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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

http://wksu.org/post/ohios-auditor-calling-investigation-states-medical-marijuana-program#stream/0 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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Trickle Down or Middle Out? Ohio's U.S. Senators Divide On The Tax PackageTrickle Down or Middle Out? Ohio's U.S. Senators Divide On The Tax Package

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:38:19 +0000

Republican House and Senate negotiators – including Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman – have agreed on a compromise tax package will likely come up for a series of votes next week. Details are scarce but, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, Ohio’s Democratic U.S. senator continues to lambaste the foundation of the deal. Sherrod Brown says he and his Republican counterpart, Rob Portman, have worked together on issues ranging from opioids to trade, but the tax package represents a philosophical divide. Portman sees tax cuts for corporations and investors as a way to stimulate the economy for everyone. Brown sees it as the latest incarnation of failed trickle-down economics. “If you say you’re going to cut taxes on the middle class then pass a bill that cuts taxes on the middle class. That puts money in people’s pockets, they buy things, it creates demand.” Portman, who has been a deficit hawk, maintains the tax package will boost wages and decrease the federal deficit because it will generate more


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Morning Headlines: Nina Simone, Bon Jovi Among 2018 Rock Hall Inductees; Bail Reform Bill IntroducedMorning Headlines: Nina Simone, Bon Jovi Among 2018 Rock Hall Inductees; Bail Reform Bill Introduced

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:45:25 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, December 13th: State releases list of financially distressed cities; Nina Simone, Bon Jovi lead 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees; Cuyahoga County approves purchase of license plate cameras; Cuyahoga Arts and Culture seeks to award more grants to artists of color; Bail reform legislation introduced in Ohio House; ObamaCare enrollment in Ohio is up despite Trump administration opposition; Kasich calls for Congress to reauthorize CHIP; Execution date is set for Cleveland cop killer; University community reacts to white nationalist's planned Cincinnati appearance; State says proposed prison merger could save money; Paving company apparently targeted in federal raid defends its record; Catholic priest claims teens shot at him, tried to steal eggs; Ohio Board of Education recommends fewer exams for graduation; State investigators take on Canton brewing equipment company that allegedly defrauded clients; Summit County budget aims to


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The View From Pluto: John Dorsey is The Browns' 'Fix It Now' General ManagerThe View From Pluto: John Dorsey is The Browns' 'Fix It Now' General Manager

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:15:00 +0000

The Browns have brought in a new general manager whose goal is to turn around the franchise – quickly. Owner Jimmy Haslam fired Vice President Sashi Brown last week after the team won just one game in two seasons. That same day, Brown was replaced by former Kansas City General Manager John Dorsey . WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says Dorsey is partly credited for reviving the Chiefs during his four years there.


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