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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 (Ohio Libertarian Party)Ohio Libertarians drop their ballot appeal
The third party says it won't pursue a challenge to court decisions keeping its candidates off the ballot

The executive director of the Libertarian Party of Ohio says he won’t appeal a federal judge’s decision denying a request from two of his party’s candidates to be reinstated to the fall ballot.

Kevin Knedler says the fight to be recognized as an established third party in Ohio has gone on for a decade. But Knedler says the ruling on the removal of Charlie Earl as a candidate for governor and Steven Linnabary for attorney general will stand.  Karen Kasler reports

The CDC's Dr. Christopher Braden says the news is improving on all fronts. (File photo)Ohio health officials are sounding increasingly optimistic about Ebola
They say training, monitoring and education are having an effect

It’ll be another two weeks before Ohio can be sure Ebola has not spread here. But public health officials are sounding increasingly confident that – not only are the odds diminishing -- but that they’re prepared to handle any contingencies. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.  M.L. Schultze reports

This diagram shows how the Air Maintenance Technology keeps a tire inflated while driving. (Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.)Goodyear will soon test new technology to keep tires inflated
The tires will reduce pollution and last longer

Goodyear will start testing some new tire technology that could reduce pollution and increase tire lifespans.

Project Manager John Kotanides says the new Air Maintenance Technology would regulate the pressure in tires.  Lyndsey Schley reports

The Lordstown GM Plant will be adding solar panels to their campus. (File Photo)Lordstown GM plant plans to install 8,500 solar panels
GM says the panels are a symbol of its commitment to going greener

The Lordstown GM Plant is getting a little greener. It will start installing a large solar panel array beginning next week.

Spokesman Tom Mock says the plant is installing 8,500 solar panels covering an area of about 10 football fields.

He says GM wants to showcase the installation, so it will be near the Ohio Turnpike.   Lyndsey Schley reports

 Pluto: How Indians fans can draw hope from the Royals' World Series run
The Royals, like the Indians, have much lower payroll's than most MLB teams who go deep into the playoffs

The Kansas City Royals have had a remarkable run to the World Series that could give hope to Indians fans. The Royals and Indians are in the same American League Central Division, both have what’s considered low payrolls, and both have struggled to put together winning seasons in recent years. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto joins me  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ken Trump says schools and communities can’t afford to shrug off any talk that suggests violence. (National School Safety and Security Services)Twinsburg High School's shooting threat is deemed a hoax
Authorities say there appears to be no actual intent or means to carry out such an attack

Details of a Columbine-style threat against Twinsburg High School in Summit County have emerged. Authorities say there appears to be no actual intent or means to carry out such an attack. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports the plan involved a student who was bullied and wanted get back at bullies.  (more)

Councilman Bill Smuckler says if the U.S. Attorney's Office agrees with him that the letters are a hate crime, he wants the author prosecuted. (The City of Canton)Canton councilman reacts to anti-Semitic letters
After more than a decade of receiving harassing letters, Bill Smuckler is seeking the help of the city's law director

A Canton city councilman is taking action after receiving anti-Semitic letters for more than a decade. Bill Smuckler requested the help of the city law director at Monday’s council meeting. He says what pushed him to take action was after his wife received a letter late last week.  (more)

Monday, October 20, 2014

 Ohio is taking steps to be better prepared for Ebola
State panel approves funding requests from the Ohio Department of Health

It’s been one week since a woman visited Ohio shortly before being diagnosed with Ebola. And although there are still no confirmed cases of the disease here, the state is still taking steps to be prepared. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

Representative Mike Duffey Ohio lawmaker says it shouldn't be a crime to photograph your ballot
Duffey calls the old law making it a felony "insane"

It is illegal to take a picture of your completed Ohio ballot before you cast it but one member of the Ohio legislature is trying to change that. Republican Rep. Mike Duffey is introducing legislation that would no longer make it a felony to show your ballot before it is cast.  Jo Ingles reports

ClorDiSys Solutions cleaned Coming Attractions, an Akron bridal patient visited by a nurse who was later diagnosed with Ebola. (ClorDiSys Solutions)Ohio's Ebola scare causes companies to seek out professional cleaners
One cleaning company says the virus is a fairly easy pathogen to clean

The revelation that a Texas nurse who later tested positive for Ebola visited Ohio has led companies, airports and schools to call in cleaning companies to calm customers’ fears.

Paul Lorcheim is from ClorDiSys Solutions, the company that cleaned the bridal shop Ebola patient Amber Vinson visited during her time in Ohio.

Lorcheim says the CDC ruled that it was unlikely that the shop was contaminated, but the shop’s owner wanted to be careful. His crews used UV lights to decontaminate the areas the patient might have been in.  Lyndsey Schley reports

The Cleveland Foundation is one of the many community foundations gathering in Cleveland. (The Cleveland Foundation)International community foundations gather in Cleveland
Cleveland is the birthplace of these public charities

This week, an international gathering of community foundations comes to Cleveland. They are tackling the challenge of meeting social and development needs in a time of dwindling government funds. The community foundation movement started here in Ohio, a century ago, and is now a global phenomenon.  - none - reports

Dr. Christopher Braden says if there was not an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we would not be having issues here. (M.L. Schultze)Local Ebola concerns cause officials to pay more attention to West Africa
Gov. Kasich and others say more money and effort needs to go to Africa

Since last Tuesday, local state and federal officials have been focused on how the Ebola scare is playing out in Northeast Ohio. But there also have been calls locally to pay attention to what’s happening across the globe.  M.L. Schultze reports

Gov. Kasich told a political rally in Canton recently that the JobsOhio program has helped the state's economy boom again. (M.L. SCHULTZE)A quick debate over privatization in Ohio
Group says government money and functions are being turned over the private entitites; Kasich defends transparency

A national anti-privatization group has targeted Republican incumbent Gov. John Kasich over his signature policy decision – his public-private entity that replaced the state Department of Development. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

Sen. Portman has also suggested an ebola fund to benefit West Africa Ohio's Sen. Portman unveils plan to combat ebola
Some of the senator's initial ideas are already in place

President Obama’s appointment of an Ebola czar is something Ohio Sen. Rob Portman called for several weeks ago. Now, the Republican has released his own five-point plan to stop Ebola. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports some of the recommendations were already underway.  (more)

Two competing neural networks dominate our thinking patterns. One, the Task-Positive Network is associated with analytical calculations; the second, the Default-Mode Network is more connected to moral and ethical considerations. Effective managers need to engage both types of thinking, according to researchers at Case Western Reserve University. ( )Exploradio: This is your brain on management
Advances in brain imaging validate behavioral theories about ethical thinking and effective leadership

Organizational theorist Richard Boyatzis was recently named one of the world’s most influential thinkers in human resources management.  But Boytzis does not think of employees as "resources."  He says they’re people, and effective managers treat them that way.  

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair sat down with Boyatzis to learn how a manager’s way of thinking can either motivate people or shut them down.  Jeff St. Clair reports

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Summit County Councilwoman Tamela Lee says African Americans are being left out of the Ebola response, and that's bad for the whole community. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Are African-American voices missing from Ohio's battle against the Ebola scare?

Some members of Summit County’s African-American community are criticizing the response to the Ebola scare, which they say is alternately excluding and vilifying them. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.  M.L. Schultze reports

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gov. Kasich says state, local and federal officials are working together and he's satisfied with the CDC response. But the first level of responsibility, he says, is the states'. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Ohio officials discuss new numbers and next steps in Ebola scare
Gov. Kasich meets with officials and reporters in Akron

UPDATE: The Ohio Department of Health has just set up new guidelines limiting travel by people monitored by local health departments. See the new rules at the bottom of this story.

Gov. Kasich and a dozen other officials faced the media across a long table Saturday. They announced that more than 100 people in Ohio are now confirmed “contacts” with a Dallas nurse who has Ebola. And, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports – they insisted that is good news.  M.L. Schultze reports

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Special Features
Dr. Beverly Warren Speaks at the Akron Roundtable

Kent State University President Beverly Warren is the featured speaker at the Akron Roundtable for October. The address takes place at a luncheon on Oct. 16 at Quaker Station at Quaker Square Inn. WKSU will rebroadcast the speech on Thursday, Oct. 23

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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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