Mitch Felan

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Mitch Felan is a news intern for WKSU. He is a multimedia journalist with experience in print, television, radio and visual journalism. Felan is a junior at Kent State University, working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Journalism. During the school year, Felan works for Kent State Student Media in TV2, The Kent Stater, and KentWired. He will be serving as the Digital Director for Kent State University's Student Media Newsroom in the Fall.  

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Canton health officials are taking steps to create a needle exchange program to stop the spread of diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C.

City officials started working on the program following a change in state law that will now allow local health departments to create the programs.

Canton City Health Commissioner Jim Adams says the program could be an important preventative measure.

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THE WHITE HOUSE

The head of National Drug Control Policy is highlighting the challenges the country is facing when it comes to opioid abuse and addiction.

Tuesday, Michael Botticelli focused on efforts in Ohio to fight the problem.

Botticelli says the president’s budget includes over a billion dollars to fight opioid abuse. $45 million dollars could go to Ohio.

During a conference call, he was joined by Dayton police chief Richard Biehl.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
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Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur will join community leaders and banking experts in Cleveland tomorrow to discuss the future of the U.S. Postal Service.

Daleo Freeman, president of the American Postal Workers’ Cleveland branch, says the discussion will have a heavy focus on postal banking. Freeman says the postal service can provide the same services as pay-day loan companies and save people money.

    

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U.S. SENATE

Two cable companies are consistently over-charging customers without providing a refund, according to an investigative report released by U.S. Senator Rob Portman Thursday.

The report was conducted by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations which he chairs.

Earlier this week, Portman said that American households are losing confidence in Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications.

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Members from Akron’s Board of Education and city council met Monday night to discuss options for constructing a new high school in the city.

Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James presented five different plans that included high school closures, combining schools and moving students to middle schools.

Akron schools Treasurer Ryan Pendleton says that these options are an attempt to figure out the best way to deal with a declining student population.

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