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The Takeaway's John Hockenberry Comes to Northeast Ohio

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Dayton 'Black Lives Matter' protesters to appear in court today
The arrests followed protests in December over the shooting of an unarmed black man last year

Ten protesters arrested in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek in December will have a pretrial hearing in Greene County this morning. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports.  - none - reports

Artist rendering of proposed power plant to be built near Carrollton  (Carroll County Energy)Green light for Carroll County power plant
It will use natural gas for fuel

An eight-hundred-million-dollar power plant project in Carrollton, and five hundred construction jobs that go with it, can start any time now.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

Grand River low lands (Western Reserve Land Conservancy)Federal grant helps conservation effort
Money for unique wetlands area of northeast Ohio is included in funding to help save Lake Erie

Conservationists plan to spend a million dollars over the next two years to protect a thousand more acres of the Grand River Lowlands in Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dobama Artistic Director Nathan Motta says this year's production of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' will be one of the most elaborate in the theater's 56-year history (K. Bhatia)Cleveland Heights' Dobama Theater unveils its 56th season
This fall's theme will be 'What’s past is prologue'

Dobama Theater has announced its 2015-2016 lineup, and it’s a look backward and forward for the Cleveland company’s 56th season. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Friday, March 27, 2015

A map shows the distribution of people with disabilities in Ohio, with concentrations in Cuyahoga and Franklin counties. (The Center for Community Solutions; Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center)Ohio's disabled face long waiting list for services
A new report shows much work needs to be done to improve programs serving disabled Ohioans

The way Ohio cares for its developmentally disabled residents is slowly changing. There's a push to move people from institutional care into more community-based settings.

For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Sarah Jane Tribble says a new report out today highlights just how difficult it will be to make that change.


Nutrients from farm run-off is feeding toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie, but critics say a new bill to reduce runoff doesn't go far enough. (ODNR)Critics say new anti-algae bill doesn't go far enough
New bill restricts farmers from spreading fertilizer and manure on frozen ground but critics say it's full of loopholes

When the Senate and House passed a bill that would seemingly improve water quality in the Lake Erie basin -- it was touted as a big step forward. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- there are some groups that are still not satisfied.

   Andy Chow reports

Summit County Medical Director Dr. Marguerite Erme says Obama Administration resistant bacteria plan should help slow the spread.  (WKSU)Northeast Ohio health official happy White House addressing resistant germs
Action plan increases collaboration and research and addresses over-prescribing of antibiotics

The Obama Administration today released a national plan to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Summit County’s medical director welcomes the announcement.  Kevin Niedermier reports

State Rep. Lou Blessing cites similar entertainment zones in recent Superbowl-hosting cities as one reason they can be a boon to Ohio (State of Ohio)Ohio House approves entertainment districts
The areas would allow for relaxed open-container laws

The Ohio House has approved a plan that would allow cities with populations of 35,000 or more to create entertainment districts. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has details on the plan that would let cities to designate areas where open container laws apply.  Jo Ingles reports

Unhappy Cleveland teachers heard of mass layoffs in 2011, just before the Cleveland Plan was unveiled (K. Bhatia)Cleveland teachers unhappy with $3.4 million in cuts coming next year
Ths district says dollars need to follow the students

Cleveland schools are facing $3.4 million in budget cuts next year, and at issue is how that plays into the plan designed to turn around the district.

Members of the Cleveland Teachers Union expressed concern at a meeting yesterday with district officials who say decreasing enrollment is behind the budget cuts.

Teachers Union President David Quolke says they worked with administrators to pass the Cleveland Plan and a levy in 2012. But since then, Quolke says teachers feel abandoned by the district.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Noon headlines: Missing baby found; Cleveland teachers fear cuts
House passes charter school reforms; Reforms needed for Ohio disabled programs 

  • Missing baby found
  • Cleveland teachers fear cuts
  • House passes charter school reforms
  • Reforms needed for Ohio disabled programs 
  •   Jeff St. Clair reports

    Lawmakers to sift through hundreds of amendments to governor's budget
    Other morning headlines: House clears bill to create outdoor drinking areas; Helicopter survey shows deer numbers high in Cleveland suburbs

  • Morning headlines for Friday, March 27, 2015:
  •  Lawmakers to sift through hundreds of amendments to governor's budget
  •  House clears bill to create outdoor drinking areas
  • Helicopter survey shows deer numbers high in Cleveland suburbs
  • Gov. Kasich urges Hillary Clinton to support balanced budget amendment
  • Ohio House approves bill on charter school crackdowns 
  • Cleveland responds to lawsuit from family of mentally-ill woman who died in custody 
  • Attorney General's office warns of 9-1-1 scam 
  • Transportation budget goes to Gov. Kasich for signature
  • Helicopter survey shows deer numbers high in Cleveland suburbs
  • Judge rules in favor of bench trial for Cleveland officer on trial for deadly chase
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Forced Perspective features local Ohio artist Derek Hess. (Cleveland International Film Festival)"Forced Perspective" documentary featuring Ohio artists debuts in Cleveland
    Derek Hess was chosen to illustrate the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened its doors 20 years ago, a Northeast Ohio artist was chosen to illustrate the event. Since then, Derek Hess's artwork has impacted a global audience of Gen-X music fans. Hess is the subject of the documentary, "Forced Perspective", that gets its world premiere this weekend at the Cleveland International Film Festival. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's David C. Barnett gives us a look at the man behind the movie.  (more)

    Students at E Prep Woodland Hills walk in a single-file line without talking. Educators say this clear rules are less stressful for students. (Mark Urycki)Educators use brain research to help "stressed" kids in poverty
    Researcher says strong emotional attachments help kids grow

    For the first time in at least 50 years, more than half of public school children in America are living in poverty. In Ohio, the number is only 39 percent but it still concerns school officials here who know that poor kids come to school carrying extra burdens. State Impact Ohio’s Mark Urycki reports schools are looking towards brain research for guidance.  (more)

    Kombucha is essentially sweetened black tea that's fermented. Two Northeast Ohioans are producing local brands and finding wide acceptance for the beverage. It's said to promote good health although there's no scientific evidence. (Vivian Goodman)Kombucha: a sweet business brewed with fermented tea
    Two Northeast Ohio food producers are making money with a health drink that goes back a few millennia

    In a food culture where everything old is new again, interest in fermented food and drink has bubbled up.

    We meet a couple of Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs cashing in on the trend in today’s Quick Bite.

    WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports they’re creating new interest in a beverage that goes back thousands of years.  Vivian Goodman reports

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    2015 County Health Rankings website. University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. ( shows health varies greatly between Ohio counties
    Researcher says good health care is not the only factor that effects health outcomes

    A study that compares health on a county-by-county basis shows that Northeast Ohio, like many parts of the country, has healthier counties right next to unhealthier ones.

    Medina County, the third healthiest in the state sits right next to Cuyahoga County, which ranks 65 out of Ohio’s 88 counties. The study is from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.

    Kate Konkle is a researcher at the University of Wisconsin. She says they started looking at income inequality this year.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    Claude Vincenti, President of Summa Care;Summa Integrated Health Solutions;  Summa Insurance Co., Summa Health System Inc (Summa Health Systems)SummaCare sanctions end
    SummaCare's procedures improved

    Federal sanctions against SummaCare have been lifted. The Akron-based health care plan had been blocked from selling Medicare programs to new customers. WKSU’s Tim Rudell Reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    A report earlier this year by State Auditor Dave Yost showed attendance rates at some charter schools were shocking (Andy Chow)House bill reforms charter schools, but critics say it falls short
    A pro-charter school group says the bill increases accountability for sponsors

    The House is taking a shot at reforming charter schools in Ohio. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, while several Republican leaders are praising the bill as comprehensive, others believe the legislation falls short.  Andy Chow reports

    Cuyahoga is second only to Michigan's Wayne County in population losses.  (Cuyahoga County)Cuyahoga County nation's second fastest population loser
    But foreign immigration is helping Northeast Ohio

    Cuyahoga County had the second-largest population loss in the country between 2013 and 2014 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But an influx of immigrants to the area has helped keep Northeast Ohio’s population relatively stable. While the six-county region has lost about 45,000 people since 2010, more than 20,000 immigrants have arrived. Richie Piiparinen is director of the Population Dynamics Center at Cleveland State University.  He says though thousands have left the area, thousands more with college educations have relocated here. And, he says that can be more important than overall population gains.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    (Left to Right) Eugene Johnson, Derrick Wheatt and Laurese Glover enter the courtroom in Cuyahoga County. (Mark Bealer/ Ohio Innocence Project)Three exonerated of murder convictions from 18 years ago
    Key witness recanted her testimony

    A Cuyahoga County Judge has thrown out the convictions of Derrick Wheatt, Laurese Glover and Eugene Johnson. They were sent to jail nearly two decades ago for the murder of Clifton Hudson, Jr. in East Cleveland.

    A key eyewitness recanted her testimony. Also, information from some police reports casting doubt on the defendants’ guilt was not disclosed at the time of the trial.

    Speaking from the courthouse, Attorney Brian Howe of the Ohio Innocence Project says this is the second triple exoneration.  (more)

    The provision at issue requires anyone registering to vote in Ohio to also get an Ohio driver's license and vehicle registration (Ohio Dept. of Transportation)Ohio lawmakers pass transportation budget, but not without controversy
    A provision regarding drivers licenses has drawn fire from some Democrats, while Republicans say it is simply formalizing existing procedures

    The $7 billion transportation budget has passed the Ohio legislature and will now be on its way to the Governor’s desk. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the proposal wasn’t passed without controversy.  Jo Ingles reports

    A Cleveland police officer involved in this fatal shooting of two suspects will not go before a jury on a voluntary manslaughter charge. (WEWS)Cleveland police officer Brelo will not face a jury in fatal shooting case
    Judge rules that Brelo can have a bench trial on voluntary manslaughter charge

    A jury will not decide the case of the Cleveland police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the November, 2012 chase and shooting of two suspects. Cuyahoga County Judge John O’Donnell ruled today that he had no grounds to deny Michael Brelo’s request for a bench trial.  WKSU's Kevin Niedermier reports.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Dewine says anyone receiving the 'spoof' calls can ask for the request for personal info to be sent by mail (State of Ohio)DeWine warns of scammers using ‘911’ in caller ID to scare victims
    Attorney General has tips to avoid scammers phishing for personal information

    Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans about a new scam intended to trick you into giving up personal information. DeWine shared some tips with Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow on how to avoid being ripped-off.  Andy Chow reports

    Us. Sen. Rob Portman says the Clean Power Plan would have a strong negative impact on Ohio. (U.S. Senate)Portman, McConnell planning to introduce EPA amendment to federal budget
    The amendment would allow states to opt out of the EPA's Clean Power Plan

    As the Supreme Court weighs whether the EPA should have to consider the cost of proposed regulations, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman wants to take his own stand against power plant restrictions.

    Portman says he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are planning to introduce a budget amendment that would allow states to opt out of the Clean Power Plan.

    He says the plan, which aims to reduce power plant emissions, disproportionately impacts coal states like Ohio.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    Group begins gathering signatures to legalize marijuana in Ohio
    Other headlines: House committee approves charter school crackdown bill; Cleveland police horse gets loose downtown

    Morning headlines for Thursday, March 26, 2015:

  • Group begins gathering signatures to legalize marijuana in Ohio
  • House committee approves charter school crackdown
  • Canton man charged after apartment fire that injured nine
  • Man sues Cleveland police following shooting
  • Akron man gets life in prison for killing ex-girlfriend, son
  • Senate signs off on statute expansion for rape cases 
  • Montville Twp. officer gets fine following police dog death
  • Lake Erie bill heads to Kasich's desk 
  • Cleveland police horse gets loose downtown
  • County health rankings released
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    The so-called heartbeat bill has been passed by the Ohio House. Controversial abortion bill passes Ohio House
    It's unclear whether the so-called heartbeat bill would pass the Senate

    The controversial bill that would ban abortion after the first detectable fetal heartbeat passed the Ohio House, largely on a party line vote. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the emotion was no surprise, but one revelation was.  Karen Kasler reports

    Rural Carroll County  (WKSU)Major new coal mine planned in Carroll County
    Despite cutbacks in coal use and financial retrenching throughout the coal industry one mining company is expanding in northeast Ohio

    A proposal for a an extensive underground coal mine in Carroll County just got the go-ahead from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell has that story, and the story of some Carroll County residents who hope to get the decision overturned.  Tim Rudell reports

    Artistic Director Gladisa Guadalupe is training young ballet students at the School of Cleveland Ballet who share her dream of giving Cleveland its own resident professional ballet company.  (Vivian Goodman)Bringing back ballet in Cleveland
    Two non-profits are working in very different ways to revive Cleveland's ballet culture

    Two separate organizations are working hard to bring ballet back to Cleveland. But they’re approaching it very differently.

    One group presents performances by visiting troupes. The other is building the foundation for a resident company.

    WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports they’re equally passionate about reviving an art form that left town 15 years ago.  Vivian Goodman reports

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    The ACLU says Ohio's voter website needs to be updated for disabled people
    A new report finds the website needs to add text-to-speech capability

    The ACLU of Ohio says the state’s website for registered voters needs to be updated for people with disabilities. A report and video released today show that text-to-sound accessibility for people with vision problems is not installed on the portion of the Secretary of State’s website that lets voters update their address. Although Ohio does not yet have online voter registration, Mike Brickner of the Ohio ACLU says the new report can help improve the system before it’s expanded.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Ledge Road railroad underpass  (WKYC )Macedonia railroad bridge to be fixed
    Settlement comes in long-standing dispute

    The Ledge Road railroad bridge is finally being fixed in Macedonia.  After decades of clashing with the city over whether the century old bridge is safe or not, Norfolk Southern  is refurbishing and reinforcing it. 

    The dispute, which included the city documenting damage to vehicles from debris falling from the aging structure, made it all the way to federal judge John Adams last fall. He told the two sides to find a settlement, and after the first of the year they did. 

    Macedonia Mayor Don Kuchta says Norfolk Southern has delivered the plans for fixing the bridge to him and will start work as soon as weather permits.  Tim Rudell reports

    Ohio Representative Teresa Fedor of Toledo made a stunning revelation during debate over the bill Ohio House passes so-called heartbeat bill
    House action follows emotional debate

    The controversial bill that would ban abortion after the first detectable fetal heartbeat has passed the Ohio House, largely on a party line vote. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the emotion was no surprise, but one revelation was.

       Karen Kasler reports

    Algae bloom in Lake Erie (NASA)Ohio House and Senate pass algae bill
    Measure would crack down on what's ending up in Lake Erie

    After weeks of talks, Republicans who lead the Ohio House and Senate have announced a deal on what they say will crack down on chemicals spilling into Lake Erie and the state’s other waterways. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department
wants to be prepared to review fatal police shooting if asked to do so. (Cuyahoga County)Cuyahoga County building a fatal police shooting review team
    The sheriff's department will have 16 detectives ready to respond to use of deadly force case across the county

    Cuyahoga County is assembling a new unit to investigate fatal police shootings. Interim Sheriff Cliff Pinkney says a group of his detectives will be used to respond to use of deadly force incidents in cities across the county.

       Kevin Niedermier reports

    Democrats are not pleased with some language still in the transportation bill (Doug Kerr/Creative Commons)Ohio Senate passes transportation bill
    Bill moves to House with some changes but Democrats still aren't happy with at least one provision

    The Ohio Senate has unanimously approved the proposed seven billion dollar transportation budget with changes that came about through a joint House and Senate committee. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the plan now goes to the Ohio House for its final approval.  Jo Ingles reports

    Sen. Sherrod Brown is co-sponsoring the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, introduced by Rep. Michael Burgess, (R-TX), Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) (WKSU)Ohio Sen. Brown co-sponsoring plan to improve access to maternity care
    Ohio currently ranks 48th in the nation for infant mortality, and 50th for African-American infant mortality

    A bill sponsored by Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown would improve access to prenatal care for women in Ohio’s rural areas. The state has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Akron Communications Director Stephanie York says Toledo decision affects Akron  (City of Akron )Akron speed cameras still on
    City awaiting additional clarification from the courts

    A Toledo Judge says Akron can keep using speeding ticket cameras. 

    At least, that’s the view of Akron’s legal counsel following a decision over the weekend by a Lucas County judge temporarily blocking implementation of a new state law restricting Toledo’s use of the cameras.

    Stephanie York is Akron’s Communications Director and an attorney.  Tim Rudell reports

    Chesapeake Energy cuts another $500 million from capital budget
    Other headlines: 75 mph speed limit stripped from state transportation budget; Fire injures nine in Canton

    Morning headlines for Wednesday, March 25, 2015:

  • Chesapeake Energy cuts another $500 million from capital budget
  • 75 mph speed limit stripped from state transportation budget
  • Heartbeat bill passes committee, set for full vote
  • State lawmakers to vote on new rules to cut down algae
  • Opponents argue rape statute bill is unconstitutional
  • Fire injures nine in Canton
  • Ex-Toledo basketball players on probation
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

     Cleveland at the center of March Madness
    All the buzz is in Cleveland as the Q gets set to host the top-ranked team in the country, the Kentucky Wildcats.

    Cleveland is the epicenter for March Madness this week. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s Midwest Regional Sweet 16 will be played at the Q on Thursday and Elite 8 on Saturday. Thursday’s matchups feature top-ranked Kentucky playing West Virginia, and Notre Dame against Wichita State. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it's exciting to have the best team in the country playing here.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

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    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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    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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