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Stark Planning Commission Begins to Gather Ideas fromNeighbors of the Hall of FameStark Planning Commission Begins to Gather Ideas fromNeighbors of the Hall of Fame

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:22:57 +0000

The first of at least three public forums on how the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village project may affect neighborhoods near it was held Tuesday evening in Canton. It was a public gathering but not a traditional presentation. A hundred or so residents circulated among information tables around the room with maps and fact sheets on parts of the project. Attendees like Larry Fisher of the Meyers Lake neighborhood were disappointed not to see a comprehensive view. “It would have been great to see what ideas are in the works right now so that if they are asking the public to dovetail off that, you could see what’s planned currently. A positive thing that I did see: At least they have bicycles in the discussion. I’m an avid bicyclist and this is a terrible area to bicycle.” The Stark County Regional Planning Commission hosted the forum as part of a year-long community-focused study of possible impacts of the Hall of Fame Village. Emil Liszniansky is a principal in the consulting firm t he

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Morning Headlines: Feds Release Painkiller Data; State Accepts Marijuana Prescriber ApplicationsMorning Headlines: Feds Release Painkiller Data; State Accepts Marijuana Prescriber Applications

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:16:46 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, March 21: Feds turn over prescription painkiller sales data in opioid lawsuits; Ohio medical board now accepting doctors' applications to prescribe marijuana; Former Steelers team doctor sentenced to 10 years in prison; Federal court upholds dismissal of Supreme Court term limit amendment lawsuit; Animal rights group opposes Ohio state dog proposal; Akron city engineer defends tree harvesting plan; Accused terrorist recruiter found guilty on federal charges in Akron; Anti-abortion group announces primary endorsements; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame contributes nearly $200 million to NEO economy annually; Feds turn over prescription painkiller sales data in opioid lawsuits, but not to the public The U.S. Department of Justice has turned over to a federal judge in Cleveland data about prescription painkiller sales to help with settlement talks between hundreds of local and state governments and drug companies targeted in lawsuits over the opioid

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The View From Pluto: Obsession Can Take its Toll on CoachesThe View From Pluto: Obsession Can Take its Toll on Coaches

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:39:02 +0000

News this week that Cavs’ coach Tyronn Lue is stepping away from the team to deal with health issues hit close to home for the Indians. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto , who is in Goodyear, Ariz., this week for Spring Training, says Tribe manager Terry Francona talked about how the job takes its toll, physically and mentally. Pluto says it appears Lue had been struggling with his health for a while. “There were a lot of rumors that he wasn’t feeling well. He didn’t come out for the second half of a game the other day and he had missed parts of two other games and missed at least one practice to see a specialist. He sounded weary and you could tell there was a lot of things going on with him.” The Indians were in a similar situation last year, when manager Terry Francona missed four games because of an irregular heartbeat. He had a cardiac ablation procedure at the Cleveland Clinic in July. He’s battled health issues for years. Francona talked about Lue on Monday. “Francona said he would

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Cleveland Students and Teachers Are Heading to Puerto Rico to Help With Hurricane RecoveryCleveland Students and Teachers Are Heading to Puerto Rico to Help With Hurricane Recovery

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:04:20 +0000

A group of Cleveland students and teachers are headed to Puerto Rico to aid in recovery efforts, six months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. The group of six students and four educators from Lincoln-West High School will spend a week in southern Puerto Rico, volunteering at a local elementary school and orphanage. Teacher and translator Awilda Morales says the group started raising money for the trip soon after the September storm that left thousands without power and running water. The group will paint a mural and build a vegetable garden in the school and has collected medical, educational, and other supplies such as flashlights and batteries to distribute. Morales says she hopes the experience of helping a community in need will be a valuable lesson for her students. “I want them to be those problem solvers," Morales said. "What can we do in our community back home? Since we’re already helping those in need in Puerto Rico, what can we do when we come back here in

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Chiropractors Tout Alternative Medicine as Opioid Addiction TreatmentChiropractors Tout Alternative Medicine as Opioid Addiction Treatment

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:58:14 +0000

A health care association is touting what its members believe to be a clear path Ohioans can take to cut down on opioid addiction. This path would take a culture change when it comes to the reputation of alternative medicine.

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New Report Predicts Business Growth in AkronNew Report Predicts Business Growth in Akron

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:03:47 +0000

A new analysis finds that the coming year could be a bright one for Akron’s office market. The Cleveland-based investment company JLL released a study this week, looking into Akron’s leasing, sales, construction and employment rates. Vice President Warren Blazy says the report shows positive growth for the city based on several new projects and initiatives. “I think the real key here is that, as Andrew mentioned, there’s a lot of vision here and now it’s taking that next step to converting that vision to projects, to new jobs, into growth.” Andrew Batson is the director of research for JLL. He says the report could help companies already located in Akron and others considering moving there. “We represent a lot of buildings down there and it’s important to relay those new trends we’re seeing in the market with those institutional investors.” According to the report, the vacancy rate has steadily decreased in Akron. It’s down almost 2 percent this time from last year. Loading...

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Morning Headlines: Ohio Republicans Propose Banning All Abortions; Cavs Head Coach Steps DownMorning Headlines: Ohio Republicans Propose Banning All Abortions; Cavs Head Coach Steps Down

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:56:01 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, March 20: University Hospitals ordered to stop contacting patients affected by fertility clinic equipment failure; Cleveland RTA claims it was the victim of a nationwide prescription scam; Comprehensive abortion ban introduced in Ohio legislature; Akron considers raising age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21; No buyers' remorse for Ohio Trump voters, new poll shows; Teen who suffered brain injury on Ohio State Fair ride could get $1.8 million settlement; Kasich named chairman of Midwestern Governors Association; Cavs head coach steps down amid health concerns; University Hospitals ordered to stop contacting patients affected by fertility clinic equipment failure A judge has ordered an Ohio fertility clinic that experienced an equipment failure that may have damaged thousands of frozen eggs and embryos to stop reaching out to patients. reports University Hospitals cannot contact patients who were affected by the March 4 failure

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The Investigation of a Gas Well Explosion in Belmont County ContinuesThe Investigation of a Gas Well Explosion in Belmont County Continues

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:14:45 +0000

Just over a month ago, an explosion at a Utica shale drilling site in Southeast Ohio's Belmont County forced evacuation of nearby homes. It took nearly three weeks to cap the well. Investigators are now sorting out what happened, and how to keep it from happening somewhere else. Eastern Ohio has 2,317 shale wells, and 495 more permitted for drilling. Belmont County’s Emergency Management Director Dave Ivan says one thing was clear in the Feb. 15 th emergency: the coordinated state and local response plan works. “The State of Ohio had devised a ‘one call.’ When something happens on one of these pads the producer makes one phone call and notifies a bunch of different agencies at just about the same time.” That includes the Ohio EPA and the state’s Department of Natural Resources . “With that one call, this was reported right around 9:30 and by 11:00-11:30 we had state folks over here already in the area.” Ivan says trained crews to deal the blowout were also there within hours. Karen

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LaRose Says Overblown Claims of Voter Fraud and Suppression Hurt DemocracyLaRose Says Overblown Claims of Voter Fraud and Suppression Hurt Democracy

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:33:20 +0000

The Republican running for Ohio Secretary of State says the passion of both parties over voting issues may be doing damage to American’s confidence in their democracy. Frank Larose, the state senator who hopes to succeed Secretary of State Jon Husted, told the Akron Press Club today any move that disenfranchises any voters or allows any voter fraud is too much. “But nobody should overstate the existence of either fraud or suppression because I think what it does is underminds the confidence that voters have.” LaRose said he supported President Trump’s voter fraud panel because he hoped it would be a bipartisan effort to study how to better elections." “When we can put thoughtful people together to look at solutions for how things can be made better, I don’t think that’s ever a bad thing. Obviously this panel did not function well and has been disbanded as a result.” LaRose said he disagrees with President Trump on some other issues, but would his support campaigning in Ohio. “I don’t

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Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue Takes a Leave of Absence to Address Health IssuesCavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue Takes a Leave of Absence to Address Health Issues

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:18:19 +0000

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue released a statement Monday saying he will be stepping away from the team to focus on his health. Lue said he’s been dealing with chest pains, sleep deprivation and other complications over the past year. Despite multiple tests, doctors have been unable to give a diagnosis. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says the announcement doesn’t come as a surprise. "You can just tell he was struggling. Whether it was at his press conferences, he didn’t seem to be very connected and I just thought some of his moves and games were strange. And of course if you’re not feeling well, that explains it," Pluto says. During Lue's absence, assistant coach Larry Drew will take over. Pluto says he believes the Cavs are in good hands because of Drew's background. "You know the Cavs right now, I think it’s more basketball issues and some health issues for them with Kevin Love getting healthy and Larry Nance Jr. getting healthy and that kind of stuff. So, if they

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Payday Loan Reform Takes a Second Swing At Making Ohio BallotsPayday Loan Reform Takes a Second Swing At Making Ohio Ballots

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:16:15 +0000

A group is taking another swing at getting an issue on the ballot that would cap payday loan interest rates. The initiative was delayed after the attorney general’s office rejected the first set of petitions. Ohioans for Payday Loan Reform say they’ve looked over all the comments provided by the attorney general’s office and they’re confident that their revised petition language will be accepted. The measure would cap interest rates of payday loans at 28 percent and close any loopholes. The group’s Carl Ruby is confident if they can get it on the ballot, voters will pass it. “People are relatively familiar with it; they’re frustrated that they voted on this and what they approved hasn’t been effective, so they’re eager to see something that works," Ruby says. Voters approved a cap in 2008 but the industry has used other avenues to raise the interest rates. Payday lenders say this proposal, which is also in a House bill, would wipe out their storefronts in Ohio. Ruby says that’s not

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Ohio Democratic Lawmaker Proposes a Ban on Fracking in State Parks and Nature PreservesOhio Democratic Lawmaker Proposes a Ban on Fracking in State Parks and Nature Preserves

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:25:17 +0000

A central Ohio lawmaker is seeking a ban on fracking in certain parts of the state. The proposal comes as a commission that regulates this types of drilling prepares for its first meeting. Democratic Rep. David Leland wants to prevent oil and gas companies from drilling in public parks and nature preserves. Leland says he understands the economic value of fracking for natural gas in Ohio, but “we’ve got to have little spots of land in the state of Ohio that don’t have to be subjected to fracking. We can run an economy, we can get our energy needs in the state of Ohio and still preserve the state parks and nature preserves for people to use not only now but in the future," Leland says. The practice of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on public lands must be approved by the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission . For years Gov. John Kasich didn’t appoint members to the commission, but last year’s budget fight with fellow Republicans -- many of whom favor fracking --

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The Cost and Benefits of Family-Based Immigration in OhioThe Cost and Benefits of Family-Based Immigration in Ohio

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:22:14 +0000

The issue of immigration reform may have been swept from the headlines in the past couple weeks, but it hasn’t left the minds of many immigrants. Local immigration attorneys say they’ve been getting worried calls from clients ever since the President proposed eliminating some categories of family-based visas. “Most immigration attorneys would tell you that they are seeing a trend of people worried,” said immigration lawyer Melissa Gawelek, “especially people who are living thousands of miles away from their loved ones.” Merit system During his State of the Union speech, Trump called for an end to a decades-old federal law that allows U.S. citizens to sponsor their relatives and siblings for a green card—a system that Trump and many Republicans have referred to as “chain migration,” while many Democrats are calling it “family reunification.” In addition to curbing family-based immigration, Trump advocated shifting visa criteria towards a points-based “merit” system that would, among

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Lakewood City Council To Consider Bill That Would Re-Classify Domestic Violence CallsLakewood City Council To Consider Bill That Would Re-Classify Domestic Violence Calls

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:23:33 +0000

Lakewood City Council will be presented with a proposal tonight that could change how the law classifies domestic violence calls to police. Currently, Lakewood is one of many cities with a “Criminal Activity Nuisance Ordinance” on the books. The law includes domestic violence calls. That doesn’t mean that committing domestic violence is considered a nuisance, but rather that numerous calls from possible victims could result in the renter being labeled a nuisance. Councilman Dan O’Malley is introducing a measure to remove domestic violence calls from the ordinance, since tenants can be evicted by their landlords if the properties are labeled a nuisance. “The nuisance law may be a very good tool, but this isn’t its purpose. And, by the way, the nuisance law -- even if you think it is a very good thing -- could have unintended consequences. And this is one of them.” O’Malley says the laws should be used for things like multiple noise complaints or drug trafficking. “Things that really do

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Republican Debates Unlikely Before PrimaryRepublican Debates Unlikely Before Primary

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:19:16 +0000

The Ohio Democratic Party will soon announce its fifth debate with its four major candidates for governor. But it’s starting to look like there won’t be one between the Republican candidates for that office. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor has said on Twitter that Attorney General Mike DeWine is scared to debate her because of what she calls his liberal record on the 2nd Amendment, immigration and conservative judge appointments. DeWine, who is leading in polling and fundraising, won’t directly say he won’t debate, but says he and Taylor have appeared at dinners, forums and other party events several times. “Look, I’m not afraid to be on the same stage. I like Mary. A good discussion is fine, and we’re going to be doing that in the days ahead. But we’ve already done it, as I said, seven or eight times.” When asked by email if there will be any debates in the governor’s race or between Jim Renacci and Mike Gibbons , who are running for US Senate, a spokesman for the Ohio Republican Party responded

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Akron's Canal Park Holds a Different Type of TryoutAkron's Canal Park Holds a Different Type of Tryout

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:15:49 +0000

Opera singers, barbershop quartets and children’s choirs were at Canal Park on Saturday. They were all trying out for a spot with the Akron RubberDucks this summer. Akron’s Cody Miller was among about 200 hopefuls at the ballpark trying out for 20 slots to perform “The Star Spangled Banner.” Although Miller counts jazz among his influences, he tried not to improvise too much. “I really didn’t want to do anything special. I feel like when you become really flashy, you take away from the song. Then you’re making it about you. You’re not making it about the song.” That was key for the judges from the University of Akron’s music department, including Laurie Lashbrook . “I think it’s nice to have a variety – be it an ensemble or be it an instrument – it just helps. I think you have to have something that the audience also would appreciate.” A little variety The members of barbershop quartet Keyed Up are already part of the larger Akron Derbytown Chorus , which is booked for one of the

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Morning Headlines: GCRTA Fires 10 in Prescription Scam; Beachwood Mall Shooting Injures TwoMorning Headlines: GCRTA Fires 10 in Prescription Scam; Beachwood Mall Shooting Injures Two

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:54:49 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, March 19: Cleveland RTA fires 10 employees over prescription scam; Beachwood mall locked down after weekend shooting; East Cleveland offers to drop charges in deadly 2012 police chase; Toledo's Marcy Kaptur becomes the longest-serving congresswoman; Columbus superintendent search raises questions on selection process; Stark County planners to study impact of Hall of Fame Village; Trump critic Preet Bharara fundraises for AG candidate Steve Dettelbach; Remains of 19th century steamer found off Ohio shore; National Hamburger Festival, Fabulous Food Show put on hold; Cedar Fair partners with Bowling Green for resort management training program; Cleveland RTA fires 10 employees over prescription scam The Greater Cleveland RTA has fired 10 employees over a $2 million prescription scam. reports RTA was being billed for fake prescriptions at least since 2014. The scheme was set up by so-called compound pharmacies, which create custom

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NASA Adapts Cryptocurrency Technology to Build Deep Space NetworksNASA Adapts Cryptocurrency Technology to Build Deep Space Networks

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:50:00 +0000

Computer technology is expanding at a dizzying pace. Things that seemed like science fiction a few years ago – from artificial intelligence to cryptocurrencies - are now common place. It’s a bewildering landscape – but in this week’s Exploradio, we follow the thread of a new computer technology from the desktop to deep space.

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Cuyahoga County Bail Reform Task Force Delivers its ReportCuyahoga County Bail Reform Task Force Delivers its Report

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:11:08 +0000

About a year and half ago the presiding judge of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court called for a study and recommendations on how to reform the county’s bail system. Now that report has been delivered. Drivers for the report Jonathan Witmer-Rich of Cleveland State University’ s Marshall Law School led the drafting of the task force report. He says reasons ranging from improving efficiency in the justice system to lowering cost were drivers of the task force’s work, but addressing the need to make sure the bail system is as fair and equitable as possible was the number one goal. "There’s been a nationwide movement for reexamining how courts do bail and pre-trial release. And a big concern is to make sure that people are not being unnecessarily detained pre-trial simply because they’re too poor to afford whatever bail they get set for them” The report's recommendations Changes recommended by the task force include bringing the now separate bail practices of the county’s various courts

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Marcy Kaptur Is The Longest-Serving Woman in CongressMarcy Kaptur Is The Longest-Serving Woman in Congress

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000

Marcy Kaptur became the longest-serving woman in Congress on today. Kaptur has served 17 terms in office for a total of 35 years. She says she still has a lot of fire in her, and she isn’t thinking about retiring any time soon. “I am probably proudest of the fact that I have been able to be a voice for people who haven’t had significant voice in the Congress of the United States,” she said. “The fact that I’m a woman makes it so much better.” She says one of her biggest achievements has been working to get the World War II Monument in Washington, D.C., built. The record was previously held by Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers of Massachusetts, who served from 1925 to 1961.

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