Lydia Taylor

2018-2019 Walton D. Clarke Fellow/Morning Edition Producer

Lydia Taylor is the Walton D. Clarke Fellow at WKSU for 2018-2019. Taylor is a recent graduate of Kent State University and earned a degree in multimedia journalism. She is attending Kent State’s Journalism Graduate Program in the fall and will report and produce Morning Edition as part of her fellowship. She will also be working at Kent State Magazine over the summer. During her undergrad, Lydia started at the station as a news intern in January 2017 and served as the editor of The Kent Stater, the university’s student-run newspaper, for three semesters. Her interests lie in data and audio storytelling.

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Photo of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (Left) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (right).
CNN / Screen shot of CNN town hall video

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders discussed the concerns swirling around the Trump Administration last night at a CNN town hall.

Kasich and Sanders addressed the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, the Russian hacking scandal and how President Donald Trump revealed classified information to a Russian foreign minister in a meeting last week.

I don't think we're there. I don't think that we know exactly what happened. The Russian investigation is very, very important.

Flashstarts
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A Cleveland venture capital group plans to fund over 200 startups in Ohio through a new state-wide initiative. 

Flashstarts is working with the Third Frontier program to distribute over $100 million over the next three years. It’s called the Cleveland200 fund. Flashstarts CEO Charles Stack says at least $5 million of the fund will advance job growth in Northeast Ohio by supporting startups.

photo of Chris Burnham
SUMMIT DFA

A local fund that aims to restore areas of economic distress in Akron is getting closer to its $4.5 million goal. The Akron Community Revitalization Loan Fund received a $100,000 grant this week from Goodyear Tire & Rubber.

In April, Huntington Bank contributed a quarter of a million dollars to the fund.

President of the Development Finance Authority Chris Burnham says the fund should be able make loans starting mid-summer.

CHRISTY STEWART / U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

Summit Metro Parks is asking the public for help spotting a rare species.

The rusty-patched bumble bee, once common in Northeast Ohio, has recently been  listed as endangered and hasn’t been spotted here since 1998.

The Summit Metro Parks collaborated with Ohio State University, Cleveland Metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park to create the Ohio Bees Atlas Project.

aerial photo of Cuyaghoa Falls open space
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The Ohio Public Works Commission has awarded Cuyahoga Falls a million dollar grant to preserve 40 acres of land adjacent to Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Deputy Law Director Janet Ciotola  says she hopes students could utilize the land to learn more about the environment in the future.

Not only will they be able to preserve the area in its natural state, but it will also help protect the water quality.

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