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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Recall election today for Richmond Heights Mayor Headen
Other morning headlines: Akron school locked down when student returns with gun; Cleveland state senator wants prisons committee official fired

WKSU's morning news headlines for Tuesday, September 23rd:   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

Michael Gore suffered a complete spinal cord injury a decade ago. He's been testing on the Indego for two years.  (M.L. SCHULTZE)Think Segway with legs: Parker Hannifin's Indego moves toward market
Parker Hannifin builds an incubator around its Indego

One of Northeast Ohio’s largest corporations is taking a literal step into biomechanical engineering with high-tech exoskeleton that could be help people with everything from spinal injuries to Parkinson’s Disease. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze toured the former vending company warehouse that Parker Hannifin is converting into an incubator to spur innovation in the nearly 100-year-old company.  M.L. Schultze reports

Dennis Scholl oversees the Knight Foundation's arts programs across the country. He's based in Miami where the Foundation is headquartered but spends a lot of time in Akron. He calls it the Foundation's Akron's arts community gets a $6 million boost
Knight Foundation grants $3 million to major organizations and offers another $3 in a contest for individual artists and cultural groups of all sizes

The Akron arts community is getting a major boost from the Knight Foundation.

Six million dollars will go to build on what the community’s already done to make the city’s arts scene more vibrant.

The first prong is a $3 million grant for five major organizations: the Akron Civic Theater, the Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop, the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Tuesday Musical, and the Akron Art Museum.

The Knight foundation’s Dennis Scholl says they earned the funding.  Vivian Goodman reports

The Cleveland Orchestra performed in Linz, Austria, Music Director Franz Welser Most's hometown, on September 13, 17, and 18. This photo was taken at the Brucknerhaus on September 18 when the Cleveland Orchestra performed Brahms Symphonies No. 3 and No. 4 (Reinhard Winkler)Cleveland Orchestra heads home from Europe
Since September 7 the musicians have played in London, Lucerne, Berlin, Vienna, Linz, Paris, and Amsterdam

Today the Cleveland Orchestra is en route back to Severance Hall after its 14th international tour under the baton of Music Director Franz Welser Most. 

The orchestra performed 13 concerts this month in 7 European cities.

 WKSU’s Vivian Goodman spoke with the orchestra’s General Manager just before last night’s final concert in Amsterdam.  Vivian Goodman reports

Monday, September 22, 2014

Some public school advocates have condemned charters since they started operating in Ohio. But the Ohio Supreme Court arguments are between the schools and the company that managed them.  (File photo)Do charter school contracts make tax money private money?
The Ohio Supreme Court will tackle the question tomorrow

The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow In a battle over who controls the assets of charter schools – the nonprofits who are legally responsible for them or the for-profit companies that actually run many of them. WKSU’s  M.L. Schultze has more on a case that’s being watched throughout the state and beyond.  M.L. Schultze reports

Grand jury gets case in Beavercreek Walmart shooting

  • Grand jury begins reviewing Beaver Creek Walmart shooting 
  • Lawmaker wants Ohio prison panel director fired 
  • First Energy takes steps protect substations 
  • Corn farmers producing more, making less
  •   (more)

    Renacci ranks #15 on Roll Call's "50 richest members of Congress" list
    Other morning headlines: Grand jury in Wal-Mart police shooting case to be sworn in today; Columbus Dispatch endorses Kasich

    WKSU morning news headlines for Monday, September 22nd:  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Using pin-based debit transactions can help people avoid long bank hols when buying gas. (Mike Mozart)Gas pump debit card holds could lead to overdraft fees
    Using different payment methods can lesson consumers' chances for problems

    Paying for gas with your debit card at the pump may seem convenient, but bank holds could actually lead to overdraft fees.

    Jeff Lenard, spokesman for the National Association of Convenience Stores, says gas stations can place a hold on funds for those paying at the pump, generally averaging about $75.

    He says setting that price is a balancing act for companies.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    Ohio's 11th casino opened on Wednesday. (Jeff Kubina)Economist says Ohio can likely sustain its 11th casino
    Unlike Atlantic City, the market appears not to be overstaurated

    While casinos have been closing in Atlantic City, Ohio has just opened its 11th casino.

    John Kindt is a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois and a gambling economics expert. He says it is unlikely that a similar meltdown will happen at Ohio’s casinos any time soon.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    Knight Foundation tries to connect arts with Akron's underserved audiences
    A $6 million plan to bring new people into museums and concert halls

    The Knight Foundation is funding a multi-million-dollar initiative aimed at bringing more young people and minorities into Akron area museums and concert halls. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's David C. Barnett has some details.  (more)

    The Spanish-speaking parishioners at St. Casimir's come from all over Northeast Ohio to pray for miracles like the one that reopened the shuttered church in 2012 (K. Bhatia)Northeast Ohio undocumented immigrants praying for a miracle
    St. Casimir's has gone trilingual -- Polish, Spanish and English -- as the 123-year-old church welcomes undocumented workers fighting deportation

    St. Casimir's church -- on Cleveland's east side -- has become ground zero for a group fighting deportations. And as WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports, they’re crediting faith.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    Sen. Portman votes 'yes' on training rebel forces, while Brown wants more debate
    Ohio's two senators crossed party lines on Wednesday's vote

    Ohio’s two Senators have voted across party lines on how the U.S. should fight ISIS. Democrat Sherrod Brown was one of 22 senators voting “no” Wednesday on a bill authorizing the training of Syrian rebels to fight Islamic militants. It was part of a larger bill to fund the government through early December. The measure passed, and one of the people voting yes was Ohio’s other Senator, Republican Rob Portman.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Gov. John Kasich (right) and challenger Ed FitzGerald also disagree on what will keep the job-growth-streak going in the future (WKSU)Manufacturing in Ohio seeing slow, steady growth
    After losing 166,000 jobs in 2007-09, it's the first prolonged increase since the mid-90s

    The health of manufacturing in Ohio still plays a big role in state politics even though it no longer dominates Ohio's economy.

    Republican Gov. John Kasich is hoping that voters in November will look at the 50,000 manufacturing jobs regained over the past four years.

    It's the first prolonged increase since the mid-1990s.

    Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald is criticizing the governor's move to put a hold on Ohio's renewable energy targets. FitzGerald says that will cost the state jobs in clean energy manufacturing.

    Kasich says his tax cuts and the state's budget surplus have made the state more attractive to manufacturers.

    Ohio lost a staggering 166,000 manufacturing jobs during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 just before Kasich took office.  (more)

    ACLU urges court to block Ohio from reducing vote
    The NAACP and other voting rights groups want court to hear arguments in the case

    Civil rights attorneys are urging a federal appeals court to uphold expanded early voting in Ohio.

    The filing late Friday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio says cutting same day registration, evening voting and Sunday voting would disproportionately burden black voters, in violation of federal law. The brief on behalf of the NAACP and other voting rights groups also asks the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments in the case.

    Ohio officials told the court earlier that the state's early voting schedule exceeds the time allowed in most states and doesn't burden voters. They want the Cincinnati-based appeals court to overturn a federal judge's order that blocked trimming early voting and ordered the state's elections chief to set additional times, including evening hours.  (more)

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Representative Anne Gonzalez (Ohio House of Representatives)Ohio lawmaker is fighting a private-property flag ban
    The new Ohio House bill follows a dispute with a landlord

    A House lawmaker is joining the call to make sure Ohio residents are never again banned from displaying the American flag. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the new bill comes on the heels of a controversial dispute between a woman and her landlord.  Andy Chow reports

    One of the hundreds of fracking wells now operating in eastern Ohio. New research offers insights on fracking risks
    Ohio State researchers develop a new way of tracking methane back to its source

    Groundwater pollution has been at the heart of the debate over fracking. Now, a study led by an Ohio State researcher offers some insights about the risk. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Joanna Richards reports.  (more)

    Angie Rinock with State Farm says the odds of having an encounter with a deer is about 1 in 127 this year. (Creative Commons: Stuart Bassil)State Farm analysts say drivers are more likely to hit deer this year
    Government officials disagree with the insurance company's findings

    Fall is mating season for deer, and prime time for car-deer collisions. State Farm Insurance forecasts Ohio motorists are 6 percent more likely to hit a deer this year than last. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Joanna Richards reports.  (more)

    Huntington Spokeswoman Maureen Brown says the bank is notifying customers whose accounts have a high likelihood of being impacted. (Greenville Daily News/Cory Smith)Huntington says it will protect customers from Home Depot data breach
    Huntington spokeswoman says the bank is replacing cards free of charge

    Huntington is one of many banks trying to protect customers from the recent cyber-hack of Home Depot.

    The company says 56 million cards may have been compromised over five months. Huntington spokeswoman Maureen Brown says the security of its customers’ accounts is a high priority.

    She says Huntington is actively monitoring the Home Depot data breach and notifying customers whose accounts have a high likelihood of being impacted. Home Depot says it was first notified of the breach on Sept. 2. The company’s CEO says customers will not be liable for the fraudulent charges.  (more)

    Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom following this week's vote. Northeast Ohio Scots probably would have voted the same way.  ( Ohio Scots reflect the outcome of the independence vote
    Conflicts arise between head and heart

    The sentiment in Northeast Ohio over Scottish independence seems to reflect the failed vote in Scotland. Fifty-five percent of Scottish voters rejected breaking away from the United Kingdom.

    Margaret Frost, head of the Scottish-American Society in Akron, says members of her group were split about 50/50.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Brian Davis says poverty is the most extreme he's seen it in Cleveland in two decades. (Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless)Poverty climbs in Cleveland
    Census figures show Cleveland remains among the nation's most impoverished

    The percentage of Clevelanders living in poverty is higher today than a decade ago, when it was ranked the most impoverished city in America. 

    New U.S. Census figures show Cleveland’s poverty rate at nearly 37 percent. That’s about 6 percentage points higher than 10 years ago. The rate for Cleveland children is more than 54 percent, which is also a big increase.

    Brian Davis of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, says the situation is the worst he’s seen in 20 years, with families being hit the hardest -- especially over the summer.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Montague headed the Cleveland VA for 15 years before retiring, then being hired by Dayton.  (Dayton VA)Ex-Cleveland head Montague agrees to cooperate in wider VA investigation
    His sentence will likely be reduced by a year as a result

    The former head of the Cleveland and Dayton VA medical centers has agreed to cooperate in a wider ranging investigation into bid-rigging on VA construction projects nationwide. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that, as a result, William Montague remains free for now and faces a lot less time when he is sentenced.

       M.L. Schultze reports

    SEC charges eight in pump-and-dump stock scheme
    Other headlines:  Kent State ethics workshop gets ISIS tweet, prominent civil rights activist calls for release of Walmart shooting video, Prescription costs could go up for Ohio seniors, Toledo's blight app, Cincinnati appoints 'fun' commissioner&nb

  • SEC charges eight in pump-and-dump scheme
  • Kent State ethics workshop gets ISIS tweet
  • Sharpton calls for release of Walmart shooting video
  • Prescription drug costs going up for Ohio seniors
  • Toledo rolls out blight app
  • Cincy just wants to have fun
  •    (more)

    Sherrod Brown among 22 U.S. senators who voted against arming Syrian rebels
    Other morning headlines: ISIS tweet uses Kent State conference hashtag; State jobless rate unchanged for August

    WKSU morning news headlines for Friday, September 19th   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Ohio is expecting a record corn crop, but the good news comes with some challenges. (Michael Dorausch)Midwestern farmers are harvesting what could be a record corn crop
    High yields could lead to trouble finding enough storage and transportation for the crops

    The Midwestern corn harvest is just getting underway, and the region is predicting record crops. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports that means depressed prices for producers and, possibly, trouble getting that corn where it needs to go.  (more)

    For ten centuries hops have been used as a flavoring agent in beer. Today hoppy beers are more popular than ever and Ohio farmers are growing them for the booming craft beer market. (Courtesy Schneider's Hop Haus)Hoppin' to it: Craft beer needs the hops that local farmers can provide
    An Aurora farm family hopes for a share of a rapidly expanding market

    Tomorrow’s a good day to down a good hoppy beer. Several craft beer festivals are going on around the region, including Akron’s Ballpark Festival of Beers.

    The state boasts nearly 100 craft brewers now, a number that has doubled in the last three years.  And they all need hops.

    In today’s Quick Bite, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports on the opportunity that presents for Ohio’s small family farms.  Vivian Goodman reports

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