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Cleveland Police Union Endorses Josh MandelCleveland Police Union Endorses Josh Mandel

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:22:37 +0000

The Cleveland police union Tuesday endorsed state Treasurer Josh Mandel – a Republican -- in his bid for U.S. Senate. The union hall was devoid of any members when its president, Steve Loomis, announced the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association leadership had voted to endorse Mandel over incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown . Loomis said Brown is “stale” and does not support law enforcement. “(Brown) rambles on about Black Lives Matter and false narratives and that’s just completely unacceptable,” Loomis said. The police union is the latest endorsement for Mandel. Two weeks ago, the Pro-Donald Trump super pac Rev 18 backed him. The group is also responsible for the hashtag “ Ditch Mitch .” That’s Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Asked if McConnell should be replaced as the Republican leader in the Senate, Mandel wouldn't answr. "We’re here to talk about an election where every person in the state of Ohio can vote. I think your question is about an election where no one in the state


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State Officials Say Ohio Is In Better Position to Handle Trump Healthcare CutsState Officials Say Ohio Is In Better Position to Handle Trump Healthcare Cuts

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:12:40 +0000

State officials say Ohio is in a better position than some other states to handle President Trump’s decision to end federal cost-sharing payments to insurance companies. In the short term, the move should not have a significant impact on Ohio residents. The 230,000 Ohioans who purchase insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchange will see little change in their subsidy payments when the marketplace enrollment period opens next month, according to the Ohio Department of Insurance . Spokesman Chris Brock says insurance companies were required last spring to prepare for the worst-case scenario in case the feds cut off the cost sharing payments. “In Ohio, what we required the companies that wanted to sell on the exchange to do was to assume they would not receive these reimbursements and go ahead and plan for that so the rates and the premium information that was approved by the department this summer is not going to change for 2018,” he said. Brock says these cost-sharing reduction


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Summa Regains Its Emergency Medical Training CertificationSumma Regains Its Emergency Medical Training Certification

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:01:59 +0000

Summa Health System is once again going to be able to offer a program to train emergency room doctors. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education put Summa on probation in February citing a lack of supervision in the training. The council also put a hold on new residency programs or increasing the size of current programs. Dr. Cindy Kelley says the emergency medicine training program is one of the largest accreditations a hospital can have. "It was really them acknowledging that we’re doing some positive things here and that we’re committed to medical education and providing the training environment that our residents and fellows deserve." Kelley says Summa plans to bring the program back by 2019.


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Powerful Ohio Senator Hite Unexpectedly ResignsPowerful Ohio Senator Hite Unexpectedly Resigns

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:56:09 +0000

A high-ranking Republican senator from northwest Ohio has abruptly resigned his seat. Cliff Hite is a former high school history teacher and football coach from Findlay who’s been in the Statehouse for a decade. Just last month Hite said he planned to run for re-election in 2018, and was considered an important voice on agriculture and a supporter of wind energy, often breaking with the party on that issue. In his resignation, Hite says he will focus on his health and spending time with his family. Attempts to reach Hite for further comment were unsuccessful. Among those who could be appointed to replace Hite are state lawmakers Robert McColley , who recently dropped out of the race for House speaker; and freshman Rep. Craig Riedel. Rep. Robert Sprague is also a possibility, but is now the party’s lone candidate for treasurer next year.


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Clarence Mingo Drops Out of Run For Ohio TreasurerClarence Mingo Drops Out of Run For Ohio Treasurer

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:43:15 +0000

Just a day after one Republican dropped her candidacy for Secretary of State, another is ending his bid to be the state’s treasurer. Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo says he’s ending his campaign because he says he lacks the time and resources needed for the race. Mingo, who was a vocal critic of President Trump, says he will now focus on running for re-election in his current post. His primary opponent Rep. Robert Sprague had raised significantly more money and in a Facebook posting , Mingo said Sprague has earned the right to represent the GOP and he promises to work for Sprague’s election. Sprague would likely face Democratic attorney Rob Richardson Jr. of Cincinnati in the general election next fall.


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Panel Begins Review of Tax Loopholes Panel Begins Review of Tax Loopholes

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:36:29 +0000

Ten months ago, state lawmakers created a bipartisan panel with the power to review the state budget and make recommendations for ending billions in tax loopholes. Now that group has met for the first time. The six lawmakers will review the more than 120 credits, exemptions and other tax breaks in the budget, which amount to around $9 billion a year. Tax Commissioner Joe Testa was the first witness before the panel, which he says is a great idea. “I think anything should be up for review. We’re spending taxpayers’ money, somehow or other, right? And I think taxpayers have a right to have that examined.” Conservative and liberal groups have made recommendations for eliminations, such as film-making tax credits and a tax cut that allows small businesses to pay nothing on up to a quarter of a million dollars in income. The panel is expected to deliver a report by July 1.


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Kasich and Biden Say the Nation's in Better Shape Than Its Poisonous Politics Would IndicateKasich and Biden Say the Nation's in Better Shape Than Its Poisonous Politics Would Indicate

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:12:04 +0000

Ohio Gov. John Kasich took the stage with former Vice President Joe Biden this afternoon in Delaware to talk about bridging the partisan divide. As WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, though President Trump was rarely mentioned by name, his administration was repeatedly invoked as a challenge to democracy. Biden said he and his former boss, President Obama, have tried to respect the tradition of giving a new president a grace period to grow into the job. But he said President Trump doesn’t seem to want to understand the checks and balances of government – as evidenced by his attacks on the courts and the press. Demogogues and desperation And he said Trump has surrounded himself with people who play on other’s desperation. “You see these demagogues talking about how it’s just about whatever the majority thinks, riling up people, finding the ‘other.’ Every time there’s a problem: Why doesn’t the guy in coal country have a job? Well, an immigrant. What the hell does an immigrant have to do with


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Morning Headlines: Akron Councilman Disciplined for Derogatory Behavior; Northside Marketplace OpensMorning Headlines: Akron Councilman Disciplined for Derogatory Behavior; Northside Marketplace Opens

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:52:01 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, October 17th: Akron councilman loses chairmanship over derogatory comments; Akron hospital damaged in fire will reopen next week; Northside Market holds soft open, featuring local entrepreneurs; Cleveland expands abandoned home demolition program; Rape kit testing leads to convictions in two cold cases; Ohio's Somali community condemns truck bomb attack; ODOT plans for self-driving cars with new travel alert system; Cleveland approves tax package for Terminal Tower developer; Cleveland approves crack down on dirt bikes; Euclid settles with woman injured in high-speed police chase; Akron councilman loses chairmanship over derogatory comments An Akron City Councilman has been disciplined after making derogatory comments about minority councilmembers. Bob Hoch of Ellet told black, female colleagues to sit down and shut up at a meeting in September. The Beacon Journal reports Hoch was removed as chair of the Public Services Committee by a


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Tamir Rice's Mother Wants Councilman Zack Reed to Disavow Police Union EndorsementTamir Rice's Mother Wants Councilman Zack Reed to Disavow Police Union Endorsement

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:10:41 +0000

When the Cleveland police union endorsed Zack Reed for mayor last week, the city councilman Tweeted he was “extremely honored.” That isn’t sitting well with Samaria Rice. Her 12-year-old son, Tamir, had been playing at a park with an air pellet gun in 2014 when he was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer. Samaria Rice says she doesn’t want Reed’s sympathy for Tamir's death. “Please spare me, Zack Reed,” Rice said at a press conference in her lawyer's office. "If you were sympathetic, then you would not have said you were extremely honored to be endorsed by the Cleveland police union and Steve Loomis and his organization that has insulted me and my family over and over again.” Loomis is the president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association and has been an outspoken supporter of the police officer who shot Tamir. In the past, he has said Rice should use her settlement money from the city to educate children about the “dangers of possessing a real or replica firearm.” He


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Cleveland Port Authority Signs Non-Binding Trade Agreement with CubaCleveland Port Authority Signs Non-Binding Trade Agreement with Cuba

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:25:07 +0000

Cleveland’s Port Authority has taken the first step to boost trade with Cuba. The authority signed a non-binding memorandum with Cuban officials during a visit to the island earlier this month. Jade Davis with the Port of Cleveland says the agreement could lead to economic opportunities for Northeast Ohio. “Policy changes from year to year. So if those relations develop into normal trade relations, we definitely want to be one of the first regions and ports in which we can get products to and from, and also exploit the growth we know will happen there in that nation.” Great Lakes Cheese and Rust-Oleum , both based in Northeast Ohio, joined the port officials on its visit to Cuba. Currently, businesses must get a license to trade with Cuba, and President Trump is threatening further restrictions.


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Ohio Supreme Court Justice O'Neill Is Likely to Run for GovernorOhio Supreme Court Justice O'Neill Is Likely to Run for Governor

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:22:22 +0000

It’s likely Ohio’s only statewide elected Democrat will enter the race to become his party’s nominee for governor. Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill says he’ll have a big announcement on Oct. 29 in Chagrin Falls, where he lives. O’Neill won’t directly say he’s running, but says he can announce he’s a candidate and remain on the bench until he’d have to file paperwork early next year. O’Neill has criticized the Ohio Democratic Party before. He says while he likes the four Democrats already in the race, but “we need to say something profound or we’ll lose again.” O’Neill also says he’ll hold to a promise he made earlier this year – that if former Attorney General and current Consumer Financial Protection Bureau head Richard Cordray gets into the race , he’ll support him and back out.


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Pelanda's Withdrawal Gives LaRose the GOP Nod for Ohio Secretary of StatePelanda's Withdrawal Gives LaRose the GOP Nod for Ohio Secretary of State

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:17:42 +0000

A Republican candidate for Secretary of State has dropped out of the primary fight, citing party unity as her reason. Representative Dorothy Pelanda of Marysville was going head-to-head with Sen. Frank LaRose of Hudson in perhaps the biggest primary fight aside from the gubernatorial race. Pelanda wrote that the Ohio Republican Party is a family that must stay strong and that’s why she was ending her candidacy. In the last campaign finance report, Pelanda was trailing LaRose in fundraising by a few hundred thousand dollars. LaRose is now running unopposed for the Republicans and will likely face Democratic Rep. Kathleen Clyde of Kent in the general election.


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A Piece of History for Sale in Frank Lloyd Wright HouseA Piece of History for Sale in Frank Lloyd Wright House

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:11:41 +0000

From Cincinnati to Cleveland, Ohio is home to houses designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. But it’s not every day one of those houses hits the open market. WKSU’s Mark Arehart took a tour of the Louis Penfield House in Willoughby Hills, known for its tall ceilings and historically significant, yet-unbuilt second property.


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Biden-Kasich Bipartisanship Show is Sold OutBiden-Kasich Bipartisanship Show is Sold Out

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:02:49 +0000

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Vice President Joe Biden are speaking together tomorrow in Delaware. As WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, it’s leading to more talk about Kasich as the GOP’s bipartisan counter to President Trump. The joint appearance called “As We Stand Divided” is sold out. It’s to focus on how to bridge political and partisan divides in Washington. Both men have been discussed as potential 2020 presidential candidates. Biden came close to entering the Democratic race in 2016. Kasich was the last Republican to drop out last year and never embraced Trump at the top of his party’s ticket. He’s continued his harsh criticism of the president on issues ranging from immigration to health care to gerrymandering. Kasich also has worked with Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on how to stabilize the health insurance system. All of that has led to his dwindling popularity among the conservative base of the Ohio Republican Party. At a forum earlier this month with


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The Ohio GOP Keeps Pounding On Cordray as Though He's Running for GovernorThe Ohio GOP Keeps Pounding On Cordray as Though He's Running for Governor

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:10:18 +0000

The Ohio Republican Party is taking a Democrat to task for what it calls a secret deal with a hedge fund to do student loan collections. But the Democrat the GOP is focusing on isn’t running for office -- at least not yet. The Ohio Republican Party’s Blaine Kelly questions the legality of a deal with the owner of a private equity firm OK'd by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau . That agency is headed by former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray . He’s not running for office and can’t talk about doing so because his current job won’t allow it. But Kelly thinks Cordray will run next year, and the GOP will be watching. “It’s pretty well known that Richard Cordray is the Democrats’ best candidate for governor. He just hasn’t said it yet.” Meanwhile, four Democrats are running: Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former Congresswoman Betty Sutton, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni and former state Rep. Connie Pillich.


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Akron Looks for Answers After a Third Fire in 10 Months Kills Young ChildrenAkron Looks for Answers After a Third Fire in 10 Months Kills Young Children

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:07:41 +0000

Officials in Akron continue to investigate a fire that claimed two young girls over the weekend, and to evaluate its fire-safety awareness programs for school children. Seventh-grader Jada Snowden and kindergartner Kymeria Cody were alive but unresponsive when they were rescued Thursday night from a house fire on Seward Avenue. They died over the weekend. A kron Fire spokeswoman Lt. Sierjie Lash says in the past year, the department has been exploring how to reach schoolchildren in the city throughout their lives, starting with a program for kindergarteners through second-graders. “We go out and we try to reach each classroom in that grade range. We have another program where we try to reach all the cooking classes – both middle school and high school – and then we’ve added programs for the seniors, as well as our smoke trailer for the third and fourth-graders.” The house had no working smoke detectors, nor did homes where seven schoolchildren died in fires in the past year. Lash says


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Morning Headlines: Rover Dumps Petroleum-Contaminated Water; Cleveland Police Get Dirt BikesMorning Headlines: Rover Dumps Petroleum-Contaminated Water; Cleveland Police Get Dirt Bikes

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:35:15 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, October 16th: Tamir Rice's mother criticizes Councilman Reed's acceptance of rank-and-file police endorsement; State denies Cleveland mayor's attempt to block charter school sponsor; Rover Pipeline dumps petroleum-contaminated water into wetlands; Donald Trump, Jr. and Elizabeth Warren to make fundraiser appearances in Ohio; Sherrod Brown gets UAW endorsement; Cleveland police forms dirt bike unit to chase down illegal riders; Kasich criticizes Trumpcare subsidy cuts on 'Meet the Press'; White nationalist's visit to University of Cincinnati expected to draw protesters; Sisters hospitalized after Akron house fire have died; Confederate monument will be moved to private property after sparking controversy; Cleveland officer who punched unarmed man gets fired; Tamir Rice's mother criticizes Councilman Reed's acceptance of rank-and-file police endorsement The mother of Tamir Rice will appear at a press conference today to respond to a Cleveland


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Dreamer Advocates Plan to Petition Congressman Dave Joyce This Week for a 'Clean Dream Act'Dreamer Advocates Plan to Petition Congressman Dave Joyce This Week for a 'Clean Dream Act'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:24:00 +0000

Activists plan to deliver petitions this week to the Painesville office of Congressman Dave Joyce as part of a national effort to keep so-called Dreamers in the United States. Moveon.org and other advocates are pushing Congress to pass what they call a “clean Dream Act’ – a pathway to citizenship or legal status for young adults who were brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children and grew up here. Jean Church will be delivering the petitions to Congressman Joyce. She says it’s an issue of fairness as well as economics. “They were brought here as children, and they’ve already established a life here. They work just like you and I. And they pay their taxes like you and I and they want to stay. This is the life they know.” The advocates are objecting to moves by President Trump to set conditions on allowing the Dreamers to stay. That includes funding for a border wall. Moveon.org also plans to present petitions to the Bowling Green office of Congressman Bob Latta on Friday.


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Private Planes and a NASA Drone Help Researchers Battle Lake Erie Algae BloomPrivate Planes and a NASA Drone Help Researchers Battle Lake Erie Algae Bloom

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:40:44 +0000

Algae blooms continue to color western Lake Erie a deep green. Now researchers and scientists want to know more about toxins produced by the algae. And they’re getting help from the air. Some 30,000 feet up in the air, Rafat Ansari flies his small, two-seater plane over Lake Erie. He starts west of Cleveland and flies over the lake's islands to Toledo, and then north into Michigan. The round trip flight is about 260 miles. Along the way, he snaps photos – about 1,500 of them – with three tiny cameras attached to his plane. Ansari is a volunteer who helps scientists monitor algae blooms. That’s a big change from his day job at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. “I’m a researcher in biomedical optics,” says Ansari. “In general, my interest is in developing technologies to monitor health of astronauts and people.” A long-time hobby It started years ago, when Ansari and his wife were flying from Chicago to Cleveland. They noticed the green lake and set out to learn more. By 2014,


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ODOT Explores Self-Driving CarsODOT Explores Self-Driving Cars

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:12:05 +0000

We are likely still a generation away from seeing self-driving cars as the main mode of transportation. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, for the Ohio Department of Transportation, the future is now. When ODOT carries out a road construction project, the agency will now be looking at ways to make sure the road can accommodate automated vehicle technology in the future. Jim Barna with ODOT says having roads ready for self-driving cars will be an asset for Ohio’s growing urban areas. “We can’t build our way out of congestion anymore, it’s just too expensive. We can’t just keep adding pavement to every facility. We think this technology may give us the additional capacity without having to add the pavement. So basically we’re looking at a much more reliable way of moving cars and trucks from point A to point B.” This mindset is part of Drive Ohio, a collaboration among state departments meant to be a one-stop-shop for automated driving development in the state.


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