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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Ohio Senator Sandra Williams is calling for grand juries to be abolished (Ohio Senate)Ohio lawmaker calls for changing the grand jury process
recent high-profile cases point to problems

A Democratic state senator says recent police-involved shootings have led her to ask for a change in a key element of the justice system. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports


Friday, May 1, 2015

Economist Ned Hill says prices have dropped because the monopoly power of United has dissipated. (Cleveland State University)JetBlue comes to Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport
The airline launched its twice-daily service to Boston

JetBlue has launched its twice-daily service to Boston.

The New York-based airline joins Spirit and Frontier in filling the gap left behind when United Airlines whittled its flights by 60 percent last year, effectively ending its hub at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.

Cleveland State University economist Ned Hill says there’s been some positive developments since.  (more)

Propane rail tanker after fire  (Wikipedia )New rules for some dangerous rail cargo
Flammable liquids are to be handled with better equipment and greater care

U.S. and Canadian transportation regulators jointly announced new rules Friday for hauling combustible liquids by rail.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

When University of Akron President Scott Scarborough took the helm last year, he said the school and city seem to be on an upswing (KABIR BHATIA)Faculty, students not behind proposed University of Akron name change
President Scott Scarborough says the change would better reflect the school's engineering programs

The professors’ union at the University of Akron says it is not on-board with a plan to change the school’s name. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

Ohio Senator Peggy Lehner chair the committee that looked into the problematic roll-out of the PARCC test
 (James DeCamp)Senate advisory committee recommends changes to standardized testing
The committee wants to scale back testing and have it closer to the end of the year

A list of recommendations is on its way to the Legislature after a group of lawmakers, parents and teachers scrutinized Ohio’s school testing system. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

When Cleveland's Public Square renovation is completed next year, non-profit event planners will benefit from extended liquor permits for festivals and gatherings there. (Downtown Cleveland Alliance)Longer temporary liquor licenses now available for some Ohio events
New state law is expected to make planning for events serving alcohol on public property more efficient

A new state liquor law should make planning festivals and other events on public property easier in Cuyahoga County. Governor John Kasich signed a bill Thursday that extends the length of temporary liquor licenses.  Kevin Niedermier reports

An interfaith vigil including Christian, Hindu and Buddist prayers and dinner will be from 7-9 tonight in Akron. (International Institute)Akron is hosting interfaith service for Nepal
Akron hosts one of the largest populations in the world of refugees of Napalese descent

Last weekend’s earthquakes in Nepal have a special resonance with a large group of  immigrants in Akron. And that’s one reason the city is holding an interfaith vigil and dinner tonight. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.  M.L. Schultze reports

Attorneys for Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo have moved to dismiss the case against him. If the judge disagrees, closing arguments are slated for Tuesday. (Screen capture)Petition circulating to stop University of Akron's name change
Other headlines: Jock tax overturned; Brelo trial wraps up; Browns pick practically; garbage dumping charges 

Morning headlines for Friday. May 1, 2015:

  • Cleveland's 'jock tax' is unconstiutional;
  • Defense moves to dismiss charges against Cleveland cop again;
  • Man charged with dumping garbage;
  • Browns first round of the NFL draft is devoted to linemen;
  • Teens to be charged as adults in I-80 rock throwing

  •   M.L. Schultze reports

    Browns select Danny Shelton, a nose tackle from Washington, with the 12th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. After being selected, Shelton bear hugs and lifts NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (Screenshot via Cleveland Browns)Browns choose need over flash in the first round of this year's NFL draft
    Browns add beef up offensive and defensive  lines with their first two picks

    In contrast to last year, the Cleveland Browns chose practicality over flare with their first round picks in the 2015 NFL Draft by solidifying the offensive and defensive lines.

    With the 12th pick, the Browns picked nose tackle Danny Shelton out of Washington. The Browns finished dead last in 2014 in stopping the run.

    The second pick solidified to the offensive line with Cameron Erving from Florida State.

    WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says the picks drive home the “Play like a Brown” mentality -- something the team forgot last year.  (more)

    Steve Schimoler, chef/owner of Cleveland's Crop Bistro and Crop Kitchen, is also a food science consultant to multi-national food  manufacturers and restaurant chains. (Vivian Goodman)How a self-taught Cleveland chef uses food science in his kitchen laboratory
    Steve Schimoler of Crop Bistro and Crop Kitchen develops new products while growing his restaurant business

    New restaurants set to open this summer in Cleveland’s Flats will be the latest ventures of a self-taught chef and food scientist.

    WKSU’s Vivian Goodman looks into his kitchen, test lab  and unusual business model in today’s Quick Bite.  Vivian Goodman reports

    Kubota executives tour Canton waste-water treatment complex. (TIM RUDELL)International water technology company to build R&D center in Canton
    City officals say the relationship could lead to bigger things

    An international water treatment technology company is building a new Research and Development center in northeast Ohio.   

    WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on a deal signed Thursday between the city of Canton and Kubota Membrane-USA, a subsidiary of Japan's Kubota Industries Group.  Tim Rudell reports


    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    Disney Channel star Corbin Bleu was the keynote speaker at today's event. (Palace Resorts/ Wikimedia Commons)High school students march against drug use in Columbus
    1,500 teenagers march and attend speech against drug use

    A large group of high school students marched around downtown Columbus as a show of strength against drug use.  Andy Chow reports

    Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo told investigators he doesn't recall standing on the hood of Timothy Russell's car and firing repeated shots. (WKYC)Trial of Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo approaching end
    Closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday

    The end of the trial of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo is in sight.

    The defense has rested and has again called for the judge to throw out the charges against Brelo. The judge will consider the motion tomorrow when the trial reconvenes at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

    The prosecution also is bringing back a witness to put back on the stand tomorrow.

    There will be no court on Monday and closing arguments will begin Tuesday.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    Rep. Sean O’Brien is part of the bipartisan team pushing for the bill. (Ohio House of Representatives)Democrat and Republican pushing compressed natural gas bill
    Bill would provide incentives for use of the alternative fuel

    Two lawmakers, one Republican, one Democrat, are making another push in their effort to encourage the use of compressed natural gas or CNG in cars. But the bill will have to go through a Legislature that just voted to get rid of some alternative fuel requirements.  Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    Budget director Tim Keen singles out problems with the budget changes from the Ohio House. Kasich's budget director takes House spending plan to task
    Tim Keen calls on Ohio Senate to make sure any changes are paid for

    Gov. John Kasich’s budget director is sending a strong signal to the Ohio Senate that the budget plan passed by the House won’t work.

    Kasich’s budget included income tax cuts that were offset with new taxes on tobacco, gas and oil drilling and increased or new sales taxes. The House removed those tax hikes but also offered a smaller 6.3% income tax cut.

    Budget Director Tim Keen says the problem is that the House took money set aside for unplanned Medicaid expenses and used revenue figures that are too rosy.  Jo Ingles reports

    Andrea Boxill, Deputy Director of the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team, says Summit County's integrated program has been successful in reducing overdoses. (Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services)Ohio deaths from drug overdoses increased by 200 in 2013
    Summit county bucked the trend

    Nearly 200 more Ohioans died from drug overdoses in 2013 than the year before according to a study released today by the Ohio Department of Health.

    While many counties had increases in deaths, Summit County had one of the largest decreases, with 15 fewer deaths.

    Andrea Boxill is the Deputy Director of the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team. She says the county has a collaborative approach that has been very effective.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    The Cleveland Clinic has increased what it spends on free care for low-income patients by about 5 percent annually over the past decade             (WKSU)Cleveland Clinic's report shows a nearly $13 billion impact
    The hospital system's third economic impact report since 2003 shows $12.6 billion being pumped into Northeast Ohio

    A new report by the Cleveland Clinic shows its having a huge impact on the region’s economy. It’s also making a big difference to low-income patients. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    Ohio's U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has been pushing the bill for four years. (WKSU file photo)President signs Ohio Sen. Rob Portman's more modest energy bill
    The Republican says he still hopes to see a broader bill get through Congress

    President Obama signed Ohio Sen. Rob Portman’s energy efficiency bill this afternoon. The bill took four years to pass and includes an special designation for commercial buildings – which Portman says need incentives to upgrade.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Ohio's tax on visiting athletes is unconstitutional. (WKSU file photo)Cleveland's "jock tax" is unconstitutional
    The Ohio Supreme Court sides with two former NFL players who said the city taxed them for work they did elsewhere

    The Ohio Supreme Court has struck down Cleveland’s so-called “jock tax.”

    The unanimous decision was based on lawsuits filed by two former NFL players who said the tax formula violated their due process rights. WKSU's Kevin Niedermier has more.

       Kevin Niedermier reports

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown remains strongly opposed to the trade deal the Obama administration is negotiating. (WKSU file photo)Ohio's Sen. Brown talks trade, the Patriot Act and Agent Orange
    Brown expects the Senate will pass some key changes in the fast-track bill, but would prefer the whole thing run aground

    This week, the International Trade Commission extended import duties on steel pipe and tube from nine countries, including South Korea. It’s a move Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says is necessary, but not enough. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with Brown today about trade and other issues a divided Congress is considering.  M.L. Schultze reports

    Dr. Ganesh Chaudhary will take three weeks off from work at Akron General Medical Center to help earthquake survivors. (Akron General Medical Center)Akron doctor travels to his native Nepal to help Earthquake victims
    Akron General Medical Center will provide some supplies to help with the relief effort

    A Nepalese doctor from Akron General Medical Center is back in his home country to help it recover from the recent earthquake.

    Dr. Ganesh Chaudhary is in Nepal for three weeks with a team of other Nepalese doctors to help with medical needs.

    Lee Sahadi is the executive director of Medical Staff Administration at Akron General. She says other doctors at the hospital will cover for Chaudhary while he is away.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    Stark teacher injured in rock throwing to attend teens' hearing in PA
    Other headlines: KSU professor fired over viral road rage video; Ohio Supreme Court rejects Prade's appeal for new trial

    Morning headlines for Thursday, April 30, 2015:

  • Gov. Kasich's executive order creates first-ever police standards board
  • Groups ask for federal investigation into Ohio's injection-well approval program
  • Goodyear reports record first quarter earnings after loss last year
  • State budget director criticizes education funding formula in House budget
  • Victim's brother pleads not guilty to allegedly threatening officer on trial
  • Appeal denied for Ohio's Craiglist killer
  • Republican lawmakers trying for third time to pass voter photo ID bill
  • Stark teacher injured in rock throwing to attend teens' hearing in PA
  • Ohio Supreme Court rejects Prade's appeal for new trial
  • U.S. House to vote on extra cleanup funds Piketon uranium plant
  • KSU professor fired over viral road rage video
  • Cavs' Kevin Love undergoes shoulder surgery 
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Andrew Brenner speaks to Ohio Christian Alliance event about his voter photo ID bill.  Critics say it's an answer in search of a problem. (Karen Kasler)Ohio Republicans try to pass a voter photo ID bill for the third time
    Previous attempts have run into opposition from Democrats and from GOP Secretary of State Jon Husted

    For the third time, conservative Republicans in the House are proposing bill to require voters to show photo ID. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

    Cleveland actress Jean Zarzour plays the role of Nancy Ruiz DeJesus, the mother of one of the captive women in the Lifetime Television movie Cleveland Abduction: A local tragedy unfolds on national television
    The Lifetime Television Network movie about the Ariel Castro kidnappings is based on Michele Knight's book

    On Saturday night, a crime all-too-familiar to Clevelanders will once again get national exposure. 

    The Lifetime TV network will air “Cleveland Abduction,” the story of the abduction, rape, and torture of three young women imprisoned for years in a Cleveland neighborhood. 

    WKSU’s Vivian Goodman spoke with one of the actors.

       Vivian Goodman reports

    Campaign finance reports show Healy has nealy 12-times the funding Perez has. But both have been inundating voters. (M.L. SCHULTZE)Tuesday will likely decide Canton's mayoral race
    The Democratic primary has two candidates; the Republican none, so Tuesday's winner be November's winner as well

    Fewer than 5,000 voters could decide Tuesday who will be the mayor of Canton. That’s just about 6 percent of the city’s total population. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has this preview of a race that pits two long-time Democratic politicians against each other – and against a lot of apathy.  M.L. Schultze reports


    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    Kasich says Kasich creates Ohio's first advisory board on police-community relations
    Former state Sen. Nina Turner will be on the board, along with five other civilians and six representatives of law enforcement

    Gov. John Kasich’s task force studying police and community relations has released its recommendations. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, Kasich has issued an executive order help carry them out.  Jo Ingles reports

    Recreators gather to mark the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln lying in repose in Columbus (Andy Chow)Ohio marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination
    Remembering the day Ohio said goodbye to the "Savior of the Union"

    It was like stepping back in time today in downtown Columbus as the Statehouse commemorated the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  Andy Chow reports

    Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says the city will be ready when the verdict is announced in the voluntary manslaughter trial of police officer Michael Brelo, (City of Cleveland)Cleveland's tweets and Facebook letter look at potential civil unrest
    The city's social media presence in the wake of riots in Baltimore -- and a looming verdict in the trial of a Cleveland police officer -- are drawing mixed reviews

    The City of Cleveland is using social media to clarify comments it made -- on social media. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.  Kabir Bhatia reports

    U.S. EPA enforcement  (U.S. EPA website )Search warrants are executed at Trumbull wells
    Evidence is sought at deep-injection disposal well operation

    Federal and state agents served search warrants on a northeast Ohio disposal well site late Tuesday. The operation is near a wetlands area of Trumbull County where contamination was found at the beginning of the month.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.  Tim Rudell reports

    New homes have been built as recently as 2013. (WOSU News)Ohio is expected to take on bond debt to save Buckeye Lake Dam
    The $150 million bond would build a new dam to hold back Buckeye Lake

    Ohio is expected to take on as much as $150 million in debt to make repairs to a 183-year-old, four-mile long earthen dam at Buckeye Lake State Park east of Columbus. A report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blames private construction as the No. 1 reason Buckeye Lake Dam is now at risk of failure. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU’s Tom Borgerding reports.  (more)

    Co-author Jonathan Rothwell says there's a common link between the schools that fared the best (Brookings Institution)New ranking system sizes up two- and four-year colleges
    Brookings ratings evaluates thousands of schools

    If you have a college student in your family, or went to college yourself, you may be pretty familiar with the many lists of college rankings that pop up. But typically, the lists only apply to four-year institutions. As StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen reports, the think tank behind a new rating system released today also looked at the economic returns from community colleges.  (more)

    Kimberly Brueck says the plan is to introduce students to cursive in the first grade. (Wikimedia Commons)Green Local Schools are adding cursive to the arts curriculum
    The district wants to address students' ability to write signatures and read cursive writing

    Green Local Schools is going beyond state standards when it comes to handwriting.

    Starting next fall, Green will add cursive handwriting to the arts curriculum.

    Currently, Ohio’s academic content standards only require students be able to print legibly. Kimberly Brueck is Green's director of technology and secondary curriculum. She says the two basic concepts the district is trying to address are signatures and the ability to read cursive writing.  (more)

    The city of Cleveland is getting ready for the verdict in the trial of police officer Michael Brelo who's charged in the shooting of two unarmed suspects. Expert says Cleveland's preparations for the Brelo verdict should help maintain peace
    Community dialogues and planned outreach after the verdict are cited as keys to avoiding violence

    Cleveland is working to avoid the kind of rioting seen in Baltimore as the voluntary manslaughter trial of policeman Michael Brelo here winds down. Mayor Frank Jackson has issued a public letter ensuring residents that the city has plans to maintain safety. And religious leaders will be on the streets providing guidance. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, at least one crowd control expert says the city is doing the right things, but nothing is assured.

       Kevin Niedermier reports

    Rep. Andrew Brenner says with the current system, it isn't possible to verify whether or not all voters are residents of Ohio. (The Ohio House of Representatives)Conservative Republicans try again to pass voter photo ID
    Other Republicans,say the ID's are unnecessary, and Democrats call them a voter suppression tool

    The bill to require voters to show photo identification is back again. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.  Karen Kasler reports

    Columbus-based Jeni's to toss 265 tons of ice cream amid listeria scare
    Other headlines: Mansfield standoff ends with suspect dead; Two Cleveland high school basketball players accused of rape

    Morning headlines for Wednesday, April 29. 2015:

  • Columbus-based Jeni's to toss 265 tons of ice cream amid listeria scare
  • House will vote on open container areas
  • Vote in State Senate could ban the sale of pure caffeine
  • Medina, Stark residents get to comment on proposed pipeline tonight
  • Two Cleveland high school basketball players accused of rape
  • Three men indicted, accused of trafficking black-tar heroin
  • Mansfield standoff ends with suspect dead
  • Melt Bar and Grilled owner named Ohio's top small business owner
  • Metro Parks, Akron Marathon team up to help runners train
  • Cavs say Love is out for the rest of the playoffs 
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Tweet referencing the riots in Baltimore should happen in Cleveland causes negative blow back on city (Screenshot via cleveland.com)City's Tweets asking if Cleveland should be burned down draw fire
    Community Relations Board campaign is labeled 'tone deaf' in light of Baltimore riots and other troubles

    A city of Cleveland department charged with fostering peace between cultural groups might actually be increasing tensions over police issues with its new Twitter campaign. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Joanna Richards reports.  (more)

    Protesters at the Cleveland Metro School District school board meeting.  (Twitter via @_AmyHansen)Hundreds of Cleveland teachers protest new 'corrective action plans'
    Teachers maintain they've been left out of planning to improve nearly two dozen of the city's worst schools

    Urged on by the Cleveland Teachers Union, hundreds of educators from across the district packed a school board meeting last night to protest changes aimed at some of the city's worst performing schools. StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen was there.  (more)

    Terry Pluto says anything's possible with LeBron James in the lineup (Brandon Davis )Pluto: The Cavs lost two starters but still have their star
    Terry Pluto says the absence of two key players is big blow to the Cavs, but he expects LeBron James to embrace the adversity

    Celebration among Cavs fans came to a halt this week following word that two key players are out of the lineup. The Cavs swept the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, but lost Kevin Love indefinitely with torn ligaments in his shoulder. Another starter, J.R. Smith, got suspended for the next two games. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks about what the loss means for the team going forward.  Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Northeast Ohio cities have improved air quality
    But the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area's pollution levels still ranks 10th in the nation in year-round particulates

    Cities in Northeast Ohio are improving the air their residents breathe.

    The American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report reveals that although the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area still needs to improve its air quality, its ozone and particle pollution have both gone down since last year.

    Janice Nolen with the association says progress is important.  (more)


    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    Yung-Chen Lu, chair of the Ohio Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory Council, says Asian American and Pacific Islanders are some of the groups most often trafficked.  (Ohio Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory Council )Ohio human-trafficking advocates say victims need community
    Advocates look to get more people involved in indentifying and helping trafficked people

    Helping the victims of human trafficking requires more than the participation of law enforcement. Advocates from around Ohio are working to rescue victims and help them establish a life after captivity.  Andy Chow reports

    Pete Rose agreed to the lifetime ban from baseball in 1989. (Wikimedia)Ohio lawmakers go to bat for Pete Rose
    A resolution calls for Major League Baseball to lift Rose's lifetime ban for gambling on the game

    Some Ohio lawmakers say the greatest player in Major League Baseball has been punished for far too long for misdeeds off the field. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, they’re trying to do something about that.

       Jo Ingles reports

    Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke says his union would be willing to discuss changes with the district. (Cleveland Teachers Union)Cleveland Teachers Union to protest at tonight's school board meeting
    Union opposes new guidelines for teachers in 23 schools in the district

    The Cleveland Teachers Union plans to bring 1,500 members to tonight’s school board meeting.

    Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke says the union is upset about new Corrective Action Plans at 23 schools in the district.

    Quolke says old plans were thrown out and the new plans could impose penalties if teachers do not follow new guidelines, such as dressing professionally, talking more to parents and even visiting  students' homes.

    He says the union would be open to discussing these plans with the district.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    Director Jim Rokakis says the survey will allow Cleveland to better use its resources. (Thriving Communities Institute)Cleveland property survey will start in late May
    The Western Reserve Land Conservancy will survey all 175,000 parcels in the city

    The Western Reserve Land Conservancy briefed Cleveland City Council today on an upcoming project to take an inventory of every property in the city.

    Jim Rokakis is the director of the Thriving Communities Institute at the conservancy. He says surveyors will go to all 175,000 parcels in Cleveland, take a photograph of the property and fill out a condition report.

    Rokakis says Cleveland has 10,000 to 12,000 vacant houses and limited resources to tear them down. He says the data can help the city decide what projects will have the most impact.  Lyndsey Schley reports

    Two Sinclair Community College students are trying to create a database of police shootings. (Sinclair Community College)Dayton students want Ohio to develop a police-shooting database
    They want help from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

    Two criminal justice students from Dayton's Sinclair Community College are advocating for a statewide database to track police-involved shootings. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Ariel Van Cleave reports this proposal comes after high profile shootings over the last year in the state and nationally.  (more)

    Author David Stradling discusses the legacy of Carl Stokes, Cleveland's first black mayor. (Brian Bull)Panelists reflect on Carl Stokes, Cleveland's first black mayor
    Author discusses how Stokes's experiences influenced his policy

    The enduring legacy of Cleveland’s first black mayor -- the first black mayor of any major U.S. city -- was remembered yesterday at Cleveland State University.

    The opening panel in an event commemorating a half century of African-American mayors reflected on Carl Stokes and his mayoral term.

    Among the panelists was David Stradling, co-author of “Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland."

    Stradling talked about the turbulence Stokes encountered when he took office in 1967. Civil rights, police brutality and economic disparity were just a few issues he faced, along with racism from a number of directions. But Stradling said Cleveland’s mayor used his race and position to help advance a progressive agenda on Capitol Hill.  (more)

    Tyler Converse runs Canton's Water Department (WKSU file photo)U.S. advises communities to reduce fluoride in water supplies
    This is the first change Washington has called for since its initial fluoridation recommendations during the Kennedy administration

    The federal government says the amount of fluoride in America’s drinking water should be reduced. WKSU’s Tim Rudell has more on the first change in fluoride recommendations issued by Washington since it first advised communities across the country to fluoridate --in 1962.  Tim Rudell reports

    Cleveland religious leaders hope the city remains calm after the trial of one of the police officers involved in this November, 2012 chase and shooting. (WEWS)Cleveland pastors are preparing for the Brelo verdict
    Church leaders want to try to ensure peace after the judge delivers the verdict in the voluntary manslaughter trial of a Cleveland police officer

    Cleveland pastors are already calling for peaceful demonstrations following the conclusion of police officer Michael Brelo’s voluntary manslaughter trial. They will be working with the community, the police and the city to help keep order.  Kevin Niedermier reports

    A small group continues to demonstrate almost weekly outside the Greene County Courthouse. Monday’s protest went to Beavercreek for the City Council meeting.  (Lewis Wallace/WYSO)John Crawford protesters are barred from a city council meeting
    Police shot and killed Crawford in a Walmart last August

    A group of protesters was kicked out of a Beavercreek City Council meeting Monday night after disrupting it with chants about John Crawford III. He was shot and killed by police inside a Walmart in the Dayton suburb in August. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace has more.  (more)

    Ohio Supreme Court candidate sues to raise campaign funds early
    Other headlines: Sound expert testifies in Cleveland officer's manslaughter trial; Kent police officer who shot, killed ex will not be charged

    Morning headlines for Tuesday, April 28, 2015:

  • Man accused in Ohio barbershop slayings has charges added
  • Kent police officer who shot, killed ex will not be charged
  • Home-canned potatoes the source of botulism outbreak
  • Sound expert testifies in Cleveland officer's manslaughter trial
  • Sen. Portman goes on the offense in new web ad
  • Workers' comp bureau rolls out new billing system
  • Anti-abortion group drops lawsuit over public records 
  •   Amanda Rabinowitz reports

    Aaron Churchill says the big takeaway is that closures of low-performing schools can benefit children. (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)Study shows schools closing in Ohio can be positive
    The study found students generally do better in math and reading when they move from failing schools

    A new study has found that closing schools in Ohio can be a good thing. A report from the non-profit Thomas B. Fordham Institute finds students generally do better in math and reading when they move to new schools. State Impact Ohio’s Mark Urycki has details.  (more)

    Beverly Warren will be inaugurated as Kent State University's president on Friday. (ANDREW MEYER)Kent State prepares to inaugurate its new president
    Inauguration week festivities for Beverly Warren include a forum of four presidents

    This Friday, Beverly Warren will be inaugurated as Kent State University’s 12th president.  WKSU’s Andrew Meyer got a chance to talk with Warren about one of the big events that’s part of the week-long celebration.  Andrew Meyer reports

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    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: kentstate1970.org.

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