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Picture of the Hilton Cleveland Downtown
KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

The new Hilton Cleveland Downtown is scheduled to open Wednesday.  The 32-story, county-owned hotel is next to the convention center and was planned as an important part of the city’s growing tourist and convention business.

photo of medical marijuana sign
FLICKR

The campaign is over for a group that was pushing a constitutional amendment that would have legalized medical marijuana in Ohio and that was critical of the bill to legalize medical pot that the Legislature passed on Wednesday. 

Revolutionary War Graves at Fort Laurens
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Memorial Day weekend is for remembering those who gave their lives for the nation in military service. That incldues those who died in the Revolutionary War – and who died in that war in the remote wilderness of what is now northeast Ohio.  

It's 1778, and the Continental Army’s 8th Pennsylvania Regiment marches into the Ohio country to build Fort Laurens, 

M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

   The nation’s oldest presidential library is celebrating its centennial today in a northwest corner of Ohio. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze toured the newly renovated Rutherford B. Hayes presidential center to learn more of the story of one of America’s long-shot presidents – whose first step was at a raucous convention in Ohio.

Rutherford B. Hayes was a popular Ohio governor who – according to one of the more caustic of the observers of the 1876 presidential race was "a third-rate non-entity, who’s obnoxious to no one.”

Salt Storage
USGS

In hopes of getting a better price for road salt, Columbiana County and its townships and communities banded together to seek single bids, directly from salt companies.  It didn’t work. 

Columbiana County Engineer Bert Dawson says his county is typically charged more per ton for salt through the state buying program than nearby counties, and he’s never gotten a good answer for why.  So, this year, he asked the county’s, villages and townships to join a unified effort to pursue a salt buy outside the state system.

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