Brandon Bounds

News Intern

Brandon is a junior journalism major at Kent State University with experience in broadcast, print, visual, radio and digital journalism. During the school year, Bounds works for student media with TV2 and The Kent Stater/Kentwired. Additionally, Bounds is a rising fellow for the Carnegie-Knight national News21 program for the upcoming summer. 

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Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
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Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is pushing for relief in communities affected by nuclear plant closings.

Kaptur introduced her bill this week to create a Department of Energy program that would provide funding to local governments impacted by the closings.

Kaptur mentions the Davis Besse power plant In Ottawa County, which is expected to shut down in 2020.

photo of Dan Horrigan
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan has introduced a plan to address vacant buildings in the city.

The mayor's spokeswoman, Ellen Lander-Nischt, says city council has received complaints about abandoned buildings throughout the city for a while. 

“Mayor Horrigan was a ward councilperson himself years ago, and a persistent problem has been vacant commercial or industrial buildings in Akron that has basically been neglected for years.”

photo of Akron North Hill neighborhood
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

More than 17 tons of trash were collected during Clean Up Akron Month this year.

More than 3,000 volunteers helped pick up trash last month from parks, schools and neighborhood streets.

The annual program is organized by Keep Akron Beautiful. Outreach coordinator Johanna Barnowski says this event helps the community work together.

A photo of the exterior of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Cleveland.
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A Cleveland Church that declared itself a “sanctuary church” last December has announced it is housing a man facing deportation.

The Rev. Kelly Burd of Pilgrim Congregational Church says Eulogio Hernandez Box is at risk of immediate deportation to his native Guatemala after a traffic stop last year.

“His appeals (to remain in the country) ran out in 2017. And he received a notice to turn himself in for deportation here in the Cleveland area," Burd said.

photo of Ohio Department of Medicaid
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A new report suggests improving access to food might cut Medicaid costs in Ohio.

A study from The Center of Community Solutions found that tying food access with healthcare programs could help fight food insecurity.  

Loren Anthes is the author of the report and says there are many options for reducing food insecurity in Ohio.

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