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Kasich Sends Mixed Messages on Preparations for Possible Presidential BidKasich Sends Mixed Messages on Preparations for Possible Presidential Bid

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:03:22 +0000

Buzzfeed is reporting that Gov. John Kasich is apparently planning for a possible run for president in 2020. Sources told Buzzfeed that Kasich's private meeting Thursday with national security experts in Columbus "was to help prepare ... for another bid, should he decide to run again." This report contradicts Kasich’s own comments to Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler, who spoke with Kasich just hours before the report came out. Kasich said he feels like no one asks him his presidential plans anymore, but that he really doesn’t have any. “I’m not doing any planning for anything," Kasich said. "I want to have a voice. I think my voice has mattered with my colleagues in health care. I think it matters in a lot of different things. And that’s what’s most important to me now. As to where this is going to take me, I really don’t know.” Kasich says his national news show appearances have come because the networks have sought him out. He’s talked about President Trump, but also about

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After 16 Years, Congressman Pat Tiberi Plans to Resign MidtermAfter 16 Years, Congressman Pat Tiberi Plans to Resign Midterm

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:19:24 +0000

Ohio’s second longest-serving member of Congress is stepping down from his post to take a job in the private sector. Republican Pat Tiberi has been a congressman for the 12 th District in central Ohio since 2001 and in those nine terms, he has carried a lot of political clout in Washington D.C. Back in 2012, just days before the general election, Republican Pat Tiberi was in his home district, firing up the crowd for a visit from presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Tiberi has been popular, winning re-election every two years by double-digit margins in a district that his opponents say was heavily gerrymandered to give him the advantage. He’s a member of the Ways and Means Committee and chairs the Joint Economic Committee – key panels dealing with health care and tax policy. The executive director of the Ohio Republican Party, Rob Secour, says Tiberi is well-known at home and in the nation’s capital. “Congressman Tiberi was a senior member for us in the Congressional delegation and that

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Ohio Senate Will Begin Sexual Harassment TrainingOhio Senate Will Begin Sexual Harassment Training

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:09:28 +0000

Leaders in the Ohio Senate plan to conduct sexual harassment education and training. Republican Senate President Larry Obhof of Medina County says members of both parties will go through a course to be educated on sexual harassment and what is considered inappropriate conduct. Obhof says the Senate already has a retreat where lawmakers learn about legislative ethics and campaign finance laws. “Moving forward in the General Assembly, we will include this as part of that training as well. But in the short term we plan to have something like that for members and staff of both parties in the near future," Obhof said. Republican Senator Cliff Hite of Findlay resigned Monday, admitting in a statement to inappropriate contact and comments toward on a state employee.

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Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Councilman Zack Reed Talk Police, Downtown In Their Only DebateCleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Councilman Zack Reed Talk Police, Downtown In Their Only Debate

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:58:23 +0000

The two candidates in the Cleveland mayoral race met for their only debate today , with both men saying they have the vision to lead the city forward – and that their opponent has no plans at all. Councilman Zack Reed and Mayor Frank Jackson discussed downtown development, community policing and even the city’s proposed dirt bike track during the one-hour debate at the City Club. Reed says – if elected – he would hold open office hours on Saturdays, which is in contrast to his opponent. “He talks about the reconciliation and the dialogue and the conversation. But he closed down Public Square without one community meeting – without one. That’s not reconciliation. That’s not sitting down with the other parties. That’s one man that believes that he didn’t get elected Mayor; that he got elected dictator.” Later in the debate, Jackson clarified that he did not initially want to close Public Square , but rather he wanted a study on what effect closing the square would have on public

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Ohio's New Graduation Requirements May Be Illegal Ohio's New Graduation Requirements May Be Illegal

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:54:13 +0000

In June, Ohio lawmakers approved a bill giving the Class of 2018 an alternative path to graduation. The move came after the state Department of Education predicted in 2016 more than a third of the class wouldn’t qualify to receive diplomas in May. However, an education think tank is questioning whether that alternative path is acceptable under federal law. Nearly 77 percent of the class of 2018 is on track to graduate and another 19 percent are “highly likely” to meet requirements. But Chad Aldis with the Fordham Institute says in order to reach that number, the state created an alternative path that is less rigorous. He questions whether it ’ s allowed under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act , or ESSA. “Our reading of that suggests that is indeed a lower bar that’s been put in place and probably should not be counted for the federal graduation rate,” Aldis said. ESSA allows states to create their own thresholds for granting diplomas, but says only students who earn a regular

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Dracula Haunts the Canton Ballet StageDracula Haunts the Canton Ballet Stage

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:48:54 +0000

With Halloween approaching, the Canton Ballet is bringing back “Dracula, the Ballet” this season.

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Portman Promises Another Pass at Tracking Opioid Prescriptions; Brown Says the DEA Failed at its JobPortman Promises Another Pass at Tracking Opioid Prescriptions; Brown Says the DEA Failed at its Job

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:37:58 +0000

Ohio’s two senators are among the many members of Congress now condemning a law they passed last year that dismantled a key tool the DEA used to suspend suspicious shipments of opioids. And Sen. Rob Portman is suggesting the same forces could have helped strip a key provision from an addiction recovery bill he sponsored last year. Sen. Portman’s Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act initially included a provision that would have required more monitoring of prescriptions including cross-state compacts, and he’s ready to try again. “It was dropped out in the conference with the House. Maybe some of the same people who helped get that other bill through quietly were not particularly supportive of that. But we’ve got that legislation right now in the United States Senate. It’s got … a quarter to a third of the Senate already sponsoring it.” Meanwhile, Ohio’s Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’s troubled that the DEA under the Obama administration didn’t raise alarms to the

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University of Akron Gets a $20 Million-Plus DonationUniversity of Akron Gets a $20 Million-Plus Donation

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:24:57 +0000

The estate of Jean Hower Taber is giving the University of Akron more than $20 million, the largest, one-time donation in the history of the university. Matthew Wilson, UA’s president, says she designated the money to go toward two priorities. “Two-thirds of it is going to be dedicated to student scholarships, specifically in our world-class audiology department and our Williams Honors College. The other third is going to be dedicated to the Hower House, which was donated to the university in 1970 – related activities, events and the like as it relates to the Hower House.” The Taber family donated the Victorian mansion to the university, which Taber’s grandfather attended. Wilson says Taber already had donated nearly $8 million toward student scholarships and the university’s athletics. He anticipates the funds will be available for use by the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Ohio's GOP Sen. Portman Doesn't Support the Healthcare Compromise; Democrat Brown DoesOhio's GOP Sen. Portman Doesn't Support the Healthcare Compromise; Democrat Brown Does

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:17:53 +0000

Ohio’s two senators agree premiums will go up if a bipartisan compromise on the Affordable Care Act doesn’t get through Congress. Other than that, though, they don’t agree on much, including whether the compromise should get through Congress. The Murray-Alexander plan would extend for two years the federal subsidies that act as a kind of rebate to insurance companies to cover deductibles and copayments for lower-income people. President Trump has suspended the subsidies, and without them, everyone who buys insurance on the individual exchanges will likely pay more. GOP Sen. Rob Portman says the Murray Alexander bill doesn’t do enough. “I was not opposed to the administration continuing the payments. But if we’re going to legislate on it, it should be something that makes a difference in a significant way.” Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says the compromise is an important step. “It stabilizes the insurance markets, it brings in more young healthy people into the insurance pools. We need

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AAA Supports Ohio Bill to Lengthen Time New Drivers Must Have a PermitAAA Supports Ohio Bill to Lengthen Time New Drivers Must Have a Permit

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:51:20 +0000

AAA is using Teen Driver Safety Week to highlight its support for the Young Driver Protection bill. Theresa Podguski, the director of legislative affairs for AAA East Central Ohio , says the bill provides protections for all drivers. “So, it’s not their youth that is causing the crashes, but their inexperience. So, experience is the key here, and the teens will learn to drive with supervision in all kinds of weather and risky and risky times of the evening.” The bill would lengthen the temporary instruction permit phase as well as lengthen supervised nighttime driving protections. Podguski says the goal is to better protect new drivers as they gain experience behind the wheel.

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Shuffle: Akron Artists Build A Vibrant Do-It-Yourself Music CommunityShuffle: Akron Artists Build A Vibrant Do-It-Yourself Music Community

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:19:54 +0000

If you really want to experience Akron’s local music scene, you'll have to go to some unexpected places. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talked about Akron’s vibrant do-it-yourself community with The Devil Strip’s music editor Brittany Nader and Max Adams of the emo hardcore band CityCop . Akron's DIY scene has been growing over the last few years. "We have some house show venues in the area and other spaces that are the hubs for this whole community of musicians and other artists," Brittany Nader says. Bands and artists perform on stages inside homes and vacant buildings that are converted into makeshift venues. The shows are usually free and underground. Max Adams, 24, of the band CityCop has grown Akron's DIY scene through social media. He moved to Akron from Ashtabula just to be close to one of Ohio's most popular DIY venues - It's A Kling Thing! house. “We were really good friends with the founders of Kling after playing a show there when we were 17. They helped

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Ohio's Sen. Portman Says He Didn't Know a 2016 Law Would Kill a Key DEA Opioid Enforcement ToolOhio's Sen. Portman Says He Didn't Know a 2016 Law Would Kill a Key DEA Opioid Enforcement Tool

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:46:05 +0000

During a live-streamed conversation , Ohio's U.S. Sen. Rob Portman discussed the possibility President Trump declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency. Portman also acknowledged that he was not aware that a law passed last year limits the enforcement powers of the DEA. The Washington Post reports the law, known as the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act , prevents the agency from freezing suspicious narcotics shipments, which was a powerful prevention method for the agency. “Apparently it was unanimous consent in committee, unanimous consent on the floor…but obviously that’s one of the issues that we need to re-look at, we need to go back and examine that. I did look this morning at what the DEA enforcement actions were around that time and they were significantly reduced before the legislation was passed.” Portman is author of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which expands treatment and funding for people recovering from opioid abuse. “If

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Stark County Company Develops Gloves That Are Resistant to FentanylStark County Company Develops Gloves That Are Resistant to Fentanyl

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:40:59 +0000

A Stark County company has come up with a glove that's resistant to fentanyl -- one of the drugs that first responders have increasingly been exposed to when treating opioid overdose victims. This past summer, at least two police officers in Northeast Ohio reported being sickened by exposure to fentanyl during drug busts. Now, PH&S Products in Minerva says it has a solution. The company makes nitrile examination gloves, which look and feel like the ones used by physicians. The company says it's making a new type of glove with a compound that is resistant to fentanyl. Company spokesman Matt Fox says the "ResQ-Grip" gloves were created as a response to the growing opioid problem in Ohio. “There’s a lot of different nitrile mixes [so] that you can have a different type of glove with different chemical compounds. But they wanted to find the one that would be the most resistant – the toughest they could find. “[First responders are] the folks that show up on the scene right away and

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Stark Commissioners Approve Doubling County Bed TaxStark Commissioners Approve Doubling County Bed Tax

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:38:13 +0000

Visitors to Stark County will be paying more for hotel rooms starting next month after commissioners voted to double the county's hotel bed tax. Currently, the 3 percent bed tax on hotel rooms brings in about $1.5 million to the Stark County Convention and Visitors' Bureau . The increase will give another 2 percent to the bureau, plus 1 percent to the non-profit Arts In Stark . County Commissioner Janet Creighton says the funds are needed to market the area. “It’s important that the Visitor’s Bureau have the tools to be able to go to trade shows – to contact coach tours – to really fan across the United States, telling the story of Stark County and the different opportunities that we have here for visitation.” Creighton says she does not think the increase will deter visitors. “If we want to go a tourist destination, we usually ask what the room rate is. We don’t usually say, ‘What are the taxes?’ We all know that there are going to be taxes added. So some said to me, ‘Oh, this might

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Kent Church Vandalized For the Second TimeKent Church Vandalized For the Second Time

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:34:32 +0000

A African-American church in Kent has been vandalized for the second time within the last few months. The Spelman AME Church was covered in hateful messages and ‘satanic’ and ‘graphic’ images earlier this month according to the Rev. David Dawson. This follows an incident in August where the front door window was broken. Dawson, the supplied pastor at the church, says he doesn’t know why this occurred but believes it was likely racially motivated and has left the church feeling upset and confused. “This portion of hate has been thrown up on us for whatever reason. We are very angry but yet we are civil. And we will continue to do the right thing and continue to pray for those who did what they did to us,” says Dawson. Local faith organizations have reached out to support the Spelman Chapel and Dawson says the police were called and are following up on the incident.

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The ACLU of Ohio Challenges Ohio's Proposed Victims Rights Constitutional AmendmentThe ACLU of Ohio Challenges Ohio's Proposed Victims Rights Constitutional Amendment

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:32:02 +0000

One of the state’s leading civil liberties organizations is opposing Issue 1 – the victims’ rights constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law. The ACLU of Ohio’s Gary Daniels worries putting Marsy’s Law into the state Constitution would make it difficult to fix problems. And he says this ballot issue would endanger due process for people accused of crimes by allowing victims to refuse interviews or depositions. “And there are perfectly logical and reasonable reasons why somebody might seek information from a crime victim when they are being accused of a crime.” But Aaron Marshall with the Issue 1 campaign says defendants can still get those items with a court’s permission. “What we are trying to stop are these fishing expeditions that have nothing to do with the case which we are seeing around Ohio.” The state public defender and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys’ Association are also opposing the issue, though some individual prosecutors are supporting it.

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New Study Shows Ohio Has Fewer Gambling Addicts Than National AverageNew Study Shows Ohio Has Fewer Gambling Addicts Than National Average

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:29:31 +0000

In spite of having plenty of opportunities to gamble, Ohio has a rate of problem gambling that’s less than half the national rate of 2.2 percent, according to a study just released by the state . The state is still keeping an eye toward developing problems. The study shows more than 76,000 Ohioans, or just under 1 percent, have gambling disorders. Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says 24,000 people responded to the study; she acknowledges some people might have downplayed or lied about their behaviors. “But these individuals took a phone call, decided to stay on the phone anywhere from five to 20 minutes long to answer all these questions. So we feel pretty good about the data.” A total of 843,000 Ohioans could be at risk for gambling problems. This study was a follow up to one done in 2012, before casinos were legal in Ohio – the gambling disorder rate has now doubled from that rate of 0.4 percent.

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CSU Students Angered Over the University's Response to Fliers Targeting LGBTQ PeopleCSU Students Angered Over the University's Response to Fliers Targeting LGBTQ People

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:22:56 +0000

The president of Cleveland State University is under fire for his response to fliers that were apparently put up by a hate group. The fliers, which were found last Thursday, target the LGBT community by suggesting they commit suicide. CSU President Ronald Berkman sent a memo on Monday, four days after the poster was discovered. In the memo, he said it was removed because it didn’t get university approval, not because of its content. After backlash from students, Berkman issued a second statement on Tuesday inviting students and staff to an open discussion. At several points, the discussion derailed. Berkman apologized for his original response and denounced the contents of the poster. But students say they don’t feel safe and want Berkman to do more. “I have felt unsafe on this campus before, but never have I felt undoubtedly sure that the administration was not going to protect me," one student said. Berkman told reporters there was no security footage showing who put up the fliers.

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Walking Akron May Be One Way to Get to 250,000 by 2050Walking Akron May Be One Way to Get to 250,000 by 2050

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:45:52 +0000

Rebuilding Akron as a 21 st century city could mean overhauling zoning codes, embracing its historical architecture and putting city streets on a diet – by narrowing freeway-size lanes to pedestrian friendly paths. Those were among the steps highlighted at a conference at the John S. Knight Center today on ways to rebuild the city’s population to 250,000 by 2050. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with one of the national urban planners who focuses on the attraction of cities. Jeff Speck advocates for walkable cities, so much so that the title of his book claims they could save America. But he also advocates for bikes and even cars in a city that understands how they can work together. Speck preached that message the last time he came to Akron seven years ago, and says one of the biggest changes he’s seen since then is dedicated bike lanes downtown. There’s also the decommissioning of the innerbelt highway . “You also see the very strange condition of Highway 59 having been vacated, which was

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Niles is Making a Run for Amazon's Second Headquarters -- Though It Lacks a Few Key IngredientsNiles is Making a Run for Amazon's Second Headquarters -- Though It Lacks a Few Key Ingredients

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:58:26 +0000

Bids are due tomorrow from cities hoping to get the nod to land Amazon’s second headquarters . Niles is among those hoping it has a chance. The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber is submitting Enterprise Park on its application. The undeveloped property is more than 100 acres and is located near Eastwood Mall. The Cafaro Company , which owns the property, would sell it to Amazon for $1 and give Amazon $20 million in seed money to develop it. Joe Bell is a spokesman for the company. “We’re willing to give up that land for a dollar because we know sales at our shopping complex and the surrounding area would far outweigh anything we could do to develop that land on our own.” Bell says that the offer does not quite meet all of Amazon’s requirements, including the population size and an airport with direct flights to Seattle, where Amazon is headquartered.

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