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Ohio Great Lakes to Host Marina Pollution ConferenceOhio Great Lakes to Host Marina Pollution Conference

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:57:42 +0000

There are hundreds of marinas – and thousands of boats – spread across the Great Lakes. And that means there’s a lot of potential for pollution. Ohio and five other Great Lakes states have Clean Marina programs that aim to improve air and water quality. They teach marina owners how to prevent pollution. On Feb. 21, Ohio’s program will hold a day-long training conference . Marina owners will learn best practices – such as recycling fishing lines or reducing oil spills. Ohio Sea Grant’s Sarah Orlando runs the program. “Part of our mission ... is to see what’s happening in terms of issues on Lake Erie, issues in Ohio, environmental regulations down the road may be bringing to the state of Ohio, and provide that education to give our marina owners a heads up and be proactive on these types of issues,” says Orlando. There are more than 400 marinas and over 500,000 registered boats in Ohio. Participants also will learn about new storm-water permits, managing aquatic plants and controlling

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Ohio Commerce Department Acknowledges Scoring Errors in Picking Who Can Grow Marijuana in OhioOhio Commerce Department Acknowledges Scoring Errors in Picking Who Can Grow Marijuana in Ohio

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:53:21 +0000

The agency that oversees the state’s medical marijuana program admits there are problems with the scoring process used to grant medical marijuana growing licenses. The Department of Commerce now says in a letter that there were scoring errors in the process for determining which companies were awarded medical marijuana cultivators’ licenses. That admission was in a letter from the head of the agency to state Auditor Dave Yost , who has been critical of the process for months now. One problem he’s identified is that passwords were shared, so it is impossible to figure out who made changes within the system and when. “The Commerce Department talks about how they had all of these different pieces done by all of these different people in a blind way that they were not collaborating. The problem with this control failure on the passwords is that it could get around all of those things. And for that reason, we say that this process is unreliable.” A written statement from the commerce

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Kasich Calls For the Governor's Office to Oversee EducationKasich Calls For the Governor's Office to Oversee Education

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:42:16 +0000

Lawmakers are pushing a bill that would overhaul the state education system and give most of the control to the governor’s office. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow explains, this is something Gov. John Kasich has wanted for a while now. House Republicans say their plan to wrap the Ohio departments of education and higher education and the workforce transformation office would streamline education for career-readiness. But it also hands most of the education policymaking power over to the governor, something Kasich alluded to just a few weeks ago. “What I really want is I want to be able to run the Department of Education.” Kasich said the state school board wields a lot of power, yet its members are generally unknown to the voters who pick most of them. “They’re running education policy and I’m the governor and I can’t tell them what to do. It’s nuts!” Some Democrats are blasting the plan as taking power away from an elected board. Supporters, however, say this makes the governor

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Ohio House Considers Allowing Craft Beer Sales at Farmers MarketsOhio House Considers Allowing Craft Beer Sales at Farmers Markets

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:33:22 +0000

Ohio made it legal in 2016 for local wines to be sold at farmers markets. Craft beer could be next. State Reps. Steve Hambley of Brunswick and Cleveland’s Martin Sweeney drafted the Ohio Proud Craft Beer Act. The bill would allow farmer’s markets to hold sample beer tastings and sell a limited amount of the finished product. It would also give beer made with Ohio-grown ingredients an “Ohio Proud” certification. Hambley says the legislation would give local brewers a broader market. “The idea is to have access to more consumers, educate them about the variety of beers as well as for those breweries that are just starting to grow. They can get the consumer awareness of their product.” According to the Ohio Craft Brewers Association , Ohio ranks fourth in the country for craft-beer production. The bill is currently waiting for a committee assignment. Loading...

Ohio Man Who Narrowly Escaped Death Row Files a Civil Claim of Bad Faith Against ProsecutorsOhio Man Who Narrowly Escaped Death Row Files a Civil Claim of Bad Faith Against Prosecutors

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:18:52 +0000

A Canton man who narrowly escaped execution is now suing Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, police, prosecutors and the forensic investigator in his case – demanding they re-review key evidence that would have led to his acquittal altogether. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the latest twist in the case of Kevin Keith. The federal civil suit claims Keith’s aggravated murder conviction in Bucyrus in 1994 was built on the “bad faith” actions of police and prosecutors -- that are only now being discovered. It says they withheld evidence that pointed to a different suspect, ignored defense subpoenas and denied the existence of phone logs that were key to an eyewitness identification. It also challenges the fact that the state never shared its own concerns about the work of a forensics analyst who tied Keith’s car to the crime scene. Charles Keith has maintained his brother’s innocence since the trial. “It’s not the fact that they didn’t do their job. They lied. Lies that you can’t back up

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Perry School Superintendent Rallies Behind Nuclear Power PlantPerry School Superintendent Rallies Behind Nuclear Power Plant

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:29:11 +0000

Supporters of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant are holding a rally tomorrow (Saturday) in an attempt to keep the plant operating. FirstEnergy has been looking to get out of the nuclear power generating business because of competition from newer and cheaper natural gas plants. Jack Thompson, the superintendent for the Perry school system, is one of the organizers of the rally. He hopes to generate support for the plant, which brings in millions of dollars of tax revenue to the county. Thompson hopes the experts and state officials addressing the rally will help better inform the community. “We’re talking about 700 employees who have families, many of them veterans that, because of their particular skill set, are here in our community and surrounding area. Should that plant should close, (they) would probably have to relocate and no longer be a part of our community and region.” The rally will be at 11 a.m. at Perry High School’s Goodwin Theatre.

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Ohio's Manufacturing Gains On the Rise Ohio's Manufacturing Gains On the Rise

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:01:17 +0000

A new report on Northeast Ohio manufacturing shows that the region’s output is nearly matching pre-recession levels. The report, published by Team NEO in partnership with MAGNET , also places the region above the rest of the nation in productivity. Jacob Duritsky , Team NEO’s Vice President of Strategy and Research, says the increase in efficiency and a shift to higher-value products, such as electronics and technology, is to thank for this rise that’s expected to continue. “That impact is huge,” he said. “You look at the economy overall and it makes up 20 percent of the economy directly, but when you take into account all of the supply chain jobs that come from it, all of the service sector jobs that are there that support the workers who are getting paid wages in it, you’re talking a little more than 40 percent of the overall economy in Northeast Ohio is driven through manufacturing.” Loading...

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State of the Arts: Akron's Kenmore Neighborhood ReimaginedState of the Arts: Akron's Kenmore Neighborhood Reimagined

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:22:08 +0000

A new coloring book features public spaces in one Akron neighborhood. It’s a mural project called the Kenmore Imagineer and residents hope it will add a splash of color to Kenmore Boulevard.

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Morning Headlines: Former Flying J Execs Convicted of Fraud; Dayton to Open Funk MuseumMorning Headlines: Former Flying J Execs Convicted of Fraud; Dayton to Open Funk Museum

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:58:20 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Feb. 16: Three former Pilot Flying J executives charged in billing fraud scheme; LyondelBasell Industries inks deal to acquire Fairlawn polymer company; Two accused of using stolen prescription pads to get drugs; Research firm to study high-tech transit link between Cleveland and Chicago; ACLU sues to block Down syndrome abortion ban; Former Cleveland councilman is the subject of a voter fraud investigation; PharmaCann back in the running for marijuana growing license; Cleveland and Canton's joint bid for the NFL draft makes the list of finalists; Perry Nuclear plant supporters to hold weekend rally; U.S. Senate hopeful Gibbons earns endorsement of Sen. Rand Paul; Settlement reached after deadly Ohio State Fair accident; Dayton's funk museum to host grand opening; Three former Pilot Flying J executives charged in billing fraud scheme A jury has convicted three former top officials of Jimmy Haslam’s Pilot Flying J truck stop company of fraud

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Akron-Summit County Public Library Opens a New Branch in Springfield TownshipAkron-Summit County Public Library Opens a New Branch in Springfield Township

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:36:58 +0000

The Village of Lakemore and Springfield Township now have their own library. The Akron-Summit County Public Library is opening a branch there this weekend. The new location was made possible by a county-wide levy passed in 2015. Outgoing library Director David Jennings says the opening marks one of his final goals. “They were waiting for a branch for a really long time, and all those years we didn’t have the funding. We just couldn’t do it, and now, once we passed the levy ... we’re going to get it open just before I retire.” The satellite location is the first new facility for Akron-Summit County Public Library in a decade. Jennings says that locations like the new branch are key in making progress on positive community initiatives. “We are more engaged with our community, not only in Akron but in all the communities we serve than we ever have been before," says Jennings. He says the public library is a unique institution. "We’re perceived as neutral, so we’re a really good

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Kent State Professor Researches Trauma in JournalistsKent State Professor Researches Trauma in Journalists

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:28:52 +0000

During tragedies like this week's Florida school shooting, most people aren’t concerned with the mental well-being of journalists covering the events — not even the reporters themselves. Kent State professor Gretchen Dworznik, a former broadcast reporter, knows that first-hand and says that's what drew her to researching trauma in journalists. “When I got out of television and I went back to grad school, I knew that... was something that I wanted to look into because I knew I was feeling different because of having talked to so many people who had experienced trauma: victims, family members. I knew it was affecting me, and I kind of wanted to see if that was something that was only me.” Dworznik says recognizing their emotions can help young journalists minimize the negative effects of covering violence. According to her recently published report, most journalism schools don’t have solid plans to prepare students for covering violent or stressful events.

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ACLU Files a Lawsuit Filed Over Ohio's Ban on Down Syndrome AbortionsACLU Files a Lawsuit Filed Over Ohio's Ban on Down Syndrome Abortions

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:01:55 +0000

A lawsuit has been filed over a new state law that bans abortion at the point a Down Syndrome diagnosis is made. This legal challenge might mean the law could be put on hold. Emily Chestnut of Cincinnati has a 6-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome. Sitting before reporters with Nora in her lap, Chestnut argues why she thinks the abortion ban shouldn’t be allowed to take effect. “When they signed this bill, Gov. Kasich and state legislators used my child as a political tool to promote their own agenda. They don’t care about Nora. If they did, they would be using their valuable time to ensure every child born with Down syndrome has what they need to live a healthy full life.” Chestnut says Down syndrome children usually require health care services and long term therapies that are generally not supported by lawmakers who passed this new law. And Chestnut says she supports a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. The ACLU wants a U.S. District judge to stop the

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Coalition Pushes Congress to Save Great Lakes Funding from Trump Budget CutsCoalition Pushes Congress to Save Great Lakes Funding from Trump Budget Cuts

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:53:13 +0000

Healing Our Waters , a coalition of environmental groups involved in protecting the Great Lakes, says President Trump’s 2019 budget and infrastructure plan are both “dead on arrival." About 100 members of the coalition will travel to Washington, D.C., next month to meet with senators and representatives from the region. They'll present some recommendations for a national infrastructure plan. “It needs to significantly increase federal investments; it needs to prioritize nature-based solutions that save money by preventing problems before they become more serious,” says Chad Lord, policy director of Healing Our Waters. “It needs to support, not roll back, environmental health and safety protections.” The coalition hopes Congress will find a better way to solve problems with pollution and water infrastructure. In 1977, the federal government spent 63 percent of its capital spending on water infrastructure, compared to just 9 percent in 2014, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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With Bobcats Making a Comeback, Ohio Considers a Limited Trapping SeasonWith Bobcats Making a Comeback, Ohio Considers a Limited Trapping Season

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:44:52 +0000

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division is considering a limited season for trapping bobcats. ODNR is working with researchers to study the bobcat population and estimate how much more it will grow. Wildlife Communications Manager John Windau says sightings of the elusive cats have grown over the past decade. He also says the animals are typically harmless around people. “Bobcats are very secretive and a lot of the times they’re around, people don’t even know it. They’re active in the dawn and dusk hours and again, they’re kind of secretive. ... For the most part, the cat will be more afraid of the people.” The proposed season, Windau says, would have a quota of around 60 cats statewide. Once that quota is met, the season would end. Trappers could sell the bobcat pelts, but would need to hand over the carcasses to state researchers for analysis. Bobcats were removed from the endangered species list in 2014. ODNR received around 500 reports of bobcat sightings last

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Officials Announce Arrests in Ohio-to-New Jersey Gun-Running RingOfficials Announce Arrests in Ohio-to-New Jersey Gun-Running Ring

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:41:35 +0000

Prosecutors in New Jersey are charging a group of seven men with buying guns in Ohio, driving them to Camden, and selling them illegally. State and federal authorities seized 17 firearms as part of the operation, which pales in comparison to the thousands of guns taken during gun buybacks. But New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says these weapons run a higher risk of doing more harm. "Here we're taking guns out of the hands of drug dealers like Eduardo Caban. We're taking guns out of the hands of people who have actually used them in shootings. A number of the guns identified and recovered in this case have been linked to actual violent crimes that happened here." All seven of the men arrested are being charged with racketeering and could face more than a decade in state prison. Two of those accused are from Columbus. Two AK-47s and an AR-15 assault rifle were among the guns recovered in the operation.

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Morning Headlines: Pillich Leaves Governor's Race, Endorses Cordray; Tito Francona Dead at 84Morning Headlines: Pillich Leaves Governor's Race, Endorses Cordray; Tito Francona Dead at 84

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:02:07 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Feb. 15: Ohio productivity nears pre-Great Recession levels, employment still lags; Akron nonprofit launches "60 for 60" initiative to restore homes; Pillich leaves the race for governor, endorses Cordray; GOP lawmakers propose closer ties between Gov. Kasich and education officials; Most of Summit County's capital budget will go toward sewer upgrades; Cleveland man sues the city, alleging an illegal police chase that ended in a deadly crash; Trump administration still considering coal bailout; Cleveland police reportedly failed to send hundred of rape kits for testing; Ohio seeks $1.6 million from Uber in sales tax and penalties; Ohio teen saves Twinsburg track coach; Former major league all-star Tito Francona dies at 84; Ohio productivity nears pre-Great Recession levels, employment still lags A new report shows northeast Ohio is rebounding from the 2007 Great Recession. Team NEO released its Quarterly Economic Indicator report in

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DriveIT Aims to Fill IT Skills Gap Through Unique Training SessionsDriveIT Aims to Fill IT Skills Gap Through Unique Training Sessions

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:32:13 +0000

An Akron startup is looking to boost the skills of local tech employees. DriveIT co-founder Ian Schwarber says the company will offer face-to-face courses ranging from data science and programming to classes on team management and business intelligence taught by local professionals. Schwarber likens it to a full-circuit workout that can help employees broaden their skill sets. He refers to the workspace as a "gym" and calls the individual sessions "workouts." A lot of these people would prefer to move through the IT network space and go from a developer of software today to a database administrator tomorrow or move into being a data scientist. What we offer at our gym are these pathways where people can move much more horizontally, and they can build cybersecurity, data science, business intelligence into their skillset. Just like a gym membership, companies can pay a yearly fee to access updated training courses. Schwarber says the program is trying to fill a widening IT skills gap in

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Seven Charged in Gun-Running from Ohio to New JerseySeven Charged in Gun-Running from Ohio to New Jersey

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:28:46 +0000

Law enforcement officials in New Jersey say a group of seven men bought guns in Ohio and drove them to Camden, where they sold them on the street. As WHYY's Joe Hernandez reports, the defendants are facing racketeering charges. The alleged leader of this ring was 25-year-old Chucky Scott of Columbus. Officials say he picked out guns in stores and online, had a friend buy them and then drove the guns to Camden where he had a handful of men would resell them. Elie Honig leads New Jersey's Division of Criminal Justice. "Those local Camden firearms traffickers would then find buyers, criminals, and mark up the prices, a tax they'd call it, and then keep that tax as their profit." Officials say it's much easier to buy guns in Ohio than New Jersey, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Seventeen firearms were seized in the operation, including two AK-47s and an AR-15 assault rifle. Officials say the investigation is ongoing.

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Taylor Backs Off Claim She Won't Support DeWine if He's the GOP PickTaylor Backs Off Claim She Won't Support DeWine if He's the GOP Pick

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:26:23 +0000

One of the Republican candidates for governor is pulling back an earlier statement in which she said she wouldn’t vote for her primary opponent if he becomes the party’s nominee. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler talked with Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor about her comment. In an interview last week, Taylor said she wouldn’t vote for Attorney General Mike DeWine if he wins the primary. She now has backed off that a bit with this clarification. “I intend to win this primary, so I will be voting for Mary Taylor in November to become the next governor of the state of Ohio. So I’m starting with that as my basis and my foundation. But of course I would vote for Mike Dewine. He’s less liberal than Dennis Kucinich .” Kucinich is one of five major Democratic party contenders in the primary. Taylor lost the endorsement of the Republican party’s state central committee 59-2, after calling DeWine a creature of the establishment and a shill for special interests.

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Shuffle: Going From Solo to Duo and Encouraging Female LeadsShuffle: Going From Solo to Duo and Encouraging Female Leads

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:04:00 +0000

Two northeast Ohio songwriters who spent years on their own are starting a new band, as a couple. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU contributor Brittany Nader talked with Dan Socha and Bethany Svoboda about finding a new role for men and women in musical spaces. Harmonizing old tunes Making beautiful music isn’t just a well-worn euphemism for romance. Dan Socha and Bethany Svoboda are both musicians who, until recently, worked separately. They started bumping into each other at open mic nights in Kent. Svoboda heard Socha performing his songs and came up with her own harmonies to fit his melodies. Socha asked Svoboda to collaborate with him on his album, Wild Race . The album consists of original songs Socha wrote about eight years ago. “You play the same songs for eight years,” Socha said. “I really started to hate them after a while.” Socha decided to revisit those songs after hearing Svoboda’s harmonies. “I fell in love with them again,” he said. Moving past the 'female backup singer'

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