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Morning Headlines: U.S. EPA Revisits Decision on Lake Erie Impairment; Pillich Names Running MateMorning Headlines: U.S. EPA Revisits Decision on Lake Erie Impairment; Pillich Names Running Mate

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:24:33 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Jan. 18: U.S. EPA reverses stance on Lake Erie impairment designation; Trumbull County woman extradited from Brazil, charged with husband's murder; Connie Pillich selects Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer as running mate; Cuyahoga Falls' Front Street mall to open to two-way traffic; Deputy fatally shoots teenager in Columbus courtroom; Feds approve Ohio's education accountability plan; Canton teacher who body slammed a student resigns; Proposed changes to handling of fetal remains passes Ohio Senate; U.S. EPA reverses stance on Lake Erie impairment designation The U.S. EPA says it shouldn't have approved Ohio's recommendation not to declare Ohio's western end of Lake Erie impaired by toxic algae . The agency's reversal didn't go as far as ordering the lake to be designated as an impaired watershed. But the EPA's reversal sent in a letter to Ohio officials said the state's list of impaired waters was incomplete and didn't properly evaluate the


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Shuffle: A DIY Venue in Akron Brings Musicians And The Homeless 'Out of the Shadows'Shuffle: A DIY Venue in Akron Brings Musicians And The Homeless 'Out of the Shadows'

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:09:00 +0000

A group of DIY musicians is coming together to help Akron’s homeless tent community. In this week’s Shuffle, WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz talked to organizers of the Out of the Shadows concert series.


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Brown Says DACA Doesn't Have to be in the Short-term Spending FixBrown Says DACA Doesn't Have to be in the Short-term Spending Fix

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:34:57 +0000

Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he believes Congress is ready to address the immigration-status of young adults brought here as children. And he doesn’t think the issue needs to be part of a deal to keep the government open past Friday. Brown, a Democrat, says he’s met with Democratic leadership and is beginning to talk to Republicans about a stand-alone bill to address DACA , the program allowing young people brought to the U.S. as children to remain. He notes the program has widespread support among voters. And as a result, “I think there’s enough support in both houses. We should do that to fix that. That’s a human rights question and a fundamental is our country about question. Let’s do that and then let’s move on to economic issues and other things, and I will vote on what’s good for Ohio.” Brown says he has met with Democratic leadership and has started meeting with Republicans, and believes there are the 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a filibuster . President Trump


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Massillon is Going to Court to Try to Keep Its Hospital Open at Least TemporarilyMassillon is Going to Court to Try to Keep Its Hospital Open at Least Temporarily

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:59:57 +0000

Massillon asked a Stark County judge today to delay the closing of Affinity Medical Center for four months. Ideas for legal options to keep Affinity open have been circulating since the hospital’s owner, Quorum Health, announced plans Jan. 5th to close it. It plans to cease clinical operations Feb. 4 and close Affinity entirely a month later. Attorney David Dingwell, the outside counsel representing the city, says there are two issues to look at: finding a long-term way of keeping the hospital going and dealing with the immediate prospect of its closing. He says the injunction is to address “the primary concern right now ... making sure there is a way to carefully and cautiously transition patient care.” As for long-term, a city take-over of Affinity using eminent domain has been suggested. But Dingwell says that may not be applicable. The eminent domain procedure is typically used when a land owner is unwilling to sell or may disagree as to the purchase price. Stark County Common


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Ohio Senators Move Toward Removing Supreme Court Justice O'Neill, but House Seems HesitantOhio Senators Move Toward Removing Supreme Court Justice O'Neill, but House Seems Hesitant

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:37:46 +0000

State senators have taken the first step toward removing Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, who has announced he’s a Democratic candidate for governor and picked a running mate, but hasn’t officially filed paperwork to run. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the move in the Legislature seems likely to end in the Senate chamber. Senate President Larry Obhof took on this resolution himself, saying Bill O’Neill needs to be summoned to appear before state lawmakers who want to ask him about a Facebook post about his sex life and about his campaign. “There is a bipartisan understanding throughout the state of Ohio that this type of candidacy and this type of behavior from a sitting justice is not acceptable.” All Senate Republicans and fellow Democratic candidate for governor Joe Schiavoni voted for the resolution. But the House would have to pass it, too, and Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says he has no plans to consider it. O’Neill says he’s stepping down anyway on Jan. 26.


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NE Ohio Democratic Lawmaker Says LGBTQ Protection Bill Now Has Chamber of Commerce BackingNE Ohio Democratic Lawmaker Says LGBTQ Protection Bill Now Has Chamber of Commerce Backing

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:25:07 +0000

A Democratic bill that would protect LGBTQ Ohioans from employment and housing discrimination has been floating around the Statehouse for more than 10 years, and has gonenowhere. Its backer weighed in on whether she thinks it's time to go to the ballot. Democratic Rep. Nickie Antonio says adding the protections will make Ohio more attractive to people and businesses looking to move. Asked if she thinks it's time for the issue to go before voters, Antonio said policymakers should make the decision. “I do not believe that any group of people, who live in the minority should have to go to the majority population and supplicate for their rights. I think that this state and this country can do better.” Antonio has proposed this bill six times, but says this month will be the first time her bill has received a second hearing in the House.


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Antonio Renews Push for LGBTQ ProtectionsAntonio Renews Push for LGBTQ Protections

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:14:06 +0000

A Democratic state lawmaker says if Ohio wants to become more appealing as a place to move a business or family, it must create protections for LGBTQ people. There could be new momentum for a bill that has stalled several times in the last decade. Democratic Rep. Nickie Antonio says this month will mark the first time the proposal to protect LGBTQ people from employment and housing discrimination has received more than one hearing. Opponents have argued that there’s no need for a state law because private businesses and cities already have their own policies. Antonio calls that mere patchwork. “We should live in a state where someone can work in one community but decide to buy a home in another community and not have to look into their policies to find out whether or not their family would be welcomed there.” Though majority Republican lawmakers have not been supportive in the past, Antonio says this time there's a heavyweight in her corner -- the Ohio Chamber of Commerce .


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Morning Headlines: Injunction Could Delay Affinity Closure; Kucinich to Announce Bid for GovernorMorning Headlines: Injunction Could Delay Affinity Closure; Kucinich to Announce Bid for Governor

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:14:27 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, Jan. 17: Lima Republican introduces congressional redistricting legislation; Massillon seeks injunction to delay Affinity closure; Kucinich to formally announce bid for governor; Cleveland RTA announces route cuts amid budget shortfall; Police identify man shot outside Cleveland bowling alley; Investigators seek information on Firestone mansion blaze; Resolution aims to remove O'Neill from the bench; Ford plant in Avon Lake brings back night shift; Ohio adopts wildlife K-9 program; Ohio National Guard base names its first female commander; Lima Republican introduces congressional redistricting legislation State lawmakers have taken a step toward changing how congressional districts in Ohio are drawn. Republican Sen. Matt Huffman of Lima introduced a joint resolution Tuesday. The proposed constitutional amendment would give lawmakers a chance to draw a new congressional map. The map would then be sent to a redistricting commission to draw


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The View From Pluto: LeBron James Could Become The 'Accidental' All-Time Leading ScorerThe View From Pluto: LeBron James Could Become The 'Accidental' All-Time Leading Scorer

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:21:00 +0000

Cavs’ star LeBron James is on pace to hit a milestone this weekend. He’s closing in on becoming just the seventh player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points. But WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says scoring the most points has never been James' goal. James is 41 points away from hitting 30,000 career points. He'll then be just 802 points behind Dirk Nowitzki to take over the No. 6 spot on the all-time scoring list. And Pluto says it's possible James could eventually surpass No. 1 on that list -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar . "Abdul-Jabbar had 38,000 points and played until he was 41. LeBron's in his 15th season and basically gets about 2,000 points a season. He could pass Abdul-Jabbar by the time he's 37. Next on the list is Karl Malone, then Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. He'll blow past them in about a year and a half." Pluto says one reason why he's confident James will accomplish the feat is that he's never seriously injured. The accidental leading scorer Pluto


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Soon-to-Be Unemployed at Union Metal Consider Options, Including Starting Their Own CompaniesSoon-to-Be Unemployed at Union Metal Consider Options, Including Starting Their Own Companies

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:44:59 +0000

Union Metal in Canton gave 300-plus workers the word last month that the plant is closing for good this month, and they’re all out of work. Ohio is offering a special set of information sessions to help the employees find something new. The Ohio Means Jobs Stark and Tuscarawas counties office set up workshops this week at its locations in Canton and New Philadelphia for the laid off employees. Two of the first-day attendees said it helped because it gave good information and a sense of hope. Melinda DeHoff of Canton was an office employee at Union Metal. “I was more in the clerical end, so that’s where I’ll stay. I am a medical transcriptionist, so I’m hoping that might help me get into that." Mike Basiewicz of Massillon, who is past 60, is taking another tack in trying to continue his career as a mechanical/electrical designer. "I’m in the hunt, but I’m looking at other options, too: to try and incorporate as an LLC, so a corporation isn’t taking the responsibility of hiring an old


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New Data Shows Ohio Conservatives Support Clean EnergyNew Data Shows Ohio Conservatives Support Clean Energy

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:31:15 +0000

Clean-energy issues have prompted a lot of debate at the Ohio Statehouse for years. Opposition has mostly come from Republicans, while Democrats have supported incentives for the industry. Now, a clean-energy group has new data that they say will change the discussion. The Ohio Conservative Energy Forum is pointing to a poll that shows conservative voters are 36 percent more likely to vote for someone who supports energy efficiency and increases the use of renewables. Lori Weigel is with Public Opinion Strategies , the group that conducted the poll. It's the same group used by Republicans running for the House and Senate. “If a candidate wants to espouse these views and wants to really champion these issues, we’re seeing no pushback whatsoever. And again, this is just among conservative voters so when you open that up to the broader spectrum of the electorate, it’s even more of a positive.” Weigel says those polled still show support for coal, but a majority is against any bailouts for


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DeWine Warns Ohio Lawmakers Will Have to Control Fly-by-Night Drug ClinicsDeWine Warns Ohio Lawmakers Will Have to Control Fly-by-Night Drug Clinics

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:27:18 +0000

State stats show overdoses from opioids – including heroin and fentanyl – are killing at least nine people a day. And that figure is likely to rise by the time new numbers are released this summer. The crisis brought advocates to Columbus for a daylong conference on how local groups and communities can fight it. The conference was aimed at people who work with victims and survivors of opioid addiction, to help those advocates share ideas. Attorney General Mike DeWine says while there have been thousands of overdose deaths, there are some communities making progress. “What you’re seeing in Ohio is different communities handling this differently. And there’s nothing wrong with that. That enables us to maybe take a good look at what works.” While DeWine says drug courts are working well, the desperate need for treatment has created “fly-by-night” operators running cash-only clinics and unregulated facilities. DeWine says state lawmakers need to deal with that right away.


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Youngstown Businessman Jailed, Ordered Deported Two Weeks After Getting a ReprieveYoungstown Businessman Jailed, Ordered Deported Two Weeks After Getting a Reprieve

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:16:07 +0000

In a surprise reversal, U.S. immigration officials took a Youngstown businessman into custody today, less than two weeks after granting him a temporary stay. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports on the arrest, which was condemned by a Northeast Ohio congressman and a prominent supporter of President Trump.


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Bill Would Close a Loophole in Ohio's Domestic Violence Laws Bill Would Close a Loophole in Ohio's Domestic Violence Laws

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:34:27 +0000

A bill designed to help protect victims of dating violence is on its way to the Senate. The bill, which has passed the House unanimously almost a year ago, would close a loophole in the state’s current domestic-violence laws. It would allow victims of dating violence to get civil protection orders without meeting the higher threshold for domestic violence. The legislation also provides greater access to domestic violence shelters. And the bill would add dating violence to the Attorney General’s Victims’ Bill of Rights. The bill unanimously passed the Senate committee and heads to the full Senate soon. Ohio lags behind the rest of the country because most states already have laws on the books addressing dating violence.



RTA Announces Cost-Saving Cuts to Cleveland Buses and TrainsRTA Announces Cost-Saving Cuts to Cleveland Buses and Trains

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:36:26 +0000

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will start cutting service in March, the first in a series of cost–saving measures coming over the next year. The first round of cuts will mean fewer buses and trains in operation. At RTA’s board meeting Tuesday, General Manager Joe Calabrese announced reduced frequencies along routes. The changes vary, but along some routes, buses that came every 15 minutes will be 20 or 30 minutes apart. The changes take effect March 11 and are expected to save $4 million. Transit advocates like Gloria Aron urged the board to reconsider the cuts. “Cutting our resources is not the only alternative you have.” RTA’s board could put a sales tax increase on the ballot, but have yet to start the process. Board members emphasized lobbying state legislators for increased funding. In March, the board will consider the rest of the plan to reduce the agency’s budget by $20 million.


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Morning Headlines: Officer Who Shot Man Outside Bowling Alley Identified; ECOT Could Close This WeekMorning Headlines: Officer Who Shot Man Outside Bowling Alley Identified; ECOT Could Close This Week

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:28:37 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, Jan. 16: Invasive insect found in Lake, Geauga and Athens counties; Captive deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease; Officer who fatally shot man outside Cleveland bowling alley identified; Akron Public Schools prepare for influx of ECOT students; Perry prayer rally raises awareness of teen suicide; Renacci campaign accuses ex-staffer of sharing internal documents; Helicopter crash kills two during power line inspection; Man involved in hit-and-run falls into frozen lake; Port of Toledo saw increased cargo traffic in 2017; Streetsboro police pulls out of reality TV deal with A&E; Invasive insect found in Lake, Geauga and Athens counties State officials say an invasive hemlock-killing insect has been found recently in three Ohio counties. Ohio's Department of Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture say that the hemlock woolly adelgid has been found in Lake and Geauga counties and in southeast Ohio’s Athens County. The


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Ohio Researchers Get Nearly $700,000 to Study Algae ProblemsOhio Researchers Get Nearly $700,000 to Study Algae Problems

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:53:12 +0000

Researchers in Ohio are beginning a three-year study, looking for keys to predicting, mitigating, controlling or even preventing harmful algal blooms in rivers and streams all over the country. An Ohio State University team led by assistant professor Mazeika Sullivan of the environmental and natural resources school got the grant from the EPA. They’re to analyze, and categorize algae activity throughout the upper Ohio River basin. Sullivan says the goal is to create a standardized system for evaluating algae issues in any watershed. “Rivers are very dynamic and can respond in very different ways than lakes, so the focus of this research is really thinking about inland systems. Our focus is on watershed, so from smaller streams all the way up to the Ohio River, including reservoirs that are in the system.” The federal grant is $681,000 and in announcing it, EPA Director Scott Pruitt called the project innovative science.


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Chiropractors In Ohio May Be More Directly Involved In Pain Treatment In HospitalsChiropractors In Ohio May Be More Directly Involved In Pain Treatment In Hospitals

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:48:05 +0000

In reaction to the opioid crisis, the Joint Commission on Health Care , the nation’s largest accreditation organization for hospitals, recommends a conservative approach in using medication for pain. And that may lead to chiropractic care being more involved in pain management in Ohio. A growing number of medical facilities, including Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute , offer chiropractic services, especially for patients with musculoskeletal pain. The Ohio Chiropractic Association’s Opioid Task Force is calling for more such relationships—based on the Joint Commission’s stance. Warren-based chiropractor Patrick Ensminger is co-chairman of the task force. “The pain pathway that is being suggested now, with this opioid crisis, is: If a patient comes in with a pain complaint such as back pain, neck pain, headache -- instead of starting them down this process of providing opioid medication, you immediately get them under some physical method of care that is validated as being


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Honda Accord wins North American Car of the Year AwardHonda Accord wins North American Car of the Year Award

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:53:50 +0000

The Ohio-made Honda Accord was named North American Car of the Year today. The Accord has been around for decades, but it’s the latest generation that really caught the attention of journalists at the North American International Auto Show. The 2018 Accord has a sleeker body and the Accord’s first turbocharged engine. For the more practical drivers, it boasts the latest safety features and the largest trunk in a class including the Chevy Malibu, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry. This marks the third straight year that Honda leaves the North American auto show with a major award. In 2016, the Honda Civic was named 2016 Car of the Year, and the Honda Ridgeline was named 2017 Truck of the Year.


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Ohio Drug Recovery Experts Warn Against Sending Addicts to JailOhio Drug Recovery Experts Warn Against Sending Addicts to Jail

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:49:21 +0000

Drug addiction counselers are speaking out against a bill that would send an ex-convict to jail if they fail a drug test. They say this proposal uses the judicial system to solve a health-care crisis. Lori Criss is with the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Service Providers , which advocates for behavioral health services. She says the bill that proposes 30 days in jail when someone on probation tests positive for heroin is a step in the wrong direction. “It’s a very delicate time in their life. It would be like someone who has a heart problem going into cardiac arrest, having a heart attack. This is a crisis situation for them and their physical health, and we need to surround them with health care for that," Criss says. The bill includes language for treatment but the concern is that a program wouldn’t have openings and that person would be sent to jail instead. The bill's supporters say the threat of jail would cut off drug use before a possible deadly overdose.


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