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Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Everly Brothers originally recorded for Cadence Records before signing a 10-year deal with Warner Bros. in 1960. The duo is the focus of the 19th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Music Masters series (Warner Bros. Records)Rock Hall honors The Everly Brothers in Cleveland
Peter Asher joins the study of the duo's legacy during this weekend's MusicMasters conference

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 19th annual Music Masters series is happening Saturday in Cleveland. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia spoke with producer and performer Peter Asher about the salute to the Everly Brothers and about their influence on artists ranging from The Beatles to Norah Jones.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Friday, October 24, 2014

The documentary, On the eve of his Cleveland return, a look at LeBron's early years
A look at how LeBron got his start as a high school phenom in Akron

Basketball fans in Northeast Ohio are counting down the days until local hoops hero LeBron James returns to the Cleveland hardwood next week, after a successful stint in Miami. But, before he turned pro, James got his start as a high school phenom. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s David C. Barnett has more on the story of a superstar in the making.  (more)

Ohio's redrawn 16th Congressional District.  (House of Representatives)Renacci and Crossland are competing for 16th Congressional District
Renacci has incumbancy and a GOP leaning district in his favor; Democrat Crossland is making his first run at national office

The race for Ohio’s 16th Congressional District pits a wealthy Republican incumbent against a modestly funded Democratic challenger. Congressman Jim Renacci is seeking a third term in the district that runs down the center of Northeast Ohio. He’s being challenged by former Akron-area politician and teacher Pete Crossland who’s concerned over the situation in Washington.  Kevin Niedermier reports

It's chilly so let's raid the Quick Bites larder for poutine
Canadian comfort food from the Quick Bites larder

There’s a snap in the air so we’re raiding the Quick Bites larder this week for poutine, a Canadian comfort food offered at WRAPZ in Cleveland’s Uptown district near University Circle. When our story first aired in February, it included a reference to plans for another location of WRAPZ near Cleveland State University. That site remains under construction.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Typical eastern Ohio countryside in the 6th Congressional District  (USDA)A look at Ohio's 6th: The race for Congress in Ohio's longest district
It's a contest in northeast Ohio, east central Ohio, and southeast Ohio -- all at the same time

Running for Ohio’s 6th District Congressional seat can be a long run indeed.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on the race between Republican incumbent Bill Johnson and Democratic challenger, former State Rep. Jennifer Garrison.  Tim Rudell reports

Helen Williams with the Cleveland Foundation says foundations taking on this type of role is unusual.  (The Cleveland Foundation)Local philanthropic foundations make a difference for Cleveland schools
Representatives of the Cleveland and Gund Foundations describe their eight-year partnership with the district, the business community and several charter schools

Locally focused philanthropic foundations can take a more significant role in turning around poor-performing urban schools. That's the message from two organizations that set out to do just that in Cleveland. StateImpact Ohio's Bill Rice has more.  (more)

Ohio House candidate wants to repeal Ohio State's dorm rule
Seth Golding believes the rule to require all second-year students to live in campus dorms is money driven

Usually when candidates target college students, they focus on issues like rising tuition or jobs after graduation. But one candidate for state representative is trying to win votes with a unique issue that affects Ohio State students and their parents. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU’s Tom Borgerding reports.  (more)

Steve Melink, founder, owner and president of Melink Corporation, says the utility industry needs to transition to cleaner energy sources. (Melink Corporation)Ohio solar businesses support the EPA's Clean Power Plan
Eighteen solar business in the state sent a letter to the White House endorsing limits on carbon pollution

Nearly 20 solar businesses across Ohio are openly endorsing the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

The group sent a letter to the White House Thursday noting their support of limits on carbon pollution from power plants and on making solar energy a key point of the EPA’s plan.

Steve Melink runs a company that specializes in solar energy for commercial and institutional applications. He says the utility industry needs to transition to cleaner and more renewable sources of energy.  (more)

Amber Vinson officially Ebola free
The Dallas nurse continues to improve at an Atlanta hospital, strong immune system 

The family of Amber Joy Vinson says she is now free of the Ebola virus. 

Vinson is an Akron native and a nurse who contracted Ebola after helping to treat a patient in Dallas. 

A family spokesman told that her mother, Debra Berry, spoke to Vinson, who was transferred to Atlanta's Emory University Hospital. Doctors there have determined she no longer has any detectable copies of the virus in her body.

Meanwhile, health officials say they're increasingly confident that the virus has not spread to the contacts Vinson had when she visited Ohio shortly before she was diagnosed and that they are better prepared to handle any outbreak should it occur.  M.L. Schultze reports

Akron Global Water Launch Event main entrance.  The two day event includes workshops, seminars and a round table.   (WKSU)Water's the thing at Akron economic development session
Northeast Ohio might become an international center for new water technology

The "Akron Global Water Alliance Launch Event” is under way at the University of Akron. That’s an impressive title. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on what’s behind it.  Tim Rudell reports

Mary Murray, associate dean of student affairs at BGSU, says some professors  initially resisted the changes to the to teacher prep curriculum. (Creative Commons: America's Power (photo cropped))Ohio's teacher training programs prepare for Common Core
Bowling Green State University is one college changing it curriculum

Nearly half the teachers in the classroom said in August that they have not been adequately prepared to teach to the Common Core -- learning standards that emphasize reasoning over rote memorization. That national survey got us wondering if the next generation of teachers is getting the prep they need. StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen reports.  (more)

L-to-R: Chuck Ayers, Jessica Lofthus, Michael Marras, and Karen Starr
The four friends have a group show at Hazel Tree Interiors in Akron that ends this weekend. (Hazel Tree Interiors)Akron cartoonist Chuck Ayers and friends show their art
Group show includes art forms other than cartooning that Ayers has always done but never shown

Another dimension of the artistry of an Akron cartoonist is on view in a group show that’s closing this weekend. 

Chuck Ayers is known for his work on the comics page, but WKSU's Vivian Goodman reports he’s now revealing a secret artistic life.

   Vivian Goodman reports

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)

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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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