Akron

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Akron will bring back six school zone-speed cameras after an Ohio Supreme Court decision this morning. The case challenged a state law that requires police officers must be present -- and other conditions met --when the cameras are used.

The ruling, which affected about 20 Ohio cities, found those restrictions unconstitutional.

But Akron spokeswoman Ellen Lander-Nischt says she expects the legislative attacks on speed cameras will continue.

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COUNTRY PURE FOODS

The City of Akron is selling more than an acre of land to a food processor to expand its warehouse, a move it says will keep 82 jobs in the city.

Country Pure Foods will use the land to build a 24,000 square foot cold storage warehouse. Pure Foods is paying $35,000 for the land, which is on West Waterloo Road next to its existing warehouse space.

City spokeswoman Ellen Lander-Nischt says the company contacted the city for help.

VIew of downtown Akron from Knight Center
Tim Rudell / WKSU

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is giving the Downtown Akron Partnership $1.5 million to help make the city’s center more vibrant by making it a more inviting place for pedestrians.

Akron has begun accepting applications for 100 percent tax abatements on new construction and major renovations of houses anywhere in the city.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports on the expansion of an incentive usually reserved for commercial and industrial projects.

City Council approved the program in April, and now the state has OK’d the designation that allows the residential abatements to be applied anywhere in the city. Mayor Dan Horrigan’s spokeswoman, Ellen Lander Nischt, says the idea is to try to counter decades of population loss.

photo of Akron rib fest
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The U.S. Senate is expected to get back to work on the future of the Republican healthcare plan after this week's recess. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia checked with people at the Akron Rib, White and Blue Fest about what they think about the possible replacement for Obamacare.

Many people attending the rib festival said they haven’t followed the debate about healthcare closely enough.

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