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, Executive Director of Ohio Association of Foodbanks  (Ohio Association of Foodbanks )New study shows many Ohioans aren’t making ends meet
    Some Ohioans work every day but rely on food pantries for their families

    Ohio’s unemployment is down and numbers from the state show the economy is recovering from 2008 levels. But the leader of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks says a new report shows there are two Ohios. Lisa Hamler- Fugitt says there is one where people are doing well and the other where they can’t make ends meet.  Jo Ingles reports

    Oren Blonder, vice president of marketing for the Israeli high-tech water processing company MemTECH-- with Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic at Akron City Hall.  (TIM RUDELL)The Rubber City could become the Water City
    Akron is working with five international, high-tech water-processing companies to create an industry incubator

    Northeast Ohio’s most abundant resource may make the region a center for a next big thing in high tech -- ”water tech.”  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on Akron becoming home to an international “Advanced Waste Water Treatment Demonstration Project.”  Tim Rudell reports

    Ohio goes aftera defunct charter school for more than $2 million
    The state says the Lion of Judah Academy channeled money to companies and others run by those who ran the academy

    The state is suing a now-defunct Cleveland charter school for the more than $2 million it says was channeled to a church, businesses and individuals associated with the school. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Facility closings said to have no effect on mail delivery (Creative Commons: Aldrich Ames )The postal workers union is challenging mail-sorting closures in Ohio
    Workers push back against mail-sorting closures and encourage the community to so the same.

    The postal workers union has launched a website urging the community to speak out against the closing of four mail-sorting facilities in Northeast Ohio. The Akron center is one of them and is set to close in April. This closure is expected to affect 248 people. Regional Postal Service spokesman David Van Allen says no one will lose his or her job as a result.  (more)

    Lawmakers have a busy week at the Statehouse, with lots of agencies outlining their budget needs. (State of Ohio)Busy week for the Ohio legislature
    A new two-year budget still tops the agenda

    Lawmakers are back for another week of work at the Statehouse. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler runs down what’s scheduled in committees this week.  Karen Kasler reports

    TimkenSteel is another of the Northeast Ohio operations tied to the tubular steel market that is laying people off. (JEFF ST.CLAIR)Big layoffs are coming next week at U.S. Steel in Lorain
    Except for auto, the steel market remains soft nationwide

    The United Steelworkers union is awaiting word this week on exactly how many hundreds of people will be at least temporarily laid off in Lorain. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the continuing impact of the soft steel pipe market.  M.L. Schultze reports

    The Horseshoe Cleveland Casino inside the old Higbees building could someday be joined by a new, larger down the street. But owner Dan Gilbert isn't making any promises. (WKSU)Cleveland may, or may not, someday have a new, expanded casino
    Owner Dan Gilbert says acquiring full interest from Caesar's makes a new casino more likely, but he's can't promise anything

    It’s still unclear whether Cleveland casino owner Dan Gilbert will build the expanded casino on the Cuyahoga River he promised. Gilbert recently acquired full ownership of his Ohio gaming facilities from the struggling Caesars’ casino empire. He told WKYC that this makes it easier to plan and eventually build the new casino, but he made no promises on when it might happen.                                                                                  

       Kevin Niedermier reports

    Amish beard cutters to be resentenced today
    Other headlines: February was coldest month in Cleveland history; 40 expected to testify in ex-lawmaker's fraud trial

    Morning headlines for Monday, March 2, 2015:

  • Amish beard cutters to be resentenced today
  • Downtown Cleveland valet employee seriously injured in hit and run
  • Gas prices up a dime to start the week
  • Akron man crushed to death in machine shop accident
  • Family of plane crash victim withdraws petition for lawsuit
  • Antioch College makes $81 million in improvements
  • 40 expected to testify in ex-lawmaker's fraud trial
  • February was coldest month in Cleveland history
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    In 2013, Dr. Seuss' widow discovered an unpublished manuscript for 'What Pet Should I Get?,' which will be released July 28 (Random House)National Read Across America Day marks Dr. Seuss' 111th birthday
    The 'Cat In the Hat' author passed away in 1991, but his legacy inspires readers and writers

    Libraries throughout Northeast Ohio are celebrating National Read Across America Day today on what would have been Dr. Seuss’ birthday. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports on the legacy of the children's author.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Machele Merriweather, director of human resources at the hospital, says they are expecting a large turnout at the career fair. (Akron Children's Hospital)Akron Children's Hospital hosts career fair
    The pediatric hospital is hoping to fill positions at its new Kay Jewelers Pavilion at its main campus downtown

    Akron Children’s Hospital is having a career fair Monday to fill new positions at the Kay Jewelers Pavilion at its main campus downtown.

    Machele Merriweather is the director of human resources for the hospital. She says anyone who submits an application will have the opportunity to participate in face-to-face interviews.  (more)

    Some babies have trouble swallowing which can lead to serious complications. But a northeast Ohio researcher is developing tools to retrain a baby's swallowing mechanism.  Exploradio: Retraining the brain to swallow better
    From preemies with nerve damage to Alzheimer's patients, swallowing problems can have serious consequences. But brain training can help

    It’s one of those things that you don’t pay attention to until something goes wrong. Swallowing is a basic human function that can have serious complications for some people, from preemie babies to elderly adults. 

    In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair meets a researcher at the Northeast Ohio Medical University who’s studying how to retrain the brain to overcome problems with swallowing.  Jeff St. Clair reports

    Sunday, March 1, 2015

    This is one of the few times Minnie Minoso appeared on a baseball card in an Indians uniform; he played 12 of his 17 seasons for the Chicago White Sox (Topps, Inc.)Former Cleveland Indian Minnie Minoso dies
    "The Cuban Comet" is best-known for his 12 seasons with the White Sox, but he started his MLB career in Cleveland

    Minnie Minoso – “The Cuban Comet” -- died Sunday, reportedly at age 90. Although he’s best-known for his 12 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, he took his first at-bats in the majors with the Cleveland Indians. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    State Rep. John Becker from Cincinnati says he also wants to eliminate the state income tax (Ohio Statehouse)Ohio Rep. Becker -- opposed to severance tax -- may consider a form of it
    The conservative Republican says ahigher tax on oil and gas taken from public lands would be fine, but not on private property

    Gov. John Kasich’s proposed increase in the tax on oil and gas drillers may be a hard sell to his fellow Republicans who run the Legislature. They’ve rejected his previous attempts to hike that tax, which he wants to use to pay for income tax cuts. Rep. John Becker of Cincinnati is among those opposed for now, but says he’d be on board with a limited form of an increase in the tax on drillers.  Karen Kasler reports

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