Mitch Felan

News Intern

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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Jeremy Umansky / Larder Master & Wild Food Forager

Insect experts are reassuring local homeowners that their trees will not be permanently harmed by this year’s cicada invasion. 

The concern comes from a process called ‘"flagging," where female cicadas lay eggs in the tips of tree branches.

Rex Bastian, technical adviser for the Davey Tree Expert Company, says while that leaves brown patches and dead leaves, the trees will heal.

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Local police are still investigating the source of a dangerous chemical added to street drugs even after a Franklin county man was indicted Monday for selling carfentanil-laced heroin.

Carfentanil is 10,000 times stronger than morphine and is used as a tranquilizer for elephants and rhinos.

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Ohio Tea Party groups have decided to back Donald Trump in the race for the White House.

The groups will be teaming up with the NRA, who will provide funds for them to campaign for the candidate.

We the People Convention president Tom Zawistowski says the partnership happened because many Ohio Tea Party members are also members of the NRA.

He says unlike the Ohio Republican establishment, the NRA is committed to electing Trump.

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New data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services shows that Ohio is behind the national average for job growth since the 2008 recession.

The report shows that Ohio’s job growth is at 1.4 percent - that means adding only 77,400 jobs since the recession.

This number is well below the national average of 4.2 percent.

Policy Matters Ohio researcher, Hannah Halbert says the report also reflects on Ohio’s employment and unemployment rates.

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The 2016 Republican National Convention is now officially underway in Cleveland, with activities scheduled in the Q all afternoon and evening long. But these conventions are much more than just about what goes on in the convention hall, and there’s plenty going on this first day. 

One event scheduled this morning was for women who identify as moderate Republicans. Aside from staple women’s issues such as birth control and abortion, the women also discussed national issues like terrorism and infrastructure. They also discussed their party’s nominee Donald Trump.