Philip de Oliveira

Walton D. Clarke Fellow/Morning Edition Producer

Philip is the Walton D. Clarke Fellow at WKSU, where he reports and produces Morning Edition.

His reporting and music criticism have appeared in The Chautauquan Daily, Cleveland Scene magazine and Cool Cleveland. His reporting has aired locally, statewide on Ohio Public Radio stations, and nationally on NPR. Before pursuing journalism, he earned a degree in music composition and piano. He also spent some time traveling northern Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. He lived in Brazil for three years before moving to northeast Ohio. He currently lives in Cleveland Heights.

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Photo of dangerous algae bloom in Lake Erie

Seven conservation groups from the Great Lakes region are threatening to sue the U.S. EPA, saying it has failed to enforce the Clean Water Act in Ohio.

The conservation groups are accusing the EPA of “foot-dragging” and ignoring the threat of toxic algae blooms, which affect drinking water and wildlife.

photo of Democratic Reps. Hearcel Craig, Greta Johnson (at podium) and Nickie Antonio

Ohio Rep. Greta Johnson is again calling for a special committee to deal with the state’s continuing opioid epidemic.

In an open letter addressed to House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Johnson says the opioid epidemic is straining healthcare services and discouraging employers from bringing their businesses to Ohio. She also says the state hasn’t done its part in dealing with the crisis.

Voters in Summit County

The Pew Research Center has released a report that shows a progressive decline of Democratic support in the nation’s middle class, not a sudden shift with this year’s election.

photo of Lordstown GM

The Lordstown school district  has waived participation and classroom fees for its students, many of whose parents were laid off from the Lordstown GM factory last month.

The waiver applies to athletic programs, and fees for books and classroom supplies. There is no cost to participate in arts and music programs.

Lordstown Superintendent Terry Armstrong says recovering from economic hardship will take a community effort.

Miners in Harrison County

The future of health and retirement benefits for mine workers remains uncertain, as more than 12-thousand of them could lose coverage at the end of this year.

Ohio’s US Senator Rob Portman says healthcare for retired coal workers will likely be funded by making it part of an appropriations bill designed to keep the government operating through next spring.

“I think we will, at a minimum, be able to get something in there to ensure these retired miners are not going to face a big spike in their health care costs.”