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Candidates for Governor File Financial Fundraising ReportsCandidates for Governor File Financial Fundraising Reports

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:36:09 +0000

The Democratic and Republican candidates for governor have filed their final fundraising reports before the May primary. And Republican Mike DeWine is far out in front. Republican Mike DeWine raised $1.7 million, with Democrat Richard Cordray right behind at $1.4 million. Both spent more than they raised since January, as did Republican Mary Taylor , who brought in just over $410,000. Democrats Dennis Kucinich , Joe Schiavoni and Bill O’Neill all raised far less than a million dollars. As for cash on hand, DeWine has $7.4 million, more than three times Taylor’s total. Cordray has $1.6 million in the bank. And Taylor and her running mate Nathan Estruth have loaned their campaign more than $3 million.


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Toledo Clinic Halts Surgical Abortions, Will Continue Medically Induced ProceduresToledo Clinic Halts Surgical Abortions, Will Continue Medically Induced Procedures

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:31:52 +0000

The only abortion clinic in the Toledo area has stopped performing surgical abortions, at least for now. The Ohio Supreme Court is not going to reconsider its decision allowing the state to revoke the license of the Capital Care Network of Toledo. Its attorney, Jennifer Branch, says surgical abortion appointments this week have been canceled, but the clinic will remain open for medication-induced abortions. Capital Care Network applied for a new license last month after ProMedica agreed to be the hospital for the transfer agreement required by the state. A new law had earlier prevented the University of Toledo’s hospital from doing that. The Ohio Department of Health has not yet acted on that request.


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Increase in Hepetatitis A Cases Concerns Ohio Health OfficialsIncrease in Hepetatitis A Cases Concerns Ohio Health Officials

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:28:54 +0000

A large increase in Hepatitis A cases in Ohio has health officials concerned. There have been 47 cases of the highly contagious liver infection confirmed this year compared to just five cases at this same time last year. Health officials say there’s no one reason for the jump in Hepatitis A . It’s not spread through casual contact. Among those at greatest risk are people in direct contact with someone who already has it, those who use street drugs and men who have sex with men, says Ohio Department of Health epidemiologist Sietske De-Sijter. “It’s usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter and it’s very small amounts from contacts with objects, fruits, or drinks, contaminated with the stool of an infected person," De-Sijter said. She says people in the high risk groups, including those who have traveled to places where the virus is prevalent, should get vaccinated. The symptoms of Hep A include fatigue, nausea, stomach pain and jaundice. It can make people feel sick for several


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Farmer Threatens Lordstown Neighbors with a Chicken Farm if They Won't Budge on HomeGoodsFarmer Threatens Lordstown Neighbors with a Chicken Farm if They Won't Budge on HomeGoods

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:26:18 +0000

The withdrawal of a major development project in Lordstown is spurring some residents to make one more attempt to bring the project – and its promised jobs -- back to their city. HomeGoods – a chain of home fashion stores owned by the same company as T.J. Maxx – had intended to build a distribution center across from the GM plant in Lordstown. The center was slated to bring about 1,000 jobs to the region, which is about to lose 1,300 jobs when the GM plant goes to one shift in June. But last week, the company decided to withdraw its zoning request for the 300-acre site, citing noise and traffic concerns from neighboring residents. Now, the owner of 40 percent of the land – farmer Harvey Lutz – wants residents to know he’ll turn the land into a chicken farm if the HomeGoods deal falls through. “I spread some manure over there purposely to let them know how ‘fowl’ it’s going to be. I feel it’s a wake-up call, too. Think things a little deeper than yourself.” Lutz has owned the land for


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Supporters Say LGBTQ Bill Would Attract Business to Ohio; Opponents Call it OvereachSupporters Say LGBTQ Bill Would Attract Business to Ohio; Opponents Call it Overeach

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:20:22 +0000

A proposed Ohio law that would ban discrimination for LGBTQ people is seeing a new wave of support. Business groups say sexual orientation and gender identification should be considered protected classes in Ohio. A coalition of hundreds of businesses is calling on lawmakers to pass the bill. They’re backed by chambers of commerce around the state. Holly Gross with the Columbus Chamber says the bill would protect civil rights and bring economic benefits, making Ohio more competitive at attracting businesses who see these laws as forward thinking. “It’s also a tool for businesses large and small at attracting and retaining the best and brightest that’s what we heard over and over again businesses have consistently told us that having a diverse and inclusive workforce has benefits to them it helps their bottom line," Gross said. Sandy Anderson with Equality Ohio says these laws are imperative for LGBTQ people. She uses the example of going to Washington in 2014 to marry her wife then


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Cleveland Clinic Akron General Arts Therapy Program Aims to Help Chronic IllnessCleveland Clinic Akron General Arts Therapy Program Aims to Help Chronic Illness

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:05:52 +0000

A local therapy program at Cleveland Clinic Akron General will help adults with chronic illnesses explore the arts. It’s called HeRe We Arts. It’s a therapy program that uses music, visual arts, movement, theater and writing to help treat things like mental illness, arthritis and diabetes. Lisa Gallagher, the research program manager, says participants have seen success with these groups, with some feeling less chronic pain. “They’ve formed great connections within the groups that have continued outside of the groups. They’ve asked us to continue," she says. "Once the eight weeks is over, they’ve asked for more." It’s an eight-week-long controlled trial. Half of the participants will get art therapy starting on May 4, and the other half will begin in the fall.


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Last-Minute Decision Puts Youngstown's Anti-Fracking Measure Back on the BallotLast-Minute Decision Puts Youngstown's Anti-Fracking Measure Back on the Ballot

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:03:36 +0000

The Ohio Supreme Court now says a local anti-fracking measure that was taken off the May 8 th primary ballot in Youngstown must be put back on. The court’s ruling two weeks before the election -- and after early voting had begun -- creates some problems. Deputy Mahoning County Board of Elections Director Thomas McCabe says the board placed a call to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office immediately after the decision for guidance on what to do. “We’ve been advised to send a supplemental ballot with just that issue to every voter that has cast a ballot in Youngstown so far.” Lynn Anderson of the Youngstown Bills of Rights Committee, the group that brought the case, says the lateness of the decision puts them in a bind too, campaign-wise. “We’re very, very happy they decided the right way. That’s wonderful. But thirteen days? Really?” She says it means the measure, which has lost six times -- but by a smaller margin in each successive election -- will likely lose again. But she says the


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Brown Says the VA Debacle Has Hurt VetsBrown Says the VA Debacle Has Hurt Vets

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:55:57 +0000

Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says the Trump administration cost the VA and veterans valuable time through the firing of former VA Secretary David Shulkin and botched attempt to name his replacement, Dr. Ronny Jackson . “It’s leaderless now, there’s a morale problem. There is anxiety in the work force. Veterans don’t know what’s going to happen. There are 9 million veterans affected and government’s got to do its job here. The White House has to do its job and the Senate has to do its job.” Brown, a Democrat, sits on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Before Jackson withdrew his nomination, Brown had planned to push him on GOP efforts to privatize veterans’ heathcare and Jackson’s lack of experience running an agency. Jackson, who has been White House physician for Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump, withdrew his nomination this morning amid a flurry of allegations of personal misconduct. Brown acknowledged the Obama administration may have missed important clues about Jackson’s


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After the Session with Banking Lobbyists, Sen. Brown Wants More on Mulvaney's Other MeetingsAfter the Session with Banking Lobbyists, Sen. Brown Wants More on Mulvaney's Other Meetings

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:46:09 +0000

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown was a critic of Mick Mulvaney even before President Trump made him interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau . This week -- after Mulvaney advised bankers on how to lobby to cut the funding stream for the agency -- Brown added a call for Mulvaney’s resignation. Now, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, Brown is pushing to learn who else Mulvaney has been meeting with. Brown is circulating a letter in the Senate that demands Mulvaney release his calendar to show who he’s been meeting with since he succeeded Ohio’s Richard Cordray as head of the consumer bureau. “I want to know what he’s done when he’s not in the light of day. We know what he did in front of the bankers. What does he do in his daily schedule behind closed doors in his office to shill for the banking industry, the rich and the powerful.” Brown is referring to a speech Mulvaney gave to about 1,300 bankers advising the lobbyists to contribute to congressional campaigns so the bureau


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Morning Headlines: FES Releases Plan to Close Nuclear Plants; Former Cleveland Councilman IndictedMorning Headlines: FES Releases Plan to Close Nuclear Plants; Former Cleveland Councilman Indicted

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:37:58 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, April 26: More than a dozen districts to vote on school safety levy in August; State utility regulators approve electric vehicle program; FirstEnergy Solutions lays out plan to shut down its nuclear plants; Ohio's electric utilities must set aside proceeds from federal tax cut; Former Cleveland councilman indicted on 26 misdemeanor charges; Two Cleveland officers to be disciplined for racist text messages; Toledo man loses court challenge over exotic animals; White nationalist Richard Spencer drops lawsuit against University of Cincinnati; Some GM workers idled in Ohio to be hired at new Tennessee factory; Settlement reached over use of "Believeland"; Report finds Ohio is among the worst states for allergy sufferers; More than a dozen districts to vote on school safety levy in August School districts in Stark, Carroll, Wayne and Tuscarawas counties will have a continuing property tax levy on the August ballot to fund safety and mental


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Shuffle: Akron's Angie Haze Joins 80 Young Musicians For 'The Bigger Picture Project'Shuffle: Akron's Angie Haze Joins 80 Young Musicians For 'The Bigger Picture Project'

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:14:00 +0000

Akron singer-songwriter Angie Haze is collaborating with dozens of middle school students for a concert this weekend. The Bigger Picture Project aims to connect Akron’s music scene to the schools.


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Ohio Begins Training its Medical Marijuana WorkforceOhio Begins Training its Medical Marijuana Workforce

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:11:54 +0000

In September, Ohio will join 28 other states with comprehensive medical marijuana programs. The program has taken two years to get up and running, and still faces some challenges, but a group of educators in the state is working to make sure a trained workforce isn’t one of them. Glen Miller sits in the second row of his Horticulture 101 class, listening as his professor gives a lecture on plant biology. At 61, Miller took a buyout from his former employer—a telecommunications company—and decided instead of retiring, he’d enroll in a training program for a second career. A career in cannabis. “I am interested in the horticultural side of it. So, I’d be interested in possibly getting a job at a grow house or a greenhouse, kinda be behind the scenes," Miller says. Cannabis as a career Miller is enrolled at the Cleveland School of Cannabis . Located on two floors of a multi-story office building in Independence, the for-profit school has been open for just over a year and its founder says


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Grace House Akron Plans to Provide Hospice Care for Homeless PeopleGrace House Akron Plans to Provide Hospice Care for Homeless People

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:31:18 +0000

Homeless people in Akron who are limited in their options for hospice care may be about to get a new resource. Holly Klein is the president of Grace House Akron , which provides end-of-life care for people who can’t afford it. Her goal is to either find an existing house or build a new one that can provide beds for up to six people. She says she felt motivated after hearing stories of hospice patients passing away without loved ones or a caretaker. “Everyone has the right to death with dignity,” she said. “It’s not a privilege.” Grace House Akron will host a launch party tomorrow at the Akron Civic Theatre from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to raise awareness for the program.


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The Timetable for FirstEnergy to Shutter its Nuclear Plants Begins in May 2020The Timetable for FirstEnergy to Shutter its Nuclear Plants Begins in May 2020

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:03:26 +0000

The owner of Ohio’s nuclear plants has taken the next step in its plans to shut down those facilities as part of its bankruptcy filing. But FirstEnergy says there’s still time to reverse course. FirstEnergy Solutions , a subsidiary of FirstEnergy that manages the company's power generation, has sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission saying that it plans to start shutting down the Davis Besse and Perry plants -- as well as one in Pennsylvania -- by May 2020. The company says it can no longer operate the plants without financial help. FirstEnergy has been pushing state lawmakers to allow for rate increases on electric bills. Opponents say that would be a bailout for a utility that made bad investments. FirstEnergy is also requesting the Department of Energy to intervene using the Federal Power Act . The utility argues that this is necessary for fuel security and diversity.


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Ohio Senators Want the Feds to Fund Field Tests to Detect Fentanyl, Protect OfficersOhio Senators Want the Feds to Fund Field Tests to Detect Fentanyl, Protect Officers

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:55:49 +0000

Sen. Sherrod Brown is introducing a bill tomorrow to provide funding for devices that detect fentanyl. The POWER Act would provide funds for portable chemical screening devices, such as those being used by Customs and Border Protection agents . Sen. Brown says they’re needed because local law enforcement officers need to be able to test drugs in the field to ensure they’re not in danger of an accidental overdose, such as the one that happened last year to an officer in Columbiana County. And he adds that there’s another reason law enforcement would benefit from using the devices. “State and local testing labs are facing big backlogs. Sometimes agencies have to wait for months, which means police officers can’t do their jobs – investigations, prosecutions – as they work to get these drugs off Ohio streets.” The bill would establish a grant program through the U.S. Department of Justice to buy the devices, which are about the size of a TV remote, and cost about $40,000 to $60,000 each,


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Ohio's Gov. Kasich and Senate Leader Obhof Are At Odds Over Gun ControlOhio's Gov. Kasich and Senate Leader Obhof Are At Odds Over Gun Control

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:47:34 +0000

Gov. John Kasich has been urging lawmakers to pass a bill that would put a red-flag law in place to prevent people deemed dangerous by a court from buying guns. It would also ban bump stock attachments for guns and make other reforms. But despite the Republican governor's support, it appears it won’t be easy to get it passed through the GOP-dominated Legislature. Asked whether he supports Kasich’s gun legislation, Senate President Larry Obhof, was adamant. “Will all of the governor’s proposal pass as a stand-alone bill? No.” But Kasich says this bill can pass. “Bring it up and have a vote on it. We’ll see where the votes are. Let’s see where the majority of the caucus is. I guarantee you, you put this gun safety on the Senate floor, it passes. I have no doubt about it. So we need a vote.” Kasich says he thinks Obhof’s comments have been misinterpreted.


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Akron, Knight Foundation Team Up to Rejuvenate City ParksAkron, Knight Foundation Team Up to Rejuvenate City Parks

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:42:10 +0000

The deadline is fast approaching for community groups and individuals to pitch their ideas for the Akron Parks Challenge. The goal is to improve two Akron parks. The city will give up to $100,000 each to the winning proposals. Other organizations, like the Knight Foundation , are also pitching in to make these initial projects feasible. Kyle Kutuchief , the Akron program director for the Knight Foundation, says this allows residents to have a say in the improvements. “This is an opportunity for the city to kind of rethink ‘What should a park be?’ ‘What purpose should it serve? ‘What amenities should it have?’” Kutuchief says. The deadline to apply is April 30.


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Morning Headlines: Judge Consolidates Fertility Center Lawsuits; Trump Endorses Renacci for SenateMorning Headlines: Judge Consolidates Fertility Center Lawsuits; Trump Endorses Renacci for Senate

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:48:23 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, April 25: Judge consolidates lawsuits against UH fertility center; Cleveland police add two homicide detectives to address staffing problems; Sinclair plans to divest itself of 23 stations as it seeks regulatory approval to purchase Tribune; Youngstown BOE member calls on CEO Mohip to resign; Massillon food delivery business under investigation for food stamp fraud; Findlay pipeline company fined more than $600,000; Workers' compensation bureau to repay $1.5 billion to private employers; Akron gets $2 million from the state to update water lines; Absentee ballots increase compared to last statewide election; Trump endorses Renacci for U.S. Senate; Mysterious rumblings draw investigation; Judge consolidates lawsuits against UH fertility center A judge in Cleveland has consolidated the more than 40 lawsuits against a hospital fertility clinic into a single case. Cleveland.com reports Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John Russo ruled the


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The View From Pluto: Will This Be The Draft The Browns Finally Get Right?The View From Pluto: Will This Be The Draft The Browns Finally Get Right?

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:16:00 +0000

Thursday is the NFL draft. And for Browns fans, it’s the equivalent of the Super Bowl. The team that went 0-16 last season has the first and fourth picks. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says there's been a lot of speculation and rumors about who the Browns will select, but it’s fairly safe to say it will be a quarterback.


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Report Highlights Immigrant Contributions in OhioReport Highlights Immigrant Contributions in Ohio

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:57:51 +0000

A new report highlights how immigrants are spurring economic growth in Ohio, and invigorating communities across the state. The report, which was produced by the Center for Community Planning and Development at Cleveland State University, notes that immigrants in Ohio are some of the nation’s most educated. Angie Lloyd is the executive director of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation , which helped fund the report. She says that immigrants coming to Ohio are taking jobs that would otherwise go unfilled, such as in personal healthcare and elder care. “We may want to make Ohio more welcoming because what we see in other states and what we see historically looking back in Ohio is, immigrants came here to work and to make this their home and that’s been beneficial both to the immigrants and to the native-born Ohioans. And that’s a great opportunity today," Lloyd said. The report also discusses the need for increased access to legal, educational and healthcare options for immigrants as ways


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