Mitch Felan

News Intern

Mitch Felan is a multimedia journalist with experience in radio, television, print and visual journalism. He is back with the WKSU team after spending a semester studying in Washington D.C. Outside of work, he enjoys making music, watching movies and bike riding. He plans to graduate from Kent State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Journalism this fall.

 

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photo of Michael Botticelli
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
congress.gov

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.

    

Photo of Sen. Rob Portman
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.

WKSU

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.

First Congregational Church of Akron
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF AKRON

Members of the faith and LGBT communities will gather tonight at the First Congregational Church of Akron to remember the victims of last week’s mass shooting in Orlando.

The event  includes representatives from the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent, the Akron Interfaith Council and several local LGBT groups. Also attending are Summit County Clerk of Courts Sandra Kurt and Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan, who will make remarks about the shooting.

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