Brooke Forrest

Intern

Brooke is a senior journalism major and photojournalism minor. She has experience in photography, multimedia, print, radio and visual journalism. She has worked with Kent State student media including The Kent Stater and KentWired. She is a disc jockey and the former web director for Black Squirrel Radio. She is currently the general manager of Black Squirrel Radio.

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Mohican-Memorial map
ODNR

The Ohio Division of Forestry has come up with a plan to cut down some trees in Mohican-Memorial State Forest in order to allow others to grow. 

Before it was a state forest, farmers had planted pine trees in rows. Forest Manager Chad Sanders that prevents several native species from growing.

A Cleveland-based developer focused on affordable housing is looking to change its designation to better help low-income families get home loans.

The move by CHN Housing Partners is an attempt to address what are known as mortgage deserts.

CHN Executive Director Rob Curry says that his group wants to focus on communities where very few people qualify for residential mortgages.

“Housing values cannot recover unless there is a flow of mortgages into a neighborhood, a flow of capital,” says Curry.

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Roger Mastroianni / Cleveland Institute of Music

Citing the national conversation about the high cost of education, the Cleveland Institute of Music has announced that they will be lowering the tuition for incoming students.

The tuition reset will lower the cost 15 percent for incoming students and will hold tuition flat for current students. The school's president and CEO Paul Hogle hopes that this change will attract more students to their program and allow them to become even more selective over time.

Democratic Ohio Congressmen Tim Ryan has announced he’s co-sponsoring of a bill that would give working families a wage boost.

The Grow American Incomes Now, or GAIN Act would expand the Earned Income Tax Credit to allow more families to be eligible to receive its benefits. Ryan believes that this is an essential piece of tax reform that would help those who “want a hand up, not a hand out.”

photo of Senator Rob Portman
STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he think it’s time to find a solution for DACA.

Portman addressed President Donald Trump’s plan to end DACA within six months, saying he agrees with Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era executive order. However, he thinks that it is time for Congress to act and solve this issue “the right way."