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A new invasive species has been detected in Lake Erie.  It’s a tiny crustacean native to Asia that scientists believe entered the waterway by hitching a ride in the ballast water of ocean going ships.

WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that environmentalists say the discovery shows efforts to keep out invasives aren’t tough enough.

M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

Northeast Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan will find out next Wednesday if his bid to become the leader of House Democrats is as much a long shot as conventional wisdom says it is. He’s challenging Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a caucus vote Wednesday. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with the head of Youngstown State’s political science department about the unexpected step Ryan took after the Nov. 8 election.

photo of Lock 3
MARK URYCKI / WKSU

The Akron Children’s Museum will open its new permanent home at Lock 3 Friday.
The museum will hold its official ribbon-cutting at 7 p.m. during the park’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The museum’s staff decided on Lock 3 after setting up a pop-up shop in the location last year.

Maggie Spangler is the visitor experience manager for the museum.

photo of Team Dragonflys from Dragon Boating Festival
ELIZABETH MILLER / GREAT LAKES TODAY

An upcoming conference in Cleveland will tackle marine debris, the pieces of plastic that wash up on the river, ocean or Great Lake shores.  It's a issue that has affected the health and appearances of beaches around the world.

Marine debris also has a deadly effect on wildlife, especially birds.

Cleveland Municipal Court
City of Cleveland

Cleveland’s municipal court is working with a private organization to reform the way it sets bail to make the system more equitable.                                      

Cleveland court officials hope the risk assessment formula developed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation will help the court release more defendants before trial without making them post bail.

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