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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:08:00 +0000The Cleveland Museum of Art is offering a look at the priceless art treasures of Indian emperors. Plus, a chance to feast like one. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman has the story in this week’s Quick Bite. The special exhibition “Art and Stories from Mughal India” is free to the public in celebration of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s centennial year. The Mughals governed India for 300 years from the 1500s until the start of British colonial rule. Curator Sonya Rhie Quintanilla says they were fabulously wealthy. “The English word 'mogul,' like movie mogul, is the same as this word for the Moghul Empire. " Mughals prized the arts, including culinary artThey were a cultured lot, putting a high value on art, literature, and architecture. A Moghul built the Taj Mahal. And Chef Doug Katz says they were foodies, too. “Eating was a huge part of the day. It was a huge part of the life experience. The aromas, the blending of spices. There was so much I think that was integral to their day.” In recognition,
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:18:06 +0000Ohio’s Secretary of State is pushing Congress to pass a law that limits the federal government’s role in elections. Secretary of State Jon Husted fears the Department of Homeland Security might somehow declare states' elections systems critical infrastructure and put them under federal control. So he wants a federal law to prevent that possibility from ever happening. “All I’m asking them to do is clarify it in the law. If nobody wants it, then we should clearly say they can’t do it in law.” Husted notes the feds have backed off the suggestion of taking over elections systems in recent days, but he’s not comfortable with the ambiguity in the current law.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:20:16 +0000The 1,400 members of the Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association are due to cast ballots tomorrow as the union prepares to make an endorsement in the U.S. presidential race. But not all of the membership is on board with backing a candidate. Lynn Hampton, who heads a local association of African-American officers called Black Shield, doesn't think it's appropriate. "Being that the election is so controversial, and some of the things that one of the candidates is spewing out are so divisive, it's better that we leave it to individuals to make their particular choice and not endorse as an organization." Hampton was referencing Republican Donald Trump's law and order policies, like allowing officers to stop-and-frisk individuals on the street who they think are suspicious. Hampton says such programs unfairly target African Americans. Patrolman's Association president Steve Loomis has been visible at recent Trump events, and Hampton is concerned the membership will follow his lead. In a
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:13:11 +0000The deal to head off a government shutdown this weekend includes hundreds of millions of dollars for the Great Lakes and drinking water systems. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that Ohio’s Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says it’s a good step, but broader investment is needed. Senate Democrats had threatened to block a short-term spending measure that takes effect Saturday unless House Republicans included money to address the Flint drinking water crisis. The compromise includes $170 million for Flint and $300 million a year for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Brown says investments in infrastructure should be a given. “It’s what built the most prosperous country in the history of the world, from the 40s, after the war into the 1980s, when state government and federal government believed in investing in public works, infrastructure: water, sewer, airports, community college highways, bridges. We don’t do that the way we did and we’re a poorer country as a result.” Republican Rep.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:43:33 +0000A decade-long look at the quality-of-life in Summit County shows renewed optimism about jobs in greater Akron, even as concern over safety has risen in recent years. The Center for Marketing and Opinion Research in Akron has polled 800 people annually for the past decade about what they think is the biggest problem facing Summit County. Employment was No. 1 each year -- until last year. That’s when residents said they’re more concerned with infrastructure. Amanda Barna, co-founder of the center, says now jobs are even less of a concern. “This year, employment is No. 3 [and] crime and safety is No. 1. We think a big part of that has to do with the heroin and opioid epidemic.” Barna adds that residents in Stark County – for which there is also 10 years of data – have usually responded similarly to people in Summit County. “Generally, Stark County’s outlook is a little bit worse. So during the time when employment issues were rated by 50 percent of respondents as the No. 1 problem in
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:35:38 +0000The state’s top law enforcement official is urging communities to take advantage of all the programs available to help them fight the heroin epidemic in all parts of Ohio. Attorney General Mike DeWine says the heroin unit in his office can help communities with equipment, staff and information to get bigger drug dealers off the street. But he says, so far, only a few have taken advantage of that service. DeWine says it’s also important for all communities to make sure they have plenty of naloxone on hand. That’s the drug that revives someone when they are overdosing. And he says it’s important to remember that some opioids, like the powerful elephant tranquilizer carfentanil, are far stronger than the overdose remedy. “The half-life of carfentanil, might be up to seven hours. The half life of naloxone is about 30 to 40 minutes. So what we are now seeing happen is that people are brought back to life, taken to a hospital, are advised to stick around. They feel OK, so they walk out the
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:25:56 +0000In less than two weeks, Ohio begins early voting. So once again, the candidates and their top surrogates are criss-crossing the battleground state. Next week, Hillary Clinton is in Akron, and this past week, Bill Clinton and Mike Pence made their pitches here. WKSU and Ideastream political reporters M.L. Schultze and Nick Castele talk about the attempts to motivate voters. Nick Castele and M.L. Schultze's weekly political roundup is part of WKSU and ideastream’s election collaborative.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:26:13 +0000Ohio’s attorney general has launched a new program to try to protect the state’s businesses from being victimized by internet hackers. The key part of Attorney General Mike DeWine’s new CyberOhio Initiative involves an advisory board, composed of business leaders and tech experts. “The goal of CyberOhio is simple – to provide the best legal, technical and collaborative cyber security environment possible to help Ohio’s businesses thrive.” DeWine wants to expand his office’s Identity Theft Unit to help businesses, and says legislation might also be needed. He says small businesses will be offered cyber security training as part of the plan, and he hopes to hold a cybersecurity summit next spring. DeWine hopes this initiative will come up with ways to help protect Ohio’s businesses and protect the privacy and security of customers.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:23:12 +0000A top Ohio Republican leader who’s supporting Donald Trump says he hopes Gov. John Kasich will change his mind about the GOP presidential nominee. Senate President Keith Faber, a Celina Republican, campaigned for John Kasich before he was the last candidate to drop out in May. Faber says Trump wasn’t his candidate, but he is his nominee – and he hopes Kasich will see it the same way soon, as Kasich’s former presidential opponent Senator Ted Cruz has. “He’s my friend, and I think he’s been a darn good governor for Ohio. I wish he would come on board with the Trump campaign.” Kasich has repeatedly declined to endorse Trump, even as RNC head Reince Preibus called on him to do so or face difficulty running for president in the future.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:15:00 +0000They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway, but they’re shining along Euclid Avenue, too, as the curtain lifts this weekend on “Broadway in Cleveland.” In today’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman sits down with Playhouse Square’s executive producer for a preview. Six musicals and one drama are headed to downtown Cleveland. And Playhouse Square’s Gina Vernaci says all the singing, dancing and dialogue starts with a bang this weekend, with the launch of the national tour of the Tony-Award-winning musical “Fun Home.” The show opens at the Connor Palace Theater this Sunday. “It’s a wonderful distinction,” says Vernaci, “for Playhouse Square and Cleveland.” The Cavs, the Tribe the RNC, and now this. Vernaci attributes the honor in part to the region’s loyal theater-goers: “32,000, as of right now, season ticket-holders at Playhouse Square. That’s the largest for touring Broadway in the country.” Local tieAnother reason the “Fun Home” tour is starting in Cleveland could be the
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:37:10 +0000If you’re looking for an entry-level job in politics, and you don’t mind being a thorn in the opponent’s side, campaigns have a gig for you: tracker. Trackers follow opposing candidates wherever they go and record them with handheld video cameras. If candidates say embarrassing, hypocritical or offensive things, those videos might end up in the next attack ad. Here are a few things every good tracker needs: a small camcorder, a tripod, extra batteries and a car with a full tank of gas. That’s according to Republican Cameron Sagester. In 2014, he tracked Democratic candidate for governor Ed FitzGerald and others seeking statewide office. Sagester says there’s something else trackers need, too. “I have a thick enough skin where I can act confident enough to try to enter into a venue that maybe I’m not so welcome at,” he says. Trackers follow their candidates to speeches, public rallies and private fundraisers. Democrat David Scott tracked Gov. John Kasich for 20 months during the 2014
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:28:27 +0000Although he’s no longer in the presidential race, Gov. John Kasich is still delivering his message to a national audience -- and sometimes that message varies from his party's presidential nominee. Kasich now has strong words for any leaders who suggest cutting foreign aid. Kasich told the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition in Columbus that the best way to promote the freedoms America enjoys is to continue spreading international aid. Kasich called for bipartisanship on these types of issues, referencing his recent meeting at the White House on trade. “When we talk about bipartisanship, it all sounds great on the screen. But we have to move beyond the screen;we gotta move into the Congress of the United States to get these people to realize they’re Americans before they’re Republicans and Democrats.” Kasich also criticized anyone who doesn’t take NATO seriously – seemingly a jab at Donald Trump, who has been shaky on whether he'd support of the military alliance if he were elected.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:23:34 +0000A bill requiring lawmakers review the need for state commissions, boards and agencies passed the Senate along party lines today – with Republicans pushing it and Democrats pushing back. The bill had been dropped in May and didn’t get much attention. It hadn’t moved since its introduction –until a hearing just hours before it came to the Senate floor. Both the content and the speed of the bill had Democrats upset. Sen. Edna Brown, a Toledo Democrat, said putting lawmakers in charge of whether cabinet-level agencies should continue their work could create massive gridlock and is dangerous. “The entire administration of the state of Ohio could be eliminated through inaction alone. This legislation impacts the core functions of government. It has the potential to change the normal operating procedure of the state of Ohio,” Brown said. But Republicans said claims like that are exaggerated. Rep. Randy Gardner, a Bowling Green Republican, said the bill simply gives lawmakers an opportunity to
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:18:16 +0000A top Democratic lawmaker says some kids are having trouble in school because of a problem happening inside and outside of classrooms – and he says the state can help address it. A bill in the Ohio Senate would create a $4 million pot over the course of two years for schools looking to prevent bullying. Schools that have ideas on stemming the harassment can apply for grants. Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, a Democrat from the Youngstown area, wants people to understand that bullying is not something that takes place just during school hours. “They wake up, they turn on their phone all these messages are on there; then they go to school and it happens all day; then they go home and turn their computer on and there’s more stuff on there and I think we need to be aware that it’s not just a problem within the walls of the school,” Schiavoni said. The bill will likely have a hard time passing the Republican-controlled Senate before lawmakers end session in December.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:14:00 +0000The Ohio Senate has passed a bill aimed at preventing infant mortality. One of the sponsors of the legislation, Republican Senator Shannon Jones, says a lot of research and collaboration went into it. “The bottom line is we are trying to focus and target our efforts in those proven and evidence-based interventions to sort of scale those interventions so that we can actually, in a way that’s meaningful and timely, improve those outcomes.” The bill seeks to improve data collection about infant mortality, and encourages local groups to create programs to help new parents. Ohio has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the country and its black infant mortality rate is even worse. The legislation now goes to the Ohio House, which isn’t scheduled to take it up until after the November election.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:05:53 +0000The Army Corps of Engineers has not dredged the Cuyahoga River in a year – a big change from previous years. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia has more on why both of Ohio’s senators -- and the Ohio EPA -- say sediment needs to be removed from the shipping channel right away. The senators say ships on the Cuyahoga River can travel through more easily – and with heavier loads – when sediment is dredged on a regular basis. But the corps is embroiled in a lawsuit over whether they can dump dredged material into Lake Erie. The Ohio EPA says the sediment is toxic and should be stored in a containment area on land. Brown says about 18,000 industrial jobs in Cleveland rely on river freight. “I’ve talked to ArcelorMittal last week about [the fact that] the failure to dredge could mean lost jobs. I’m meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers and demanding that they’ve got to do their jobs. This is the first season in 84 years where there may not be dredging on the river and that is absolutely unacceptable.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:59:47 +0000Checkpoints for driving under the influnce will continue in Summit County. A $465,000 federal grant to pay for that, and more, is on its way. Summit County sSheriff’s spokesman Bill Holland says the money will help fund road-side screening and cruiser patrols for drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs—especially by paying for the overtime. But that’s only part of what it will cover. "Another part is the selective traffic enforcement program, which focuses on speed. Again, this is an overtime activity. And then we have our ‘Safe Communities’ portion. We go out and speak at events— the County Fair, Blossom Music Center — ... and promote the click-it- or-ticket campaigns, the drive-sober-or-get-pulled-over." The federal funds are distributed by the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:53:40 +0000Democrats in the Ohio Legislature say the opioid -abuse crisis is so bad that all state lawmakers should be called together at the Statehouse to deal with it. Columbus police report they’ve responded to 35 suspected heroin overdoses in 24 hours. In 27 of those cases, paramedics were able to administer a drug that prevents some deadly overdoses. Democratic Rep. Greta Johnson of Akron says the entire General Assembly should be called back into session now to come up with a strategic plan to help communities and money to fund it. “This is all people are talking about. It’s the No. 1 issue on their minds.” The full Legislature isn’t scheduled to come back into session until after the November election. Senate President Keith Faber says legislation to deal with the opioid problem in Ohio is in the works but there is controversy over some details. In a written statement, Gov. John Kasich’s office says he is working with local communities and lawmakers and has taken several actions to deal
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:48:29 +0000Ohio’s top elections official says he’s not concerned that hackers might be able to break into machines and manipulate the upcoming election. Secretary of State Jon Husted is telling CNN he’s not worried about the integrity of the voting machines themselves. “The voting machines are not connected to the internet. The tallying process is not connected to the internet. A hack attempt cannot affect the outcome of a vote.” Husted says a hack attempt could be disruptive and affect voter registration databases. Yet, he says, even if that did happen, the state and counties keep separate records so there would be correct information backed up to address any problem.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:11:25 +0000Cleveland’s magical year in sports rolls on, with the Indians celebrating their first American League Central title in nearly a decade. They clinched a postseason berth by beating rival Detroit on Monday. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says clinching the division on the Tiger’s home field made a statement. Taming the Tigers"The Tigers have been treating the Indians like the little brother that was never ever going to grow up and beat us out," he says. Pluto says in the three years before Terry Francona was hired as manager, the Tigers dominated the Indians, with a 41-19 record. And he says even in 2013, when the Indians won 92 games won a wild card berth, the Tigers had a 15-4 series advantage. This year, the Indians have dominated, 14-2. "So, not only did the Indians win the Central Division, they wiped out the team that was trying to catch them," Pluto says. "If they didn’t do it at home, they wanted to do it in Detroit, I’ll tell you that much." Ramirez for MVP?Pluto says Jose