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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:29:49 +0000Ohioans went strongly for Donald Trump in November's election. But tomorrow, the day after his inauguration as the nation's 45th president, Ohio women will be joining hundreds of thousands of women marching on D.C. More than 200,000 women are expected to take part in the march on the nation’s capital tomorrow morning. They include Kim Holstein of Cincinnati who also took part in a women’s march and solidarity event in downtown Columbus last weekend. “It’s a pushback on the division that’s been created by the hate talk. We are here in love and unity to stand for the marginalized people that need our voices raised to help protect them,” Holstein said. Many of the women say the election of Trump has been the catalyst that made them take to the streets in an event like this.
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:27:03 +0000Plenty of major players in Ohio politics are in Washington, DC for Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. But one state leader helped put on the event itself. Akron area senator Frank LaRose (R) has a reputation nationwide as an advance man. He’s helped carry out campaign events and rallies for several presidential candidates such as John McCain and John Kasich. For the inauguration, LaRose was asked to make sure everything was in order at Blair House , where the Trumps stayed before moving into the White House. LaRose says he’s honored to be working a presidential inauguration. “Where we can show the world how the United States of America a peaceful transition of power. It’s a hallmark of democracy,” he said. LaRose said he had a lot of work to do but did end up interacting with the Trump family for a little bit as well.
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:23:30 +0000The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled against members of the committee that nominated Libertarian presidential candidate, Gary Johnson, and his running mate, Bill Weld, to be on the ballot as independent candidates last fall . Five different members of the Libertarian party who put Johnson and Weld on the statewide ballot as independent candidates wanted the Secretary of State’s office to recognize the Libertarian party as a political party on future ballots since the candidates got more than three percent of the vote in November 2016 election. After all, Ohio law says political parties can be listed on future ballots if their candidates maintain 3 percent of the vote in elections. But in this case, Johnson and Weld were nominated as Independent candidates on Ohio’s ballot without any political party affiliation . But the Ohio Supreme Court said because the candidates were nominated as independent candidates, without any political-party affiliation, they do not qualify to retain party
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:17:29 +0000Cleveland is designating 2017 as the “Year of Vibrant Green Space.” This is the seventh year of Mayor Frank Jackson’s “Sustainable Cleveland” initiative, a 10-year effort to make the city more environmentally friendly. The “Year of Vibrant Green Space” is aimed at creating more parkland, boosting urban farming and planting green roofs. Nearly 30 vendors and experts in the field filled City Hall’s rotunda for the kickoff. One of them was West Creek Conservancy , an organization that purchases land for parks. Project manager Peter Bode says parks are more than just recreational space. “You’re house value goes up if you’re 500 feet within a park. One thousand feet within a park, even a quarter mile within a park it goes up a certain percentage. So we’re trying to take a view of house value, economic value, personal value, and the vested interest in pride in your neighborhood.” Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability says about 80 percent of city residents are within a 10 minute walk of some
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:47:29 +0000Akron Beacon Journal reporter Doug Livingston witnessed exuberance from supporters of President Donald Trump and random acts of violence from those unhappy with the election results on this Inauguration Day. WKSU's Jeff St.Clair spoke with Livingston about this vivid example of a divided America. "It seems to be bipolar," says Livingston of the mood in the nation's capital as Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President. Supporters waited for hours to witness the event on the Mall says Livingston, while blocks away dissidents, both peaceful and violent, expressed their views. Livingston says supporters cheered Trump's promises to, "return power to the people, take power away from the parties, and be the people's champion." But a different story was playing out in the streets as police fired tear gas at protestors who smashed shop windows and vandalizing parked cars just blocks north of the White House. "It was really disheartening, but showed the full gamut of emotions running high
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:49:16 +0000Today is Inauguration Day, as Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States. The Akron Beacon Journal's Doug Livingston is in Washington, D.C. for the events and talked with WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz on Morning Edition: Livingston spent the day on Thursday walking down Pennsylvania Avenue, where he met a lot of people assembling for today's events. "It was jubilation for Donald Trump. A lot of the supporters showed up early walking the parade route that will take place after he takes the oath of office. These were people who either worked on the campaign or worked with the Republican Party. There were a lot of people new to the Republican fold and then there were some people who just wanted to witness a piece of history." Livingston says there's a dynamic between people showing up for the inauguration and those showing up for a women's march on Washington tomorrow. "One woman I spoke with mentioned that she went out and bought a tarp because she plans to stand in the
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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:37:40 +0000About a dozen clergy and Cleveland City Ccouncil members held a protest yesterday at a Giant Eagle grocery store that’s closing on the city’s eastside. It’s one of two stores in the city the company is shutting down. Opponents says the move leaves many residents without easy access to fresh food and other services. Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle announced the closings earlier this month. The Rev. Jimmy Gates, pastor of the Zion Hill Baptist Church and head of the Mt. Pleasant Ministerial Alliance , organized the protest on Buckeye Road. He says residents without cars and older people will be hardest hit by the closing. He says the store’s pharmacy has already closed. “We’ve called the corporate offices in Pittsburgh and no one has answered our calls, we’ve sent letters and no one has answered our letters. ... Hopefully, maybe now they will contact the alliance here and sit down and talk with us and the city of Cleveland and see if there are any concessions that can be made to save this
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:44:37 +0000Editor's note: The original story predated the confirmation hearing for Trump's nominee for Treasury SecretarySteve Mnuchin. Brown, who is ranking member of the Senate Banking committee, announced late today that he'll oppose Mnuchin, who Brown said " failed to answer critical questions about the fortune he made while military service members, seniors, and working families got kicked out of their homes." Ohio’s Democratic senator will be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration tomorrow and Sherrod Brown says he’s willing to work with the administration on trade. But, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, he’s also announced the issues – including cabinet picks – where he’ll part with the president. Brown says he contacted Trump after the election to push for renegotiation of NAFTA and to encourage the U.S. pull out of the Trans-Pacific Trade deal. Both are positions the president-elect has espoused, and Brown says they’re good positions for Ohio. “But if he tries to raise the eligibility age
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:33:15 +0000Two new studies have been approved to assess the health of Akron’s Summit Lake. A century ago, Summit Lake -- about 2 miles south of downtown Akron -- was a recreation area that included an amusement park and hosted boaters, swimmers and fishermen. Since then, pollution from industry and stormwater runoff have strongly discouraged recreation. Dan Rice, CEO of the Ohio & Erie Canalway, says the new studies funded by the EPA and the Knight Foundation will help officials decide how to restore the lake. But first, hard data needs to replace rumors. “We hear everything from, 'There’s alligators in the lake.' So there’s a lot of unknown questions out there – a lot of misinformation. The purpose of these studies is to basically clarify: What really is the environmental health of Summit Lake? “We know, currently, that people do boat there. There are people who kayak and canoe and fish. But in order to really enhance and activate this space, we need to have a better understanding [of the]
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:26:36 +0000Ohio’s top attorney is taking on the Obama Administration one last time just as the president prepares to leave office. President Barack Obama authorized a rule change to be implemented on his second to last day in the Oval Office. The change to the Stream Protection Rule requires mining companies to restore the quality of waterways once their work is done. But Attorney General Mike DeWine is joining 12 other states in suing the administration . DeWine calls this rule change a last-minute, drastic overreach by Obama. Kristy Meyer with the Ohio Environmental Council counters that the rule change is sensible especially given that 90 percent of Ohioans get their drinking water from rivers and streams. The Ohio attorney general is also asking the Republican-controlled Congress to stop the rule change on their end.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:10:55 +0000A 59-year-old Cincinnati man is facing execution in April for stabbing the man who allowed Raymond Tibbetts and his wife to share his home. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports that the Ohio Parole Board heard hours of testimony on whether Tibbetts deserves mercy or should die. In 1997, Raymond Tibbetts fatally stabbed 67-year-old Fred Hicks , described as sick, defenseless and hearing impaired. Tibbetts was also sentenced to life in prison for stabbing Hicks' caretaker, Judith Sue Crawford. But Tibbetts’ attorney Erin Barnhart said his abusive upbringing and drug addiction set him up to fail. “The fact that he did fail doesn’t make him evil. He wasn’t born evil. And he’s not deserving of the worst punishment for that reason.” But Hamilton County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Ronald Springman said Tibbetts’ brutal crimes speak for themselves. “We don’t know what it was that caused him to do this. It could be pure evil. We don’t know. It very well could be pure evil.” The Parole
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:30:00 +0000GM's announcement this week that it's investing a billion dollars in its U.S. operations will have no direct effect on 1,200 people in Lordstown. They're the third shift at the GM plant and this week, they lose their jobs. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports on the layoffs and what’s next for Lordstown. The Chevy Cruze was the brightest light for GM coming out of the great recession. Designed and built under new labor rules in a transformed plant, annual sales skyrocketed to more than 270,000 in just four years. But they tailed off to less than 190,000 last year. GM, its unions and Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill all agree on the reason: The cost of cheap gas “Everybody says this is great to have low gas prices. But the flip side is, you don’t sell small cars.” Hill says the law of supply and demand makes cutting production the only realistic choice for GM. "You hate to see the third shift go. There’s a lot of other associated suppliers and businesses around, which also lose. But GM is trying to
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:43:58 +0000A pro-school choice group says Ohio’s new laws to create oversight and transparency of charter schools are working. Its study claims that the law is weeding out the bad schools. The law that overhauled the charter-school accountability in Ohio played a role in closing more than 20 schools. That’s according to a report from the Fordham Institute , a group that advocates for efficient charter schools. Spotlighted in Fordham’s report was the sponsor evaluation system, which found that 90 percent of the state’s charter schools rank either ineffective or poor. The group’s Chad Aldis expects those rankings to get better. “Then it’ll take a while for people to sort of believe it; seeing is believing and it’s going to take some time to change the reputation of Ohio’s charters.” Aldis adds that the new law was effective in stopping what’s known as sponsor hopping, when a poor performing school loses one sponsor and goes to another.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:41:43 +0000The U.S. Senate is holding hearings on President Trump’s cabinet picks. And his nominee for Secretary of Education is raising eyebrows because of a court case in Ohio. During a recent teleconference, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said he couldn’t answer questions about fines owed to Ohio by a political action committee created by Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos. “I don’t know the details of it. I haven’t heard about this yet.” Portman later issued a statement saying he was told DeVos was not a party to this lawsuit. The PAC she and her husband created was ordered to pay fines for campaign finance violations in Ohio in 2008 which to date total more than $5.3 million. Democratic senators are pressing her to pay that fine. But her supporters say the lawsuit was politically motivated and contend she has no responsibility to pay the money to the state.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:39:57 +0000Six state senators and seven state representatives from Ohio will go to the inauguration, along with many state officeholders. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler says there will be many attending who aren’t elected officials, and aren’t even Republicans. Three of Ohio’s four Democratic members of Congress will attend, along with Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who says he has to work with Trump on trade and infrastructure. “I’m going to remind him that I’ll work with him on these things and against him if he tries to accomplish a billionaire agenda, which is surely what seems to be what he wants,” Brown said. Ohio Right to Life president Mike Gonidakis, who’s also a Republican strategist, says he’ll be there too: “It’ll be a great opportunity to start the unification process for Ohio Republicans.” The Ohio Republican Party, which recently ousted Chairman Matt Borges and replaced him with Jane Timken, of Stark County, won’t be sponsoring a state inaugural ball, though there
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:15:12 +0000The president of the University of Akron says the school he took over six months ago is starting to see a recovery in finances, enrollment and graduation rates. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with Matt Wilson after he outlined to the Akron Press Club today what the university is doing to recover from a tumultuous two years. Wilson came to Akron in 2014 to head the university’s law school. But when the two-year tenure of President Scott Scarborough imploded last summer, Wilson was picked to take over. He says his early months have been focused on stabilizing the university’s relationships with faculty, students and the community, and on helping it recover from steep drops in enrollment and contributions. Akron’s operating with an $18 million deficit this year, and faces another, smaller deficit next year. “But with the planning we have in place in terms of a new scholarship system, revamping our graduate assistantship, looking at doing a whole host of conservation measures without harming
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:46:42 +0000The Ohio Department of Health reports the flu is now widespread throughout the state. The state says there were 287 new cases of confirmed flu associated hospitalizations across Ohio during the first week of January. That makes the flu widespread, as it is in most states at this point. There were 157 hospitalizations the last week of December, mostly in eastern Ohio. And the state health department says there are many cases of flu that are not reported because they don’t require hospitalization. There have been no flu-related deaths so far this year. There are antiviral medications that can reduce the severity of the flu, which work best when started within two days of getting sick. But the health department says the best line of defense is still getting an annual flu shot. The flu is peaking a bit earlier in Ohio this year than last, when it didn’t hit its high point till March.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:10:59 +0000For Browns fans, memories of 'The Move' came rushing back this past week following the death of David Modell. He’s remembered in Cleveland for his part in his father’s decision to relocate the Browns to Baltimore in 1996. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says this remains a very painful chapter of Browns history:
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:37:16 +0000The Republican U.S. senator from Ohio says he’s already talked to President-elect Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency -- a choice who's controversial to many activists. Rob Portman says he’s talked with Scott Pruitt, Trump’s pick for EPA Director , about the health of Lake Erie. “His responses were positive." Portman says the two men talked about algae blooms , invasive species and micro beads . The sSenator says he doesn't want to see the progress made on Lake Erie slowed or reversed.