Kabir Bhatia

Reporter

Kabir Bhatia joined WKSU as a Reporter/Producer and weekend host in 2010.  A graduate of Hudson High School, he received his Bachelor's from Kent State University.  While a Kent student, Bhatia served as a WKSU student assistant, working in the newsroom and for production.

Among his awards, he was named Best of Show – Best Reporter in Ohio for 2013 by the Ohio chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Davis Besse
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

More hearings have been scheduled by the Public Utilities Commission on FirstEnergy's proposed rate plan, a plan that's drawn criticism from environmentalists, clergy and some business groups. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.

Akron-based FirstEnergy wants an eight-year agreement that forces its subsidiaries to buy all the power produced by its Sammis coal plant near Steubenville and the Davis-Besse nuclear plant. The Public Utilities Commission has another round of hearings scheduled to start Jan. 14, a year after it began considering the plan.

Stephanie Kight
PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Planned Parenthood has filed suit against Ohio's health director, just two days after the state attorney general issued a report on how the group handles fetal tissue. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's investigation into Planned Parenthood’s affiliates found no evidence that they made money from aborted fetuses, but the report did criticize the facilities for disposing of fetal remains in landfills.

Portman
U.S. SENATE

Sen. Rob Portman says he's making the case in Congress for NASA Glenn Research Center to avoid a 10 percent budget cut.

The Senate's omnibus spending bill would trim $60 million as part of a plan to steer money to a robotic pathfinder program at NASA Goddard in Maryland.

The ranking Democrat on the Senate’s Appropriations Committee is Democrat Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, and Portman says now is not the time for her to take dollars away from NASA Glenn and programs such as its research into jet propulsion.

Jeff Fusco
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco is transitioning back to City Council next month, but he will not be resuming his role as council president. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.

Mayor Fusco has been on-and-off City Council for 30 years, including a stints as council vice president in the mid-90s. Last summer, he was council president for 10 days before becoming mayor following the resignation of Garry Moneypenny.

Abbe Turner
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

A program to re-use nutrient-rich food waste is underway in Northeast Ohio, and it could affect the way both animals and people eat. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.

Abbe Turner from Lucky Penny Farm in Kent is standing in her cheese-making room, where she separates the curds and the whey.

"In the food waste world, our whey is our by-product. Which we collect – we pump out of the vat – and we then take back to the farm to feed to our pigs."

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