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Ohio Lawmakers Want O'Neill Out of Office Sooner; Kasich Accepts Applications for His ReplacementOhio Lawmakers Want O'Neill Out of Office Sooner; Kasich Accepts Applications for His Replacement

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:05:19 +0000

The only Democrat on the Ohio Supreme Court announced in October that he intends to run for governor next year. Bill O’Neill says he won’t leave the bench until Jan. 26. But state lawmakers may try to force him out sooner. O’Neill had long said he was out of the race if former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau head Richard Cordray joined it, which he did. But O’Neill says since no candidate has supported legalizing marijuana, he’ll stay in the race. But he won’t quit the state high court until next month. Republican Senate President Larry Obhof says there’s almost universal agreement that a sitting justice can’t run for a partisan office. “I think basically everybody interprets it the same way except for Justice O’Neill. And there is a very good chance that when we come back in January, we will have a resolution ready to seek his removal from office," Obhof says. Republican Gov. John Kasich gets to pick O’Neill’s replacement and is accepting applications through Dec. 29.

Ohio Public Transit Systems Will Get A Small Funding Boost After Huge Revenue Loss Ohio Public Transit Systems Will Get A Small Funding Boost After Huge Revenue Loss

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:01:25 +0000

State and county leaders have been trying to figure out how local governments can patch up a big budget hole. The loss in revenue occurred when the federal government took away the ability to tax Medicaid managed-care providers. Ohio lawmakers reached a compromise but it falls far short of filling the gap. House and Senate members agreed to divvy up $50 million as a one-time fund meant to help local governments transition away from the now abolished tax. Transit authorities attached piggyback taxes to that tax, which brought in about $207 million annually. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko says the fix isn’t enough to prevent cuts to local public transportation. “There’s gonne be some of our constituents who aren’t going to have access, whether the people with disabilities or senior citizens or students and that’s gonna cause problems," Yuko says. Lawmakers had tried to ask the feds for a higher tax in the state budget, but Gov. John Kasich vetoed that. The General Assembly

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Cordray Says Jobs, Local Government Will Be the Focus of His Campaign for GovernorCordray Says Jobs, Local Government Will Be the Focus of His Campaign for Governor

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:59:08 +0000

The former head of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau returned to Ohio on Thursday to discuss his bid for governor. At the City Club of Cleveland , Richard Cordray said couldn’t jump into the race earlier because he wanted to complete two major regulations at the CFPB first: rules on arbitration and on payday lending. “I had been all year pushing to get certain work done that I thought was important, that we devoted a lot of time and effort to, but at the same time hoping ... that I wouldn’t be too late for the governor’s race. It was an excruciating year in that regard," Cordray said. Cordray said kitchen table issues such as jobs and money will be the focal point of his candidacy. He also addressed issues affecting Ohio including the funding state government provides local governments. “I believe that this state Legislature ... has been waging war on local governments in this state for years now," Cordray said. "They have taken money from local governments; they’ve

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The ReDistricting Game Gives You the Power to Redraw the LinesThe ReDistricting Game Gives You the Power to Redraw the Lines

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:42:31 +0000

From Dec. 18 though the 22nd, WKSU will take a look at the laws, calculus and politics that go into drawing Ohio's congressional maps -- and what changes may be coming. Beyond partisan politics, there's a lot that goes into redrawing the lines of the country's 435 congressional districts every 10 years. Do you think you can do it? Click on this link to the interactive online game produced by the USC Annenberg Center to challenge yourself on drawing the political lines. For more on the development of the game: Here's a preview of the redistricting stories coming up on WKSU: Summit County: Four congressional districts and no member of Congress to call its own Snakes, ducks and toilet bowls: How's Ohio shape its congressional districts? How'd Ohio's most liberal town end up represented by one of the nation's most conservative congressmen? Pressure builds to change how Ohio draws its map Other states offer other models for Ohio

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Morning Headlines: Kasich Takes Applications for Justice O'Neill's Seat; Livestock Frozen to DeathMorning Headlines: Kasich Takes Applications for Justice O'Neill's Seat; Livestock Frozen to Death

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:05:47 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, December 15th: Kasich is accepting applications for Justice O'Neill's seat; Livestock found frozen to death in Lorain County; Kaptur says female staffers invite sexual harassment with revealing clothing; LeBron James scores 59th triple-double; Cleveland releases documents related to overnight City Hall raid; Cleveland rejected for 2021 All-Star game; Alleged shooter of Salvation Army worker pleads not guilty; Ohio will review Cuyahoga County overpayments in next year's state audit; North Canton closes its mayor's court; Kasich is accepting applications for Justice O'Neill's seat Governor John Kasich is accepting applications for an open Ohio Supreme Court seat. The governor is filling a seat to be left vacant on Jan. 26 by retiring Justice William O'Neill. O'Neill, a Democrat, is running for Ohio governor. Some Republican lawmakers are trying to oust O'Neill early, saying he should have stepped down weeks ago. O'Neill says he is not

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Ohio Wants to Expand Access For Opioid Addicts To Medication-Assisted TreatmentOhio Wants to Expand Access For Opioid Addicts To Medication-Assisted Treatment

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:00:00 +0000

Ohio is dramatically expanding the number of caregivers who can prescribe Suboxone and other drugs for medication-assisted treatment of addiction. The effort is part of a broader strategy to address the opioid epidemic. Not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. A recovering addict Alexis Graziano of Girard is an addict who's now half a year into recovery and in a sober-living facility. She says she has experienced medication-assisted treatment, MAT, and found it ripe for abuse if not managed closely. “There’s so many doctors who will just take a cash payment and give you a month's worth. And then you’ll just go in the next month and give them, you know, another cash payment. And the people aren’t even taking the medication, they’re selling it, to continue using the heroin. I used to do it!” Others with questions Graziano is not alone. There are professionals in addiction services who see problems with the expansion, too. Lauren Thorp heads recovery programs for the Trumbull County Mental

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Ohio Secretary of State Husted Asks Ohio to Pay to Replace Aging Voting MachinesOhio Secretary of State Husted Asks Ohio to Pay to Replace Aging Voting Machines

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:35:10 +0000

Ohio’s top elections official is asking state leaders to include money in the upcoming capital budget to buy new voting machines. Secretary of State Jon Husted says most of Ohio’s voting machines were acquired more than a decade ago. He says updating voting equipment should be a priority. After all, he points out social media was in its infancy back when most of the machines were purchased. The state Department of Administrative Services estimates it will cost about $118 million. Husted wants the expenditure approved in the capital budget next year so there will be enough time to buy new machines and get them installed before the 2020 presidential election.

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Creso Labs Hosts a Groundbreaking for Ohio's First Medical Marijuana SiteCreso Labs Hosts a Groundbreaking for Ohio's First Medical Marijuana Site

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:31:59 +0000

Dozens of public officials and advocates gathered in Yellow Springs today to break ground on Ohio’s first medical marijuana cultivation site. The project is one of a dozen across Ohio licensed by the state just two weeks ago. Illinois-based Cresco Labs’ new 50,000-square-foot, $7 million greenhouse will produce cannabis-based pharmaceutical products. Cresco’s high-tech facility will be built on nearly 10 acres of village-owned land near Antioch University . The company expects to create at least two-dozen new jobs next year and add more employees as the facility expands. Yellow Springs Village Council President Karen Wintrow says she hopes the project will help spur additional economic growth in the region. “Yellow Springs has always had an industrial base. We’ve lost that a little bit, and this will be the ability to bring that back. And we are really anxious for some economic growth and this is really the perfect project to kick it off,” she said. Medications produced in Yellow

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Bipartisan Bill Would Shield Nude Pictures of Sex-Crime Victims in OhioBipartisan Bill Would Shield Nude Pictures of Sex-Crime Victims in Ohio

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:28:46 +0000

Two-thirds of the members of the Ohio House have sponsored a bipartisan bill that would ban photos, videos and digital media of victims of sexually oriented offenses from being released as public records. Republican Rep. Wes Retherford of Hamilton says an Ohio Supreme Court ruling last year suggests that pictures, video and digital media of victims who are nude or in compromising situations could be publicly released after trials. “And the purpose of this is to keep them from being victimized again,” he said. Dennis Hetzel with the Ohio Newspaper Association says the bill may be well-intentioned, but it’s unnecessary because state law already recognizes victims’ right to privacy. “I think a lot of the Republicans in particular ought to be able to relate to that concept that we shouldn’t just be adding language that we don’t need,” he said. Hetzel says there’s also a concern about lengthening the list of items exempt from public records law. And Hetzel and Retherford say there have been

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Ohio's Republican House Speaker Rosenberger Says 'The Right Guy Won' Alabama's Senate RaceOhio's Republican House Speaker Rosenberger Says 'The Right Guy Won' Alabama's Senate Race

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:21:56 +0000

The surprise win by a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama has caused interesting and even unexpected reactions all around the country. Several Republicans came out against Republican candidate Roy Moore after mounting allegations of child abuse and sexual assaults. Gov. John Kasich was among them. Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger was asked what he thought about Democrat Doug Jones beating Moore in Tuesday’s election. “I think the good guy won. The morals and integrity and values won out last night and I think that’s where our party’s lacking. We gotta figure out how to strengthen that,” he said. Rosenberger says that needs to start when Republicans are looking for candidates to run. The speaker asked a Republican representative, Wes Goodman, to resign last month when he was accused of engaging in inappropriate behavior in his office.

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Kent Researchers Find Significant Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria at Lake Erie BeachesKent Researchers Find Significant Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria at Lake Erie Beaches

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:15:47 +0000

A recently published study by a Kent State University researcher shows significant levels of infectious bacteria on Lake Erie beaches. Epidemiology professor Tara Smith tested 10 beaches and found higher than expected levels of antibiotic-resistant staph , known as MRSA , and its treatable counterpart. Smith says nearly a quarter of the samples contained staph aureus and nearly 10 percent contained MRSA. “We found staph aureus on almost every beach. There was only one that was completely negative every time we went and sampled. So, not a huge shock that we found it there. But, I think the levels that we found it at were a little surprising to us and in some cases, higher than what they had seen on ocean beaches.” Smith cautions high-risk groups, such as those with an open wound or compromised immune system, to understand the risks and be careful. She recommends beachgoers shower to eliminate all bacteria residue that could be on their skin after their trip.

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Morning Headlines: Army Corps Drops Appeal of Dredging Decision; Cleveland Quiet on City Hall RaidMorning Headlines: Army Corps Drops Appeal of Dredging Decision; Cleveland Quiet on City Hall Raid

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:10:19 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, December 14th: U.S. Army Corps drops appeal over dredging controversy; Bill expanding computer science for K-12 students heads to Kasich's desk; Cleveland still mum on overnight raid by feds; Canton teacher suspended after tackling student; Cleveland councilman calls for 'state of emergency,' more cops after robbery of priest; Feds search for two men who robbed Cleveland Heights bank at gunpoint; Cuyahoga County is slated to give $2 million toward athletic club renovation; State ethics board comments on conflicts of interest, but not Youngstown Schools CEO; Army Corps drops appeal over dredging controversy The federal agency that maintains shipping channels along Lake Erie has dropped its appeal of a federal judge's ruling over the dredging of Cleveland's harbor. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it won't try to overturn the ruling that said the agency was wrong to delay its dredging of the harbor in 2015. The Corps and Ohio's

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Top Executive Resigns as Diebold/Nixdorf Faces a $140 Million LossTop Executive Resigns as Diebold/Nixdorf Faces a $140 Million Loss

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:04:44 +0000

Diebold/ Nixdorf ’s CEO resigned Wednesday. The moves comes as the company is expecting a loss of up to $140 million this year. In a prepared statement, the Diebold/Nixdorf board credited CEO Andy Mattes with transforming the company’s strategy. It complimented him on the merger he engineered with former competitor Windcor/Nixdorf to create the world’s largest ATM company. But, it asked for his resignation. Spokesman Mike Jacobson says it came down to the financial performance. Jacobson says the search for a new lead executive is underway. “A question that I think a lot of people might ask is: What’s the time line for identifying a permanent CEO replacement? And from our perspective, the most important factor is the find the right leader, with appropriate mix of experience. And we’ve employed an executive search firm, Heidrick-Struggles, with a lot of experience in this space.” Mattes joined Green-based Diebold in 2013.

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Kent State Trustees Take The First Step Toward Raising and Freezing Tuition and FeesKent State Trustees Take The First Step Toward Raising and Freezing Tuition and Fees

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:00:43 +0000

Kent State University trustees have approved the tuition increase and freeze in principle. They also took a look at their meeting Wednesday at a billion dollar, 10-year campus upgrade and plan to revisit both issues in March. The tuition increase for in-state, undergraduate students will likely start in fall 2018. How much will be decided later. Eric Mansfield is Kent State’s executive director of media relations. “This summer the governor gave state universities the ability to raise tuition up to 6 percent, if the tuition and fees were then locked in for a period of four years. This is similar to what several other state universities have already adopted.” University of Akron, Youngstown State and Cleveland State all have enacted similar tuition plans. The master campus plan, the school’s first since 1996, calls for a comprehensive makeover of the Kent campus and creation of a new main entrance to the university on Main Street.

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Shuffle: Cleveland Band Seafair's Big ComebackShuffle: Cleveland Band Seafair's Big Comeback

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:17:00 +0000

A popular orchestral rock band from Cleveland is back together and gearing up for a big 2018. For this week's Shuffle, Seafair talks about working out their differences and getting back to the joy of making music. Creativity versus business Seafair is an eclectic blend of pop, rock and classical influences, combining drums, guitar and bass with violin and cello. They formed in 2012 but split up early last year. Vocalist Chayla Hope said the band got caught up trying to make it big. “It just got really business-y,” Hope said. “That was a really big struggle for all of us because almost every single person in the band has wanted to make it since they were pretty young.” Drummer Ryan Kelly described the band as a family, which has its pros and cons. “Families fight,” Kelly said. “It got to a point where we were together so often that everybody’s running in a hamster wheel trying to figure out what’s going on.” The family friction eventually got to be too much. Bassist Josh Riehl took the

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Artists Call on Cuyahoga Arts & Culture to Address Institutional Racism

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:17:30 +0000

A group of artists says Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has awarded a disproportionate number of its grants to white artists. The group is recommending a number of changes and a public apology. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture approached a group of artists to serve on its Support for Artists Planning Team , which was asked to come up with ways to encourage transparency between the organization and the greater Cleveland community. The group’s report looked at grants awarded between 2009 and 2016, and found that fewer than 1 in 10 went to artists who identify as black or African American. In that time period, 1 in 5 grants went to artists who identify as non-white. The data were difficult to track because not everyone included race in their grant applications. Donald Black Jr. is a Cleveland-based artist who was part of the group. He was denied grants in the past and eventually stopped applying because of what he saw as institutional racism and white privilege. “I found myself at a point where I

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Ohio Senate Joins the House in Passing a Down Syndrome Abortion BanOhio Senate Joins the House in Passing a Down Syndrome Abortion Ban

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:14:40 +0000

The Ohio Senate has passed another abortion ban – this one aimed at a specific prenatal diagnosis. By a nearly 2-1 vote, majority Republicans approved the House- passed bill that would make it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion after a Down Syndrome diagnosis. But Democratic Sen. Joe Schiavoni thinks it is a way to dissuade doctors from performing any abortions. “This is another unconstitutional step toward taking a woman’s right to choose away.” Republican Senate President Larry Obhof isn’t worried about the legislation’s legality. “You know we will see how it goes in court if that’s where it ends up.” Gov. John Kasich has said in the past that he would sign this ban, which has been passed in two other states.

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Ohio Lawmakers Raise More Questions About the Medical Marijuana Licensing ProcessOhio Lawmakers Raise More Questions About the Medical Marijuana Licensing Process

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:11:50 +0000 Ohio’s political leaders continue to ask questions about the process used for awarding licenses for the state’s new medical marijuana program . Lawmakers are still asking for information into how and why the state hired a consultant , T revor C. Bozeman , who was convicted of serious drug crimes, to score applications for the program. At least one lawmaker ist alking about legislation to deal with the issue, but Senate President Larry Obhof isn’t convinced that’s needed at this point. “We haven’t dug into the fine details of that and again, what needs to happen and what doesn’t, we will decide over the next few weeks in coordination with the administration, the state auditor and anyone else who might have oversight over that.” One of the groups that sought and was denied a license is proposing a ballot issue for next year to allow voters to legalize marijuana in Ohio.

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Former Kent State President And Her Family Donates $1 Million to Students Studying the ArtsFormer Kent State President And Her Family Donates $1 Million to Students Studying the Arts

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:09:54 +0000

One of Kent State University’s past presidents is giving the school a million dollars to help students studying the arts. Carol Cartwright was president of the university from 1991 to 2006. She and her husband, Phillip, committed the $1 million estate grant to create the Cartwright Family Fund for Opportunities in the Arts. Kent State spokesman Eric Mansfield says the gift is special to everyone associated with the university. “It’s very exciting that President Cartwright and her husband, Phillip, have decided to come forward in support of students who are studying the arts here. Beyond there estate gift of $1 million, they’re committing right now to $10,000 per year to support our students going forward.” The Cartwright Family Fund is being set up with an emphasis on supporting under-represented students, who might not otherwise be able to pursue arts education.

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Music Pioneers Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe Join The 2018 Class of Rock Hall HonoreesMusic Pioneers Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe Join The 2018 Class of Rock Hall Honorees

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:02:26 +0000

The 2018 class of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced today include a jazz icon and a gospel legend. Included with the rock bands Bon Jovi , The Cars , Dire Straits , and The Moody Blues is Nina Simone . Sister Rosetta Tharpe will receive the Award for Early Influence. Jason Hanley, vice president of education and visitor engagement at the Rock Hall, cites Simone’s influential jazz and soul music and civil rights activism as reasons she is an important part of this year’s class. “The same issues she was talking about in the 1960s are still ever present for us. So I think when a voter sees that, that’s going to have an impact. They’re going to see that that artists work still is needed in many ways and is still a voice that is important for us to hear,” said Hanley. Sister Rosetta Tharpe often referred to as the “ godmother of rock and roll ” has long been discussed as a possible inductee. Hanley feels that this award recognizes her foundational influence without

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